josebach wrote:The earliest estimate of the 4 gospels being written was 3-4 decades after Jesus' crucifiction. Unless someone was taking dictation while Jesus spoke, I have a hard time the "quotes" that were attributed to Jesus were especially accurate. 30-40 years in those days was also just long enough to ensure that everybody that actually new Jesus was dead and buried and they could say whatever they wanted about supposed miracles and there would be no one there to refute it.
The people who wrote it were still alive when they wrote it (as stupid as that sounds) and so too were those who objected and had Jesus crucified. Understanding the relationship that those who wrote the gospels had with Jesus, you have to have a grasp of the Rabbi/disciple relationship which Jesus and His disciples had. To be selected as a disciple by a Rabbi is like making it to the NBA by today's terms. They were with Jesus day and night for three years studying every one of His teachings with more dedication than the English language can give clarification to. That is another reason why I trust that the gospels are clear and pass on a realistic and correct meaning to the words Jesus said in the moments He said them.
As I said before, they aren't sure who actually wrote the 4 main gospels. For the sake of argument, however, let's say the 4 gospels were actually written by Mathew, Mark, Luke and John. Of those, only Mathew and John actually knew Jesus right? So essentially, 2 billion people base their entire belief system on what a mere 2 men wrote 2 thousand years ago 30-40 years after Jesus actually died.
I guess that's my entire point and I'll leave it alone after that. Everything Christians believe about the cardinal points of Christianity comes from the Bible. When it comes right down to it, Christians have faith in the Bible, not Jesus. If you've researched the historical/secular origins of the Bible and STILL come to the conclusion that all 66 books in the Bible were each written under the direct influence of God than I'll just have to say we reached a different conclusion.