Sunday, August 01, 2010
Markan Priority For Potato Heads
This post is for those of you who wonder what we're taught in New Testament studies.
Each gospel writer provides an authentic ancient biography of the Lord Jesus Christ. The fact that there are minor discrepancies among them is evidence that these are authentic historical documents. The fact that the Church did not seek to harmonize or smooth out these discrepancies shows that the Church viewed them as four sacred witnesses, Scripture not to be tampered with. It also points to the integrity of the early Church. The fact that the early Church was not bothered by minor discrepancies in the accounts also shows that it was not as uptight as persons who come along 21 centuries later and seek to apply 21st century criteria and concerns to ancient texts.
The fact that these are the most scrutinized documents on the face of the planet -- by persons on all sides of the issues -- shows that the world at some intuitive level knows that the Person they present is the most important man who ever lived, the watershed of history and humanity -- legend, lunatic, liar, or, as he declared himself to be and his followers came to understand him to be -- Lord.
The gospels do a wonderful job of pointing to the real star of the show -- the Lord Jesus Christ.
"... nothing intellectually compelling or challenging.. bald assertions coupled to superstition... woefully pathetic"