Is the New Testament True?

Can you believe the story of Jesus?

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Is the New Testament True? Can you believe the story of Jesus Christ?

YES!

There has been a tremendous amount of research and thousands of books and articles written over the years about whether the Jesus story is historically correct.  Admittedly, there have been very different conclusions drawn by various scholars and authors. I can’t claim to have studied the topic extensively, but I have read enough that I now firmly believe that the answer to both of these questions is “yes.”  In addition to the New Testament Gospels, I have read all of the books listed in GrampaDennis’s Recommended Reading and several more.  To me, the weight of the evidence strongly supports the affirmative answer.

If you would like to dig into this further, I highly recommend the following two books as your starting point:

Jesus on Trial by David Limbaugh

Searching for Jesus by Robert J. Hutchinson

If you want a bit more depth and detail, I suggest:

Can We Still Believe the Bible? by Craig L. Blomberg PhD

The above three books are among my collection. There are many others available as well.


The Shroud of Turin and the Sudarium Christi

Many of us have heard of the Shroud of Turin, which is claimed by some to be the burial cloth used when Jesus was put in the tomb.  It bears what appears to be a photographic negative image of the man that it was wrapped around.  The image shows evidence of crucifixion and scourge wounds which agree with descriptions in the New Testament.  In 1988, Carbon-14 dating tests were done, which said the material was not old enough and led to a conclusion that the Shroud must be a forgery.  However, more recent research has explained that the Carbon-14 dating was done on fragments that were contaminated by materials used in later restorations.  Recent datings by other methods have shown that the Shroud could indeed have come from Christ’s time.  Scientists have puzzled over how the image was made on the Shroud.  It appears to have been some sort of radiation, which some theorize may have occurred at the moment of resurrection.

There’s more, and it gets more interesting.  Another relic, the Sudarium Christi, is claimed to be the cloth that was put on Jesus’ face when he was taken from the cross and transported to the tomb.  It was removed before he was laid on the Shroud, and the Shroud wrapped up around his head and over the top of his body. This facecloth has been in separate custody from the Shroud of Turin as far back as 711 AD. The blood on both of these relics is of the same relatively rare type – AB.

The above information, on the Shroud and the Sudarim, is from an article by J. Michael Fischer, which I found at http://www.newgeology.us/presentation24.html

A National Review article, by Myra Adams, can be found at http://www.nationalreview.com/article/434153/shroud-turin-jesus-christ-blood-relic-sudarium-oviedo

Her article also mentions that a rare pollen, found only in ancient Israel, was found on both of these relics. She draws the conclusion that “The Shroud and the Sudarium authenticate each other.”

Author: GrampaDennis

Semi-Retired Civil Engineer Have been searching for answers since 1947 Found a few, but looking for more

5 thoughts on “Is the New Testament True?”

  1. Very true. There is good reason to believe the NT is (for the most part) a credible source of historical material. The entire NT was written by 100 A.D – within 70 years of Jesus death. Copies of these documents were made within 100 years of the time of writing. This is important because it means there were plenty of people around when the New Testament documents were penned–people who could have contested the writings. In other words, those who wrote the documents knew that if they were inaccurate, plenty of people would have pointed it out.

    Interestingly, many other ancient texts don’t carry such credibility. For example, Tacitus wrote manuscripts around 100 A.D. Copies of this original were not made until approximately 1000 years later. And yet, his writings and copies are generally believed to be credible accounts. Many ancient documents have huge time gaps between the writing and copies made of documents. The New Testament on the other hand, doesn’t – only 100 years between writing and copies made. The closest we have to this sort of accuracy is in the Iliad, where copies were made 500 years after the original manuscript was written.

    Also, the interpolations in the gospels are very minimal. There is approximately only 7% of the New Testament texts in question, and of these, most variances make very little difference to the overall meaning of the passage. And the big interpolations that you have mentioned, the Bible itself actually calls out. In Mark, you will see there is options to stop it short or long – as it is a contested piece of writing. The story of the woman caught in adultery also has a disclaimer stating that ‘The most ancient Greek manuscripts do not include John 7:53-8:11.’ So we definitely do not hide away from these possible interpolations. None of these texts in question, whether they did happen or not, shake the Christian faith.

    In summary. If you don’t believe the story of Jesus on the basis of historical credibility, you cannot believe any story of anyone from history. Simply stated.

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    1. Jonathan –
      Thank you for your thoughtful comment. It is obvious that you have studied the matter (likely more than I have), and that you know whereof you speak. I am a more confident Christian now, due to my recent reading and am reinforced by your support.

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      1. Yeah. The accusation against NT accounts is often blindly asserted – while there are some small altercations, they do not shake the Christian faith in any way, and are no more signifiant than any other difficulties crossed in any other historical texts. Appreciate your piece here Dennis 🙂

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  2. Since writing the short article above, I have read The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel. This book is a thorough study, based on interviews with 13 experts. I added a mini-review to my Recommended Reading article. This book adds more powerful evidence of the truth of the story of Jesus, the Christ.

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