Defending the Bible with Internal Evidence
by Aaron Shamp
Can you trust something that is 2,000 years old? We have a hard time accepting the stories of people who lived many centuries before us. Their testimony, no matter how ordinary or down to earth, seems like mythology. Our teachers trained us to be skeptical. The ancients were pre-scientific and often saw the world through a superstitious lens. This is the same attitude that people take toward the Gospels in the New Testament.
We assume that they have been mythologized by a pre-Enlightenment worldview. Many people say that scribes revised the stories again and again through the decades. Some scholars have attempted to salvage a picture of the “historical Jesus” from the Gospels. Their goal was to identify a core set of his teachings that are not the legendary creation of the apostles. Skeptics argue that the New Testament cannot be a trustworthy resource for knowing Jesus.
What if there was a method to test their authenticity? What if any person could pick up a New Testament and verify the trustworthiness of the Gospels on her own? Scholars throughout history have used ancient literature to defend the New Testament. I am going to share a way to test the Scriptures without the use or need for any other historical documents…