Question 25

 

THE FOUR GOSPELS-MATTHEW, MARK, LUKE AND JOHN-ARE NOT ALWAYS IN HARMONY IN THE NARRATION OF MANY THINGS! THEREFORE, ISN'T IT CONTRADICTORY?

 

 

Matthew, Mark, Luke and John wrote primarily to specific groups of people.

Matthew was focusing on the Jewish community. Therefore you will notice Matthew's Gospel having a lot of Old Testament quotations.

The Jews needed the Old Testament Scriptures for proof to believe Jesus was the Messiah.

Mark was focusing on the Latin background group, basically the Roman population. They were ruling the then known world.

They were men of action and power. Therefore, Mark has focused a lot on the power and miracles of Jesus.

Luke was the only non-Jewish writer in the entire Bible.

(Though Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, wrote the fourth

Chapter of Daniel basically, Daniel rewrote it in his book). Luke was a gentile convert, a physician by profession (Colossians 4:14).

He was very systematic in his approach. As he was writing primarily  the Greeks, he pens down most of the parables of Jesus. The

Greeks would love these deep and wise sayings.

Finally, John wrote his Gospel. It is said to be the last book written in the Bible. The aged John writes basically to the Christian community, the ones who have now, for long, been in the faith. His

Gospel is much different from the rest. The most precious verse of the Bible, John 3:16, and many other beautiful verses, are all found in his Gospel.

All these four writers wrote at different points of time from different places to a different group, yet they had many things in common. One would concentrate on a particular matter and highlight a particular incident to their audience, while another writer, talking about the same incident, would concentrate from another angle and would therefore leave out a few things, which his co-

Gospel writer would have mentioned.

Don't we have today's newspapers, too, reporting a particular incident from different angles? One journalist highlights a particular thing, while another leaves a few points out and cover different minor information which his counterpart probably thought it was not necessary for his audience. These are not contradictions, but various viewpoints and coverage from different angles. So also it is with the four Gospels writers.

The Repeat and Enlarge Principle is followed in the Bible throughout, especially in the Gospels and in the prophetic books like Daniel and the Revelation. It was the Holy Spirit that brought to their memory and directed them what to highlight and what to leave out.

ONE MIGHT SAY: Why was it necessary to have four Gospels?

Couldn't the Holy Spirit just use one writer to highlight all the main incidences?

The life of Jesus on earth was the most dramatic thing to have ever happened in the human race, and in fact in the whole universe-

God becoming man! That is the center of the Gospel. The Holy Spirit saw it fit that many writers write from different viewpoints this grand story and make a great impression on the readers of the Gospel.

When nearly the same story is told from different writers, and from different angles, to different groups, it makes it very interesting, and it truly carries a lot of weight. Don't all the leading newspapers and magazine cover the most important incidents that happen? The same it is with the life of Jesus and the coverage by four Gospel writers. Even though four different people wrote it at different times, the accurate and harmonious narration of all testifies to the truthfulness of their accounts!

Finally let us see what the apostle John had to say regarding the life and ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ.

And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen. (John 21:25)