The word gospel simply means good news. The purpose of the gospels? To give it’s readers reason after reason to believe in it’s words. Faith is not without reason, just as reality cannot exist without language. Historically, the very existence of the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John merely provide historical evidence of a man of importance that walked this Earth known as Jesus of Nazareth; which is little less historically accurate due to the somewhat differentiating recollections. The four gospels offer varying accounts of Jesus’ short life and even shorter ministry. The gospels dictate the different aspects of Jesus’ life, his supposed miracles, and many parables. However, because of the varying accounts of the language surrounding each purposed act in Jesus’ life the reader is often left more perplexed about his reality than when they started reading. The gospels of Luke and John, primarily, attempt to retell the story of Jesus and make a written account of his acts rather than continue to simply pass it on via oral traditions. Unfortunately, the inadequacies of language and thus the blurred line between language and reality require a closer examination of the gospels in order to determine it’s adherence to reality.
Why are there four Gospels instead of just one? According to the early Catholic Church, the Matthew wrote his account first in Hebrew, the language of the earliest disciples. Then Luke accompanied the Apostle Paul in his ministry to the Gentiles, and wrote his Gospel in a different language, Greek. Later Mark wrote what he REMEMBERED hearing at the Apostle Peter’s feet. And finally the elderly John wrote his account to add another account for the Church. The four Gospels according to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John each present the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth from a different perspective. But it is one story. Mark’s account is fast-moving, Matthew’s emphasizes the fulfillment of prophecies from the Hebrew Scriptures, Luke’s speaks to a cosmopolitan Greek audience, and John’s stresses a close, personal relationship with Jesus. But all four relate the same Gospel. However, these four “truths”, instead of offering a more insightful understanding behind the legend of Jesus of Nazareth, they merely hide the truth in discrepancies creating one blurred reality.
Language plays a very important role in understanding and expressing reality and truth.
Understanding the nuances and meanings behind every passage is essential. Language is
the universal medium in which knowledge builds and understanding occurs. The most amazing aspect of language is that it allows understanding and communication among different people in different cultures. Therefore, each language should be used as a cultural tool to
communicate with its speakers. Every language conveys the shared experiences of its people.
Since language is a worldview, and different people have different worldviews, people have the
problem of understanding the same...