In psychiatry, denial is a defense mechanism in which unpleasant realities are kept out of conscious awareness by a rejection of their existence. In this way, those in denial attempt to keep those unpleasant realities out of their conscious thought and spare themselves the associated anxiety.
In modern times, rather than argue the truth of the claims of Jesus Christâ€”particularly His claim that He was (and is) God in human formâ€”a very extreme group of skeptics have tried to argue that Jesus never really existed at all. One can easily see why these Christ-deniers might embrace this falsehood, because one day Jesus will return to judge the living and the dead.
For those already spiritually dead in their trespasses and sins, this is the most unpleasant reality of all. Dr. D. James Kennedy answers this ultimate exercise in denial with his message: â€śWas Jesus Real or a Myth.â€ť
Dr. D. James Kennedy (1930-2007), founder of Truth In Action Ministries, was perhaps the â€śmost listened-to Presbyterian minister in historyâ€ť because of the outreach of pulpit through television and radio. For 48 years, Dr. Kennedy served as the senior pastor of Coral Ridge...