If Jesus is God (and in recent lessons have concluded from evidence that He is), then He is perfectly moral, because God is perfectly moral. If Jesus is perfectly moral, then He can speak no lies. Since He cannot speak lies, anything that Jesus teaches is true. Since the New Testament is historically reliable and accurately records the deeds and teachings of Jesus, then what it says about what Jesus teaches must be true. So, examining teachings of Jesus recorded in the New Testament, we can examine what Jesus taught about the Bible, and have an understanding of whether or not the Bible is truly the Word of God.
“I am ready to accept that Jesus of Nazareth was a good moral teacher, but I cannot believe that he was the son of God.” How many times have Christians heard such a statement? So, just who is Jesus? It’s an important question. As we study, we find out what the Bible teaches about this very question, and even find that there is a fundamental problem with the idea Jesus being either a good moral teacher or the Son of God.
Why even bother asking as question like this? Don’t we know that Jesus rose from the dead? Our faith is based on Christ rising from the dead, and yet, there are some who do not believe that Christ really was resurrected, but simply that the disciples believed it to be so. In this lesson, we examine some evidence that should shows us that Christ did in fact rise from the dead.
Many skeptics argue that we cannot trust the New Testament documents to be accurately telling the truth about Jesus and the church. We can answer those charges by examining several lines of evidence regarding the historical reliability of the New Testament. In this lesson, we consider whether or not the New Testament contains eyewitness testimony, and then examine how we can know that the New Testament as we have it is an accurate translation of what was written in the first century.
We live in a day and age when no matter where you turn, media outlets and individuals are constantly making up or exaggerating stories in order to advance their own personal agendas. How do we know that the writers of the New Testament weren’t doing just that? Can we be sure that what the New Testament tells us about Jesus is what actually happened 2000 years ago in Palestine? As it turns out, we can, and in this lesson and in following lessons, we’re going to examine some ways that we can know that to be true.
A brief review of the previous few weeks of study, considering the evidence for God and where that leaves us with regard to which world religions could possibly be true.
As we deal with our friends, neighbors, and co-workers, we will inevitably come across people who do not believe that God exists. Some will ask us why we still believe. Over the past couple of weeks we have looked at answers we can give to that question, and in this lesson we look at a third, The Moral Argument for the Existence of God.