The Gospel Accounts are verifiable and falsifiable

Luke Bible Background

03.21.2017 – New Testament: Luke 2.1–3

To read the Bible in a year, read Luke 2.1–24 on March 21, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

Did Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John record history, or did they conspire to give a tale of fiction. One of the many proofs we could offer are whether things exist that we can still investigate and see whether they happened or not. These proofs do not stand alone, but all put together they present evidence that is hard to deny. Consider this,

And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city (Luke 2.1–3). 

This shows that the time of which Luke wrote happened during the time of the Roman caesars. Also, we can find out whether Caesar Augustus issued this decree of which Luke wrote, and we can look to see whether a Quirinius governed Syria.

If we can verify those facts, it just adds to the mounting evidence that the story of Jesus truly happened.


  • Do you believe that the four Gospel Accounts record the truth?
  • Why do you believe them to be true?

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