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Strobel was a skeptic of the Bible. Not because he thoroughly studied it and concluded it was unreliable, but he had heard enough snippets of criticism to poison his view of the book. It wasn’t until he analyzed the Bible thoroughly that he concluded it had a divine origin.
The Bible is based on key eyewitness accounts and has repeatedly been corroborated by archeological discoveries. It has specific predictions that were made hundreds of years in advance that were literally fulfilled against all mathematical odds and it contains credible and well-documented miracles that confirm its message.
The gospels describe the life, teaching, miracles, death and resurrection of Jesus. They reflect eyewitness testimony. There’s persuasive evidence that the gospel writers intended to preserve reliable history, were honest and able to explain difficult material, and didn’t allow bias to unduly color their reporting.
The harmony among the gospels on essential facts, coupled with different perspectives on some of the details lends historical credibility to the account. What’s more, the early church couldn’t have taken root and flourish right there in Jerusalem if it had been teaching facts about Jesus that their own contemporaries knew had been exaggerated or false.