Sharing the gospel with a logical, factual, data driven person, likes history, father of my former Denmark exchange student. He speaks multiple languages & is Retired NATO Military official. We have had multiple discussions over the past decade, more detailed the times they stayed with me during USA visits. His wife speaks Danish & limited English.
In sharing the gospel message, a sincere question /discussion has come up - Here are parts of his email. (Edited & emphasis is mine)
“Jesus, would be the most important person in history. But the exact years when He was on the earth cannot be clearly identified & agreed upon, even within the Christians. With all the precise details in the Bible, many can be tied to well documented historical dates; down to the exact days /months /years. “
“Specifically, why the EXACT year of Jesus death, burial, & resurrection cannot be clearly identified in history.” “Oh, and that Year of His birth is not clearly documented either.”
“If Jesus is the most important person of the Bible- why are these important facts hidden in history and not written in the Bible?”
Why would GOD not want us to know the exact Years that Jesus was on the earth? Why would God allow that particular information about exactly when Jesus walked on the earth to be hidden in all historical documentation?
Help! I have support for possible death burial & resurrection in 32AD. Have no idea what the facts & supports are for the other dates: 29, 30. I just assume I’m off 1 year (cause of year zero) for a 33AD.
I need help with a thoughtful & respectful & logical & factual & concise response.
This is what he got as texts from my 2 sons:
*A) “You just gotta have faith that it happened” *
B) “The Bible gives us the Jewish calendar month & day, it’s in the spring Jewish feasts, but we do not know the year. Mom always has said 32AD, just ask her ”