Monday, 3 July 2017

Today Reminder – 3 July 2017

A reminder for today
Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. (1 John 3:7)

It has become more important in today’s time that we as Christians arm ourselves to the constant attacks on our faith and the reliability of our scriptures. Last week an atheist attacked me with the assumption that the gospels were not written by the authors that is assigned to them and he continued to add that this makes our gospels and the proof of who Jesus was totally non-authentic and probably made up. I do not know about you but this nonsense made me very upset, because how many young Christians are fed this type of nonsense and pushed away from Christianity. 

Now from external and internal investigation we can find many facts that makes these gospels fact and authentic. Actually, there is some compelling evidence (both external and internal) that Mark penned the eyewitness accounts of Peter. For example, Justin Martyr, writing around A.D. 150, spoke of Mark’s Gospel as “the memoirs of Peter.” He suggested that Mark wrote down his material when he was in Italy (which concurs with other early tradition which indicates that the gospel of Mark was penned in Rome for the benefit of the Christians there. Iraeneus (writing approx. A.D. 185) referred to Mark as “the disciple and interpreter of Peter.” Most famously, Papias, the bishop of Hieropolis (writing approx. A.D. 140) wrote,

 “And the presbyter [the Apostle John] said this: Mark, having become the interpreter of Peter, wrote down accurately whatsoever he remembered. It was not, however, in exact order that he related the sayings or deeds of Christ. For he neither heard the Lord nor accompanied Him. But afterwards, as I said, he accompanied Peter, who accommodated his instructions to the necessities [of his hearers], but with no intention of giving a regular narrative of the Lord’s sayings. Wherfore Mark made no mistake in thus writing some sayings as he remembered them. For one thing he took especial care, not to omit anything he had heard, and not to put anything fictitious into the statements.”

The Gospel’s authorship, as is the case for all four gospels, goes unchallenged in the early church. In his Ecclesiastical History, the church historian Eusebius (A.D. 265-339) quotes Origen (A.D. 185-254), stating,

“Among the four Gospels, which are the only indisputable ones in the Church of God under heaven, I have learned by tradition that the first was written by Matthew, who was once a publician, but afterwards an apostle of Jesus Christ, and it was prepared for the converts from Judaism.”

To conclude, there is no good reason to doubt the traditional authorship of the four gospels, and there are various internal and external indicators to suggest that the traditional authorship is correct. I could continue in the same vein, listing such evidences, for some time. For a fuller discussion of the topic, I refer readers to Timothy McGrew’s lecture here, and Richard Bauckham’s book Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony.

Do not let the lies of satan confuse you, because it is his job to create doubt and to hurt your faith. The fact is God exists and nobody can proof the alternative. Jesus was who He claimed to be and we have more than 54 extrabiblical accounts of Jesus. So, that which you believe is fact and reality and satan cannot disprove that so he will fabricate lies.  Be strong and courageous.

Lord, I pray that you will strengthen our faith and keep us alert to the lies the enemy fabricates against you. In Jesus name. 

Have an awesome day, dear friend of Jesus.