Should You Believe Everything You Hear?
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A lot of people want you to believe what they tell you. Some people want you to believe that you need the thing they are trying to sell. Some people want you to believe that their ideas will make the world work better. Some people want you to believe that their favorite subject should be taught in school.
But do they have any evidence to back up what they are saying?
And what about Jesus? People have been making claims about Him for a long time. Do they have anything to back up their claims?
Actually, there is good evidence to believe in Jesus. Let me tell you about the evidence:
If many people said they saw and heard the same thing, that makes a strong argument that what they saw and heard happened. There are many early witnesses to the resurrection of Jesus. All four Gospel writers in the New Testament (Matthew 28:1-7, Mark 16:1-8, Luke 24:1-11 and John 20:1-29) report that Jesus died and was seen alive again. Peter, an early follower of Jesus, also says that he saw Jesus after He had died on the cross. These witnesses never changed their story. And many of them were arrested and put to death because they kept telling people about Jesus and His resurrection.
2. Enemy Testimony
Paul, originally called Saul, did not like the church. He was a part of the group that stoned Stephen, one of the first martyrs. He then headed to Damascus to arrest Christians. On his way, he saw a blinding light and then saw Jesus (Acts 9:1-9). He became a follower of Jesus and wrote many of the letters that make up the New Testament.
3. The Early Church
The first followers of Jesus started in Jerusalem and spread around the world. They wrote letters and books, some of which we still have today. In these writings, they talked about their faith in Jesus as the Son of God, who is risen from the dead, and that our sins are forgiven in Him. This is the same message that is in the Bible. The early Church stayed true to this message and carried it across the globe.
4. The Empty Tomb
Other religions can go to the grave of their founder and know there is a body in it. Not Christians. Jesus’ tomb is empty (Matt. 28:6). The early followers of Jesus found His tomb empty as did the Roman and Jewish leaders. Jesus’ tomb was empty because He rose from the dead just as He said He would. And Jesus appeared to many people after He died on the cross. This helped them to believe He was the Son of God.
5. Near-Death Experiences
What happens after we die? We all want to know the answer to this question. Today, there are hundreds of people who have died and were brought back to life by doctors. They tell us of amazing experiences they had and people they met. Many people talk about seeing Jesus and talking with Him. Some of these people talk about leaving their body and seeing and hearing things that were later confirmed by hospital workers.
These are good reasons to believe in Jesus and trust that He is the Son of God. If you would like to become a Christian, please pray a prayer like this:
“God, I know that I have done things that aren’t good. I believe You sent Jesus to die on the cross for my sins and You raised Him from the dead. I want to place my faith in Jesus as the only One who can forgive my sins and lead me to eternal life. Amen.”
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
If you would like to learn more about the evidence for Jesus, please read:
The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus by Gary Habermas and Michael Licona
Cold-Case Christianity by J. Warner Wallace
Imagine Heaven by John Burke