Christians, what makes your religion more believable than any other?

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  • 10 years ago
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    Two words. Empty tomb.

    What other religion claims a resurrection from the dead, and lists eyewitnesses who went to their death because of their claims.

    The disciples were horribly killed because they wouldn't budge in their claims.

    One of them would have cracked if it were a hoax.

    If that isn't enough then here is more.

    Archeological Findings that match up to the Bible.

    The more evidence archeology finds, the more it proves the Bible accurate. Never has there been an archeological discovery that counters what the Holy Scriptures say. Technically, archeology will never prove the Bible (or any other book) is always correct. However, it can give us confidence in scripture when the Bible is continually proven correct despite criticism.

    King David

    People used to argue King David was just a myth. The Bible was proved correct in 1993 with the uncovering of the Tel Dan.

    Goliath

    and recently they have discovered and are excavating the city of Tel Tzafit, which was once called Gat (or Gath). Evidence is mounting that this was the home of David's most famous enemy, Goliath.

    The Edomites

    While 2 Samuel 8:13,14 talks about King David and the Edomites, historians did not believe they existed until 2 centuries after King David. However, archeology has now confirmed their existence in King David's time.

    The Hittites

    While the bible refers to the Hittites 3 dozen times from Genesis 10:15,16 to Nehemiah 9:8, they were once thought a myth. Archeology has now confirmed their existence

    King Sargon, the Assyrian

    Isaiah 20:1 records King Sargon, but no mention of him was recorded in any non-biblical account. In 1843 excavations began that ultimately uncovered King Sargon's palace.

    Nebo-Sarsekim

    Scripture is proven correct yet again when in 2007 archeological evidence for a minor character mentioned in Jeremiah 39:3 named Nebo Sarsekim.

    Jericho

    Since its initial excavation, Jericho has been a controversial site for archeologists. Evidence is pointing towards the Jericho of the Bible. Finally, another source confirms that the Jericho of the Bible matches the Archeological evidence.

    Cylinder of Nabonidus

    Until the mid-1800s many people didn't believe King Belshazzar existed because Bible (i.e. Daniel 5:1) was the only place that mentioned him and the known king at that time was King Nabonidus (556-539BC). Then the Cylinder of Nabonidus was found confirming Daniel and the Bible was correct once again.

    Merneptah Stele

    This artifact was created during the reign of Merneptah , a son of Ramesses II. This Stele mentions Israel and defines them as nomads, a people without a country.

    Pontius Pilate

    For many years Bible skeptics did not believe Pontius Pilate was a real figure. Then in 1961 the Pilate Stone was discovered. This is the only universally accepted find that contains the name of Pontius Pilate.

    Balaam

    Mentioned in Numbers 22 - 24, Balaam was a seer who was hired to curse Israel. In 1967, proof of his existence was found at Deir Alla.

    Evidence Jesus Did Exist

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    Early Historians/Writers

    1. Josephus was the single most prominent first century Jewish historian. While not a Christian himself, a small but important piece of his writings were about Jesus.

    2. Thallus was a first century Greek historian. Only a few tidbits of his writings exist. One of them is "on the whole world there pressed a fearful darkness, and the rocks were rent by an earthquake, and many places in Judea and other districts were thrown down", which sounds eerily like Matthew 27:45, Luke 23:44,45. He attributes this to an eclipse.

    3. Another very early reference about Jesus by a non-Christian was Mara_Bar-Serapion who wrote this letter to his son around 40 years after Jesus was crucified. He encourages his son to pursue wisdom from both Jesus and Socrates.

    4. Roman Senator and Historian Cornelius Tacitus (55-120 A.D.) briefly mentions Jesus and the Christian movement in his work "The Annals". The translation is here. This is the only secular document discovered so far that mentions Pontius Pilate.

    5. Pliny the Younger (61-112 A.D.) wrote hundreds of letter to a multitude of people. One letter to Emperor Trajan made fun of Christians and their willingness to die for Christ who he considered a myth. Here is a a sample letter.

    6. Suetonius also know as Gaius Suetonius Tranquillas (69 (75)-130 A.D.) Court official under Hadrian and historian referred to Jesus in his work Twelve Caesars translated here.

    7. Phlegon (2nd century A.D.) wrote "The Chronicles". This document is lost, but a little piece of his writings are preserved by Julius Africanus. Like Thallus, he also talks about the "darkness" and also associates it with a solar eclipse. Sixth century writer Philopon also quotes Phlegon.

    8. Polycarp (70 - 156 A.D.) wrote "The letter to the Philippians (translation to English here.He was a disciple of John and willingly gave his life for his faith.

    9. Celsus (185-254 AD) argued against the divinity of Christ in his book The True Word. However, he never even suggested Jesus did not exist.

    10. Lucian of Samosata (185-254 AD) 125 - 180(A.D.) was an Assyrian rhetorician and satirist. He ridiculed Christians in his writings, but in doing so he confirmed Jesus was crucified and was the founder of Christianity. However, he never even suggested Jesus did not exist.

    11. Hegesippus (110-180 AD) was a Jew who did extensive personal research including extensive travel to Rome and Corinth before he finally converted to Christianity. His writings are here and reflect the belief of people he personally talked to rather than the scripture.

    12. Justin Martyr (103-165 AD) was an early Christian apologist and writer. Two of hie earlier works is this addressed to the Roman emperer Pius around 155 AD and his Dialogue with Tryphi.

    13. Origen (185-254 AD) and Tertullian are examples of prolific early Christian writers.

    14. Roman emperer Trajan (53 - 117) corresponded with Pliny the Younger on how to deal with the Christians of Pontus.

    15. The Babylonian Talmud does not accept the divinity of Jesus, however it clearly states that Jesus (Yeshu) died at Passover. It also said that Jesus performed miracles, but dismissed it as sorcery.

    Prophecies related to Jesus' Birth and Fulfillment

    Prophecies related to Jesus' Birth and Fulfillment (The old testament verses are the prophecies, and the new testament scripture I have given is hundreds of years later of the prophecy being fulfilled.)

    1.Jesus' will be announced in the wilderness (Isaiah 40:3)

    Matt 3:1,2

    2.Jesus will be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14)

    Luke 1:34

    3. Messiah to be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2)

    Luke 2:10,11,12,13,14,15

    4. but come from Egypt (Hosea 11:1)

    Matthew 2:14,15

    5. Messiah will come from tribe of Judah (Genesis 49:10)

    Matt 1:2

    6. From the lineage of Jesse (Isaiah 11:1)

    Matt 1:6

    7. From the lineage of King David (Jeremiah 23:5)

    Matt 9:27

    8. Will receive gifts (Psalms 72:10 Isaiah 60:6)

    Matt 2:1,11

    9. Children will die (Jeremiah 31:15)

    Matt 2:16,17,18

    Prophecies related to Jesus' Death and Fulfillment

    1. Jesus will be betrayed by a friend (Psalms 41:9)

    Mark 14:10

    2. For thirty pieces of Silver (Zech 11:12)

    Matt 26:14,15,16

    3. Which the betrayer threw into the Potters field (Zech 11:13)

    Matt 27:7

    4. He would get beat and spit on (Isaiah 50:6 Micah 5:1)

    Matt 26:67 Luke 22:63)

    5. He would get whipped (stripes) (Isaiah 53:5)

    Matt 27:26

    6. He would take our sins for us (Isaiah 53:6,8,12)

    Matt 27:7

    7. He would be silent in front of His accusers (Isaiah 53:7)

    Matt 27:13,14

    8. He would take the grave of a rich person (Isaiah 53:9)

    Matt 27:57,58,59,60

    9. They would mock him saying "He saved others, but he can't save Himself" (Psalms 22:7,8)

    Matt 27:41,42,43

    10. He would die with sinners (Isaiah 53:12)

    Matt 27:38

    11. They gave Him gall and vinegar (Psalms 69:21)

    Matt 27:34

    12. His hands and feet would be pierced (Zech 12:10 and Psalms 22:16)

    John 20:25

    13. but no bones would be broken (Psalms 34:20) - (when this prophecy was written, the primary method of execution was stoning)

    John 19:31,32,33,34

    14. but His side would be pierced (Zech 12:10)

    John 19:34

    15. They will cast lots for His garments (Psalms 22:18)

    John 19:24 Matt 27:35

    16. The messiah will die before the city and sanctuary (temple) is destroyed (prediction made 600 B.C.) (Daniel 9:26)

    The destruction of the sanctuary (temple) was in 70 AD, less than 40 years after Jesus died on the cross

    Other Prophecies related to Jesus and Fulfillment

    1. The Destruction of the Temple would be complete (Matt 24:1,2)

    The Romans destroyed the temple completely in 70 A.D.

    2. Jesus' word will never be forgotten (Luke 21:33)

    Not a day goes by that millions of people don't read, pray and meditate on His words.

    3. Jesus' will be hated without a cause (Isaiah 49:7)

    John 15:25

    4. Jesus' will teach in Parables (Psalms 78:2)

    Matt 13:34.

    5. Jesus' will demonstrate many miracles (Isaiah 35:5,6)

    Matt 9:35 Matt 11:4,5.

    6. Jesus will start His ministry in Zebulun and Naphtali (Isaiah 9:1,2,3)

    Matt 4:12,13,17

    7. The temple will become a den of robbers (Jeremiah 7:11)

    Matt 21:13

    8. Jesus will enter Jerusalem on a donkey (Zech 9:9)

    Matt 21:1.2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11

    9. Jesus will be the Son of God (Psalms 2:7)

    Matt 3:17 Mark 9:7 John 1:34,49

    10. Jesus will be a priest forever (Psalms 110:4)

    Hebrews 3:1

    11. Jesus will be a rejected by the Jews (builders) (Psalms 118:22)

    1 Peter 2:7

    12. but a "light" to the Gentiles (Isaiah 49:6,60:3)

    Acts 13:47,48

    13. His body will not deca

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  • 10 years ago

    Talking snakes

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  • FROG E
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    10 years ago

    Jesus.....He is the way, the truth and the life.

    btw....I don't have a religion.

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  • 10 years ago

    it attracts young people with its persuasive christian rock

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  • 10 years ago

    nothing more than faith. with it, you become confident your religion is right.

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  • 10 years ago

    *crickets*

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  • 10 years ago

    Jesus Christ...

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