Several years ago I read the book “The Case for Christ” by Lee Strobel, where he makes a logical review of facts to support the historical Jesus, and the proofs He was the promised Messiah.
While the book may be overly intellectual and may not appeal to everyone, there is one evidence that stuck with me, and it is good to remember, mainly now that Christianity is under so much attack:
If anyone would say the resurrection was made up by the disciples, and the gospels were written to embellish the stories about Jesus, how would that person explain that each of the disciples was persecuted and killed for their faith?
The Bible indicates the disciples scattered when Jesus was crucified, but were reunited after his resurrection, and started a powerful ministry that has transformed the world.
The records of the disciples’ horrendous death are found in credible secular writings from that time, not in the Bible (in case someone would state that their deaths were also scripted to support the story)
If they had made up any of what we read about Jesus, would they stick to their lies through persecution, torture and death?
So, if at any moment you feel shaken by the challenges against our faith raised by your friends, remember the facts about the disciples’ life and death, and share that perspective with them. Maybe they will be intrigued.
As for me, I would rather join Job when he proclaims “I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth” (Job 19:25).
To Him all the glory!