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Can the gospel accounts of the life of Jesus be trusted?

Q1: Christians put a lot of emphasis on the life of Jesus, which is reported through four different sacred writings, the gospels of the New Testament. Why do you think the tradition has four different reports on the life of Jesus? Why not just choose the one that is most authoritative? What does the fact that the early Christians included four reports in their sacred writings suggest about how they understood their knowledge of the life of Jesus?

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Actually the four gospels are not the only books that discuss the life of Jesus. The first few chapters of Acts (traditionally attributed to Luke) as well as the epistles of Paul mention the life of Christ. Specific examples include Luke 1:1-11, Romans 6-8, I Corinthians 1:18-31, I Corinthians 11:17-32, I Corinthians 15:1-8, Philippians 2:5-11, Colossians 1:15-23.

So, why do we have four different reports of the life of Christ? The early followers of Christ were eager to write down what they had seen . Their relationship with Christ and eye witness of his crucifixion, burial and resurrection were events that obviously were amazing and should be recorded. Matthew and John were ...

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This solution looks at the gospel accounts of the life of Jesus. Can the writings be trusted? Why did early church leaders choose four as opposed to just one? Are the accounts contradictory or do they simply show the same information from four different perspectives? Over 400 words of original text including links to informative websites for further research.

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