This discussion cropped up late last night on facebook and I decided to create a page for it so that visitors to this site could read it! Good stuff, I hope to generate some comments and get a dialogue going.
The Bible is pretty clear on who the author is…God!
2 Peter 1:20Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
21For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
The old and new testaments were both originally set down as “oral tradition” and then set in writings. The old testament is Hebrew having been handed down from God to the chosen people the Jews. The New Testament was originally in both Aramaic and Greek. The entire new testament is now set down in Greek.
Lets try to get just ten people to each write one chapter of a book. With no communication. Just tell people “Write a “religious” book and you write chapter one, you write chapter two etc. Then when they have all finished writing you read them in order. They would already have had the benefit of more communication than the original Authors had had. What kind of hodge podge monstrosity do you think they would end up with? The Bible was written practically all over the world and conservative estimates put the time it took to write at over 1600 years. The Bible is a complete work that exists to foretell, chronicle and lead people to Christ. Most of the scribes had no access to the other scribes works….Yet, it all makes sense. There are no contradictions, obvious errors etc. How could this be so unless it were divinely inspired and managed? OVER and over again people have set out to disprove the Bible or Christianity and over and over again a miraculous thing occurs. Educated, earnest, reasonable people keep coming to the same conclusion…Jesus is Lord!
Were I to set down a comprehensive quote list of famous people who believed Jesus was God, it would take all day to write. Here are just a few..
“I know men and I tell you that Jesus Christ is no mere man.
Between him and every other person in the world
there is no possible term of comparison.
Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and I founded empires.
But on what did we rest the creations of our genius?
Upon force. Jesus Christ founded His empire upon love;
and at this hour millions of people would die for Him.”
“A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act. –Mahatma Gandhi”
I am an historian, I am not a believer, but I must confess as a historian that this penniless preacher from Nazareth is irrevocably the very center of history. Jesus Christ is easily the most dominant figure in all history.–H.G. Wells (Author of War of the Worlds)
THIS is important! There have been SO many intelligent and educated people who have come to Christ. Belief in Christ does NOT mean “checking your brain at the door” One should look at the history of C.S. Lewis. This man became an atheist at 15. He was a decorated officer in world war I, he was a noted scholar and student at, then Professor of Oxford University. He became one of the earliest Christian Apologists and wrote numerous books including the “Chronicles Of Narnia”, Mere Christianity and The ScrewTape Letters. Here is a quote from Mere Christianity….
A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic – on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg – or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God; or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.–C.S. Lewis
The TRUTH of the matter is simple. The person who says that Jesus is not God, or that the Bible is untrue, is making a pronouncement of faith. Typically, they are telling you what they believe ABSENT any evidence, learning or research. Were they to actually take their beliefs into the light of knowledge, they would become Christian.
Need proof? ” Dr. Simon Greenleaf was a skeptic from Harvard law school who wrote three volumes on the laws of legal evidence, and mocked Christians in his law classes. But he was challenged by Christian students to apply his own book to the resurrection of Jesus. Taking the challenge, he concluded that the evidence was so convincing, he became a believer. He later wrote, “The resurrection of Jesus is one of the best established facts of history.”
Dr. Benjamin Gilbert-West and Lord Littleton were from Cambridge. So fed up with Christianity they wanted to destroy it, they took a leave of absence to study and write a book to refute both the resurrection and the conversion of Saul of Tarsus. As a result of their study, they too became ardent believers and wrote: “Reject not, until you have examined the evidence.”
Dr. Frank Morrison, a lawyer and engineer, was brought up in a rationalistic background. He liked Jesus, but thought the resurrection was a myth that was tacked on. He, too, wanted to write a book to refute it, but in the process of writing, he like the others committed his life to Christ. His findings are in the book “Who Moved the Stone”?
These quotes borrowed from here.
I want to add a couple of great resources for logical defense of Christian worldview and apologetics. Dr. Frank Turek’s crossexamined.org and Lee Strobel.com Also for a little comedic coverage of this same topic see Stephen Colbert pretty much destroy Dr. Bart Ehrman here.