A Plan For Your Life
After a minister had spoken on the subject, Why I Believe in Jesus, a well-dressed young man paid him a visit in his study and remarked, Your talk tonight was interesting, but everything you said about Jesus Christ came out of your Bible. Tell me, if Jesus ever lived on this earth, why doesnt history tell about Him?
Thats a fair question, the minister answered as he turned and took down several books. But as a matter of fact, history does tell about Jesus Christ.
That Id like to see for myself, the young man responded.
Well here is Letter 97 of Book 10 of Letters of Pliny the Younger, Roman proconsul in Bithynia, a province of old Asia Minor. Pliny wrote to the Roman Emperor, Trajan, telling him about events in his province. See, here he is asking counsel on how he should handle a new sect, the Christians. He tells of their rapid growth and of how they sang hymns composed to their leader, Christ. Pliny sent his letter about A.D. 110. The letter by Pliny offers historical evidence of the man, Christ, and of the spread of His faith in the days of His apostles.
Surprised, the young man said, Tell me more!