CAN WE BELIEVE WHAT THE GOSPELS SAY?
Most of us have probably asked this: why do we have four testimonies instead of one, and what are they worth? Following what we have just said it will be easy to understand what follows:
– Not all the deeds and words of Jesus are found in the Gospel.
– In relating the words of Jesus, each evangelist expresses them in his own way and adapts them for the better understanding of his readers- The events are not always told in the order in which they took place; and things that Jesus said on different occasions can be mixed together in the same passage.
This is not to say that we cannot believe the testimony of the evangelists. We are not given a “photo,” a recording of Jesus’ words, but rather four different views that complement each other. Why worry if there are certain contradictions in details. If at the gate of Jericho there was one blind man or two, what difference does it make in the basic message?
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