The Case for Christ
Calvary Chapel Bible College
TH365 Apologetic Evangelism
June 26, 2013
The Case for Christ is an apologetics written from the perspective of a former critic. Lee Strobel was a hard skeptic until when he set out to disprove Christianity and the Bible, he ended up becoming a believer! This book is his retracing of the logical thoughts on his journey of two years in coming to faith in Christ. Lee Strobel is a journalist, and in this book he interviews twelve experts on points of the Bible and the evidences we have of Jesus. What makes this such an interesting book is the fact that this book was written by a man who once discounted the possibility of God. So through his interviews he looks at the evidences of Christ, the gospels, and Jesus’ claims. This book is the evidence of Christ; Christianity is under attack, and this is the evidence for Him and His claims.
The book looks over 3 sections which we see covered, “Examining the Record” which is the examination of the evidence for Christ. Second was “Analyzing Jesus” which takes a look at the man Jesus, what the record tells us of who He is and what His claims were. The third section “Researching the Resurrection” does just that, it takes a look at the evidence for the resurrection. First let’s take a look at “Examining the Record”. This section take a look at the Gospels, the reliability of the New Testament, and corroborating evidence found from other writers. The gospels were eyewitness accounts of the life of Christ (except Luke) and all are doubted, yet nonetheless authentic. These accounts were written by men who followed Christ fervently, even to the point of violent and gruesome deaths! Would anyone continue to follow something they didn’t truly believe in the face of such adversity? Surely not. We have manuscripts of these gospels from within 100 years of Jesus’ death, which brings us to the Reliability of the New Testament. With the New Testament we have over 24,000 manuscripts, with the closest being around 60 years! The testimony of the evidences we find for New Testament’s reliability is so good that Norman Geisler and William Nix conclude, “The New Testament, then, has not only survived in more manuscripts than any other book from antiquity, but it has survived in a purer form than any other great book -- a form that is 99.5% percent pure.” It is the most reliable of all ancient writings, and we can be sure that we are reading what the writers originally wrote. Lastly we see the Corroborating evidence brought for Jesus. Josephus the historian mentions Jesus in his writings, here is his description of Jesus, “At this time there was a wise man who was called Jesus. ... Pilate condemned him to be crucified and to die. And those who had become his disciples did not abandon his discipleship. They reported that he had appeared to them three days after his crucifixion and that he was alive; accordingly, he was perhaps the messiah concerning whom the prophets have recounted wonder.” The fact that Jesus was widely known enough to be mentioned by a historian shows us that truly Jesus was a prominently known figure, enough to attract the attention of someone trying to record history! Also we see mention of the disciples claim to his resurrection! Not only do we see mention of Jesus, but of the claim to the Gospel as well! This is all very supportive evidence for Christ.
The next section is “Analyzing Jesus” and it takes a look at who Christ was and what He claimed. In this section we see if Jesus really claimed to be God, and if so was he crazy in doing so? Lastly, did Jesus fit the divine nature? Firstly Jesus definitely claimed to be God. We see evidence of it in the way he interacted with other and in what he taught. He spoke of his own authority, and he even asked the disciples what they thought of Him. “But who do you say...
Cited: Strobel, Lee. The Case for Christ: A Journalist 's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1998. Print.
Geisler, Norman L., and Ronald M. Brooks. When Skeptics Ask. Wheaton, IL: Victor, 1990. Print.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2001).
 Strobel, Lee. The Case for Christ: A Journalist 's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1998. 65. Print.
 Geisler, Norman L., and Ronald M. Brooks. When Skeptics Ask. Wheaton, IL: Victor, 1990. 204. Print.
 The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2001). Mt 16:15–17.
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