21 Myths: Jesus is Just a Legend

Robby Bradford21 myths, apologetics, Christian origins, early Christianity, gospels, Jesus Christ, New Testament, resurrectionLeave a Comment

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

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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: Jesus is A Republican

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You know you’ve heard it.  Maybe you even have said it or thought it.I don’t know exactly how to explain it, but it seems that worldwide, those who take the stories of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John as literal accounts of history are more likely to find themselves on the conservative side of the political divide.That may be why evangelicals … Read More

21 Myths: There are Other Gospels

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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

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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: A Natural Explanation for the “Resurrection”

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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 Was All About Love and Peace

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Would the real Jesus please stand up?People who have a somewhat distant awareness of the content of the gospels end up bringing this myth to life from time to time.It’s the idea of a soft Jesus who maybe got angry once in the temple.It’s the notion that Jesus would never have actually had any hard feelings with any sin.It’s the … Read More

21 Myths: Not One Scintilla of Historical Proof

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I’ve heard it said 100 different ways by 100 different people.“There is no historical proof that Jesus of Nazareth existed.”“The only witness to Jesus’ life is the Bible.”“It’s all made up.  There never was a Jesus.” Behind the many ways this myth about Jesus is spun is ignorance about what we do and can know. The content in the gospels points … Read More

21 Myths About Jesus in 21 Days

Robby Bradford21 myths, apologetics, Christian origins, Christianity, discipleship, evangelism, Jesus Christ, New Testament, the BibleLeave a Comment

You’ve likely heard them.  People make up all kinds of myths about Jesus.  Often, they use these myths to dismiss him or the Church. Sometimes, myths are used about Jesus because if he’s 100% legit, it will require a complete reordering of one’s private world. Over the next 21 days, leading up to Easter Sunday, I’ll be dealing with one … Read More