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The Reason Why There Are Different Gospel Authors According to Christians
I want to make this relatively short for you Muslims out there propagating Islam to Christians. Obviously as we all know, there are 4 different Gospels. One authored by Mark, Matthew, Luke and John.
The book of Mark is said to be dated between years 65-80
The book of Matthew is said to be dated years 80-100
The book of Luke is said to be dated years 80-100
The book of John is said to be dated years 90-120
However, lets be generous and date them as early as we can.
So Mark is dated at 65
So Mark is dated at 80
So Mark is dated at 80
So Mark is dated at 90
When you read the Gospels you can clearly see the image of Jesus Christ developing from a more human Jesus to a divine Jesus. The image of Jesus' divinity is greatly emphasized and portrayed in the Gospel of John. This is the last of the Gospels. You also see developments in stories such as the Resurrection accounts. For more information on these developments you can read
There is much more on the development of the resurrection accounts. I must highly recommend everyone to read the debate "Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead?" at http://www../library/modern/dan_barker/barker_horner.html
Now Christians think they can just simply dismiss the charge of the evolution throughout the Gospels. Christians would argue "well you see, each author wrote for a specific audience and for a specific purpose."
Taken from http://www.godonthe.net/evidence/gospels.htm
Each of the Four Gospels portrays a different aspect of Jesus:
Matthew was written for a Jewish audience. It's primary purpose is to prove that Jesus is the promised Messiah by showing how He is the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies about the Messiah.
Jesus was not simply God with the appearance of a human. Jesus actually was fully human. When He became human He left His divine powers in heaven and came to live among men as a man. (He was able to perform miracles because He was filled with the Holy Spirit.) It is often taught that Mark portrays Jesus as an obedient servant, even obedient unto death.
Luke was written for a Gentile audience. They were not familiar with Hebrew prophecies about the Messiah nor did they care about them. One of his major themes is that Jesus came for all mankind.
John, the last Gospel, was written around 96 A.D. It's primary purpose is to show the deity of Christ.
So notice that the earliest Gospel which is Mark emphasized the human part of Jesus and the last Gospel to be written which is John emphasized the deity of Jesus.
However, one thing that I cannot understand is that people who read the Gospel of Mark only knew the more human aspect of Jesus. They barely knew anything about his so called divinity. They did not know about all the "I am" sayings found in John. They did not know about the appearance of Jesus after the resurrection because Mark 16:9-20 is a fabricated passage according to textual expert Bruce Mitzger in his book, "The Text of the New Testament: Its Transmission, Corruption and Restoration", p 226.
They would not have known these things until they read the Gospel of John which came some 20 to 25 years later. However, what if those people died before they were ever able to read the Gospel of John?
Secondly, what evidence do Christians have that these different authors planned to write what they wrote for a specific purpose and that they knew others would write on the other different aspects of Jesus? When you read the writings of the authors you do not even get this impression nor do you even get the impression that they are divinely inspired. For instance, lets look at the introduction to the Gospel of Luke:
1Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled[a] among us, 2just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. 3Therefore, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, it seemed good also to me to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, 4so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.
Luke is talking ordinarily as if he is just simply some other author writing another account. He didn't say things like "the Holy Spirit is inspiring me to write another account to emphasize that Jesus is the savior of all mankind"
There is no evidence that these authors ever collaborated or agreed to write 4 different Gospels for the purpose that the Christians are claiming they did. It is illogical, the word of God is supposed to be the same for everybody. It should be the same message for everyone. You don't go preaching to the Jews a specific thing like Matthew did and to the Gentiles a specific thing like Luke did.
Don't let these Christians slide away from this important argument that easily. Always pay attention for objective and rational arguments. If you don't you would let them get away with falsehood.
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