Wasn’t able to post something on arrival last night in Jerusalem, but did get a picture of a new section of “the holy city,” at night, out of my hotel window.
The 10 hour flight from Newark to Tel Aviv was long but uneventful (except that the plane’s video system wasn’t working :-). Even caught a few hours of sleep before landing at Ben Gurion airport at about 4:30 in the afternoon (We are now 7 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time back home).
Am here with our Day of Discovery Television production crew to meet with a group of scholars, who over the last 10 years, have been working to respond to claims that historical evidence does not support the supernatural Jesus of the Bible.
In a special “Secrets of Christianity” edition of the US News and World Report, Amy Bernstein writes, “Like massive desert sand dunes that shift and re-form, some of the most cherished beliefs about early Christianity are collapsing, and fresh ideas are replacing them. During the past six decades, crucial discoveries of ancient texts, coordinated scholarly and scientific research and new archaeological finds have helped to reorient the the thinking about a time that once appeared to be fixed in stone forever.”
Bernstein goes on to say that behind this research are efforts to answer “the most compelling questions of all: Did Jesus really exist, and if so, who was he?”
Wish you could have been here this morning to hear the group of scholars we’re meeting with as they explained why they believe the storyline of the Bible is more plausible, historically speaking, than the conclusions of critics.
Our reason for being here is that we share the concern of these scholars for those (especially young people) who keep reading in the media claims like I’ve quoted above.
I believe these scholars are showing, once again, that the supernatural claims of the Bible are part of a big story that fits human experience far better than the explanations of those who begin their research with anti-supernatural assumptions and then claim that they are only being logical when they reject all supernatural elements in the Bible.
I’m reminded of a line in the New Testament that refers to those who “are ever learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth” (2Tim 3:7).
I’ll try to post daily here what happens as our week unfolds…