8 Points to Consider: The Authenticity of the Bible {Undesigned Coincidences} 8 of 9

“When someone places faith in the Bible, they place it in the direction of evidence, not against the evidence.”

D.M. Johnson and I are back in this second-to-last podcast on the authenticity of the Bible. Today, we discuss undesigned coincidences. Undesigned coincidences are events or things in the Bible that could be coincidental, but there are just so many that they add up to real, compelling evidence.

As D.M. explains, “It becomes a little bit ridiculous to insist that all of these things are just purely happening by luck or some kind of random circumstance.”

We’ve got plenty of examples of such undesigned coincidences, from both inside and outside the Bible, including:

  • Jesus healing the sick;

  • The apostles keeping silent after the events on the Mount of Transfiguration;

  • And Jesus feeding the 500.

Jesus heals a woman.

We invite you to join us on this podcast, and again, to read and study the Bible for yourself. It truly is God’s word.

You can find the complete transcript at ibelievepodcast.com.

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8 Points to Consider: The Authenticity of the Bible {Evidence of the Resurrection} 7 of 9

Critics and skeptics have long attacked Jesus’ Resurrection. Why so?? Well, in short, if the Resurrection can be disproved, all the other claims about Jesus Christ can also be dismissed. Christianity would crumble.

In this cast in the I Believe Podcast series on the Authenticity of the Bible (its reliability, not its perfection), guest D.M. Johnson and I will review much of the evidence which shows that the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is a validated, critical, wonderful historical event.

By His wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53:5

We’ll use the minimal facts approach, which means we’ll be looking at five key facts from the New Testament which can only be explained by the Resurrection.

Please join D.M. Johnson and I as we discuss this crucial area of Christianity. As always, we invite you to turn to the Bible yourself; it’s easy for some to hide behind the veneer of study and intellectual pursuit, to the exclusion of never coming to know whether or not something is true which comes by reading, study and sincere prayer which God alone can answer personally. This doesn’t exclude due diligence in any way, shape, or form, but means that once we have done that, we must come to a point of appealing to God for our ultimate witness and knowledge of truth. We are equipped to know it.  I witness that you can receive a witness that Jesus was indeed and is indeed Resurrected, if you will honestly ask from a desire to know. I assure you that God will speak to you in a language and way that you will understand.

Please find the complete transcript at ibelievepodcast.com.

Scripture: Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. (Matthew 7:7, KJV).

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8 Points to Consider: The Authenticity of the Bible {Eyewitness Testimony} 6 of 9

Many scholars, skeptics, and Bible students alike may wonder about the authorship of the four Gospels: were they really written by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John? How old are they really? How accurate are the versions we have today–after 2000 years?

D.M. Johnson and I are back discussing these very issues relating to the eyewitness testimony in the Gospels. They talk about the following points:

  • How ancient writers recorded biographies;

  • Why it’s important to be intellectually consistent;

  • Differences between the Gnostic and Canonical Gospels;

  • Why legendary development didn’t happen in the four Gospels;

  • Why the “telephone myth” of how we got the New Testament isn’t accurate;

  • Evidence that Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are the actual authors of their gospels.

Please join us for this sixth installment on the authenticity of the Bible! I’m confident you’ll learn something new and important about the four Gospels.

As always, I invite you to prayerfully read and study the Holy Bible: you can know for certain that it is God’s word to us today.

You will find the complete transcript at ibelievepodcast.com.

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8 Points to Consider on the Authenticity of the Bible {Historical Method} 5 of 9

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Special Guest D.M. Johnson

When someone places faith in the Bible, they place it in the direction of evidence, not against the evidence

In this fifth of nine podcasts with D.M Johnson, we’ll examine the various methods historians use when studying ancient texts. D.M. and I address the following methods:

  • Multiple attestation: having multiple ancient sources talking about the same event

  • Early attestation: having an ancient source or sources that date close to the time an event is thought to have happened

  • Disinterested testimony: having a source from a writer who was completely detached and unbiased

  • The criterion of dissimilarity: when a historical figure does something against the social norms of his/her time period

  • The principle of embarrassment: when something embarrassing or incriminating is recorded about a historical person

  • Enemy attestation: when an enemy of a cause or group writes something about that cause or group

We’ll talk about each of these methods and how using them with the Bible can help give us confidence that it is true.

We invite you to read the Bible for yourself and gain a spiritual witness of its truthfulness!

You can find the complete transcript at ibelievepodcast.com. [link here]

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8 Points to Consider: The Authenticity of the Bible {Archaeology} 4 of 9

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Special Guest D.M. Johnson

When someone places faith in the Bible, they place it in the direction of evidence, not against the evidence

In this 4th in a series of 9 interviews, D.M. Johnson, author and Bible scholar, and I discuss the archaeological evidence for the Bible. We’ll discuss the following archaeological evidence:

  • The Dead Sea Scrolls

  • Ossuaries and inscriptions which corroborate Biblical figures

  • Archaeological sites, including the Western Wailing Wall, the Parthenon, and Mars Hill

  • The Cyrus Cylinder

  • Clay cuneiform tablets from ancient Mesopotamia

Once again, our discussion invites you to consider the evidences supporting the Bible.

We also invite you to read the Bible for yourself, because in addition to these physical evidences of its historicity, you can also obtain a spiritual witness from God concerning its truthfulness.

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8 Points to Consider: The Authenticity of the Bible {Manuscript Evidence} 3 of 9

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Special Guest D.M. Johnson

“When someone places faith in the Bible, they place it in the direction of evidence, not against the evidence”

This third interview in a series of nine with guest D.M. Johnson discusses the manuscript evidence for the Bible. Karen and Dave go more in-depth on the wealth of manuscript evidence that exists for the Bible, particularly the New Testament.

They discuss the following topics:

  • Criteria the ancients used for placing a book or epistle in the Bible

  • Number and origin of ancient manuscripts

  • Variants between the manuscripts and how these affect our understanding of the Bible

Most importantly, they witness that the Bible is indeed God’s word, and invite all listeners to read and pray about its truthfulness.

You can find the complete transcript here.

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8 Points to Consider: The Authenticity of the Bible {Extra-Biblical Evidence}

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In this second interview in a series with DM Johnson, we discuss extra-Biblical evidence, or evidence of the Bible’s truthfulness from sources outside the Bible. Dave and I talk about the following points:

  • New Testament figures who are attested in outside sources

  • Writers who chronicled the events surrounding Jesus’ death and the darkness which followed

  • Evidence from Josephus

  • The methods and norms of historical documentation

  • Early Christian writers

  • Similarities between these outside sources and events within the Bible

All scripture is God-breathed. 2 Timothy 3:16

I hope you’ll join us as we discuss the scholarship and evidence surrounding the Bible! These outside sources provide additional evidence that the Bible is in fact a record of history.

We also invite you to read and study the Bible for yourself, and pray to know of its truthfulness.

You can find the complete transcript and audio file here.

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8 Points to Consider: The Authenticity of the Bible {Overview}

There’s a lot at stake when it comes to believing or not believing in the Bible. If Christianity weren’t true, then the truthfulness of the Bible wouldn’t matter at all. But if Christianity is true–and we hope to show you that it is–then it’s vitally important for us to seriously consider the Bible.

In this, the first of 9 podcasts, I talk with DM Johnson, an author, Bible enthusiast, and amateur scholar about 8 reasons that the Bible is a reliable source of truth. We discuss the following points:

  • Extra-Biblical evidence

  • Manuscript evidence

  • Archaeology

  • The historical method

  • The Gospels are based on eyewitnesses

  • Evidence pointing to the Resurrection

  • Undesigned coincidences in the Bible

  • Prophecies about Jesus

We hope you’ll join us for this and future interviews, and invite you to read the Bible for yourself.

You can find the complete transcript and audio file here.

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