In The Evidence for Jesus’ Resurrection Lee Strobel tells his own story how as an atheist, he investigated two foundational questions of Christianity: Did Jesus really claim to be God, and did Jesus really rise from the dead? He also presents five historical facts proving the resurrection and responds to the new explanations offered today that supposedly refute Jesus Resurrection.
Then in Can We Trust the New Testament? Strobel continues by explaining:
- how we can be sure that the text of the New Testament hasn't been altered in significant ways if we don't have the original documents, and there are 200,000 to 400,000 variants in the manuscript copies,
- is Christian belief in jeopardy because the earliest manuscripts do not contain the story about the woman taken in adultery, the last 12 verses of the Gospel of Mark, or the verse on the Trinity found in 1 John 5:7,
- and is the Bible's teachings about Jesus and Christian doctrine in doubt if it can be shown that some church scribes intentionally changed some of the copies that have come down to us.
We answer these questions in the 3 programs in this series.
Dr. Gary Habermas in Evidence for the Historical Jesus answers:
- how do we know that the Jesus of history is the same Jesus of our Christian faith,
- what historical facts show that a few days after Jesus was buried His tomb was found empty,
- and is it possible for a skeptic to reason from "the disciples thought they saw Jesus after He died" to "the disciples actually saw Jesus".
Finally, in The Search for Jesus: A Response to the ABC, NBC, CNN Specials about Jesus, some of the top scholars in the world answer:
- was Jesus born in Bethlehem,
- do the Gospels contradict one another,
- was Jesus buried in a tomb,
- and were Jesus’ appearances psychological events or physical appearances.