The Synoptic Gospels Presented Side-By-Side — All four gospels in harmony confirm we can trust we’re reading what Jesus really said

Harmony of the gospels — shows consistency in all four texts written by different authors at different times in different locations — led by the Holy Spirit!

The synoptic gospels, Matthew, Mark and Luke overlap a lot, covering much of the same material, and they are in harmony.

Written by different authors in different places and at different times and they agree about what was said.

And where John’s gospel overlaps, it agrees too. [John’s gospel mostly covered different discussions, but also seamlessly overlapped a number of times, covering the same material.]

All four gospels in harmony confirm that we can trust we are reading what Jesus really said.

The Holy Spirit made sure this would happen, inspiring the authors, etc..

Books, often called “harmony of the gospels” show this consistency by placing the same texts from the different gospels side by side, so they can be compared.

Here is an excellent one online. See for yourself:

The Synoptic Gospels presented side-by-side


(vid) If God, Why Evil? – Sean McDowell

Mostly really good. But I’m not sure what Sean is getting at in his conclusion. I would say:

God works everything for good, Romans 8:28 only applies to real Christians (whom Paul described clearly in verses 1-17):

“We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose.”

And that doesn’t at all mean that God manipulates everything for those who really do follow Him. I believe that God is mostly hands off, allowing people to freely decide what they will do. Where He does intervene a lot is in the spirit world, where angels fight demons, often in response to Christians’ prayers. And God also empowers Christians to overcome sin, as the Holy Spirit leads those who follow Him.

God will sometimes clearly intervene, but this is rare, like with Saul on the road to Damascus, making him temporarily blind, which gave Saul some quality thinking time so he repented from persecuting the Christians, and then become Paul, one of the greatest Christians ever!

God really has given us free will, unlike some Calvinists who believe free will is only an illusion, because God controls everything everyone does in order to be able to predict the outcome. That is pure hogwash, but one of my seminary professors actually taught us that.

Sean’s father is Josh McDowell, the famous author, Christian apologist.

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