· The Bible consists of 66 books written by over 40 authors spanning a period of 1500 years (~1400 BC-90 AD). Its human authors came from several different cultures and numerous occupations. Yet, it is harmonious throughout, underscoring the role of its chief editor and author, the Holy Spirit.
· Subtle evidence that the Bible is written by the Holy Spirit found at my website dedicated to the book, “Trouble with the Trinity”: https://thetwtt.com.
· Grasping the whole of a doctrine requires time mining the information on that doctrine from various books. In other words, it appears to be designed to provide protection from false doctrines arrived at by selecting only a few verses.
· The Old Testament sets the stage for the New Testament. The stories of Abraham & Isaac, the exodus, Job, Psalm 22, Isaiah 53 contain just a few of the many Messianic passages in the Old Testament.
· Theophanies in the Old Testament. The Ultimate Theophany from The Gospel Coalition provides a good overview. (17 04 11)
· Jesus fulfilled many prophesies in the Old Testament.
· Centrality and Validity of the Resurrection
- During his trial, Mary mother of Jesus could have saved Jesus by saying, “No, he really is Joseph’s son.”
- Jesus, who later suddenly appeared in a room with closed doors, could have left the grave without the stone’s being removed. It was removed as a testimony to the empty tomb.
- The empty tomb. All the objection hypotheses start with an empty tomb. His body was never found.
- Women, who were regarded at the time as unreliable witnesses were the first to see the empty tomb and Jesus. No one making up the story at that time would have written it that way.
- Apostles had nothing to gain from their testimony and much to lose.
Apostles were martyred rather than deny their testimony.
- Two men, who were opposed to Jesus, suddenly experience a revelation that led them to become leaders of the movement: Saul, who changed his name to Paul after his miraculous confrontation with the resurrected Jesus and James, the denying brother of Jesus, after he also was visited by the resurrected Jesus.
· The Gospels were written within years of the crucifixion and resurrection.
- The chain of custodianship of the Gospel’s was carefully documented so we can be confident that Mark, the earliest Gospel, was written only a few years after the crucifixion.
- The early Gospels left out critical names to protect those involved. The later Gospels included the names.
· None of the Gospels or letters refers to the destruction of the temple in 70 A.D.*–an event predicted by Jesus. If they had been written after 70 A.D., the authors would have had good reason to reference it.
· Jesus is credited by many doubters as being a very wise person with very iconoclastic, even shrewd, thought-provoking teachings.
· These same doubters deny his claims to be God such as his “I am…” statements in John and other verses discussed in “The Trouble with the Trinity.” As C.S. Lewis so correctly points out, because He makes these statements about His deity, He is either a lunatic, a demon, or exactly who He says he is. The idea that He was just a brilliant person is not among the options left open to us.
· Genesis begins with the Creation story. The 12 Fundamental Principles of Christianity show why it had to begin there.
· The Gospel is God reaching down to man. All other religions are man reaching up to God.
· The only focus of religion used as a name in vain (a swear word) is “God,” “Jesus,” and “Christ.” What is so special about Him that He warrants this attention?
· The Gospel is an example of intricate simplicity-something I see again and again in the world and talk about in Eight Phenomena Which Recur Often in Cosmological, Chemical and Biological Evolution That Suggest a Creator.
· A deeper understanding of the human mind & condition revealed in the Gospel that far exceeds the understanding found in all other belief systems.
· The “God-shaped vacuum” in our mind. Riches, drugs, knowledge, fame, crowds of admirers are some of the many things we try to fill it with. None of them brings the Satisfaction and sense of completion that only God brings when He is allowed to fill it.
· The conviction upon the instant after conversion (crossing the line) that you, the new believer, have just made the most significant decision in all your life as the Holy Spirit indwells you.
· The role of the Holy Spirit in the “lives of the believer” resulting in too many coincidences to be just chance. For an example of our “Godincidences” see The Holy Spirit in Our Lives. Ask any serious believer who’s walked with the Lord for some time and you’ll find a similar collection of unbelievable events.
· The alignment of his World with his Word through the phenomenon of natural revelation (the alignment of natural revelation and supernatural revelation)
· The Shroud of Turin. I am not convinced all the evidence is in on this yet. I suspect when it is, it will be proven to be the actual burial cloth of Jesus.
· Archaeological/historical support for much in the Old Testament and New and the growing examples of archaeological finds supporting the historicity of the Bible from before the Babylonian exile. Many articles in Biblical Archaeological Review that present this extrabiblical evidence.
· The continued existence of the nation Israel and Judaism. This was driven home by a brief book by Anthony H. Futerman, a leading biochemist at the Weizmann Institute in Israel, “Defending the Messianic Faith with Honesty, Humility, and Integrity.” Although I had used this argument before on occasion, I had neglected to include it in this list. This is some of what I say in “The Trouble with the Trinity,” “It is the only ancient religion still followed by a significant number of people. The best explanation for this is that God has preserved it over the millennia. The Bible clearly indicates that the Israelite’s are of great importance to Him.”
· The suggestive way over 1000 references to the Trinity scattered throughout the Old and New Testaments logically bring together deep insights into the Triune nature of God to form a symbol significant to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam