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Is there any unbiased evidence for Jesus?

If a bias is a point of view, then everyone with a point of view on something is biased. The question is contradictory.

In a court of law, eyewitnesses offer stronger testimony than non-eyewitnesses.  Therefore, the biblical writers offer the best evidence for Jesus.  “But they were very biased; they can’t be trusted!”  The amount of bias is a consideration but not solely.  Should the eyewitness testimony of Jewish holocaust survivors be rejected because they were very biased?  Some Nazi’s and Muslim would say yes, but is that not due to their even greater bias?  If one is going to reject all bias, if held consistently, they’d have to reject everyone’s testimony, their own testimony, and their own position.

Original Sin is not Fair

I was never personally troubled by this question because God has made the means of being saved from sin so simple it just never concerned me.  But something else that did concern me is when I’d hear Christians say, “Even though you didn’t have to, God thank you for saving me.”  Now I’d think, “Of course a loving God would have to save you.”  But it wasn’t until just a few years ago I understood I was wrong and ‘they’ were right.  I finally understood the concept of Federal Headship.

Wikipedia

Federal headship refers to the representation of a group united under a federation or covenant. For example, a country’s president may be seen as the federal head of his nation, representing and speaking on its behalf before the rest of the world.

This is really a foreign concept to most western people today but that does not make the idea false. 

Romans 5:18

So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men.

Federal Headship swings both ways.  If you think it is wrong to for Adam’s sin to count against all people, do you think it is wrong for Christ’s sacrifice to count for everyone for everyone who will repent and receive it?  “But Christ wouldn’t need to die for sins if we didn’t inherit original sin.”  But if Adam and Eve sinned so easily, do you really think you’d do any better?  Let’s say you did.  You go 100 years without sinning and then one day you hit your thumb with a hammer and used God’s name in vain.  Now you are in the same boat anyway even without original sin. 

 Apart for a divine nature, such as Jesus has, it is practically impossible to never sin.  Thank God He sent Jesus to take our punishment for those who will receive His free gift.

1 Corinthians 15:22

For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.

Romans 6:8

Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him

Why must Jesus be both God and Man to be the Messiah?

1. Be human

The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23) and without the shedding of blood there is
no forgiveness (Hebrews 9:22). But God cannot shed blood or die. Therefore, the
Savior must be human to identify with us, die in our place, and pay the penalty for
our sins on our behalf. Hebrews 2: 17 states, “Therefore He [Jesus] had to be made
like his brothers in every respect, so that He might become a merciful and faithful
high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.”
Propitiation is a two-part act that involves appeasing the wrath of an offended person
and being reconciled to him.

2. Be God

Isaiah 43:11 states, “I am the LORD, and besides me there is no savior.” But it has
already been mentioned that in order to pay the penalty of sin the Savior must die.
This dilemma is solved in the person of Jesus Christ, who is both God and man.

John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
John 1:14 “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
John 10:30 “I and the Father are one.”