CHALLENGE #1: The New Testament was written too late to be reliable history
• The events recorded in the Bible, particularly those in the New Testament, are based primarily on direct, eyewitness testimony. (1 John 1:1)
• Other parts of the New Testament were compiled by writers who got their information directly from the eyewitnesses. (Luke 1)

CHALLENGE #2: The Bible is full of myths and stories of miracles that can no longer be believed by thinking people
• Isaiah 53 predicts he would be “pierced for our iniquities.” 700 years before Christ. It predicted this centuries before crucifixion was even invented!
• Psalm 22, written about 1000 years before the time of Christ, describes his suffering in detail when it says “people stare and gloat over me. They divide my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment.”
• And Micah 5:2 predicts—again, hundreds of years ahead of time—that the Messiah would be born in the tiny town of Bethlehem.

CHALLENGE #3: The Bible can’t be trusted because it’s full of contradictions
• The nature of eyewitness accounts is that there will be minor differences. In fact, that’s one way they determine whether the testimonies are authentic! Real eyewitness accounts always include differing perspectives and varying levels of detail. It’s when the reports are identical that investigators begin to doubt what they’re hearing, knowing these witnesses have conspired together.

CHALLENGE #4: The Bible has been corrupted over time
• We have more than 5,800 copies of early Greek manuscripts and about 20,000 more in other languages. Other books written in ancient history have less then 20 copies left.
• We have more than 1,000 times the manuscript data for the New Testament than we do for the average Greco-Roman author. The manuscripts of the average classical author are no earlier than 500 years after they were written.