I have a friends who says she can’t believe the bible for many reasons. One of them is that the church she grew up in made it clear that the only source of proof was the Bible itself. I don’t know if that is actually true, but that is certainly how she was made to feel. She is willing to concede that Jesus was a person in history.
I don’t doubt that there’s substantial evidence that a legendary man named Jesus existed. I just think he became a legend through storytelling and numerous manuscripts written by known and some unknown authors. I don’t think he was a hybrid man and god mix though. I think his words that hold the most truth are sentiments held by almost every faith. I don’t think Jesus needs to be a god in order for his words to be significant.
I see the Bible as a historical and historical fiction mix that has dates and events and people who all really existed/ happened. After reading about how Christianity used “mythical tactics” to attract pagans who believed in stories of larger than life gods with magical powers. It made sense to me that this is the fictional part that was used to build up interest in their potential followers.
The bombings in Sri Lanka made me think about how there’s so many things in all religions that people are made to feel vilified if they question. There’s always some militant faction causing pain and chaos in the name of god. Why is validating other religions a threat to some but ok for others? Don’t all religious texts have a mixture of fact and folklore?
Growing up in an Evangelical church, it was made clear to me that the Bible was it’s own reference in terms of legitimacy. I just can’t accept that any one thing can both claim to be the one and only truth and stand unchallenged.
If I felt I had the ultimate truth then I’d want science to verify it.
So, I can find non-biblical sources that talk about Jesus, but I have no idea where to go for proof for other things in the Bible. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I will probably posting more questions, but I think this one is very important and I myself wonder why people only use the Bible’s scriptures to prove Biblical claims. Is there anything else I can point to? An online resource of scientific proof or other written proof? Thanks Y’all!