You Are My Witnesses: The Men Who Saw Jesus

And you are my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. ~Acts 1:8

The question of whether Jesus actually existed, is perhaps, the most important subject of all time. If Jesus healed the sick, walked on water, was crucified and rose from the dead, knowing whether these things are true is essential to proving His claim to be God and Messiah. Critics say that the men who wrote the Gospels about Jesus made up the whole story. The text of the New Testament states that men saw and heard the things they are writing and they are certain these things are true.

This book is a serious inquiry into the facts that can be known regarding Jesus. Today we have 24,593 surviving manuscript copies of the New Testament. The earliest nearly complete copies are dated from 175-225 A.D. If we have manuscript copes from 175 A.D., it is certain that the original autographs were written early in the first century. Critics say no, they were written late in the first century by non-eyewitnesses. When we examine the words of Jesus, it is clear that He commanded 12 men to write a record of all they had seen and heard, and immediately send this testimony out to the whole world.

These men had seen the most extraordinary events in the history of the world, is it possible that after they saw Jesus alive and He ascended back to heaven with the command, “you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth,” that they did nothing for 30 or 40 years? There is evidence in the New Testament that the Gospels were already written just a few years after Jesus rose from the dead, and these Gospels were being taught in churches all over Asia Minor.

There are 134 citations in the New Testament where the writers state that they saw Jesus and witnessed His miracles, death and resurrection. In the 27 books of the New Testament, there are 396 places where Jesus’ death and resurrection are described. Did these men really see and hear these things or is it all just a fraud? In the secular historical record there are 121 citations where Jesus and His followers are mentioned by non-biblical sources, recorded since the first century.

This book is written to provide evidence to support the fact that everything written about Jesus in the New Testament is true and can be relied upon. This book contains evidence of an early writing of the Gospels by eyewitnesses, and proof that Jesus was known to the secular world because they wrote about Him in their preserved records.

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Categories: Common errors of Atheists, Historical Validity of the New Testament, How The NT Writers Remembered, New Testament Criticism, Reliability of the New Testament, Robert Clifton Robinson, The Four Gospels, The Historical Jesus, You Are My Witnesses

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  1. If we conduct a personal examination of the persons who are held up as critical scholars, we learn that many are atheists who do not believe God exists in the first place.

    How did you determine this? You are, of course, free to assert whatever you want, just as I am free to reject your assertions until you can justify them.

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    • The subject of the book, for which this article was written, is about these New Testament scholars who are atheists. Many people find it hard to believe that an atheist would seek a Ph.D, and then write to refute the New Testament. I cover this subject in my book.

      In the case of world renowned New Testament scholar, Bart Ehrman, who is one of the subjects of this book, he has openly stated that he is an atheist.

      New Testament Scholarship is not biased, but many New Testament Scholars are. Every human being is capable of cognitive prejudice. People tend to choose their preferred conclusions and then justify their choices by fallacious reasoning.

      Again, in the matter of Bart Ehrman, his continued denial of God, while writing as a scholar, is the primary reason he has become wealthy and renowned. In truth, his livelihood depends upon it.

      The entire basis for the argument that the four Gospels were not written by eyewitnesses, rests precisely upon a unprovable dating system that says the Gospels were written late in the first century.There has never been any proof that the Gospels were written late, or that the men who wrote the text were not eyewitnesses. In my book I show the arguments that Ehrman has made (under pressure) to try and prove these posits, and how easy it is to impeach them from actual evidence that does exist.

      I have taken careful steps in this book to refute Ehrman and others who use the above method to impeach the New Testament. The entire premise of non-eyewitnesses, rests on whether these scholars are successful at convincing the world that the four Gospels were written much later–after the men who saw Jesus, either could no longer remember the details we see in the NT, or were deceased.

      Of course, this is the entire point of the late-date argument, to impeach the eyewitness testimony. It is regrettable that simply because Ehrman and others have a Ph.D., and are known as New Testament scholars, the unknowing accept their conclusions based upon their education and notoriety. I have met few who have actually done the research and noticed that Ehrman can write a 300 page book about the New Testament, while never providing any evidence to support his ideas. He depends upon his notoriety completely, and it has worked well for him thus far.

      Many years ago I discovered this reality; that there is no evidence to prove a late-date writing for the four Gospels, and in fact, we can easily prove from the text of the NT, that the Gospels were written not long after Jesus rose. This is again, the purpose of this book that I just published.

      Thank you for presenting a very relevant and important question.

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      • So you’ve mentioned Ehrman, as a NT scholar who is an atheist. Who are the others critical scholars that you include in this “many” category? You’ve asserted that many are atheists, and I want to know what you mean by this, and how you determined that this claim is true?

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      • Is your issue now that you are an atheist because of the number of atheist New Testament scholars? There are less than ten percent of all New Testament scholars who are atheists. You seem to take refuge in the scholars who write from a bias of non belief in God, but ignore the majority of NT scholars who uphold the reliability of the NT. Not all scholars are perfect, of course, but many people who call themselves atheists, seem, to rely primarily on Ehrman and some in the list below.

        All of these scholars fail to provide any actual proof that the New Testament was not written by eyewitnesses, thought the NT states 134 times by the writers that they are witnesses of what they write. The manner in which these critical scholars arrive at a non-eyewitness theory is by first suggesting that the Gospels were written late in the first century, not by the Gospel writers, but other Greek writers.

        There is no actual evidence to prove this, yet men like Ehrman and many listed below, repeatedly insist that this is true. My assertion is that they make these errors because of their atheist bias.

        The following are a few of those who are atheists, while being prominent New Testament scholars.

        Marcus Borg
        Robert Price
        Robert Funk
        John Dominic Crossan
        Burton Mack
        Barbara Thiering
        Harold Attridge
        Lloyd Geering
        Stephen Harris
        Karen King

        There are several other, you can do your own research. These are off the top of my head.

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  2. No, I’m an atheist because I don’t find the sufficient evidence to convince me that any god exists.

    The majority of NT scholarship does not agree with your assessment about who wrote the gospels, but frankly that part is only a minor detail. Even if it were established that the gospels were written by the traditional authors, this still would not provide sufficient evidence to convince me that a God exists, or that Christianity is true. Even if Jesus did rise from the dead it simply does not follow that:
    1. Jesus was/is God,
    2. There is an afterlife
    3. That beliefs about Jesus have any affect on this afterlife

    Until you have some sufficient way to establish the truth of these claims, I will remain a non-Christian.

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    • Things which are equal to the same thing are equal to each other.

      It was not my intention to convince you of God’s existence. I simply espouse that the evidence for God is greater than not. Each person must make up their own mind.

      When Jesus walked the earth, many people saw the miracles He performed, yet they still did not believe in Him.

      Evidence was never the barrier that has prevented anyone from believing in God. It is the heart of man that will not yield, even when the mind is presented with truth.

      It is not correct that the majority of scholars disagree with me. unless you are speaking of the 10 percent who are liberal scholars. The 90 percent conservative scholars concur with me.

      Do you have any actual evidence to prove that the New Testament was written late in the first century, or that it was not written by eyewitnesses? I am not asking you to tell me what you have read as a comment by a scholar. Do you have any evidence to prove these things?

      Did you notice when you are reading all of these critical opinions of the New Testament that none of these scholars you are relying upon, every provide any evidence to prove their assertions?

      I think that the evidence you say you require is a non-starter. You are relying on no evidence presently to prove that the narratives of Jesus that survive time and decay, is not reliable. The truth is, these texts in which the writers state clearly that they “saw Jesus with their eyes,” are eye witness statements, written immediately after Jesus rose from the dead.

      This is what Jesus commanded these 12 men to do; write a testimony and send it out to the whole world. Do you think that Jesus expected these men to not write until much later, or that they never wrote at all?

      The New Testament is clear. It is clear what Jesus wanted these men to do. It is clear that they did this; they wrote the Gospels, and the rest of the letters for the New Testament followed. This is what the evidence we do have, proves.

      We have a very large body of 27 letters, written by the men who saw Jesus, telling us that what happened is no only true, it was all predicted by the entire Old Testament. Everything that Jesus said and did, was all predicted for the Messiah, from 700-1500 years before He arrived. These are the facts, yet you still insist there is insufficient evidence?

      I think that you would have been one of those who the New Testament described who saw the miracles that Jesus performed to prove that He is God, but they still did not believe in Him.

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