EXCERPT Have new artifacts and relics been discovered which “rock the foundation of Christianity”? inquires an ABR web visitor named Mary.

A friend of mine says that there are new artifacts and relics that have been found in recent years which may rock the foundation of Christianity.

How do I respond to this? I am a born-again Christian of many years and I believe that Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior.

He also seems to feel that one religion is as good as another and that we should not look down on other religions. He says he is a Christian. I am not sure how to respond to him. Any help or resources you can give would be greatly appreciated. I reminded him that Jesus said “I am the way, the truth and the life; no man comes to the father but by
me.”

 

ABR Staff Member Rick Lanser responds:

 

Skeptics have been saying, for as long as the Church has existed, that there is information out there that will “rock the foundation of Christianity.” These are people who have not known what it means to be born again – having their spirits regenerated by the free gift of God that imparts eternal life, a gift only God can give and must be humbly asked for directly from Him.

Skeptics’ understanding of Christianity consists of a superficial mental assent to certain historical facts about Christ that is devoid of the spiritual life that underlies the Real Thing. Being merely mental, this superficial understanding of Christianity is prone to being swayed by every wind of doubt that blows over it. Such people fail to consider that “there is nothing new under the sun,” and the supposed “facts of history” now supposedly coming to light for the first time, were once brand new information facing the Church.

If such information did not succeed in “rocking the foundations of Christianity” when it was brand new information, it certainly will not if it is dug up again hundreds of years later. For instance, if Jesus really had a wife as some current skeptics allege on the basis of a skimpy 4th century, damaged papyrus fragment, those much closer to the time of Christ – when such information was in pristine condition – should have been the most “rocked.” But they weren’t. The Church had to have already wrestled with that stuff when it was new, and been able to successfully set it aside as empty words made up by enemies of Christ and all He stood for….

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