Mathew, Luke, and Paul; a Comparison
Christianity is a mission bound religion; every players in the bible had a mission stipulated and placed upon them. General, the ‘’mission’’ in Christianity have a long history from the early creation days finding its way through the law, kings, prophets, and getting its fulfillment in the new testament through Jesus Christ mission to save the world. However, Christianity to laymen and many other theology scholars is a complicated religion today. Many people give different information and interpretations of the people based on their understanding. In this light, it is also important to note that not all scholars and Christians give honest interpretations of the biblical scriptures, some coin, and twist the scriptures to befit their selfish interest. More so, in the contemporary society where there is a great influx of false prophesy and Christianity, many Christian and biblical teachings about tithes and offerings have been twisted and given different interpretations to suit the interest of selfish priests, bishops, fathers, and reverends who want to robe the congregations in the name of the lord. Besides, the gospel according to Mathew differs greatly, from other books such as the Acts of the Apostles by Luke, and the letters of Paul in his epistles. While Mathew is seen by other scholars as a contradiction between universalism and particularism of the mission, Paul in his numerous epistles aims at reaching out to the gentiles and all sinners with a message of forgiveness and repentance which makes the greatest part of his formulated definition of the ‘mission.’ Conversely, Luke does not see the ‘’mission’’ in Christianity as a matter of the church like Mathew, but on the paradigm of followers, disciples, apostles. The three authors, Mathew, Luke, and Paul see the mission on different perspectives and understanding. Foremost, Mathew sees the ‘’Mission’’ as a duty rest upon the church. He however, unlike many apostles does not dwell too much of his writing on the life and works of this Jesus Christ as it is the case with many writers. For this reason, many scholars are torn between understanding the side on which he bases his gospel. Consequently, other scholars and Christians argue that Mathew is a Particularist, while others say that he is a Universalist[i]. This depends on how they interpret the writing of Mathew and his sentiments about the mission in Christianity. However, most importantly, Mathew sees the mission in Christianity on a church dimension. He sees the wholesomeness of the mission as opposed to other apostles who see it on a particular angle. To Mathew, the mission in Christianity is to expand the church following the rules placed by Jesus Christ during his tenure and messianic period in the world. The difference between Mathew’s works from the works of other writers is that, he sets out a mission not to discuss the life of Jesus in particular, but rather endeavors to educate the community of his time ‘’the church’’ on the manner through which it is supposed to respond to its mission and calling. His writing can at appoint when people ‘’the church’’ had lost direction and did not know what they were supposed to do to remain close to Jesus and God. Some thought that they could achieve this through strict observance of the law, while others claimed they hand special powers, with which they could perform miracles like Jesus Christ[ii]. This then sets out the mission of Mathew to unite the church and not to disintegrate it based on particularism and universalism approaches. To sum up therefore, Mathew through his gospel eliminates the boundaries between the gentiles and the Jews, and it sets all Christians on a mission to preach, exorcise, heal, and do all other miracles and bring the harvest that will expand the church thus making it the gospel of the ‘’the great commission[iii].’’ Conversely, Luke’s work in Acts is based on solidarity on the...
Bibliography: Bosch, David Jacobus. Transforming Mission: Paradigm Shifts in Theology of Mission. Twentieth Anniversary ed. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 2011.
[ii] Bosch, David Jacobus. Transforming Mission: Paradigm Shifts in Theology of Mission. Twentieth Anniversary ed. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 2011.p.69
[iii] Bosch, David Jacobus
[iv] Bosch, David Jacobus. Transforming Mission: Paradigm Shifts in Theology of Mission. Twentieth Anniversary ed. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 2011.p.86
[v] Bosch, David Jacobus
[vi] Bosch, David Jacobus. Transforming Mission: Paradigm Shifts in Theology of Mission. Twentieth Anniversary ed. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 2011.p. 117
[vii]Bosch, David Jacobus
[viii] Bosch, David Jacobus. Transforming Mission: Paradigm Shifts in Theology of Mission. Twentieth Anniversary ed. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 2011.p. 128
[ix] Bosch, David Jacobus
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