Did you know that I am an Elvis Presley expert? Yes, I am. I am considered the premier Elvis Presley expert in the world. I have researched the life of Elvis Presley for many decades. I have interviewed every surviving member of his family, his childhood friends, the members of his band, and the studio executives that have produced his many records. I know more about Elvis Presley than any other human being on the planet.
I also believe that God raised Elvis Presley from the dead.
I believe that the back-from-the-dead Elvis Presley makes supernatural appearances all over the world. What’s more, I believe that the spirit of Elvis Presley lives inside my body, giving me secret wisdom, secret insight, and secret life direction. Dear Reader: Do you believe that it is possible for me to objectively evaluate the evidence for the claim that God raised Elvis Presley from the dead if I believe that Elvis Presley is communicating secret information to me each and every day?
I don’t think so.
So why should we believe that Mike Licona and other evangelical Christian New Testament scholars—acknowledged experts on the texts which describe the life, death, and alleged post-death appearances of Jesus of Nazareth—are capable of objectively evaluating the evidence for the divine inspiration of the Bible, and more importantly, the reanimation (resurrection) of Jesus, if each and every one of them believes, often since he or she was a small child, that the spirit (ghost) of this man lives inside their bodies, giving them secret insight into universal truths?
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