7 Aspects of Jesus’s Life That Are Historically Certain | Brian Chilton


Brian G. Chilton is the founder of BellatorChristi.com and is the host of The Bellator Christi Podcast. He received his Master of Divinity in Theology from Liberty University (with high distinction); his Bachelor of Science in Religious Studies and Philosophy from Gardner-Webb University (with honors); and received certification in Christian Apologetics from Biola University. Brian is currently enrolled in the Ph.D. program in Theology and Apologetics at Liberty University and is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Evangelical Philosophical Society. Brian has been in the ministry for over 15 years and serves as the Senior Pastor of Westfield Baptist Church in northwestern North Carolina.


When I had struggled with my faith, it was not in the area of science. I believed that science and faith can coexist, and I still do. The God who gave the special revelation of the Bible is also the same God who created the heavens and the earth from no materially existent thing.

My struggles were in the area of history. In 1997, I came across a work by a group called the Jesus Seminar (composed of individuals such as John Dominic Crossan, Robert Funk, and Marcus Borg) which claimed that the majority of the words of Jesus as recorded in the Gospels could not be historically verified. I later came to find that the Jesus Seminar had no evidence to support their claims, just their own presuppositions.

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  1. Excellent article! This is the kind of thing that needs to be promoted so that more people will understand that Christians don’t have to have a blind faith, but a reasonable one based on actual evidence.


  2. Historically verified? The words of Jesus in the gospels? Whether they can “verify” them or not has no affect or bearing on the Truth or validity of what has been recorded. The words of Jesus are life. Long before I knew Jesus, there was no doubt as to what He spoke in the gospels. I have never in my life seen a group of people properly represent Jesus, but I have met many individuals who do. Most who do, never mention His name.
    U2 has a song and one verse says “ I thought I heard The Captain speak, but it’s hard to listen while you preach”.
    The words that Jesus spoke actually make sense, and are quite enlightening even to most atheists I would think.
    I read the bible start to finish 3 times and it did absolutely nothing to strengthen my faith iin God. Jesus had to reveal Himself to me in order for me to know who He IS. I can’t prove that to no one, but I can testify of my experience.
    Now the iniquity in the old testament of the jewish religion, now that’s something to be disgusted with. I can see how that turns people away from God. No christian justification of old testament atrocities will ever justify it.
    Unfortunately, if your a bible literalist, you have no choice but to justify iniquity.
    PS. I don’t find you to be preachy Bruce.


    • Stephen, Stephen, just because you read the Bible through from cover to cover three times and it did absolutely nothing to strengthen your faith in God, does not in itself mean that what you say you didn’t experience, can not be experienced by others. I do agree with you that whether or not you can verify them or not has no effect or bearing on the truth or validity of what has been recorded. There is a lot of misinformation out there right now and this particular post provided some credibility to the fact that many noted scholars do acknowledge that the Apostles and disciples did believe and testify that they had seen the risen Lord.

      Some day, when you have the time, I’d like to hear of your experience when Jesus revealed Himself to you. I do take exception to a number of things you say but it’s been a long day and I have to get up early tomorrow for work, so we’ll save that for another day. Blessings to you and yours also.


      • Just noticed that I thought you had commented on my last post and in fact you commented on the previous one. My apology, not only are my grey cells rapidly depleting but evidently my eye sight isn’t might better!


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