God's Character
Evidence of the Historical Jesus; Design vs. Designer

Why does God intervene in one situation and not others? Is it possible that God created and imperfect world? What is the historical proof for Christ? Is God the intelligent mind behind the design of this world? Where do you see design in nature?

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Response from Cliffe

Dear Friend,

Thank you for all the work you put in to validating the existence of Tiberius Caesar. I agree with you. Tiberius Caesar really lived. I apologize for my oversight of all the documents that mention Tiberius Caesar. Thank you for listing them. The overwhelming historical evidence is that Jesus Christ lived, died on a cross, and three days later rose from the dead. To deny the impact he has had on our lives around the world in light of the fact that we live in the year 2012 is unacceptable to a thinking person. The evidence supports the historical reliability of the Gospels. Due to the small number of years between the life of Christ and the writing of the New Testament, it was impossible for legend to spring up. The Gospels are not analogous to folk tales like those of Paul Bunyan. Josephus wrote about Pontius Pilate, Joseph Caiaphas, and even John the Baptist. When you compare the Gospels to other historical records of the First Century, you will notice that the Gospels are very accurate.

What criteria of authenticity do you use to determine historical reliability? Here are some signs of historical authenticity: One: does the incident fit the known historical facts of that time and place? Two: is the historical event recorded in multiple sources that are not carbon copies? Three: Are incidents included that are awkward or counterproductive for the cause being pushed? Four: are the incidents simply copied from previous or later ideas? Five: are there traces of Hebrew or Aramaic language spoken by Jesus and his friends in the Greek Gospels? Six: is there an internal coherence in each document as well as between the different documents?

Thank you for your good points, for correcting my mistakes concerning all the other written works mentioning Tiberius Caesar. Keep thinking and studying. I pray you will come to put your faith in Jesus Christ and respond to His love and promise of eternal life. In John 3:16 we read, ” For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” I pray you will come to trust in Jesus Christ.

Gratefully,

Cliffe

One Response

  1. adversusapologetica says:

    Thank you very much for acknowledging the errors in the 10/42 apologetic. My apologies for not responding sooner, since I just learned today of this post. I have annotated my YouTube video and updated my blog to acknowledge this admission.

    I have also made a new post that responds to your questions in this post:

    http://adversusapologetica.wordpress.com/2013/06/20/cliffe-knechtle-acknowledges-errors-in-the-1042-apologetic/

    Sincerely,

    Matthew Ferguson

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