Not Many Wise -

Faith and spirituality in a modern world


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[1] Evidence of Jesus Christ – Non-Christian

Portrait of Jesus Christ historical figure.

Jeremy Bowen, BBC′s former Middle East correspondent, said about evidence of Jesus:- “I thought you couldn’t corroborate anything that was in the Gospels .. To start with I didn’t know there was a historical character called Jesus – I thought that you had to believe in Jesus the same way as you have to believe in God.
I discovered that in fact there is a lot of historical corroboration for the existence of this man…

Gospels written too long after Jesus?

Donald Campbell's Bluebird

Were the Gospels written too long after Jesus? There have been several people who have said that the time between Jesus′ death and resurrection, and when the New Testament was written is a long time. But Donald Campbell’s story is a contemporary illustration: Donald Campbell is known for breaking world speed records, from 1955. Then in 1967 he died. So at the time of writing this article, it has been 37 years since his death. What would happen if someone said that Donald Campbell was just a myth…

[3] How reliable are sources in history?

A fragment of a manuscript.

how reliable are sources in history, ancient documents like: Caesar′s manuscripts on the Gallic War, Gospels in the Bible, New Testament, Thucydides′ History of Peloponnesian War, Tacitus Histories?
Let′s see the evidence for these writings, compared with the four Gospels…

Jews and Jesus – Judaism’s perspective

The flag of Israel

Jews and Jesus, what does the Jewish community think of Jesus?
They haven′t got a vested interest in Jesus because they see Him as forming a different religion to their own.
We look at what four Rabbis have written about Jesus…

When were the Gospels written?

An old scroll.

When were the Gospels written and how can we find out when they and other New Testament documents were made? See a time line from about A.D. 30 (Jesus′ death and resurrection) to A.D. 110. From the earliest letters to Polycarp…

What should the Gospel message be?

Nativity scene with wooden characters.

In the Bible there are various examples of the Gospel message being preached. So when we look at them we need to ask: “Who is being spoken to?” [1] People who have no Bible knowledge. [2] People who are religious, who know the Bible but who are not saved. So what should the Gospel message be?

Do you follow celebrities, or who?

The red carpet for celebrities to walk on.

A lot of the attraction for superstars and celebs can be due to all the advertising and hype.
Do you follow celebrities or who? Celebrities, sports people, etc become amazing because of all the publicity they get on TV and in the magazines. But what publicity machine did Jesus have? He didn’t have the TV and magazines. But people still followed Jesus!…

Jesus Speaking Prophet Part 3

Speaking out God's words.

Early in the Bible God speaks about the coming Messiah (Jesus): “I will put My words in His mouth, and He will tell them everything I command Him.” Does that ring a bell with Jesus Speaking? Yes, He said: My teaching is not My own. It comes from Him who sent Me.”…

Who is good?

A medal to reward an outstanding achievement .

Who is good? The young man thought he was good and approached Jesus, and asked: “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” What a good question! What must WE do to receive eternal life? We are bombarded with how to get a happy life now by all the TV ads etc. But who should we ask about heavenly, eternal things?…

Turin Shroud and Sudarium of Oviedo

Dead body covered with a shroud.

The Turin Shroud has been kept in Turin, Italy since 1578.
For centuries it has been surrounded in controversy, many believe that it was the cloth that was wrapped around the body of Jesus of Nazareth, after he had been crucified, others disagree…