Science Discovers God

Historical Cross-Hairs

1 It was now the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius, the Roman emperor. Pontius Pilate was governor over Judea;
Herod Antipas was ruler over Galilee; his brother Philip was ruler over Iturea and Traconitis; Lysanias was ruler over Abilene.

2 Annas and Caiaphas were the high priests.
At this time a message from God came to John son of Zechariah, who was living in the wilderness.

Luke 3:1-2

Does This Sound Like Luke is Making Up A Story?

An exact date is given: A.D. 29.All 8 people are known from history (and can be verified).All were known to live at this exact time.This is not a myth or fairy tale.

• The New Testament story is confirmed by 10 ancient,non-Christian sources, including:

Historians: Josephus, Tacitus, Suetonius, Thallus, Phlegon
Government Officials: Pliny the Younger,
Emperor Trajan, Emperor Hadrian
Other Sources: Including The Jewish Talmud and Greek writer Lucian.
• Compiling their references, we get a story congruent with the New Testament…

Extra-Biblical Storyline

No one dies for a known lie.

The Apostles themselves were eyewitnesses to Jesus’ resurrected life.
• They knew first-hand whether or not Jesus’resurrection was true.
• The evidence from their life:

  • They had proven moral integrity.
  • They condemned lying & stressed honesty.
  • They were key figures in their communities.
  • They were convinced of the resurrection.
  • They became bold overnight.
  • They faced beatings, torture, prison & death.

Peter: Crucified
Andrew: Crucified
Matthew: Sword
John: Natural
James (Son of Alphaeus): Crucified
Philip: Crucified
Simon: Crucified
Paul: Beheaded (Likely)
James (Brother of Jesus):Stoned (Bludgeoned)
Thomas (Doubting): Spear Thrust
Bartholomew: Crucified
James (Son of Zebedee): Sword

…all willing to die BRUTAL deaths for known TRUTH.