Are the New Testament Gospels reliable records of the events surrounding Jesus' life?

Uploaded by johnankerberg on 10.10.2012

>>Ankerberg: One thing that you wrote in your article is that besides saying "we are dealing
with accounts written not by eyewitnesses but by second generation Christians," when
we got to Matthew you say, "We find the almost certainly false story of the tomb guards who
became like dead men." And you go on to say, "If we dismiss this guard force from the historical
record" -- if we dismiss it -- "we are left with the simple fact that Jesus' corpse was
put to rest in a tomb that sat unguarded for approximately 36 hours." Which is part of
the basis that you go on to say that, "Yes, Joseph of Arimathea, he actually came and
stole the body or took the body, put it someplace else. That's why the tomb was empty." But
the only way you got to that conclusion was you dismissed the record in Matthew. And the
fact is, as we were talking about the fact last week, if you find certain things that
are copied over, you didn't like that. Now, here we've got Matthew who gives us information
that you don't find in Mark, and you don't like that. Help me out here. Why is it...
>>Naland: Okay...
>>Montgomery: Yes...I was interested in this. You had mentioned to me that you were in the
military. What do you have against Roman guards? I mean, why are you eliminating these boys?
>>Naland: Okay, let me give you an example.
>>Ankerberg: Okay.
>>Naland: Suppose that instead of sitting in Chattanooga here tonight you are in Africa,
you're a Christian missionary in Africa. You don't have the morning New York Times; you
don't have "CBS Evening News," you don't have the radio. The only way you hear about outside
events are through magazines. Okay? Here it is, a couple of months after the Inauguration
of President Bush and you want to find out what the Inaugural was like. So here comes
one morning: Bang! You get Time, Newsweek, U.S. News, and National Review. You read Newsweek,
U.S. News and National Review and they talk about the Inauguration. They say how President
Elect Bush got up, he got dressed, he had breakfast, he went up Pennsylvania Avenue,
went down Pennsylvania Avenue and they give the whole story and it makes sense. Then you
read Time magazine and Time magazine says that as President Elect Bush was driving up
Pennsylvania Avenue there was an earthquake and the earth opened up and fire came out, what would you think? If Time magazine said something absolutely
extraordinary that the other three didn't, would you say that, "Well, it probably happened
but the other three just didn't mention it." Or would you say, "It probably didn't happen
because these other three sources don't mention it." And, of course, what I'm saying is that
of the 26 books of the New Testament, specifically, Mark, Luke and John, they do not mention these
guards. And not only do they not mention them, they present the events in such a way as the
guards are precluded.
>>Montgomery: Oh, not in the slightest. You suggest in your article that had the guards
been there, the women could not have arrived at the tomb in the manner in which the accounts
say they did. But my graČcious, this is a three-day period. If the guards had been frightened
out of their wits by the resurrection, they would have taken off, and by Sunday morning
the women are there and there aren't any guards. It's perfectly compatible. And since there
isn't anything that goes against the cosmic order in having Roman guards around in a Roman
province, we don't have any possible metaphysical ground for excluding them from the accounts.
>>Naland: Matthew -- correct me if I'm wrong -- says that the guards were there when the
women arrived. Am I incorČrect or....okay, so Matthew says the guards were there, frozen
as dead men, when the women arrived. Now, John has Magdalene go to the tomb, leave;
Peter go to the tomb, leave; Magdalene come back, leave. Mark and Luke have the women,
various numbers of women, come and go.
>>Montgomery: But the women came at differČent times. They didn't all come as a kind of committee
on one single occasion in the course of the events of Easter morning.
>>Naland: So you're saying the guards were gone by that time.
>>Montgomery: Sure.
>>Naland: Well, that's not my understanding of Matthew.