Originally Posted by David M
Quite the contrary! I do not deny that the many parts of the Bible are inspired, neither do I deny that there is harmony amongst the Gospels. All religions have their inspired works, but that in no way means they are god given ... just like there are many secular works that are inspired. Inspiration does not mean god given.
Of course there is harmony in the Gospels, but there is also contradiction too, which directly points towards its human authorship. I just found another contradiction in the Gospels yesterday, having to do with Jesus sending forth the twelve disciples. In Matthews account they are not to take shoes or staves on their journey, but in Marks account they are told to wear shoes and take a staff. Now which is it? Are the disciples suppose to take a staff or not, and are they suppose to wear shoes or not? You can't have it both ways! Somebody got their story wrong.
Matt.10:10 Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat.
Mark 10:7-9 And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits; And commanded them that they should take nothing for their journey, save a staff only; no scrip, no bread, no money in their purse: But be shod with sandals; and not put on two coats.
The reason there are four Gospels, is because only four works were deemed good enough by various councils, to make it into the finalized cannon. The Bible has went through many changes over its long history, and even today there are quite a number of variations, especially between the Catholic and Protestant Bibles.