Tuesday, 23 May 2017
Why Don't We Have More Genuine Accounts of Christ?
John summed up his account with the reason why he hadn't included more reports of Jesus and his doings. John 20:31 (KJV) states, "But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name."
Certainly there were many other stories of Jesus which could have been included. John 21:25 (KJV) explains, "And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen."
Some folks might point to books such as the gospels of Thomas, Judas, and Barnabas as additional examples of accounts of our Lord. These have been proven by professional scholars to be false gospels. People who used textual criticism found that these Gnostic gospels were penned a few hundred years after the ascension of Christ. On the other hand, the genuine accounts were written as early as thirty years after our Lord arose from the tomb.
These pseudo-gospels also record words which contradict what the accepted gospels state. One of those phony gospels claims that Jesus turned Mary into a man since Peter said it wasn't fit that a woman should be a follower. I forget the exact wording but I'm sure Google could find the quote.
We also know that many verses in the New Testament mention the soon return of Christ. Believers back then assumed that he would return during their lifetime. This caused a crisis of faith for some of the church members whose loved ones had perished. Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians 4:15 (KJV) "For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep." "Prevent" in this verse means precede.
I'll be writing more regarding the veracity of the Bible in my next book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? If Holy Scripture contains only fables and moral lessons, we lose all hope of being in paradise for the rest of eternity. But since it's the Word of God Almighty, we can trust it in every point.