Is there any historical worth to the Gospel of John? Does it stray so far from the actual life of Jesus that we can hope only for a pious but mostly fictional story of him? Skeptics like to point out the differences (not the same as contradictions), but do they ever see the remarkable similarities?
When you read the first three Gospels, you are likely to observe countless similarities. And that is the dominant picture: the places, the names, the crowds, the rural setting, busy Jerusalem. However, some skeptics see insurmountable problems.
This is a question that must be explored. A Yes to the question would give a huge boost to the reliability of the Gospels.
We continue the series, and this post is about how the stories and teachings and memories of the deeds of Jesus were transmitted before the first three Gospels were written down.
Over the years critics have tried to undermine or call into question the reliability of the New Testament manuscripts and the four Gospels. These three series show why the New Testament can be trusted.