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Discover the True Jesus

Best-selling author David Limbaugh shares his faith and how looking at the Gospels will help you discover the real Jesus. Read Transcript

Many people sincerely want to believe

in the truths of the Bible, but they're still skeptical.

As a lawyer, David Limbaugh was one of them,

until he discovered a mountain of compelling evidence

for Christianity.

Here's what made the difference in his life.

NARRATOR: David Limbaugh is a lawyer political commentator

and a bestselling author.

For years, David wasn't convinced

Jesus was the son of God.

Then a friend challenged him to examine the facts.

That started a journey through the Bible, which led David

to a truth he couldn't ignore.

He says, there is no place other than the Gospels

where we will encounter Jesus unfiltered.

In his book, "The True Jesus," David

directs our attention to the red letter words

and encourages us to study them like never before.

And please welcome back to The 700 Club, David Limbaugh.

David, good to see you.

Good to see you.

Thank you for having me.

Well you and and your famous brother Rush

were brought up in church.

You know, this guy named Rush Limbaugh.

Yeah, that guy.

A little similar resemblance.

So you guys were brought up in church,

parents took you to church every Sunday.

When did you start to doubt?

It's not so much that I began to doubt at the early age,

it's just I didn't embrace it.

I wasn't engaged, I just kind of spacey or whatever.

But when I got into college, I started

thinking about it, or maybe before,

and I began to have doubts.

Why would an all-loving God permit

the kind of evil and suffering we see in the world?

These aren't original thoughts.

I thought they were, I thought I was some genius.

Of course.

And so I began to study apologetics and the Bible,

and discovered that if I just, instead

of trying to make God in my own image,

I could have gone to the source of his revelation

and learned and saved myself a lot of trouble.

But instead, I came kicking and screaming.

What made you a true believer?

What was that turning point that the light bulb clicked on

and you said, this is it?

I would say 100 different little seeds

were planted along my path.

But the one that finally took hold,

that finally clinched it for me, intellectually--

and it's more than an intellectual proposition,

as we know--

were the Messianic prophesies.

These written, sprinkled throughout the Old Testament

hundreds of years before Jesus was born, describe,

in detail, his life, his death, his suffering, his passion,

and his work.

And it just blew me away.

I had never been exposed to it, or if I had,

it hadn't taken with me.

Well David, you've just written this book, your latest,

called "The True Jesus."

What was it about the Gospels that

made you want to write this?

The truth is, I started to write an introduction, a primer

on the whole New Testament.

And as I got into it, I had to consolidate the Gospels,

because I, probably, I figured I was

going to allocate 50 pages of the Gospels

and devote the rest of the book to the other New Testament


So I had to condense it, and I was trying to condense it,

and I go, this is impossible, it's too rich.

So I called my publisher and I asked, can I

make the whole book about the Gospels

so I can go deep as well as wide?

And they said yes.

So I studied the entire gospels in a way

that I'd never studied them before.

And I think I learned something.

You know, I didn't have any epiphanies, in a sense,

like some people do.

But I had this epiphany.

Nowhere in the Bible do you encounter the Jesus, the living

son of God unfiltered, sit at his feet, watch his miracles,

listen to his authoritative preaching, watch the way

he exudes divinity and humanity with every breath.

He's like no other person that ever lived on the earth,

because he was fully man and fully God

and he came to save us.

No fictional author could have concocted such a creature.

And you know that.

You'll only really come to learn that when you read the Bible

itself and read the Gospels, where you see Jesus unfiltered.

The rest of the New Testament books talk about Jesus

and explain what he meant and what his actions and words

meant, but only if you read the Gospels themselves can

you get immersed and witness it himself.

And when you read the words that are in red,

those are the words of Jesus, those are the words of God.

And you write that you were blown away

when that realization came to you, that you were encountering

God in the Gospels.

Encountering God in a way that it's hard to describe,

and you can't even articulate it in a book.

Even quoting the greatest, most eloquent Christian

thinkers throughout time.

Only if you immerse yourself in the Gospels

and read his writ-- nobody could have

been as eloquent, as profound, spontaneously render unto

Caesar what is Caesar's render unto God was.

That was a spontaneous reaction to a question where

they were trying to trip him.

The Pharisees couldn't trip him about the law,

he reanalyzed and reinterpreted the law, claiming to be God.

Blew them away to the point where they wanted to kill him.

Make no mistake that He claimed to be God, which is

why they did want to kill him.

Well knowing that I was going to interview today, it

made me want to go read the Gospels again and--

so last night I picked Mark, because everybody

goes to John first.

But you know as believers, a lot of times we'll go months, even

years without reading the Gospels, because we're so,

we think we're so familiar with them.

And when you go back like I did last night,

and it's-- you get blown away again,

because you're encountering the living God.

That's the whole point of this book.

I say, books about Jesus, books about the Bible are great.

We, as Christians, are supposed to be relational,

as our triune God is relational.

And we're supposed to help each other.

It's great to teach Sunday school

and it's great to help each other,

but there is no substitute for reading the Bible itself.

And in the case of Jesus, for reading the Gospels themselves.

And as you say, each time you read them,

you learn something else, on a deeper level

and a more enriching level.

And if I would pick it up today, I'd open it up.

Anywhere I open it up, now I'm not saying read it out

of context, but I would read something

that I would get another insight.

There is no limit to its depth, which

is another self-authenticating aspect of the Bible.

Well because the word of God is alive.

It's alive.

And so you always get something different.

And it is tailored to each of us

individually as we're on the move.

It's written to each of us in our own circumstances.

And I don't mean it's changeable.

It's an unchangeable word of God,

but it applies to each of us in our daily lives,

in different ways and different situations.

What do you say to the skeptics that come up to you

and say, you know, David, I admire your faith,

I want to believe, but I'm just struggling.

I would say, don't make the mistake I did

and assume that faith is blind faith, that Christians check

their intellect at the door.

They suspend their critical faculties.


Christianity's truth claims are based on a mountain of evidence

that's overwhelming.

There are still some things that are bothersome.

You read the Bible, with some seeming inconsistencies,

but there are satisfactory answers to every one of them.

But understand that if you really go to the Bible

with a seeking mind and an open heart,

you will encounter-- now that's a big condition,

because a lot of skeptics will go trying to defeat God.

If they don't want to accept God,

God will ultimately accommodate them.

But if you go and ask, if you knock on the door,

Jesus will answer.

If you seek, you will find.

The Bible promises to have the power of conversion.

It does.

Go and find out for yourself.

And you will be blown away, unless you're

too proud to allow yourself to learn what is in there.

Well I'm personally glad you wrote this book, because I've


I mean, just to encounter the Gospels again, as a believer,

I've been a believer for many, many years.

But it's really powerful.

And we need that.

We need to keep that relationship going with Jesus.

We really do.

And we Christians are in the world

and we're subject to the temptation of the flesh,

we're subject to our daily distractions

and we have all kinds of idols and we

don't become perfectly sin free this side of eternity,

but we must stay in the scripture

and in prayer and practice the spiritual disciplines.

Do what we can to stay close to God,

because we face a lot of challenges in this world.

And there's only one answer to human brokenness,

and that's Jesus Christ.

Amen, amen.

Well if people want to fall in love with the Gospels again,

fall in love with Jesus, you need

to get a copy of David's new book.

It's called "The True Jesus."

And it's available wherever books are sold.

Also, you can hear more from David

in our web exclusive interview.

Just go to club and you will see that

as well.

David, God bless you.

Great to see you.

Thank you so much for having me.

And say hi to Rush for us.

I will.

All right,



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