Why Did You Create The Synoptic Gospel?
When I first read the Bible in my mid-twenties I started with the Book of Genesis, in the Old Testament. Reading all of the books in order, I eventually completed the Old Testament, and arrived in the New Testament at the Gospel of Matthew. After reading that, I thought, “Wow! That was interesting!” And then there was another Gospel, of Mark. So I read that, and said, “That was almost the same, but different…” And then there was a third Gospel, and a fourth… And in the end, although I had read all that Jesus Christ said and did in the four Gospels, I was unsure of certain details, and was confused about the overall sequence of all of the events that had happened. It also seemed odd that some stories and sayings of Jesus were found in all four of the Gospels, while most were found in only one of the accounts.
While I liked that there were four different flavors produced from the unique personalities and styles of four different men, I was troubled by the overlap between their words, which produces confusion. I mean, it seems illogical to not know exactly what the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ said, or did, or taught. And to have to read four similar accounts of the exact same event seemed, well inefficient, if not stupid. Why was there so much confusion about the very important words of the Gospel? There had to be a better way.