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Comedian Chris Distefano went on the Joe Rogan Experience to discuss historical accounts of Jesus. Today’s show breaks it down.

Distefano recommended Lee Strobel’s “The Case for Christ” to Rogan, as he said it contains “very compelling arguments for not only Jesus’ existence but his actual works being real.”

The conversation focused on the historical accuracy of the gospels.

Most people wouldn’t question the existence of Alexander the Great or Caesar, even though the first copy of material we have on him wasn’t even written until 1,000 years after his existence. Comparatively, the New Testament was written between A.D. 50-100.

“If you are going to accept a 1,000-year gap and 10 copies to make sure we know what Cesar was all about then you would have to [acknowledge] that it makes sense that the New Testament that we have today is what was written, this is what was actually said,” Gerald A said. “There’s a lot of stuff that you can find to confirm archeological evidence and a lot of this stuff.”

Distefano then emphasized how the knowledge was transmitted through oral communication, but that the facts were double-checked for accuracy, sort of like fact-checking a game of telephone with the previous player.

“I understand what he’s saying. It’s a culture that was built on passing down history orally. And so that culture is going to be different than ours which is passed down in written form,” Gerald A said.

Distefano then defended his point that this is not a form of confirmation bias because both his haters and the disciples were saying the same thing.

“Enemy attestation” is a concept used by those who attempt to argue the empty tomb of Jesus. And because the evidence is so overwhelming, it’s not possible to deny it and so they try and explain it in another way.

No one denied that Jesus died and 500 people saw him after he passed.

“They posted guards and they sealed the tomb in such a way that if it was opened they would know. And the guards were guarding under penalty of death. They had a vested interest in not allowing anyone to pass,” Gerald A said. “They secured the tomb as best they could and he rose from the dead.”

Some claimed that the tomb was empty because someone had stolen his body.

“Nobody dies for a lie that they know is a lie, and you cannot argue your way out of that,” Gerald A said.

This is why Freedom of Speech is crucial.

“Early Christianity was not spread by the sword, it was spread by speech and word of mouth,” Crowder said. “Christians have had to get pretty good at this because it’s the only religion that’s faced direction persecution for centuries without a standing army.”