21 Myths: Jesus is Just a Legend

Robby Bradford21 myths, apologetics, Christian origins, early Christianity, gospels, Jesus Christ, New Testament, resurrection0 Comments

One way or another people sometimes make this claim while trying to deny the historicity of Jesus and the resurrection. It was just a legend.  Jesus died and then legends about him arose later, and that was where we get the gospels and Paul’s letters. The problem with this is that we have eyewitnesses reports (that go back to the … Read More

21 Myths–Jesus Mirrors Pagan Religions

Robby Bradford21 myths, apologetics, Bible, Christian origins, gospels, Jesus Christ0 Comments

This myth is repeated a lot on the internet.  I’ve heard and read all kinds of conspiracy theories (especially on the internet). Osiris. Krishna.  Horus.  Mithras. Dionysus.  Adonis.  Just to name a few.  As Dan Brown, the author of The Da Vinci Code, put it, “Nothing in Christianity is original.” So how does one answer these criticisms? For one, these … Read More

21 Myths: The Gospels Contradict Each Other

Robby Bradfordapologetics, atheists, Bible, crucifixion, historical Jesus, Jesus Christ, New Testament, resurrection, skeptics0 Comments

This is one of the favorite myths put forth by atheists and skeptics. The fact is no formal historian would agree that the gospels contradict each other.  They would say that there may be some disagreement on peripheral details between the gospel accounts, but the core facts are in clear agreement with each other. For example, in 1912, when the … Read More

21 Myths: There are Other Gospels

Robby Bradfordapologetics, Christian history, Christian origins, gospels, Jesus Christ, New Testament, the Bible0 Comments

CNN loves to talk about them. National Geographic has spilled plenty of ink covering them. They are the darlings of the media whenever they turn up somehow and especially when they tell any kind of story or say anything that directly casts doubt on any of the four canonical gospels. They also stir up plenty of money for those who … Read More

21 Myths: Jesus’ Story Has Been Changed Over Time

Robby Bradfordapologetics, biblical sources, Christian origins, Jesus Christ, textual criticism0 Comments

Myth: The biblical story of Jesus can’t be trusted because it’s been changed significantly over the last 2,000 years. It’s a common question: how can anyone be sure that the Bible contains the same words that were written thousands of years ago? This question concerns a discipline called ‘textual criticism’. Its goal is to evaluate all the available copied manuscripts … Read More

21 Myths: Jesus of Faith, Not of History

Robby Bradford21 myths, apologetics, Bible, Christianity, hermeneutics, Jesus Christ, New Testament0 Comments

Myth: The Bible gives us theological insights about Jesus, but not historical ones. Some people are interested in the Jesus’ religious ideas, but deny that the Bible provides, or even intends to provide, any historical accounts about him. Are they right? Is the Bible meant to be taken seriously as a historical description of Jesus’ life and ministry? I would … Read More

21 Myths: A Natural Explanation for the “Resurrection”

Robby Bradfordapologetics, Christian origins, faith, Jesus Christ, New Testament, resurrection, truth0 Comments

Maybe you’ve heard or thought a version of this myth– “He never really died, but became conscious and left the tomb.” “His disciples stole the body and fabricated the story of resurrection.” “The disciples had hallucinations about Jesus and that’s where we get the stories of a risen Christ.” “Jesus’ enemies stole his body, and his disciples made it up.” … Read More

21 Myths: Jesus & Mohammed Taught the Same Thing

Robby Bradford21 myths, apologetics, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Jesus Christ, world religions0 Comments

I bet you’ve heard some version of this myth about Jesus.  I would guess it’s most often repeated by people who don’t really want to come to terms with the fact that claims about religious truth aren’t all equal or the same.The versions I’ve heard of this myth kind of go along these tired and cozy lines:“Well, Jesus and Mohammed … Read More