Saturday, March 2, 2013

The Gospels

The Good News of the Gospels is the most important news ever proclaimed by God for man.  A pathway has been created so that we may repent and our sins may be forgiven.  Before The Law men were ignorant of the many sins that they committed on a daily basis; the standard of behaviour was sometimes vague and often secular.

God gave us The Law so that we might improve our behaviour and curtail our offenses against Him.  The Law was so difficult to keep, and mankind so frail and sinful, that all men fell short.  God recognized that we needed an example of how to keep The Law and that The Law alone was not enough.  He knew He needed to send us his only Son, without sin, to show us how to live in a sinful world. 

God the Father knew that we sinful and imperfect men could never keep The Law and so we would need a mediator and an advocate.  He sent His Son into the world to save sinners.  A record of this monumental event was necessary.  Just as the Old Testament recorded the early history of salvation and God’s interaction with His universe, the New Testament would record the birth, life, death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ, and the continuing story of salvation.

The people who witnessed the events of Jesus’ life were dying off and their voices needed to be recorded correctly.  The Gospels were written so that the information preached and the actions taken would be available to the world once the Apostles had died.  The oral tradition of the ancient world was not sufficient for a growing church.  Having a written Gospel would facilitate that growth by allowing many people to carry The Word all over the world, both in the ancient world and today.

The New Testament has four Gospels.  In Jewish law, according to Deuteronomy 19:15, the King James Version states: “One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established.”

Having four Gospels actually allows one or two to omit an incident, and there are still enough witnesses remaining to establish a fact.  If someone won’t believe the testimony of four witnesses, they are not likely to believe the testimony of five or six or more.  The New Testament provides us with four eyewitnesses to events of Jesus ministry.

The most important reason for the writing of the Gospels is this, given in the Gospel according to St. John, chapter 20, verses 30 and 31:

“And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name;” that's the view from the Hysterical Right Wing.

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