Christian Apologists Admit Not All Stories in the Gospels are True, But Insist the Three Appearance Stories Are Historical. Why?

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Most Christian apologists (who are not fundamentalists) will admit that some of the stories in the Gospels are probably non-historical. Even conservative, evangelical scholars Michael Licona and Richard Bauckham will admit this. So why then will these same Christian apologists refuse to concede the possibility that one or more of the three detailed Appearance Stories (found in Matthew, Luke, and John) are non-historical?

I’ll tell you why: They know that to do so would be devastating for Christian apologetics! If the detailed appearance stories are non-historical (fiction), then for all we know, the original appearance claims were based on sightings of bright lights or odd cloud formations, just as occurs today with Virgin Mary sightings.

JESUS SEEN IN THE CLOUDS – GOD'S HOTSPOT
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I am the light! Image of Jesus appears in the sky as the sun bursts through  clouds over Italy | Daily Mail Online
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6 thoughts on “Christian Apologists Admit Not All Stories in the Gospels are True, But Insist the Three Appearance Stories Are Historical. Why?

  1. Constructing the Jesus we want seems to be the criterion for deciding which parts of the Bible should be believed. When I tell some Christians that it was no longer believing the Bible to be be inerrant that started my journey away from Christianity, some of them treat me like a simpleton. Yet I’ve never heard them give a good reason to think we can know which parts are true – factual- and which are not.

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    1. I’ve noticed it is the current fad among Christian apologists to label their skeptic opponent as a “fundamentalist” to justify ignoring any criticisms made by the skeptic of Christian teachings.

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      1. Yes, I’ve seen it used several times on Randal’s blog (by him and others) against people who want to criticize the Bible itself rather than engage in philosophical debates about concepts and nuances. Of course, when examining other religions, though, there only seems to be a need to dismiss them by criticism of their book.

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  2. What’s REALLY fascinating is that NO ONE knows what Jesus actually looked like. These are, as I’m sure you know, Christianity’s made-for-TV images.

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    1. One year when I was on a road trip vacation I stopped in Salt Lake City and walked around their main temple grounds and in some buildings and the pictures displayed, Jesus and angels were just as white and blue eyed as they could be.

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