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Four Myths That Christians Should Stop Repeating

We know that not everything we read or hear is true.However, it is easy to simply repeat information we hear without actually knowing if it true.Sometimes that’s fine, but other times we end up unintentionally perpetuating an error. Here are several myths that I’ve repeatedly heard from other Christians. “Nero killed Christians by throwing them to the lions in the Colosseum.” This statement is repeated often, and has even made it into print (see Sproul’s commentary on Mark published in 2011).However, there are many things wrong with this claim.First, construction on the Colosseum (or Flavian amphitheater) began around 72 AD, four years after Nero’s death. Additionally, there is a complete lack of contemporary evidence that the Colosseum was used for Christian executions.The later tradition linking Christian martyrdom to the Colosseum is inconclusive. None of this should be taken to mean that Christians were not viciously killed by the Romans, or that Nero didn’t kill many of them whil…

Historical Evidence of Jesus

Is it possible that the most famous man in history never actually existed? That is precisely the claim made by some academics today, including Richard Carrier, Robert Price, and Raphael Lataster. There is a lot at stake in this debate.If Jesus never actually existed, then the main claims of Christianity cannot be true.These authors build their case by dismissing the historical accuracy of the Gospels and minimizing the significance of collaborating evidence.

However, many people who reject Christianity remain convinced that Jesus did exist.In fact, some former atheists like Dr. Michael Bird cite the evidence for the historical Jesus as a key reason for their conversion to Christianity. Here are three solid historical arguments for the existence of Jesus.
First, the Christian community viewed the literal life, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus as central to their belief from a very early date.For example, Paul seems to quote an early Christian creed in 1 Corinthians 15.This passage…