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    • Matthew
    • Posted March 24, 2010 at 4:59 am
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    But the books of the New Testament were also written decades after the life of Jesus and could also be in no way, first-hand accounts. Is this also true?

  1. Thanks for your comment Matthew. I am under the weather a bit and cannot even think of a good response right now. Sorry, I hope you will forgive me. 🙂

    • Viking
    • Posted March 2, 2011 at 4:06 pm
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    Matthew. Better late than never with a response, right? 🙂

    I’ll take a stab at this. Here’s my understanding. The gospels were written by men who lived during the time of Christ. Three of them, Matthew, Mark, and John, personally walked with Jesus in life. Luke, researched His life and wrote an account of it, based on the eye witnesses to Christ and his teachings and His life. It is very compelling. Paul (Saul) is the only follower of Jesus to write in the bible and be witness to Him ONLY after His resurrection. The bible was written in it’s form we know it today (obviously in the original languages) and established with its books by the close of the first century. Many of Paul’s letters were written within only a few years of Christ’s resurrection. All the books were written within the ‘living’ memory of Christ, meaning there were many around who knew of or witnessed Christ, much the way we have many who knew Kennedy or Einstein, and who can tell of their nature and habits. And most importantly, can refute any attempts at story-telling with mythical events or amplified stories creating larger than life heroic stories.

    Great question. These are the questions whose answers truly build a deeper understanding of one’s faith.

  2. Thank you so much for this response to Mathew Viking. GOOD JOB, I’ll email your response to him.

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