The Art Of Conversing
here a excerpt from a article about Alexander the GreatI don't see the point in pointing out these things? To a non-christian it makes perfect sense to assume the NT writers just wrote stories where the main character fulfilled prophecies written in the OT?
while you may believe them on faith why would someone outside of the religion believe them?
There are many scriptures throughout history that we all assume were written to look like the characters fulfilled prophecies. But we don't believe any other supernatural stories to be true? No matter what it says about Osirius we're not going to believe them as true. So why would a non Christian believe any of those supernatural tales?
There are over 1 million people right now in India who believe Sai Babba can perform real magic. They will tell you they have seen it directly. Forget scripture, they have seen it. Still, most outside the religion do not really believe that these eyewitnesses are actually seeing magic?
There are no historical mentions of Jesus except those that mention people following the gospels, yet there are millions of current eyewitnesses to a supernatural man in India right now so if we were going to believe in some magic person it should at least be something with better evidence?
So why would a non Christian care about ancient mythology?
AN EXAMPLE: In the sixth century B.C.E., the prophet Daniel saw a vision that foretold the rapid defeat of Medo-Persia by Greece. It also foretold that as soon as the victorious king of Greece “became mighty,” his kingship would be “broken.” Who would replace him? Daniel wrote: “There are four kingdoms from his nation that will stand up, but not with his power.”—Daniel 8:5-8, 20-22.
WHAT HISTORIANS SAY: Over 200 years after Daniel’s time, Alexander the Great became king of Greece. Within ten years, Alexander defeated the Medo-Persian Empire and extended Grecian rule as far as the Indus River (in modern-day Pakistan). But he died suddenly at the age of 32. Finally, a battle near Ipsus in Asia Minor effectively dissolved his empire. The four victors of that battle eventually divided the Grecian Empire among themselves. However, none of them attained Alexander’s degree of power.