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 of the four New Testament Gospels that currently exist, including the Nestle-Aland Novum Testamentum Graece which forms the basis of this work, as used in the New American Standard Bible (NASB) version of the four New Testament Gospels.

The first New Testament to include The Synoptic Gospel account of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ will likely be in a New American Standard Bible (NASB) edition of The Bible.  In time, the precisely merged Gospel story of this book, or something similar to it, may eventually replace the four Gospels in the New Testaments of the majority of Bibles throughout the world, 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 together as a merger for more than three hundred years, and then side-by-side for more than 1,600 years.  If this seems unlikely, consider that most people today have not heard of 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 once also existed, 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 Four Gospel Harmony, and to The Synoptic Gospel word-for-word Merger, by those who are interested.  To suggest a correction or an improvement for future editions of this work please let us know using the Feedback Form. Thank You!