Essay on The Truth of the Gospel

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When people hear the word “gospel,” they typically associate it with the Bible, and for a variety of people this is the extent of their biblical knowledge. While numerous people instinctively turn their heads away at the mention of religion, their assumptions of the Gospels as boring, stuffy orders to obey God are often incorrect. Sure, most people would find more excitement and pleasure reading a Harry Potter book instead of the Bible, but they often do not realize the Gospels contain a plethora of narrative stories of adventure, suspense, and peril. It almost appears the Gospels are the ultimate action stories equipped with the typical good versus evil storyline, and, of course, a heroic figure, Jesus. Translated into “good news,”…show more content…
In the Gospel of Mark, the author incorporates an assortment of strong emotions the readers are able to associate with, such as pity, agony, skepticism, and love. Although emotions are a dominant feature of the Gospel of Mark, both Matthew and Luke neglect to include them in their versions of the stories. Another unique aspect of Mark is the time frame in which the life of Jesus is presented. Unlike Matthew and Luke, Mark does not include any record of the birth of Jesus or His appearance upon resurrection. Since one of the main goals of Mark is to provide an example of how Christians are to live their lives, perhaps the author excluded Jesus’ birth because a divine conception is not attainable by humans; therefore, the author instead began his account of Jesus’ life with His baptism. According to Larry Hurtado’s article, The Synoptic Renditions of Jesus, the author of Mark had a valid reason for not including the appearance of Jesus after His resurrection. Hurtado declares, “no resurrection appearance was necessary or even appropriate. For readers who are to live with trust in God for their own vindication, it was sufficient to affirm that God has raised Jesus, the paradigmatic figure for their own lives and hopes” (311). Another significant element of Mark is the negative presentation of Jesus’ disciples. On numerous occasions in Mark, the author illustrates the disciples’ failures and often lack of
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