How’s it going? Today we’re going to talk about a very interesting idea. I hope you enjoy the post today.
So, I’m one of those weird people who likes to listen to formal debates in my spare time. Over the weekend I came across a debate on the existence of Jesus. Now the fact that people have debates about this didn’t surprise me. What caught my eye was that Bart Ehrman was the one debating for the existence of Jesus. For those who don’t know, Bart Ehrman is a leading New Testament scholar and is not a big supporter of Christianity. So the fact that he was participating in a debate on such a well-established part of history really surprised me, so I decided to do some research into this claim that Jesus never existed. Much to my surprise, I discovered that there are actually a lot of people who support this idea on the internet. However, when you leave the world of online opinions and move into the world of scholarship you find that this idea is largely rejected.
Here’s a video by RZIM as to why this is.
If you spend enough time talking with people about God and the Bible, you’re guaranteed to run into an idea or argument that you won’t know what to do with. For instance, one time I got into a conversation about God with a vendor at the mall who, no joke, believed that God was a space tree that pumped life into the universe. I mean, what do you do with that? Like I said above, talk to enough people and you’re bound to run into some odd ideas. However, you’ll also run into some very reasonable ideas. Many of them will complement your beliefs while others will challenge them. For instance, the argument that Jesus never existed. When I first ran into the argument I didn’t know how to answer it, I had to sit down and study the subject.
Too often when this happens, people react in one of two ways. they will dismiss the idea without giving it enough thought (this is someone with a closed mind). Or, on the other hand, they will accept it without giving it enough thought (this is someone who’s mind is so open that their brains fall out). If you’re the kind of person who is interested in the truth, then you want to try and avoid both of those reactions. This is done through a life of learning. Don’t be afraid of hard questions, but carefully think through them before you settle on a conclusion.
I like the way G.K. Chesterton put it,
“Merely having an open mind is nothing. The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.”G.K. Chesterton
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