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Is the New Testament reliable as a historical record?
We now need to determine whether we can make use of the New Testament as a reliable historical record. Does the New Testament contain an accurate account of the life of Jesus Christ? In order to determine its reliability, we need to test the New Testament with the same criteria that all historical documents are tested. One this is done, we will find that if one discards the Bible as being unreliable, we must discard almost all ancient literature as being unreliable! [5 p. 73]
There are three tests that should be applied to any ancient documents
We now look at the New Testament with respect to the three tests.
In order to determine whether we can make use of the New Testament as a reliable historical record - an accurate account of the life of Jesus Christ - we have tested the New Testament documents with the same criteria that all historical documents are tested.
The Bibliographical test enabled us to establish that due to
The Internal Evidence test enabled us to establish that as,
The External Evidence test enabled us to establish that due to
The New Testament documents satisfactorily pass each of the tests of historicity. If we are to discard the New Testament as unreliable in its accounts about Jesus, then we must discard almost all ancient literature as being unreliable! [5 p.73]
We cannot apply one standard or test to secular literature and another to the New Testament. We need to apply the same test, whether the literature under investigation is secular or religious. Having done this, we can say that the New Testament is trustworthy and historically reliable in its witness about Jesus. [6 p. 55]
"There exists no document from the ancient world witnessed by so excellent a set of textual and historical testimonies and offering so superb an array of historical data on which an intelligent decision may be made. An honest [person] cannot dismiss a source of this kind" - Dr. Clark H. Pinnock [6 p. 55]
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