This statement may seem odd to most folks but there are people who believe that Jesus Christ is a fabrication made up by early Christians. More on that in a moment.
This is a continuation of my series of apologetic posts on my theist views and why I believe them. Up to this point, I have only been arguing from a natural theological position. So far I’ve shown why it’s reasonable to believe that God exists. Now, I’m ready to begin focusing in on matters of revealed theology (to understand the difference between natural and revealed theology, go here).
In the next few posts I hope to make a systematic argument for Christianity in general, and Jesus Christ in particular. Again, I will use videos where it saves me verbiage and the author makes a better point than I could make. I’m neither a formal apologist nor a PhD Bible scholar, so I will appeal to them for authoritative argumentation.
My theology is build on the foundation of Jesus Christ as revealed in Scripture. As Bill Johnson said so well, “Jesus Christ is perfect theology.” Jesus Christ explains God for us:
18 No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him. (John 1:18 NASB – emphasis added)
I’ve written a few posts on what I call “The Jesus hermeneutic” already. To sum it up, I not only interpret the Bible through the “lens” of Jesus Christ but my worldview is shaped by His life and teachings.
But if Jesus Christ is the center of my theology and worldview, I must first establish that He did exist. I will do so by dispelling the popular myth of some atheists that Jesus is a myth. While none of the atheists that have come on this site may be mythicists themselves, we still need to clear away this amateurish nonsense before we continue talking about the person of Jesus Christ.
To do this, I will share two videos from agnostic Bible scholar, Bart Ehrman. I’m using Dr. Erhman because he’s not a Christian and has become the latest go-to authority for Bible skeptics and atheists. I also want to show that this is not just an evangelical or conservative scholarship position.
The first video is his brief rebuttal to a skeptic and the second video fleshes out his argument a little more. I will add here that Dr. Ehrman has very sound arguments for the existence of Jesus Christ in his book: Did Jesus Exist: The Historical Argument for Jesus. You can read that to dig deeper into this subject.
To be clear, I am not saying that Dr. Ehrman necessarily believes everything else I believe about Jesus or the Bible. But there is no doubt that he believes that Jesus Christ was a real person living in the first century Roman province of Judea.
The first video is just a brief comment where Ehrman outright refutes a skeptic’s statement, “I do not see evidence in archeology or history for a historical Jesus.” It’s very brief and worth watching.
The second video is a little longer. Here, Ehrman reads his position on the historicity of Jesus from his book I mentioned. This gets into some of the actual evidence for Jesus.
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