By Lee Strobel
Advent : who was once within the manger on that first Christmas morning? -- The eyewitness proof : can the biographies of Jesus be depended on? -- The medical facts : does archaeology make certain or contradict Jesus' biographies? -- The profile facts : did Jesus satisfy the attributes of God? -- The fingerprint facts : did Jesus and Jesus by myself fit the identification of the Messiah?
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Think of the story of Jesus walking on the water, found in Matthew 14:22–33 and Mark 6:45–52. ’ Those last two words are identical to what Jesus said in John 8:58, when he took upon himself the divine name ‘I am,’ which is the way God revealed himself to Moses in the burning bush in Exodus 3:14. ” I nodded. “That’s one example,” I said. ” “Yes, I could go on along these lines,” Blomberg said. “For instance, Jesus’ most common title for himself in the first three gospels is ‘Son of Man,’ and—” I raised my hand to stop him.
He said he fought them off, getting stabbed and knocked unconscious in the process. When he awakened, he found his family slaughtered. Detectives were skeptical from the start. The living room showed few signs of a life-and-death struggle, and MacDonald’s wounds were superficial. Skepticism alone, however, doesn’t win convictions; that requires hard evidence. In MacDonald’s case detectives relied on scientific proof to untangle his web of lies and convict him of the slayings. There’s a wide variety of scientific evidence that’s commonly used in trials, ranging from DNA typing to forensic anthropology to toxicology.
The general consensus of both liberal and conservative scholars is that Luke is very accurate as a historian,” McRay replied. ” In fact, he added, there have been several instances, similar to the story about the harbor, in which scholars initially thought Luke was wrong in a particular reference, only to have later discoveries confirm that he was correct in what he wrote. For instance, in Luke 3:1 he refers to Lysanias being the tetrarch of Abilene in about AD 27. For years scholars pointed to this as evidence that Luke didn’t know what he was talking about, since everybody knew that Lysanias was not a tetrarch but rather the ruler of Chalcis half a century earlier.