When a Bible critic asserts, “The Bible is an ancient book; full of myths” he must present evidence to support his claims. “I said so” is not sufficient evidence.
When a skeptic proclaims, “The Bible is myth” he is attempting to avoid critically evaluating the evidence for himself. If he were in a court of law, the evidence of, “its just superstition” or name calling would not hold-up under investigation. However, would the Biblical account of the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the New Testament documents hold-up under legal scrutiny?
Dr. Simon Greenleaf, the Royal Professor of Law at Harvard University, was one of the greatest legal minds that ever lived. He wrote the famous legal volume entitled A Treatise on the Law of Evidence considered by many the greatest legal volume ever written. Dr. Greenleaf believed the resurrection of Jesus Christ was a hoax. And he determined, once and for all, to expose the "myth" of the Resurrection. After thoroughly examining the evidence for the resurrection — Dr. Greenleaf came to the exact opposite conclusion! He wrote a book entitled, An Examination of the Testimony of the Four Evangelists by the Rules of Evidence Administered in the Courts of Justice, in which he emphatically stated: (For more, click here: http://christjesus.us/greenleaf.html)
"it was IMPOSSIBLE that the apostles could have persisted in affirming the truths they had narrated, had not JESUS CHRIST ACTUALLY RISEN FROM THE DEAD, . . ."
Greenleaf concluded that according to the jurisdiction of legal evidence, the resurrection of Jesus Christ was the best supported event in all of antiquity! And not only that, Dr. Greenleaf was so convinced by the overwhelming evidence, he committed his life to Jesus Christ!
So let us stop brushing aside the evidence and confront it. I challenge anyone reading this to give the resurrection of Jesus Christ an honest study, consider both sides, with an unyielding desire to discover the truth. Are you willing to follow the evidence wherever it leads?
Courage and Godspeed,
Chad A. Gross
1) Simon Greenleaf, An Examination of the Four Evangelists by the Rules of Evidence Administered in the Courts of Justice, p. 29.