Proof of Birth
Birth of Jesus
The greatest argument against Christianity
would be the fact that Jesus never lived. If the birth of Jesus did not occur,
then of course, the
Resurrection of Jesus did not occur. And if
there is no resurrection, then death has not been conquered. If death has not
been conquered, then sin has not been conquered and we are all doomed. Without
the birth of Jesus, Christianity is just another religion based upon legends and
Many argue that the only proof of Jesus'
birth is the Bible. And they go on to argue that the Bible is just a book of
myths and legends. There is historical, archaeological, and the study of
logical reasoning that disproves that the Bible just a book of myths of legends.
If the Bible is true, then Jesus birth, Crucifixion, and
Resurrection are true. Some will argue that you can't trust the Bible because it
was written by those who believed in Jesus. If you use this argument regarding
biographies and history books (this is what the Four Gospels are like), you see
how foolish it is. Many biographies are written by people who loved the person
they are writing about, but we do not question their validity. There are those
who write about history who have their prejudices but we do not deny the facts
that are in their books.
Read on the Validity of the Bible.
However, in this section on the Birth of
Christ, we will cite sources that are outside of the Bible to prove that Jesus
Christ was known to be a real person and not just a fable. This is only a small
amount of information-go to the Books Section
to obtain much more information on the Historical Evidence of the birth of
Jesus. Also, we have a great amount of material discussing the
Resurrection of Jesus. If He was resurrected, he
obviously was born.
The very enemies of Christianity claimed that he lived--and that he performed
miracles! Early Jewish documents such as the Mishnah and even Josephus--as well
as first-century Gentile historians--such as Thallus, Serapion, and Tacitus--all
testify that the one called Christ lived in Palestine and died under Pontius
Pilate. As the British scholar, F. F. Bruce put it, "The historicity of Christ
is as [certain]. . . as the historicity of Julius Caesar" (NT Documents,
119). If they document his death, then he had to have been
It needs to be understood that some of the writings were
hostile to Christianity, but still documented the historical fact of Jesus.
Josephus, Jewish historian (AD 37-100) wrote of Jesus:
this time appeared Jesus, a wise man (if indeed it is right to call Him
man; for He was a worker of astonishing deeds, a teacher of such men as
receive the truth with joy), and He drew to Himself many Jews (many
also of Greeks. This was the Christ.) And when Pilate, at the
denunciation of those that are foremost among us, had condemned Him to the
cross, those who had first loved Him did not abandon Him (for He appeared
to them alive again on the third day, the holy prophets having foretold this
and countless other marvels about Him.) The tribe of Christians named
after Him did not cease to this day." (Jewish Antiquities, 18.3.3 §63 )
Most scholars agree
that the statements in italics were added later by others, most likely
Christians. However, there has not been any dispute regarding the accuracy
of his statement regarding the crucifixion of Jesus, which means he had to
have been born.
Tacitus, a Roman historian, in his Annals, c. AD 115, describes the Roman
Emperor Nero's actions after the great fire of Rome, c. AD 64:
Consequently, to get rid of the report, 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, and a most mischievous superstition, thus
checked for the moment, again broke out not only in Judæa, the first source of
the evil, but even in Rome, where all things hideous and shameful from every
part of the world find their centre and become popular.
Annals 15 -44
” Mischievous Superstition”.
Exitiabilis is the latin word for mischievous. It means destructive, fatal,
deadly. So it would seem that what tacitus actually said was it was “a
destructive or fatal or deadly superstition”. He was calling Christianity
evil. So, it is obvious that he was not a Christian, thus he would not be
sharing about the death of Jesus to support the fact that there was a
historical Jesus that was killed by Pontius Pilate. Note that Tacitus is not
referring to the death of the Jesus as supersititon but the practice of
famous historian, reputed in his own days as being extremely careful and
factual, Tacitus would not have been prone to writing about a movement
without first checking the Roman archives to see if he could not get the
most accurate report possible.
He wrote his
history of Rome covering the death of Augustus to the death of Domitian,
that's 14-96 AD. He used earlier works by historians cross checking them
with each other. He sought to verify his facts, something unusual in the
writing of the time. He clearly has bias as he hated Domitian and wasn't a
great fan of Tiberius, but this would have no bearing on mentions of Christ.
that Tactitus also wrote about Hercules so his works are not valid.
Read our response to this accusation.
Another Roman writer who
shows his acquaintance with Christ and the
Christians is Suetonius (A.D. 75-160). It has been noted that Suetonius
considered Christ (Chrestus) as a Roman insurgent who stirred up seditions under
the reign of Claudius (A.D. 41-54): "Judaeos, impulsore Chresto, assidue
tumultuantes (Claudius) Roma expulit" (Clau., xxv).
mentioned the eclipse which took place during the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus
and no other (eclipse); it is clear that he did not know from his sources about
any (similar) eclipse in previous times . . . and this is shown by the
historical account of Tiberius Caesar." Origen and Philopon, De. opif. mund.
regard to the eclipse in the time of Tiberius Caesar, in whose reign Jesus
appears to have been crucified, and the great earthquakes which then took place
...” Origen Against Celsus
The historical character of
Jesus Christ is also attested by the hostile Jewish literature of the
subsequent centuries. His birth is ascribed to an illicit ("Acta Pilati" in
Thilo, "Codex apocryph. N.T., I, 526; cf. Justin, "Apol.", I, 35), or even an
adulterous, union of His parents (Origen, "Contra Cels.," I, 28, 32).
There are many Jewish writings
that show traces of acquaintance with the murder of the
Holy Innocents (Wagenseil, "Confut. Libr.Toldoth", 15; Eisenmenger op. cit.,
I, 116; Schottgen, op. cit., II, 667), with the flight into
Egypt (cf. Josephus, "Ant." XIII, xiii), with the stay of
Jesus in the Temple at the age of twelve (Schottgen, op. cit., II, 696),
with the call of the disciples ("Sanhedrin", 43a; Wagenseil, op. cit., 17;
Schottgen, loc. cit., 713), with His
miracles (Origen, "Contra Cels", II, 48; Wagenseil, op. cit., 150; Gemara
"Sanhedrin" fol. 17); "Schabbath", fol. 104b; Wagenseil, op.cit., 6, 7, 17),
with His claim to be
God (Origen, "Contra Cels.", I, 28; cf. Eisenmenger, op. cit., I, 152;
Schottgen, loc. cit., 699) with His betrayal by
Judas and His death (Origen, "Contra cels.", II, 9, 45, 68, 70; Buxtorf, op.
cit., 1458; Lightfoot, "Hor. Heb.", 458, 490, 498; Eisenmenger, loc. cit., 185;
Schottgen, loc. cit.,699 700; cf."Sanhedrin", vi, vii). Celsus (Origen, "Contra
Cels.", II, 55) tries to throw doubt on the Resurrection, while Toldoth (cf.
Wagenseil, 19) repeats the Jewish fiction that the body of
Jesus had been stolen from the sepulchre.
So significant is Jesus in man's history that the
Encyclopedia Britannica has 20,000 words in describing this person, Jesus. His
description took more space than was given to Aristotle, Cicero, Alexander,
Julius Caesar, Buddha, Confucius, Mohammed or Napolean Bonaparte.
Why would there be so much material on a man who was never
Here is a quote from the Encyclopedia Britannica concerning
the testimony of the many independent secular accounts of Jesus of Nazareth:
These independent accounts prove that in ancient times even the opponents of
Christianity never doubted the historicity of Jesus, which was disputed for the
first time and on inadequate grounds by several authors at the end of the 18th,
during the 19th, and at the beginning of the 20th centuries.
Jesus is recorded as a fact, as is His death, burial and
missing body in the Reader's Digest Book of Facts, 1989.
For more information on the Historical
Evidence of the birth of Jesus, go to the Books
Another great resource on the Historical Evidence of the
birth of Jesus is some material by
Dr. James Kennedy.
If Jesus Birth is true, if His
Crucifixion is true, if His
Resurrection is true, then the Bible is true,
which means the
Gospel of Jesus Christ is true. Why
not learn about the Plan of Salvation and receive
Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.
What about the Census that the Bible talks about? I hear it
Here is great
info on this subject.
Myths about Christmas
Great information on the myths of Christmas
For some scientific theories on the Christmas Star, go
Personally we do not believe is enough evidence for this to be natural