If you discovered sufficient evidence that Jesus of Nazareth existed, that He was and is all He claimed to be, would it change your life? You will get fascinating information about Jesus to engage the head and the heart.
There are around 2 billion people alive today who profess to be Christian, a proportion of which testify to a personal relationship with Jesus. What was so special about one man's life that He has literally changed the world? Who exactly was the historical Jesus of Nazareth? Is there proof for Jesus being more than a mere mortal man?
This website provides evidence not only to confirm whether Jesus of Nazareth existed, but whether He was all He claimed to be. It does not assume the role of attempting to convince anyone intellectually to pursue a personal faith, nor does it aim to prove who Jesus is, but only to confirm the truth. Believers will tell you that the most compelling evidence for them is how God has revealed Jesus to their hearts, drawing them to personal faith. So it could be argued that evidence for spiritual truth is far more than information for the head of which you will get a lot at this website, but ultimately revelation to the heart.
Jesus of Nazareth is the most influential person in history. His claims to be the Son of God, and His ministry to save His followers from eternal punishment by dying on a cross nearly 2000 years ago have unquestionably changed the world. If His claims are real, then He is the only way to Heaven, and to God the Father (John 14 verse 6), and He loves each one of us very deeply, pointing us to a loving Father. He is either a "liar, a lunatic, or Lord" as C.S. Lewis challenged us.
Whatever our beliefs, the truth must be known. Do miracles happen today through Jesus? Is there an eternal Heaven, and an eternal Hell with no escape for all those who reject Jesus? Do we have historical evidence for Jesus' existence, and even His divinity as well? What does The Bible say?
Let's first examine two significant passages from a translation of writings by a highly respected Roman historian in the First Century. The links also provide some remarkable information. They include historical verification for Jesus, recent documented miracles from around the world, testimonies of those who claim to have visited Heaven and Hell, The Shroud of Turin, and extraordinary Bible Codes that defy the odds. This website is interactive providing opportunities for questions and discussion.
In Rome, in the year 93 AD, the Roman historian Flavius Josephus published his extensive history of the Jews. In discussing the period in which the Jews of Judaea were governed by the Roman procurator Pontius Pilate, writings attributed to Josephus commonly known as The Testimonium Flavianum include this revealing account that points not only to Jesus of Nazareth having lived, but that He was crucified under Pilate, was known as the Messiah, and rose from the dead:
" About this time there lived Jesus, a wise man, if indeed one ought to call him a man. For he was one who performed surprising deeds and was a teacher of such people as accept the truth gladly. He won over many Jews and many of the Greeks. He was the Messiah. And when, upon the accusation of the principal men among us, Pilate had condemned him to a cross, those who had first come to love him did not cease. He appeared to them spending a third day restored to life, for the prophets of God had foretold these things and a thousand other marvels about him. And the tribe of the Christians, so called after him, has still to this day not disappeared. " - Jewish Antiquities, 220.127.116.11 (Based on the translation of Louis H. Feldman, The Loeb Classical Library.)
Even though some have claimed that the references to Jesus as Messiah in this passage are later interpolations by Christians, this still adds weight to the considerable body of historical evidence for the existence of Jesus and His death by crucifixion. The account by Josephus of the death of James, brother of Jesus, widely accepted even amongst the most independently minded scholars, is further confirmation that Jesus existed as a historical figure:
" The younger Ananus, who had been appointed to the high priesthood, was rash in his temper and unusually daring. He followed the school of the Sadducees, who are indeed more heartless than any of the other Jews, as I have already explained, when they sit in judgment. Possessed of such a character, Ananus thought that he had a favorable opportunity because Festus was dead and Albinas was still on the way. And so he convened the judges of the Sanhedrin, and brought before them the brother of Jesus, the one called Christ, whose name was James, and certain others, and accusing them of having transgressed the law delivered them up to be stoned. " (Jewish Antiquities 20:29 Louis Feldman translation)
In addition to the Bible, there is historical evidence from non-Christian historians that Jesus existed and was put to death. For example, Cornelius Tacitus in xv. 44 of his Annals, following a description of the Great Fire of Rome in July 64 AD stated this:
"Nero fastened the guilt and inflicted the most exquisite tortures on a class hated for their abominations, called Christians by the populace. Christus, from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilatus,..."
This website has a section exploring more evidence for the existence of Jesus, and a number of sections focusing on the evidence for His divinity which include His resurrection, The Shroud of Turin, The Bible Codes, fulfilled prophecies, and testimonies of miracles and encounters that are happening in our present time.