Was Jesus married? Did He ever proclaim Himself to be God? Wasn’t Christianity just ideas taken from pagan religions?
Christian Apologetics helps us answer questions for our faith. Maybe you’ve wondered about some of these questions. I hope today’s video pick is helpful to you. Answers in Genesis has a lot of great resources you can check out on their YouTube channel.
In order to encourage you to check out the video, I’ve taken the commentary and turned it into questions, while listing a few key points.
- Intro to Tim Chaffey.
- Look into who Jesus is.
- Who is Jesus?
- Who is the Messiah? What does scripture say to expect (what was prophesied)?
- What would people in the secular world say of Jesus today?
- Did Jesus even exist?
- Zeitgeist (2007) what was it?
- Bart. D. Erman – he stopped believing in Christ.
- Skeptics say the Bible is the only place to read about Jesus, and this isn’t true.
- Why can’t we trust someone who is accusing others of having an agenda?
- How should we look at the Bible, as a witness account?
- Memnon of Heraclea – who is this?
- Paulkovich has a list that is considered stupid – why?
- Who is Flavius Josephus? Why are his writings interesting when it comes to Jesus?
- Who is Thallus? What interesting event did he write about?
- Pliny the Younger – what did he write?
- Did early Christians believe Jesus was God – yes!
- Cornelius Tactius – wrote about Christian persecution and wrote about Christ.
- Suetonius – talked about how Christian ideas were new.
- Lucian thought Christians were weird, what else did his writing point out?
- The Historical Jesus by Gary R. Habermias
- There are ancient sources about Jesus.
- Was Jesus copied from pagan gods?
- The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, a fictional book, is now being used to disprove Christ.
- How is the Lord’s day that Christians worship connected to Sunday?
- Key point: The Bible does not give us a date of birth for Christ, so refuting December 25th, doesn’t really matter.
- Did Christians borrow from other theology and pagan ideas?
- Key point: Horus was not crucified and did not resurrect. What are other lies of these pagan myths and how are they NOT similar to Christ?
- What are the copycat problems?
- Was Jesus married? How did this idea get popular?
- What is the Gospel of Jesus’ wife and why is it problematic?
- Why is Karen L. King suspicious?
- A modern forgery – what happened? Why is the Gospel of Jesus’ wife forged?
- What seems “too convenient?”
- What is a major problem of the Secret Gospel of Mark?
- Why would it be a problem if Jesus married? There’s no evidence He was married.
- Was the Historical Jesus different than the Biblical Jesus?
- What was the Jesus Seminar? Why is the seminar not considered scholarly?
- Why is the Gospel of Thomas not trusted?
- What happened with the Council of Nicaea that caused questions?
- What evidence do we have that showed early Christians believed Christ was God?
- What actually happened at the Council of Nicaea? (See also: What Really Happened At The Council of Nicaea (Melissa Dougherty & Wesley Huff))
- What are statements Christ gave in which He declared He was God?
- What did the first Adam do? What did the Second Adam do?
Check Out: Refuting Modern Myths About Jesus by Tim Chaffey from Answers in Genesis
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The Gospel Message: With the Good News means there’s bad news. We all are sinners and condemned. We all deserve the just punishment of God’s wrath. Christianity is unlike any other religion because we cannot earn our way into Heaven. God saw the weakness of man and his utter depravity. Yet, He showed us grace. Jesus, God, One Person of the Trinity, became God in the flesh, the God-Man. He was always perfect and sinless. And His humanity was perfected on the cross, living the full sinless life. He became our atonement sacrifice. Dying in our place, taking on the wrath of God upon Himself. He died on the cross, and He was resurrected because death could not hold Him. Jesus is the answer. We, as guilty sinners, need His blood to pay off our debt of sin. For all who put their faith in Him – meaning eyes are opened to the Gospel, we see ourselves as a sinner, we see the need for Christ, we desire our Savior, and we see the ugliness of our sin. Putting our faith in Jesus, we seek HIs forgiveness and repent from our sins, we turn away from our old way of life. We, through the work of the Holy Spirit, continue to become convicted of sin daily. Our eyes will never be the same again. We see things in a different light, and the truth of Christ affects how we live and serve Him. Christ tells us to count the cost. Salvation is a serious topic, it is not to be taken lightly. For a breakdown of this powerful message, understanding how Christ could be God and Man, why God required sacrifices, and more -please see: Why Did A Loving God Kill His Son? (Does God Hate?)
If you think you know the Gospel, check out these questions and see how prepared you are for the day someone might ask you why you believe: The Gospel Challenge (30 Question Quiz) – Are You Ready To Defend Your Faith?
Scripture To Meditate On – (ESV) Matthew 4:10, “Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.’”
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