On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (08/05/20), Hank opens with a question he received in an email from George. He wants to know if Christianity stole the Virgin Birth, death, and Resurrection of Jesus from ancient pagan mystery religions. As stated by Hank, this proposition has become catastrophically popular in the broader post-Christian culture. In recent decades there have been lots of books, movies, and television specials in which Jesus and the true origins of Christianity are barely recognizable. In a book Hank co-authored with historian Paul Maier titled The Da Vinci Code: Fact or Fiction?, they call this “The Jesus Game.” This game has been played ever since the pagan philosopher Celsus first articulated the narrative a hundred or so years following the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of our Lord. And it’s been played with great enthusiasm ever since.
Hank also answers the following questions:
- Why did Jesus wait to visit Lazarus?
- My non-Trinitarian friend claims that the Bible does not speak of the Holy Spirit as a person, but merely as God’s energy. Are there any arguments from Scripture that could convince him that the Holy Spirit is indeed a godly person?