Is the New Testament historically reliable?

Is the New Testament historically reliable?

Is the New Testament historically reliable?

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We know the New Testament is historically reliable because of the Criteria of Authenticity. Dr. Mike Licona explains the differences between a sympathetic and unsympathetic source as well as how we judge independent or dependent sources, all of which provide the proof that we need to know whether or not the New Testament is a factual document.

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45 thoughts on “Is the New Testament historically reliable?

  1. Dux

    NT includes stories of a virginal birth, zombies, men walking on water, voices from the sky….. Of course it's not reliable.

    December 12, 2021 at 2:01 am Reply
  2. JT

    Of course it is. The bible is the word of God.

    December 12, 2021 at 2:01 am Reply
  3. Logical Atheist

    No, absolutely not

    December 12, 2021 at 2:01 am Reply
  4. Joel M

    I come to this video to make a statement. Your g o d doesn't exist.

    December 12, 2021 at 2:01 am Reply
  5. Dux

    Gospels were not written by eyewitnesses.

    December 12, 2021 at 2:01 am Reply
  6. llllllllllllm1

    Let's just be honest now. There is absolutely nothing written by anyone who could have possibly seen anything. Period! The average life span was 30 back then. You're telling me these books which he just said were written within 65 years of jesus dying were written by eyewitnesses? I hate to tell you this but that is impossible. That's just the first problem. Whoever wrote the gospels were highly literate Greek speakers and talented writers. The disciples of jesus could not read or write so exactly how could they have written this? The bottom line is that the fact that there is zero historical documentation from during or even near the life of jesus is beyond problematic to the authenticity of the entire story. Do you really think these major events described in the nt actually happened and nobody bothered recording it? Didn't anyone feel this to be newsworthy? The whole thing is just so absurd.

    December 12, 2021 at 2:01 am Reply
  7. Richard Williams

    The Bible is written primarily by MALE authors , so SURPRISE SURPRISE the God of the Bible is of MALE gender as in Father God. Sounds very suspicious if you ask me.

    December 12, 2021 at 2:01 am Reply
  8. liza downing

    If you use the same analogies, assumptions and falsehoods like "reliable eyewitness accounts" etc… then a multitude of gods are true, just as Bigfoot, Loch Ness monster etc…
    Studies have shown that mistaken eyewitness testimony accounts for about half of all wrongful convictions. And those aren't even several decades after the facts.

    The resurrection of Jesus was never witnessed. The women only saw an empty tomb, the body was gone.
    The only "proof" of the resurrection lies in "accounts of witnesses" stating Jesus "appeared" to them.
    If one accepts "proof" like that, every delusional person on this planet claiming a vision is a reliable witness to …

    The gentlemen are of course avoiding the true problems with the gospels.

    If Mark really knew Peter and recorded his "testimony", he wouldn't have written some of the most obvious errors/contradictions in his gospel on Jewish tradition and ancient Palestinian geography.

    You don't go from Tyre, through Sidon to the sea of Galilee.
    Tyre: ancient Palestinian coastal town
    Sidon: ancient Palestinian coastal town, 30 miles north of Tyre along the same coast
    Sea of Galilee: 40 miles to the south-southeast of Tyre
    If you went from Tyre to the sea of Galilee, you'd be going straight down to the south-southeast, not up north (Sidon)
    Peter would have known that and would never have said that.
    Matthew and Luke saw that error and tried to correct it in their gospel.

    Mark writes on women divorcing their men.
    Under Jewish Talmuds that was not allowed. Only men could divorce their women.
    Peter, and every other Jew would have known that and would never "witness" that to Mark.

    Mark never spoke to Peter, wasn't from around nor contemporary.

    December 12, 2021 at 2:01 am Reply
  9. T N

    Yes historically right on. Archaeologist use the bible for sites in the middleeast egypt babylon persia etc to validate people time and place. A good resource is 40 ar haeological proofs of the bible

    December 12, 2021 at 2:01 am Reply
  10. Scoop Rammer

    We have nothing from the bibles many authors thats original. The copies of copies of copies of copies of copies are not reliable

    December 12, 2021 at 2:01 am Reply
  11. Aaron Monroe

    the Hebrew word for heaven means the sky. So from the Bible auther point of view and his understanding of the world at the time, heaven was anything that was up. The clouds, the sun, the moon and the stars. It's important to remember, the Bible auther didn't know anything about a universe. He didn't know about Mars, Venus, or Meteors so we can't substitute our understanding of the universe with his lack of understanding of the universe. Heaven was whatever they saw from the ground's point of view. What did they think when they saw a tornado come down and destroyed things or lightning strikes in a Thunder storm? During that time they would think it was God related. If a tornado would had came down and destroyed canaan in the bible days, I'm pretty sure that would had made it into the Bible. God destroyed Canaan with a firey smoky funnel. The Bible auther would ask "why would God destroy that land" Just insert sin. Thousands of years later people believes that God sent what "we" know was a tornado to destroyed a piece of land because that land sinned a lot.

    December 12, 2021 at 2:01 am Reply
  12. Joefest99

    Matthew was written in Hebrew originally and his testimony is therefore probably much older than we thought. Watch “Hebrew Matthew” by Nehemiah Gordon.

    December 12, 2021 at 2:01 am Reply
  13. Greg T

    Jesus Christ is Lord, God and Savior and there is nobody like him. He is the only way to salvation and eternal life with the Father. He is the name above all names and he is the Judge of all his creation.

    December 12, 2021 at 2:01 am Reply
  14. Àlvaro Gomez

    Praise God from who all blessings flow
    Praise him all creatures here below
    Praise him above you heavenly hosts
    Praise Father Son and Holy Ghost

    December 12, 2021 at 2:01 am Reply
  15. Jordan Meyers

    That's why we don't think of things like the book of Mormon and the apocrypha as legitimate because it contradicts a lot of what the Bible says.

    December 12, 2021 at 2:01 am Reply
  16. Duane Richards

    Thanks to Jesus I am heaven bound and there is no turning back now. Can't wait to see Jesus and spend eternity with him.

    December 12, 2021 at 2:01 am Reply
  17. sunday felicity agbo

    It's still surprising to me that ppl make argument of multiple religions as proof that theres no God or Christianity is NOT true. How wd having only one religion in the whole world prove that God exists or that it's the true religion??? We can have an original of sth in d midst of million counterfeits: this does not prove that original does not exist. Not knowing which is the original still does not prove the original doesnt exist. God of christianity punishing ppl for sin in hell is no proof dt He does not exist or that He's a bad God. Govts have laws that punish offenders stimes capital punishment: it doesnt mean dt govt doesnt exist or that it's a bad govt. Being ignorant of dt law does not set aside the validity of the law.

    December 12, 2021 at 2:01 am Reply
  18. 170221dn

    Again the UTTER dishonesty and lack of integrity (or maybe just laziness) of Christians. Quoting Josephus, Tacitus and the other Roman historians all of whom REJECTED that Jesus , if he existed, was anything other than a man. Can any Christians on here who have read these Roman historians explain why these wealthy Christian apologists keep quoting them?

    December 12, 2021 at 2:01 am Reply
  19. Antonio Fiammelli

    I need God very day , or I am a cooked goose 🤔, we need to get rid of our idols to truly love God and get closer to him ,,no distractions

    December 12, 2021 at 2:01 am Reply
  20. Eric

    We can interview hundreds and maybe thousands of people who claim to have been abducted by aliens. Therefore aliens are real.

    December 12, 2021 at 2:01 am Reply
  21. Albert Purification

    We do not need any docoments ,we have practical experience .

    December 12, 2021 at 2:01 am Reply
  22. sakanablesakanable

    Thanks for helping a struggling person get a direction, but I have to confess, still struggling

    December 12, 2021 at 2:01 am Reply
  23. Jeff Phelps

    The resurrection is the only logical explanation for Christianity

    December 12, 2021 at 2:01 am Reply
  24. Friendy Advice

    "For in Christ, the fullness of the Deity dwells in bodily form". The person Jesus Christ is God the Son himself incarnate. I personally find this the most amazing statement I have ever read. The Lord God himself became incarnate and took on human form just like us. Utterly Amazing!!!!!

    December 12, 2021 at 2:01 am Reply
  25. Friendy Advice

    People ask, who is Jesus Christ. The truth is truly and utterly amazing!!! Jesus Christ is "God the Son" himself, an Infinite eternal perfectly holy being, who has quite literally existed forever. "God the Father" himself sent his only son to live a human life and die on the cross so that "ALL who believe in him" can be saved. Our sin is "SO GREAT" that only God himself could pay the price for that sin, so that divine justice is satisfied. To put this in perspective, Jesus bore an individual "eternal punishment" for every person who will ever believe in him. May the Lord keep you safe.

    December 12, 2021 at 2:01 am Reply
  26. Some Random

    Now go look up what evidence actual historians require when validating history. YOu will find that it is completely different to the things mentioned here. Hence why they actual historians dont accept the bible as being accurate.

    Dont just blindly believe what these charlatans are telling you, go look it up for yourself.

    December 12, 2021 at 2:01 am Reply
  27. Some Random

    A story being embarrassing doesn't add to its validity at all…. not one bit. Whenever Christians bring this up it just goes to show how little your standard of evidence is. absolutely ridiculous.

    December 12, 2021 at 2:01 am Reply
  28. Some Random

    1400-1910 years ago, people claimed to have spoken to people who claimed to have met people who claimed to witness a man come back to life. Now i believe in the whole bible. even tho it contradicts itself, contains talking animals, mythical creatures, talking animals and many clearly fictional stories.

    December 12, 2021 at 2:01 am Reply
  29. Some Random

    None of those sources were even alive at the same time as jesus. they are reporting on what people believed, not on events that happened. There isn't a single eyewitness account in the bible.

    December 12, 2021 at 2:01 am Reply
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    December 12, 2021 at 2:01 am Reply
  31. Sierra Clark

    “If you declare with your mouth “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9). Now is the time to accept Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior. Obey His commands and repent of your sins because Jesus is coming back soon. Tomorrow isn’t promised.

    December 12, 2021 at 2:01 am Reply
  32. Kal El

    Thanks to Frank Turek and other theists I have come to the conclusion that there is a creator. I believe that creator is the God of the Bible.

    December 12, 2021 at 2:01 am Reply
  33. Qwerty Qaz

    Where can I find the rest of this discussion?

    December 12, 2021 at 2:01 am Reply
  34. Zundfolge2000

    Does inspiration mean anything anymore? Matthew and Luke copied off of Mark? "All scripture is given by inspiration". Can't both be true.

    December 12, 2021 at 2:01 am Reply
  35. MA Shah

    Remember ,you also have to accept that the Council of Nicea was "divinely inspired" and "inerrant"

    December 12, 2021 at 2:01 am Reply
  36. -͞ The Word Was God-͟

    I’ve said this before… just as the Word of God states, he is the potter and we are the clay. People who reject Christ attempt to switch the roles so they can make themselves a god and have control over their own lives. Because that doesn’t require a changed life and still allows them to live in willful sin. It’s a fear of accountability. They want to live the way they want to and don’t want to hear anything contrary to the desires of their heart. I still have yet to hear an atheist explain how the claim that “the Bible was written by men” has any basis when anything and everything they’ve ever read or chose to believe was written by men. And those same men did the same thing with people before them which also rejected Jesus Christ. Where is the evidence for evolution? I hear claims, I hear things like “the evidence is overwhelming”. But where is it? What is it? Animals are still here. Present. Today. And even if you believe we are an “ancestor” of monkeys or primates, why are there still monkeys and primates? Some of them evolved and then others chose not to? There are only women and men. To procreate we need both as God designed. You need the seed and you need the egg. After we evolved did we just “decide” that there would be male and female? We evolved into two genders and we just knew that’s the way it’s supposed to be? And to bring forth life we randomly had the idea to have intercourse, and not only that… but were randomly given the essential tools to be able to bring forth life? Our bodies are so intricately designed with specific purpose, meaning, and a will that God has preordained before us. Atheism is a faith position. No matter how you look at it. You are trusting and believing in whatever paper, article, book which was written( by a man) is indeed true. And you just run with it. Many things are proven true scientifically. But that’s because they already “were”. People simply discovered but a tiny amount of God’s genius. Science books don’t tell people to repent, and science also changes. God’s Word does not change, and people know that. So you can see their obvious bias against the Bible and how people try to desperately disprove the Word of God, which will never happen.
    And it’s also not a superior position to say “I don’t know where we come from and I don’t need to know”. I know people would love to believe that, but unfortunately to me personally it comes across as a false sense of humility. Because some, (not all) of the same people that say that, are the same people that will attempt to poke holes in your faith all while saying “I don’t know”. Some people don’t want answers. It doesn’t matter how much you break it down, how much research, how much you labor In love and grace… some people don’t care about the truth. So they stay in a lie because that’s what’s comfortable. Jesus, Jesus Christ is, was always, and will always be the answer. There is no other name. You want truth? His name is Jesus.

    December 12, 2021 at 2:01 am Reply
  37. James Richard Wiley

    The New Testament is the story of a wandering Hebrew preacher named Yeshua.
    Yeshua believed:
    The end of the world was imminent, which it was for him.
    That the Hebrew god Yahweh was real and spoke to him.
    That angels, demons, and miracles were real.
    That he had to be tortured and murdered to forgive Original Sin and all other sins of mankind.
    Unfortunately, the authors of the Jesus story were wrong.
    The world did not end.
    Jesus was talking to himself when he communicated with Yahweh.
    The angels, demons and Yahweh were a popular part of Hebrew culture.
    His death did not forgive anything and no one witnessed his resurrection.
    All we have is an ancient story that needs your acceptance of Hebrew culture to make it so.

    December 12, 2021 at 2:01 am Reply
  38. Hans De Mos

    Around 4:05, after talking about John and Paul, Dr. Licona says something very important: "So that's multiple attestation that the earliest Christians believed Jesus had died, that he rose, that he appeared, and that he had died for our sins."
    I would urge all believers to listen to this carefully: this is evidence of what the earliest Christians believed, not of what actually happened. If you think the beliefs of the early Christians are more likely to be true than the beliefs of, say, the early Muslims, or the early Mormons etc., then that is your prerogative, but that would not be a reasonable conclusion that would convince any impartial outsider, let alone any skeptic.
    Please also note that this observation extends to what Dr. Licona then adds about "unsympathetic sources"; at best, they report what early Christians believed, not what actually happened.

    December 12, 2021 at 2:01 am Reply
  39. Michael Silver Adventure

    Here’s the deal; atheists and skeptics apply standards to the Bible which they don’t for other historical books or activities.

    December 12, 2021 at 2:01 am Reply
  40. Dave Maverick

    And what about gnostic texts Gospel of Thomas , Gospel of Mary, Gospel of Judas ?

    December 12, 2021 at 2:01 am Reply
  41. canigetachannel

    Sola Scriptura ❣
    Yeshua is the Word!
    John 1:1

    December 12, 2021 at 2:01 am Reply
  42. Invincible Heart


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  43. Robert A

    Regardless of how people have tried to attack the Bible is still stands firm today. No doubt it is reliable and the gospel is still saving souls today.

    December 12, 2021 at 2:01 am Reply
  44. Invincible Heart


    December 12, 2021 at 2:01 am Reply
  45. Bel

    It is written in the NT that Jesus was not crucified: Acts 5:30.

    December 12, 2021 at 2:01 am Reply

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