One of the hindrances to faith in Messiah in our day is the proliferation of cynical information casting doubt on the historical validity of his sayings and deeds.
It is trendy to suggest that the gospels as we have them are a product of later generations with many distortions of the true message of Yeshua the cynic philosopher or whatever depiction of him suits the documentary at hand.
I believe cynicism about Yeshua is going to get worse, the climate of tolerance for Yeshua followers is going to diminish, and the pressure, even amongst Yeshua followers, to doubt the life and message of Yeshua will increase. We cannot have our egos invested in being seen as reasonable or even sane. To choose to follow Yeshua against the surge of nihilism is a worthy choice and calls for strength of character.
In today’s podcast (available in iTunes if you search Yeshua or at the link below), I consider a model for understanding how the stories about Yeshua and the stories Yeshua told were preserved and passed down by the generation that wrote the gospels.
Here are some questions for discussion:
(1) How do we know or even have faith that stories about Yeshua and stories Yeshua told are genuine?
(2) What perception do you think people have of the historical validity of Yeshua’s sayings and deeds as recorded in the gospels?