Article 7 – The Future of The Four Gospels

In that the meaning of the words from the four individual Gospel accounts are all found within a single text, FIVE COLUMN and The Synoptic Gospel are complete, and our knowledge of the things that Jesus said and did cannot be significantly added to from the manuscripts that currently exist of the four New Testament Gospels.

The first New Testament to include The Synoptic Gospel account of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ will be a NASB (New American Standard Bible) edition of the Bible, which will be available in 2017.  In time, the precisely merged Gospel story of this book, or something similar to it, will replace the four Gospels in the New Testaments of most Bibles, even as the Diatessaron was once the only Gospel account used within the early Eastern and Coptic churches for hundreds of years.

Perhaps given enough time, some future generation will be unaware that the Gospel story of the life of Jesus Christ found in the New Testament was based on four related but separate accounts, that had once existed side-by-side for more than 1,500 years.  If this seems unlikely, consider that most people today have not heard of the Diatessaron, nor are many people aware that within the early church perhaps as many as thirty different "gospel" collections of the stories, sayings and teachings of Jesus Christ were once read, in addition to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

As all people are to hear the Gospel message of Jesus Christ, FIVE COLUMN and The Synoptic Gospel are powerful tools to help spread that Good News.  And as for the four individual Gospel accounts themselves, they will always continue to exist in the countless New Testaments of all of the Bibles that have been printed in all of the languages of the world.

As to the future of this work, improvements will continue to be made to the FIVE COLUMN database, and to The Synoptic Gospel, by those who are interested.  For more information on improving future editions of this work, please see the last page of this book.