Nobody would make up a story about the leader of their religion like the story of Jesus Christ in the Bible.
“Embarrassing testimony is powerful evidence for historical accuracy.” Frank Turek
The four Gospels all record events that some historians call, “The Criterion of Embarrassment“.
The list has caused quite a lot of debate, and the kind of commentary that includes a lot of anger in the absence of coherent reasoning on the part of naysayers.
The list of embarrassing stories is long and I have only recorded a few of them here for examples.
Jesus Christ was accused repeatedly by His contemporaries of being born illegitimately.
His parents were not from nobility or influential.
He was born in a stable.
His arrival was announced by a chorus of Angels, not to nobility, but to humble shepherds watching their flocks by night.
His brothers did not believe in Him.
The religious leadership of His day hated Him.
He didn’t flaunt His miraculous powers for influence on a grand scale.
He did not free Israel from its Roman oppression as they wanted.
He didn’t even own a sword himself and forbid His followers from using them to defend Him.
He did not choose men of nobility to be His 12 Disciples. Instead He chose fisherman and tax collectors.
Many of the disciples did things that Jesus corrected them for doing, lack of faith, hunger for power, being judgmental and so on.
Most of the disciples betrayed Him when He was captured, and Peter denied he knew Him three times.
He showed tender mercy,kindness and respect to women during a time and culture that was very oppressive to women, and over one thousand years before the rest of the world would do so.
He made His Triumphant Entry into Jerusalem on a donkey’s colt instead of a valiant steed.
He took the role of a servant and washed His disciples feet.
He allowed Himself to be captured by His enemies.
He did not speak in defense of Himself before the Jewish and Roman rulers.
He suffered public torture and shameful humiliation, but did not speak out in resistance to it.
He allowed Himself to be crucified on a Roman Cross.
While on the cross, He cried out,
“My God ,My God, why have you forsaken Me?”
He did not save Himself from undue punishment, instead, He died for those who rejected Him.
He was laid in a borrowed tomb,( but He rose again on the third day !)
All of these events and much more, stand in stark contrast to the things that commonly and historically appeal to the heart of mankind.
If the story of Jesus Christ was manufactured by men,
they would omit these events and try to cover them up in an effort to fabricate a leader devoid of embarrassments.
“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,
who, being in the form of God,
did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation,
taking the form of a bondservant,
and coming in the likeness of men.
And being found in appearance as a man,
He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death,
even the death of the cross.” (Philippians 2:5-8)
Why not believe in Jesus Christ and follow Him.
He alone is worthy.