There are some who deny that Jesus lived historically. This is to their everlasting shame! They deny this, not because the historical evidence is lacking; no, rather, they deny Jesus existed because they want to be unaccountable for their actions and beliefs. Theirs is a desire to live life in such a delusional world that they hope their unaccountable thinking will be overlooked by a Being greater than them. In other words, they do not want to believe Jesus existed and that He demands of people righteous living.
For some, the idea of living a morally righteous life is not all that disagreeable, but righteousness associated with an objective standard of morality and holiness is more than they want.
The evidence for Jesus’ existence is not only found in the pages of the New Testament, it is found in secular history also. One can learn of His existence in the brief references given to us in the writings of Tacitus, Seutonius, the Jewish writings of the Talmud, and Josephus. The references to Jesus are brief, but they are there for all the world to consider.
Though He is mentioned in secular writings, it is the New Testament that presents the greatest evidence of His historical presence. In the Gospel of Luke (1:1-4), the historical and devout Christian writes that he took the necessary time to study and compile the information of which he writes. Some people dismiss what Luke wrote because “he has an invested interest.” This is nothing by poppycock! Does one’s invested interest mitigate against historical reliability? No!
Luke wrote with regard to people identified by name, with regard to places identified by name, with regard to events that took place and with regard to One who walked on this earth. All these references allow the critic to check and verify accuracy (or deny accuracy). One scholar who was critical of Luke took it upon himself to reference him in his own studies. He was surprised. “Luke is a historian of the first rank… this author should be placed along with the very greatest of historians” (William Ramsay, as quoted by Josh McDowell in “He Walked Among Us,” p. 110).
With secular history clearly indicating that Jesus existed and the New Testament firmly establishing that Jesus existed, why is it that people refuse to accept? One reason, really. They don’t want to accept the evidence because the way of God is too demanding. Jesus demands that His disciples live a life of holiness, respect, reverence and religious devotion given to our Creator.
It is wise to not only accept the historical accuracy of His existence, but also to apply the teachings that come from Him to our individual lives.