Reliability of the New Testament


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This week’s Think Through It question asks, “How do we know that the New Testament is reliable?”

There are many reasons to believe in the reliability of the New Testament, but perhaps the most compelling evidence is that the New Testament books that make claims about the miracles of and resurrection of Jesus were written during the time of eyewitnesses and even appeal to the testimony of those eyewitnesses. For example, in 1 Corinthians 15 the apostle Paul is writing on the resurrection and then makes an appeal to a group of 500 people that Jesus appeared to after the resurrection as if to say, “If you don’t believe me, go ask one of them.” If these New Testament claims weren’t true they would have been easily dismissed, but because they were true and verified by witnesses many people believed.

I’m Jason Dees, encouraging you to think through it.

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