The two criteria to determine whether we can believe what the Gospels say are: the documents are copied accurately and the events are recorded accurately. If these two premises are true then we must accept what the Gospels say about Jesus.
You then must enter the logical box that C.S. Lewis constructed: Jesus Christ was either a liar, a lunatic or Lord. Evaluating the evidence will remove the fourth “L” that people such as Bart Ehrman have given as the likely answer – legend.
There is so much material to cover, therefore this will have to be broken up into a series of lengthy posts on the topic.
Virtually all of the material covered will be gleaned from The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel, I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist by Dr. Norman Geisler and Frank Turek and a lecture given by Dr. Geisler on March 20, 2006.
As an interesting note, I talked with Dr. Geisler after his lecture last night. He told me that he and co-writer Frank Turek have heard from atheists who had been converted to Christianity after reading I Don’t Have Enough Faith.
My only request of you the reader is that you enter the discussion of the facts with an open mind. I don’t ask you to go looking to be converted, simply ready to go wherever the facts lead you. That should be a fair and simple enough request.