The Four Gospels Essay

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Before any conclusions can be made regarding the message of the Four Gospels, it is important to consider whether they are historically accurate. Arguments swing between them being either accurate in their portrayal of historical events, or that very few of the events in them took place. Even the central figure of the gospels, Jesus Christ, receives a mixed response from scholars. Many scholars would agree that Christ is a historical figure. The issues that cause controversy are the miraculous events surrounding His life. The best source of information regarding the historical events of Christ’s life are the Four Gospels. The historical accuracy of the setting in these Gospels is crucial to the argument regarding the authenticity of the miraculous…show more content…
Where they writing fiction or fact? The four writers of the Gospels were not recording myths. They were recording events and sayings they had witnessed. They were also not the only witnesses of Christ. During Christ’s ministry he traveled far and wide, His fame spreading. In Jerusalem many attended the spectacle of His crucifixion. Christianity became popular because people had first-hand experience of the events. Christ had over seventy disciples who spread the same message after Stephen’s death. Between Christ’s death and the first Gospel, the tradition of Christianity had started, with evangelists and prophets spreading the same message. The recording of these events by the authors of the Four Gospels only reinforced practices already in place. When Paul tells the Corinthian church that 500 witnessed the gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost (1st Corinthians 15:3-9), he is telling them about something they already knew, some of those witnesses probably being members of the Corinthian church. Paul is writing to a church where there are those who would wish to discredit him. Why mention something if it is not a known fact? The theory of oral tradition regarding the Old Testament has always been an issue due to the time lapse between the event and its recording. This argument being used against the written recording of the Four Gospels, putting aside the possibility that someone took notes, does not work as the events were recorded within the life span of the oral

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