The following articles are related to the topic of GOSPELS, THE

Alfred Edersheim on Ancient Society

Alfred Edersheim (1825-89) was born in Vienna, Austria to Hebrew parents and he was reared in the Jewish faith. He entered the University of Vienna when he was sixteen, but, as a result of his father's ill health, young Alfred was presently forced to leave that institution. Not long thereafter, he fell under the influence of a Presbyterian minister named ... read more »

Baptism for the Dead: Revisited

We received a letter from a distinguished professor at Stanford University, disputing the position we argued relative to the "Latter-day saints" dogma of "baptism for the dead" in another article published on this web site (See Mormon Doctrine: Baptism for the Dead .) Joseph Smith, Jr., the founder of Mormonism, claimed to have received a "revelation" from God on January ... read more »

Are the Unfaithful Still “Christians”?

"Is it ever appropriate to refer to the apostate child of God (one who has ceased to be faithful) as a 'Christian'?" This semantic problem has generated confusion among the Lord's people for many years.The controversy results from the different ways in which the term "Christian" is employed among the people of God.The issue is not one that is easy ... read more »

Jesus Christ: Myth or Genuine History?

A critic of the Bible has written the following in an attempt to cast a reflection upon the historicity of the Gospel records regarding Jesus: Rome was one of the most bureaucratic civilizations in history. The Romans kept records about every detail of life-births, marriages, adoptions, taxes, olive production, and legal documents. Along with the Roman legions, the official government ... read more »

The Jesus Seminar – Part 1

Recently (June 26, 2000), ABC News presented a special two-hour television program titled, In Search of Jesus, with popular broadcaster Peter Jennings as host. While the program touted itself as an objective investigation into the nature of the Jesus of history, it was really little more than a propaganda piece for the radical assertions of the self-proclaimed Jesus Seminar. In ... read more »

A Problem No Skeptic Can Explain

The writers of the Gospel accounts - Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John - quite definitely affirm that Jesus Christ claimed to be the Son of God, and that he performed miracles to authenticate that affirmation. Further, they allege that even though Jesus was put to death on the cross, after three days he came out of the grave, thus, forcefully ... read more »

John 3:8 – The Spirit Breathes

In His conversation with Nicodemas regarding the new birth, Jesus declared: "The wind blows where it wills, and you hear the voice thereof, but know not whence it comes, and where it goes: so is every one who is born of the Spirit" (Jn 3:8 ASV). This passage is frequently appealed to by denominationalists in an effort to prove that ... read more »

But Be of Good Cheer, I Have Overcome the World

Jesus said, "In this world you will have tribulation ..." (John 16:33). Most of us, though, have positive expectations for the future. But what if life is not as we had hoped it would be? How do we manage the unexpected, and the not-so-desirable turn of events? We cannot know the future, but we certainly know this - we will ... read more »

That Mysterious Disciple

In recent years, the following passage in the Gospel of Mark has become the center of a doctrinal storm: "John said unto him, Teacher, we saw one casting out demons in your name; and we forbade him because he followed us not. But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man who shall do a mighty work in ... read more »

Did Matthew Fabricate the Account of Herod’s Slaughter of the Bethlehem Infants?

"In Matthew's Gospel, there is the account of where king Herod killed the baby boys of Bethlehem, two years old and younger, in an attempt to eliminate the infant Jesus (Mt. 2:16).Since this was such a brutal event, why does history not record the horrible massacre?Skeptics say that this indicates the fictional nature of the New Testament." First of all, ... read more »