Monday, September 26, 2011
1. Early source material
The writings of Jesus were produced early. All of the New Testament documents were produced and circulated within the first century. You simply don't find this early source material from other religious movement. Not only were the stories told by his followers, but other secular writings exist to corroborate the stories of the followers. Again, secular stories of Jesus appear early and often to verify that the followers of Jesus were not following invented stories. Probably the best evidence of early source material comes from Paul's letter to the Corinthian church (1 Cor. 15:3-7). This early story is recognized by the majorly of scholars as being a very early story of the resurrection of Jesus. Many would say that the story goes back to the resurrection event itself. If this early story was true, then the disciples of Jesus did not die for any type of invented story or lie, but they died for something they knew to be true. From the inception of Christianity, the early and numerous source material concerning Jesus only validates that the followers of Christ did not die for a lie.
No other religion deals with reality like Christianity. The eyewitnesses were willing to die, because they knew not only Jesus, but had encountered the bodily resurrected Christ. This reality is what caused future believers to be willing to die. The deaths of Christians throughout time has always been based upon reliable historical evidence as opposed to guessing if the religion is question deals with actual truth.