Viewing Christianity as merely a religion, critics will hyperbolize, marginalize, and make a mockery of all supernatural occurrences. They believe none of it is true because it requires belief in supernatural events. As such, the bible has undergone more scrutiny than any other ancient text in existence – most of what we know as factual history would be deemed false/unproven evidence if it had to live up to the same standards the bible has faced. Despite the elevated standards, the bible has passed every test. Why/How? Because it is more than a religion, it is a history. When viewing it as a religion, it is on even playing field with all other religions, but recognizing it as historical fact necessitates that its content must be true, and if it is true then it must be obeyed.
J. Warner Wallace – 35yr old police officer who had a long-established career as a special investigator and homicide detective. Specifically, he spent a lot of time on cold cases and Forensic Statement analysis (linguistic analysis), the hard cases no one else could solve. He made his living off of finding, studying, and applying evidence in order to discover the truth. BUT Mr. Wallace was also a lifelong atheist—there is no proof or evidence in religion, no mystical old man in the sky, no mysterious powers, and certainly no need for a savior from our sins. He describes himself as an angry atheist, the type that is always crude towards religion, treating it mockingly.
However, after many ignored requests, he finally agreed to go to church with a fellow police officer. He admits he intentionally ignored most of the sermon, however, what stood out to him was the lesson’s focus on Christ as a teacher – sharing life lessons he had taught. Wanting to learn more purely about life advice (from a philosophical standpoint) and NOT about the spiritual advice, Wallace purchased his first bible and began reading. It was his training in linguistic analysis that brought to his attention that the Gospels read exactly like eye witness accounts he would expect from his cold cases. Intrigued by this, he decided to treat Christ and the bible as if it were one of his cold cases (and in a sense, the case for Christ is literally a cold case happening 2000 yrs ago). Over the next couple years, he poured himself over all the information he could find – studying the bible for internal proofs or contradictions AND externally examining historical pieces of evidence that could support or disprove the gospels.
Throughout his book, he lays out his thought processes in studying the evidence and he reveals key principles of investigation that are used to solve cold cases, and how he applied those same principles to Christianity. When he finished he realized that it is possible to “become a Christian because of the evidence rather than in spite of the evidence”.