NT 401-FA13-B: Life of Christ
(Fall 2013 Online-Section 2)
Instructor - Dr. Mark Owens
Roberts, Mark D. Can We Trust the Gospels? Investigating the Reliability of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John: Crossway Books 2007. Pp.202
Taking exception to the words of Christ could only be in blatant disagreement with Jesus the Christ himself, a spirit of anti-Christ. Is this an over statement as to the importance of the words of Christ? The answer to this question is found in how you respond to another question: How can the words of Jesus ever be down played as anything other than the most important words ever placed into the air of this world – directly from Immanuel, “God With Us” – (Isaiah 7:14) necessary for the spiritual safety of His children as both a beckoning and a warning to those endeavoring to see Him for whom He is? These words are more than the simple passing commentary of a good teacher from days gone by. These words contain the full gambit of direction from God who walked among us for all believers and the world. The words of Christ are like the label attached to a potently healing, yet imminently dangerous, prescription drug that must be taken in absolute correctness in order to bring health to your being - versus the possible adverse affects should direction be ignored. Jesus is the standard of all that is taught in New Testament Scripture. It is the life of Christ that demonstrates to us the ability to please the Father with whom He is one. John 17:22, in the words of Jesus, puts it this way: “And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one:” Can we trust the Gospels? By Mark D. Roberts is a concise overview of the topic matter and questions on the dependability of the Gospels. Roberts presents the standards for evaluating the reliability of gospel manuscripts I quote: “1) antiquity; 2) multiplicity; 3)...
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