The New Testament As History Essay

1297 Words Dec 1st, 2016 6 Pages
The New Testament as History I have always had a curiosity about the reliability of the Bible and the accuracy of its content. Speaking solely from a viewpoint of the historical information of the New Testament (NT), can this information be trusted? For so many years the NT has been viewed as a religious book and nothing more. It has been said that those who read are gullible or mentally defective. I would like for us to take a look at the NT and determined if it is a reliable source of historical information. We will examine the eyewitness accounts, manuscript evidence and outside sources in an effort to test the reliability of the NT. Many followers of religions claim that, in some way or another, their book is proof that their religion is true. This is true of all the major religious groups: Islam, Judaism and Christianity. However, many people write them off as fanatical or disillusioned. As a believer in the Christian faith, I believe we have a duty to “always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect” (English Standard Version, 1 Pet. 3:15). This is what I hope to accomplish here. Let’s consider the meaning of the word reliable. Reliability is defined as, “the ability to be relied on or depended upon, as for accuracy, honesty or achievement.” However, we will consider if it is possible that the historical and geographical information is trustworthy. If the NT has…

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