“The king is familiar with these things, and I can speak freely to him. I am convinced that none of this has escaped his notice, because it was not done in a corner.” Acts 26:26

Of all the world’s religions, Christianity and Judaism are the only ones based on historical events. Accounts of these events were written down within the lifetime of those who were alive to witness them. Christianity can be verified by external sources. It wasn’t concocted in secret or “in a corner”.

Other religions are based on the dictated writings of a prophet or an enlightened teacher or the visions of mystic leaders. However, Peter said to Cornelius, “You know what has happened throughout the province of Judea, beginning in Galilee …” (Acts 10:36-37). Paul said to Festus, “The king is familiar with these things” and “What I am saying is true and reasonable” (verse 25).

Christianity claims that at a certain point in history, Jesus was born, lived, claimed to be God, died and rose again. In the reports and letters that were written following these events, they quoted names of actual people and places. These authors left behind a great wad of information that could be checked. Christianity leaves itself wide open to be investigated and many have. They have found much that confirms the Biblical accounts, including accounts of Jesus’ life quoted in histories outside of Biblical sources.

While this is encouraging to us as Christians, our faith isn’t based on historical evidence. Rather it’s based on a personal encounter with Jesus. Christianity isn’t about filling our minds with historical facts. Rather, it’s about having a relationship with God made possible by the life and death of Jesus Christ.