Jesus is the Messiah, Jewish People and Christianity Witnessing, Evangelism
I have a couple of questions for you my Jewish friend if you hold the Tanach to be true. The Tanach says some pretty clear things concerning the Messiah and his coming to earth.
The Tanach is very clear that Messiah was to come while The Temple was still standing. All of these scriptures are from the Stone Edition Tanach:
"Behold, I am sending My messenger, and he will clear a path before Me; suddenly the Lord Whom you seek will come to His Sanctuary, and the messenger of the covenant for whom you yearn, behold, he comes, says Hashem, Master of Legions."
"Please, Hashem, save now! Please, Hashem, bring success now! Blessed is he who comes in the Name of Hashem; we bless you from the House of Hashem."
The rabbis taught that Psalm 118 would be sung at the arrival of the Messiah. How can they sing this song to the Messiah from the "House of Hashem" if it was destroyed in 70 a.d. by Titus and his legions?
According to Malachi 3 verse 1 the Messiah will come to "His Sancuary." The Messiah has already come my friend because the Sancuary has been gone for almost 2,000 years! What Rabbi claiming to be the Messiah was around to go to the "House of Hashem" before it was destroyed in 70 a.d.?
G-d will make a new covenant with the People [Jeremiah 31:31-34]; G-d will provoke the Jewish people to jealously for their idolatry [Deuteronomy 32:21]; they have rebelled against G-d [Isaiah 65:1-25]; Jesus is the stone of G-d [Genesis 49:24]; this stone will be rejected by the Jewish people [Isaiah 8:14-15, Psalm 118:22]; G-d will turn to the nations to save them for Israel's rejection of Him [Isaiah 65:1-25, Hosea 2:23]; G-d will have a remnant of Jewish believers who will remain faithful [1Kings 19:18, Isaiah 1:9] The scepter shall not depart from Judah until Shiloh [Messiah] comes [Genesis 49:10]; Messiah will appear 483 years to the exact day [Daniel 9:25]; Messiah will be born of a virgin [Isaiah 7:14]; Messiah will be G-d [Isaiah 9:6, Micah 5:2]; Messiah will be born in Bethlehem [Micah 5:2]; Messiah will appear before the Temple is destroyed [Daniel 9:26, Psalm 118:25-26, Malachi 3:1]; Messiah will come riding a donkey [Zechariah 9:9]; Messiah will be rejected [Isaiah 53:3]; Messiah would suffer for our sins [Isaiah 53:4-10, Daniel 9:26]; Messiah would be killed [Isaiah 53:8, Daniel 9:26]; Messiah would be pierced [Zechariah 12:10]; Messiah would be crucified [Psalm 22:16]; Messiah would rise from the grave [Psalm 16:10].
All men are sinners [Ecclesiastes 7:20, Jeremiah 17:9, 1 Kings 8:46, Isaiah 64:6-7] Hashem cannot look upon sin [Habakkuk 1:13, Isaiah 59:1-3]; The soul that sins shall die [Ezekiel 18:20]; Therefore we are separated from our Holy G-d. We must be reconciled to HaShem by blood to atone for our souls and to pay for our sins [Leviticus 17:11]; Y'shua paid the price for our sins [Isaiah 53 4-10]; The just shall live by faith [Habakkuk 2:4]; Accept Y'shua as your Passover Lamb, don't come into the judgment of HaShem.
Who fits all of these prophecies that were given at least 500 years before? Only one, Jesus the Christ [Messiah; Anointed One] our Lord and Savior, our Passover Lamb. Accept Him as your Messiah. All of the Patriarchs approached G-d with animal sacrifices; Abel-Genesis 4:4, Noah-Genesis 8:20-21, Abraham-Genesis 12:7-8, Isaac-Genesis 26:25, Jacob-Genesis 31:54, the shedding of blood was confirmed as the method of atonement for our sins Leviticus 16:16,17:11. The Romans destroyed the Temple in 70 A.D., how can G-d's law of blood atonement be fulfilled without sacrifices? G-d would not leave you without a way to atone for your sins for almost 2,000 years. There is only one explanation, Isaiah 53:4-10 and Daniel 9:26. The Messiah must suffer for our sins, thus making it possible to be forgiven. Think about it my friend, G-d is merciful, He has made a way, and it is through our Passover Lamb, pure and spotless, Jesus Christ.
Take the time to carefully examine the historic, manuscript, prophetic,biblical, and the internal evidence of the Gospel's themselves. Then, ask G-d to show you if it is true that our Messiah has come. Y'shua has stood the test of time for nearly 2,000 years, If any Jew or Gentile truly desires to know G-d's truth, they will discover it in the person of Jesus.
The Tanach warns us not to follow men (Jeremiah 17:5, Psalm 118:8), but to test what all leaders teach with scripture. G-d even says that he will test us with false prophets to see if we truly love Him with all of our heart (Deuteronomy 13:1-3). G-d even says that some of these false prophets will have signs and wonders that come to pass, thus emphasizing the importance to prove all things with scripture.
Do you truly love G-d with all of your heart and soul or do you follow man? Is the Tanach your final authority or man? These are some questions that you might have to wrestle with. I pray that you choose G-d over man.
Fulfilled Prophecy which proves that the Bible is True and that Jesus is the Messiah
Fulfilled Prophecy proves the Bible was written by God and that Jesus is the Messiah. Some of these prophecies were written several centuries before the event occurred and this fact cannot be denied.
Fulfilled prophecy is one of the incontrovertible evidences of our faith. Get familiar with these verses in the Old Testament and their corresponding verses in the New Testament. They will not only be a great witness tool for you, they will help strengthen your faith.
A person might ask, "what about Nostradamus?" Well, the criterion for a prophet of God is 100% accuracy! The Bibles prophecies are specific and fulfilled 100% of the time. Read [Deuteronomy 13:1-11, 18:20-22] for God's requirement for a prophet.
Nostradamus for one, used forbidden methods for his prophecies,
[Deuteronomy 18:9-14]. His prophecies were also vague, and ambiguous, and could fit into almost any time frame or event. So, one thing that we know for a fact is that his prophecies did not come from God! If a prophecy is not 100% accurate, 100% of the time, this false prophet is speaking his own words and not the words from God.
Another thing to keep in mind is the Bibles uniqueness concerning prophecies; no other religion has prophecies written hundreds of years before the actual event! Only Christianity has prophecies such as the ones that predicted Jesus' birthplace and manner of death. Of the thousands of prophecies in the Bible, not one has ever failed to come to pass.
Some people claim, "God has not provided enough evidence for me to believe in Him." Well, here is your evidence that you asked from God, now what are you going to do with it?
"The Bible is the only book which challenges unbelief by foretelling the future, staking its authority on the ultimate, certain, and complete fulfillment of its detailed predictions. It has been said that there were some 109 Old Testament predictions literally fulfilled at Christ's first coming, and that, of the 845 quotations from the Old Testament in the New Testament, 333 refer to Christ. There are some 25 prophecies concerning the betrayal, trial, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus uttered by various prophets over a period of some five hundred years. These were literally fulfilled although the chances against such fulfillment have been shown to be one chance in 33,554,438. If the law of Compound Probabilities is applied similarly to all 109 predictions fulfilled at Christ's first coming, the chances that they could accidentally be fulfilled in the history of one person is one in billions."
Prophecy Year Written Year Fulfilled
Born in Bethlehem. 8-century b.c. 4 b.c.
Micah 5:2 Matt. 2:1-6
Born of a virgin. 8-century b.c. 4 b.c.
Isaiah 7:14 Luke 1:26-35
Child to be born. 8-century b.c. 4 b.c.
Isaiah 9:6 Luke 2:11
Kings shall bring him gifts. 10-century b.c. 4 b.c.
Psalm 72:10-11 Matt. 2:1-11
Rejected by his brothers. 10-century b.c. 30 a.d.
Psalm 69:8 John 7:3-5
King rides upon a donkey. 6-century b.c. 30 a.d.
Zech. 9:9 Mark 11:1-10
Hands and feet pierced. 10-century b.c. 30 a.d.
Psalm 22:16, John 20:25-29,
Zech. 12:10 Matt. 27:35
Soldiers cast lots for clothes. 10-century b.c. 30 a.d.
Psalm 22:18 John 19:23-24,
Messiah will suffer for our Sins. 8-century b.c. 30 a.d.
Isaiah 52:13-53:12 Matt. 27:26-35
Beaten and spat upon 8-century b.c. 30 a.d.
Isaiah 50:6 Matt. 26:67
Given gall and vinegar 8-century b.c. 30 a.d.
Isaiah 50:6 Matt. 27:34
Sold for 30 pieces of silver 6-century b.c. 30 a.d. Zech. 11:12-13 Matt. 26:14-15
Rise from the grave. 10-century b.c. 30 a.d Ps. 16:8-11 Lk. 24:6-8
Messiah appears 483 years to the day. 6-century b.c. 30 a.d.
Daniel 9:25 John 12:12-13
Messiah will be killed. 6-century b.c. 30 a.d.
Daniel 9:26 Matt. 27:35
Shall come from Tribe of Judah. 15-century b.c 4 b.c.
Gen. 49:10 Matt. 1:1-3, Heb. 7:14, Rev. 5:5
Called out of Egypt 8-century b.c. 4 b.c.
Hosea 11:1 Matt. 2:13-15,19-21
Rulers take council against him. 10-century b.c. 30 a.d.
Psalm 2:1-2 Matt. 12:14, 26:3-4,47
Be rejected as capstone. 10-century b.c. 30 a.d.
Psalm 118:22-23 Matt. 21:42
Messiah will enter the Temple. 5-century b.c. 30 a.d.
Malachi 3:1 Matt. 21:12-16
Be a Stumbling stone to the jews. 8-century b.c. 58 a.d.
Isaiah 8:14 Romans 9:31-33
A new everlasting covenant. 7-century b.c. 30 a.d.
Jer. 31:31-34 Lk. 22:15-20, Heb. 10:15-20
Be buried with the rich. 8-century b.c. 30 a.d.
Isaiah 53:9 Matt. 27:57-60
Betrayed by a friend. 10-century b.c. 30 a.d.
Psalm 41:9 Matt. 26:14-16, 23
Accused without opening His mouth. 8-century b.c. 30 a.d.
Isaiah 53:7 Luke 23:9, Matt. 27:12
Numbered with the transgressors. 8-century b.c. 30 a.d.
Isaiah 53:12 Matt. 27:38
Make intercession for transgressors. 8-century b.c. 30 a.d.
Isaiah 53:12 Luke 23:34
Made an offering for sin. 8-century b.c. 30 a.d.
Isaiah 53:10-11 Acts 10:43, 13:38-39
"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved," Romans 10:13.
Could I please have a minute of your time? I humbly ask you to consider the fate of your eternal soul.
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
Friend, God loved you so much that he sent Jesus to take your place on the cross. You see, the penalty for sin is death and an eternity separated from a just and Holy God in hell. God is so holy that He cannot even look upon evil (Habakkuk 1:13). In your dire state of sin and unbelief you are in danger of hellfire and you must be reconciled to God--His way.
"He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him."
"God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day,"
"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,"
"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ, our Lord,"
Friend you do not earn salvation by your good works. Salvation is a gift from God that we cannot earn.
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast,"
"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,"
"Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness,"
If you want your sins forgiven you must confess to God that you are a sinner and then turn from these sins. Ask our Loving Father to forgive you of your sins then confess Jesus as your Lord and Savior believing that He took your place on the cross to pay the penalty for your sins that you deserve to pay for yourself. You must believe that there is no other way to heaven except through His finished work on the cross. We are saved by; grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.
"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved,"
There is only one way to God and it is through Jesus Christ-- He alone paid the price for our sins.
"I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh to the Father, but by me,"
"Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is no other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved,"
"For there is one God, and one mediator between God and man, the man, Christ Jesus,"
1 Timothy 2:5
Here's Something To Ponder...
Here's something to think about--let's say that I'm wrong about the Bible, let's assume that it is false. 50 years from now it won't matter because we will both be dead and buried pushing up daisies.
But if it is true, 50 years from now you will be in unspeakable agony, wishing for all of eternity that you had just one minute back on earth to repent of your sins. But there will be no second chance my friend--you are in hell and there is no way out.
Have you ever thought of this? Nobody is guaranteed tomorrow, it could be you, or me, who is translated into eternity this very day! People spend so much time planning for the next 10, 15, 20 years, all the while neglecting eternity. That is very foolish indeed, be wise and prepare to meet your Maker.
Take the time to carefully examine the historic, manuscript, prophetic, biblical, and the internal evidence of the Gospel's themselves.
"Whereas ye know not what shall be on the next day. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away,"
"Your Own Salvation"
C. H. Spurgeon
"But salvation means more than that: it includes deliverance from the power of sin. Naturally we are all fond of evil, and we run after it greedily; we are the bondslaves of iniquity, and we love the bondage. This last is the worst feature of the case. But when salvation comes it delivers the man from the power of sin. He learns that it is evil, and he regards it as such, loathes it, repents that he has ever been in love with it, turns his back upon it, becomes, through God's Spirit, the master of his lusts, puts the flesh beneath his feet, and rises into the liberty of the children of God.
Alas! There are many who do not care for this: if this be salvation they would not give a farthing for it. They love their sins; they rejoice to follow the devices and imaginations of their own corrupt hearts.
Yet be assured, this emancipation from bad habits, unclean desires, and carnal passions is the main point in salvation, and if it be not ours, salvation in its other branches is not and cannot be enjoyed by us. Dear hearer, dost thou possess salvation from sin? Hast thou escaped the corruption which is in the world through lust? If not, what hast thou to do with salvation? To any right-minded man deliverance from unholy principles is regarded as the greatest of all blessings. What thinkest thou of it?
Salvation includes deliverance from the present wrath of God which abides upon the unsaved man every moment of his life. Every person who is unforgiven is the object of divine wrath. "God is angry with the wicked every day. If he turn not, he will whet his sword." "He that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God."
I frequently hear the statement that this is a state of probation. This is a great mistake, for our probation has long since passed. Sinners have been proved, and found to be unworthy; they have been "weighed in the balances," and "found wanting."
If you have not believed in Jesus, condemnation already rests upon you: you are reprieved awhile, but your condemnation is recorded. Salvation takes a man from under the cloud of divine wrath, and reveals to him the divine love. Then can then say, "O God, I will praise thee, though thou was angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortest me."
Oh, it is not hell hereafter which is the only thing a sinner has to fear, it is the wrath of God which rests upon him now. To be unreconciled to God now is an awful thing: to have God's arrow pointed at you as it is at this moment, even though it fly not from the string as yet, is a terrible thing. It is enough to make you tremble from head to foot when you learn that you are the target of Jehovah's wrath: "He hath bent his bow, and made it ready."
Every soul that is unreconciled to God by the blood of his Son is in the gall of bitterness. Salvation at once sets us free from this state of danger and alienation. We are no longer the "children of wrath, even as others," but are made children of God and joint heirs with a Christ Jesus. What can be conceived more precious than this?...
Now I must close: but one or two thoughts press me. I must utter them before I sit down. I would anxiously urge each person here to see to this matter of his own salvation. Do it, I pray you, and in earnest, for no one can do it for you. I have asked God for your soul, my hearer, and I pray I may have an answer of peace concerning you. But unless you also pray, vain are my prayers.
You remember your mother's tears. Ah! You have crossed the ocean since those days, and you have gone into the deeps of sin, but you recollect when you used to say your prayers at her knee, and when she would lovingly say "Amen," and kiss her boy and bless him, and pray that he might know his mother's God. Those prayers are ringing in the ears of God for you, but it is impossible that you can ever be saved unless it is said of you, "Behold, he prayeth." Your mother's holiness can only rise up in judgment to condemn your wilful wickedness unless you imitate it. Your father's earnest exhortations shall but confirm the just sentence of the Judge unless you hearken to them, and yourselves consider and put your trust in Jesus.
Oh I bethink you each one of you, there is but one hope, and that one hope lost, it is gone forever. Defeated in one battle, a commander attempts another, and hopes that he may yet win the campaign. Your life is your one fight, and if it be lost it is lost forever. The man who was bankrupt yesterday commences again in business with good heart, and hopes that he may yet succeed; but in the business of this mortal life, if you are found bankrupt, you are bankrupt for ever and ever. I do therefore charge you by the living God, before whom I stand, and before whom I may have to give an account of this day's preaching ere another day's sun shall shine, I charge you see to your own salvation.
God help you, that you may never cease to seek unto God till you know by the witness of the Spirit that you have indeed passed from death unto life. See to it now, now, NOW, NOW. This very day the voice of warning comes to certain of you from God, with special emphasis, because you greatly need it, for your time is short. How many have passed into eternity during this week! You may yourself be gone from the land of the living before next Sabbath-day.
I suppose, according to the calculation of probabilities, out of this audience there are several who will die within a month. I am not conjecturing now, but according to all probabilities these thousands cannot all meet again, if all have a mind to do so. Who then among us will be summoned to the unknown land? Will it be you, young woman, who have been laughing at the things of God? Shall it be yonder merchant, who has not time enough for religion? Shall it be you, my foreign friend, who have crossed the ocean to take a holiday? Will you be carried back a corpse?
You who dwell in London will remember years ago when the cholera swept through our streets, some of us were in the midst of it, and saw many drop around us, as though smitten with an invisible but deadly arrow. That disease is said to be on its way hither again; it is said to be rapidly sweeping from Poland across the Continent, and if it come and seize some of you, are you ready to depart? Even if that form of death do not afflict our city, as I pray it may not, yet is death ever within our gates, and the pestilence walketh in darkness every night, therefore consider your ways. Thus saith the Lord, and with his word I conclude this discourse: "Prepare to meet thy God, O Israel."
Are You Being Honest With Yourself?
The primary founder of Harvard Law and one of the greatest authorities on legal evidences in the history America. He set out to disprove the Gospel accounts based on the evidence and after careful study he was compelled by the evidence to accept the Gospels as faithful and trustworthy. Will you follow the evidence wherever it may lead?
Sir William Ramsey:
A Professor at Cambridge and Oxford Universities and regarded as one of the greatest archaeologists to ever live. He set out to disprove the Gospel of Luke and Acts based on the archaeological evidence. After 30 years of painstaking archaeological research he was compelled to accept the biblical accounts as faithful and trustworthy. He eventually became a Christian by accepting Jesus as his Lord and Savior.
A famous general and literary genius who was an avowed atheist. For two years Mr. Wallace studied in the leading libraries of Europe and America seeking information to write a book that would forever destroy Christianity. While writing the second chapter of his book he suddenly found himself on his knees crying out to Jesus, "My Lord and my God."
Sir Lionel Luckoo:
The brilliant attorney whose 245 consecutive murder acquittals earned him a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's most successful lawyer. Knighted twice by Queen Elizabeth, this former justice and diplomat scrutinized the historical facts of the Resurrection for several years and came to this conclusion, "I say unequivocally that the evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is so overwhelming that it compels acceptance by proof which leaves absolutely no room for doubt."
John Singleton Copley:
Recognized as one of the greatest legal minds in British history, comments: "I know pretty well what evidence is; and I tell you, such evidence as that for the resurrection has never broken down."
Dr. Frank Morrison:
A lawyer and engineer that believed the resurrection of Jesus was just a myth. He set out to write a book to refute this "fairy tale" and in the process of sifting through the historical evidence he like the others was compelled to accept the biblical accounts as faithful and trustworthy. His findings are in the book, "Who Moved the Stone?"
The Bodily Resurrection of Jesus Christ Is a Historical Certainty
"All that Christianity asks of men......is, that they would be consistent with themselves; that they would treat its evidences as they would treat the evidence of other things; and that they would try and judge its actors and witnesses, as they deal with their fellow men, when testifying to human affairs and actions, in human tribunals. Let the witnesses be compared with themselves, with each other, and with surrounding facts and circumstances; and let their testimony be sifted, as if it were given in a court of justice, on the side of the adverse party, the witness being subjected to rigorous cross-examination. The result, it is confidently believed, will be an undoubting conviction of their integrity, ability, and truth."
(Dr. Simon Greenleaf, "New Evidence That Demands A Verdict," page 283)
"The simple faith of the Christian who believes in the Resurrection is nothing compared to the credulity of the skeptic who will accept the wildest and most improbable romances rather than admit the plain witness of historical certainties. The difficulties of belief may be great; the absurdities of unbelief are greater."
(Dr. George Hanson, "New Evidence That Demands A Verdict," page 272)
"Are these men, who helped transform the moral structure of society, consummate liars or deluded madmen? These alternatives are harder to believe than the fact of the Resurrection, and there is no shred of evidence to support them."
(Dr. Paul Little, "New Evidence That Demands A Verdict," page 252)
"In 56 A.D. Paul wrote that over 500 people had seen the risen Jesus and that most of them were still alive (1 Corinthians 15:6). It passes the bounds of credibility that the early Christians could have manufactured such a tale and then preached it among those who might easily have refuted it simply by producing the body of Jesus."
(Dr. John Warwick Montgomery, "New Evidence That Demands A Verdict," page 249)
"The emptiness of the grave is acknowledged by opponents as well as affirmed by disciples. The narrative of the guards attempts to account for the fact as a fraudulent transaction (Matthew 28:11-15). 'But this Jewish accusation against the Apostles takes for granted that the grave was empty. What was needed was an explanation......This acknowledgement by the Jews that the grave was vacated extends to all subsequent Jewish comments on the point."
(Dr. W. J. Sparrow-Simpson, "New Evidence That Demands A Verdict," page 245)
"In all the fragments and echoes of this far-off controversy which have come down to us we are nowhere told that any responsible person asserted that the body of Jesus was still in the tomb. We are only given reasons why it was not there. Running all through these ancient documents is the persistent assumption that the tomb of Christ was vacant. Can we fly in the face of this cumulative and mutually corroborative evidence? Personally, I do not think we can. The sequence of coincidences is too strong."
(Dr. Frank Morrison, "New Evidence That Demands A Verdict," page 244)
"The empty tomb stands, a veritable rock, as an essential element in the evidence for the resurrection. To suggest that it was not in fact empty at all, as some have done, seems to me ridiculous. It is a matter of history that the apostles from the very beginning made many converts in Jerusalem, hostile as it was, by proclaiming the glad news that Christ had risen from the grave--and they did it within a short walk from the sepulcher [grave]. Any one of their hearers could have visited the tomb and come back again between lunch and whatever may have been the equivalent of afternoon tea. Is it conceivable, then, that the apostles would have had this success if the body of the one they proclaimed as risen Lord was all the time decomposing in Joseph's tomb? Would a great company of the priests and many hard headed Pharisees have been impressed with the proclamation of a resurrection which was in fact no resurrection as all, but a mere message of spiritual survival couched in the misleading terms of a literal rising from the grave?"
(Dr. J. N. D. Anderson, "New Evidence That Demands A Verdict," page 244)
"When therefore the disciples began to preach the resurrection in Jerusalem and people responded, and when religious authorities stood helplessly by, the tomb must have been empty. The simple fact that the Christian fellowship, founded on belief in Jesus' resurrection, came into existence and flourished in the very city where he was executed and buried is powerful evidence for the historicity of the empty tomb."
(Dr. William Lane Craig, "New Evidence That Demands A Verdict," page 243)
"The disciples had nothing to gain by lying and starting a new religion. They faced hardship, ridicule, hostility, and martyr's deaths. In light of this, they would have never sustained such unwavering motivation if they knew what they were preaching was a lie. The disciples were not fools and Paul was a cool-headed intellectual of the first rank. There would have been several opportunities over three to four decades of ministry to reconsider and renounce the lie."
(Dr. J. P. Moreland, "New Evidence That Demands A Verdict," page 242)
"[That belief in the resurrection] was the belief that turned heartbroken followers of a crucified rabbi into the courageous witnesses and martyrs of the early church. This was the one belief that separated the followers of Jesus from the Jews and turned them into the community of the resurrection. You could imprison them, flog them, kill them, but you could not make them deny their conviction that, "on the third day He rose again."
Dr. Michael Green, former principal of St. John's College, Nottingham
"This scared, frightened band of the apostles, which was just about to throw away everything in order to flee in despair to Galilee; when these peasants, shepherds, and fisherman, who betrayed and denied their master and then failed him miserably, suddenly could be changed overnight into a confident mission society, convinced of salvation and able to work with much more success after Easter than before Easter, then no vision or hallucination is sufficient to explain such a revolutionary transformation."
(Jewish Rabbi Pinchas Lapide, "New Evidence That Demands A Verdict," page 241)
"I have been used for many years to study the histories of other times, and to examine and weigh the evidence of those who have written about them, and I know of no one fact in the history of mankind which is proved by better and fuller evidence of every sort, to the understanding of a fair inquirer, than the great sign which God hath given us that Christ died and rose again from the dead."
(Professor Thomas Arnold, author of a famous three-volume History of Rome, appointed to the chair of Modern History at Oxford, "New Evidence That Demands A Verdict," page 216)
"The fact that Christ rose from the dead on the third day in full continuity of body and soul - that fact seems as secure as historical evidence can make it."
(Edward Gordon Selwyn, "New Evidence That Demands A Verdict," page 216)
"Christianity knew its Savior and Redeemer not as some god whose history was contained in a mythical faith, with rude, primitive, and even offensive elements...Jesus was a historical not a mythical being. No remote or foul myth obtruded itself of the Christian believer; his faith was founded on positive, historical, and acceptable facts."
(Professor Clifford Herschel Moore, "New Evidence That Demands A Verdict," page 218)
"There are but two essential requirements: First: Has any one cheated death and proved it? Second: Is it available to me?
Here is the complete record.
Argue as you will. There is no point in following a loser."
(G.B. Hardy, "New Evidence That Demands A Verdict," page 284)
The Laws Of Statistical Probabilities Prove That The Bible Is Divine In Origin
The Bible is the only book which challenges unbelief by foretelling the future, staking its authority on the ultimate, certain, and complete fulfillment of its detailed predictions. It has been said that there were some 109 Old Testament predictions literally fulfilled at Christ's first coming, and that, of the 845 quotations from the Old Testament in the New Testament, 333 refer to Christ. There are some 25 prophecies concerning the betrayal, trial, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus uttered by various prophets over a period of some five hundred years. These were literally fulfilled although the chances against such fulfillment have been shown to be one chance in 33,554,438. If the law of Compound Probabilities is applied similarly to all 109 predictions fulfilled at Christ's first coming, the chances that they could accidentally be fulfilled in the history of one person is one in billions.
(Geisler, N. L., & Hoffman, P. K. 2001. Why I am a Christian : Leading thinkers explain why they believe . Baker Books: Grand Rapids, Mitch.)