Have you ever wondered about the evidence that exists for the faith of Christianity? How is it possible that over two billion people on the planet identify with what is called the Christian faith?
The Bible is comprised of two parts, the Old Testament and the New Testament. The New Testament alone has over 5,843, reliable manuscripts written in Greek. In sharp contrast, there are a handful of copies of the works of Plato, Aristotle, and Homer in existence, and some of their teachings are allowed in schools.
Yet, the Bible itself has “2000 Armenian, almost 1000 Coptic, 6 Gothic, more than 600 Ethiopian, more than 10000 Latin, more than 350 Syriac, 43 Georgian, and more than 4000 Slavic manuscript copies of the New Testament!”
Spanning hundreds of years, the copies remain relatively the same, now that’s remarkable. Yet, the Bible itself is thrown off as a myth, or a lie, or a book of fairy tales. But, did you know that the oldest copy of the New Testament in existence was found in Egypt and dates to less than 30 years after Christ’s Death and Resurrection?
There are no other documents in history that are this verified. Yet, some still choose to say that the Bible is a falsehood. Lee Strobel, an atheist, turned Christian, was asked a question while he was on his journey to faith. How much evidence is enough?
Now, the most crucial pin of faith for Christianity is the fact that Jesus died and rose from the grave. Did you know that there were over 500 eyewitnesses to his resurrection? A total of 9 ancient sources that have nothing to do with the Bible account for Jesus being alive and well after His crucifixion. These nine sources record the fact that on 12 separate occasions, people saw Jesus alive and well after he was killed on the cross. On one of these occasions, He appeared to a crowd of over 500.
“Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.”- C.S. Lewis
Let this be the start of your journey, and I implore you to find more evidence or a lack thereof. The evidence is remarkable and speaks to the Truth that Jesus Christ came to Earth, Died on an old rugged Cross, and rose from the grave. While atheists and agnostics alike, the world over, will tell you He didn’t exist, the evidence points to the reality that He did, in fact, exist.
For many, the question is why and that answer is relatively simple; Love. God Loves You.