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The Gospels as Myths that Convey Moral Truths Rather than Record of Fact

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The Gospels as Myths that Convey Moral Truths Rather than Record of Fact

Statement Three – The Gospels should be regarded as myths that convey

moral truths rather then record of fact.

Question – Explain and assess this claim with reference to the

different approaches to the New Testament and evaluate the

consequences for Christians of holding such a position.

Several of reasons have to be looked to see why was the Gospels

written and what effect has it got on the Christian communities. When

I have answered this question I can only then know whether the Gospels

should be regarded as myths that convey truths then records of fact

and what the outcomes has on Christians.

Regarding the Gospels there are two misconceptions. The first is that

they are historically correct and second of all that they are eye

witness accounts throughout the whole. These were written to

strengthen the faith. The second are not eyewitness accounts but are

reports and refection on the impact of Jesus on the Christian

community.

The four main reasons that the Gospels has been ‘divinely inspired’ is

the following:

1. Preaching – Illustrations of Jesus was used for the early

Christians What the preachers preached is what is in the Gospels.

Theses illustrations are different from one preacher to another and

also depends on the climate the preacher was in.

2. Apologetics – The first Christian converts were Jews. The people

who would preach to them would use points from their scriptures and

would prove that they had points about Christ and his existence. Also

there was many disagreements about Jesus death, these disagreements

had to be inc...

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which could have resulted in people adding, deleting and forgetting

things. This was not an accurate way of recording things. It is hard

to prove then authenticity of the sources because there is also of

confusion. The confusion is that which is the first Gospels and why

does it say things different things. One Gospel might say something

and the other don’t even come near to the topic. Science plays a role

in the Gospels. It tries to prove the existence of God and Adam and

Eve which until the present date not happened. This is a risk to some

Christian groups like literalists.

So the Gospels should be regarded as myths that convey moral and

truths rather then records of facts. As professor Ford said “you

either trust the people who wrote this Gospels or not, we cannot

re-run historical events.”
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