Late Dates For the Gospels?

One argument utilized by unbelievers against the accuracy of the Bible, specifically the gospels, is the idea that the gospels were written so long after Jesus’ life that myths and inaccuracies must have been introduced in that time, whether the writers intentionally lied or just had memory lapses. If they are inaccurate, then they aren’t God’s word and Christianity is false.

How does the Christian refute this? Easily.

What does the Bible say about itself? “God has spoken” (cf. Heb 1:1–2). We follow a God who has revealed himself to us, and who has inscribed his truth for all eternity through prophets and apostles. In other words, the Bible is divine revelation coming from a God who never lies and has a perfect memory. In fact, he ordained everything.

The objection to the gospels’ accuracy assumes that that simply can’t be the case. It assumes that the Bible is a purely human document. In other words, the objector is assuming the conclusion that the Bible isn’t the word of God before he even makes the argument. That means it’s invalid.

But if what the Bible says about itself is true, then the amount of time between Jesus’ life and the writing of the gospels makes absolutely no difference. Why? Because God can reveal his truth to anyone at any time with perfect accuracy. Just look at Moses. Do you think he wrote the book of Genesis as it was taking place? No, he wasn’t born until Exodus, and he didn’t start writing anything from God until he was 80 years old. That’s a really long time. And yet we have those books.

Look closely at objections to the Christian faith. They usually assume a lot more than they’re willing to admit. And they usually reveal the unbeliever’s strong desire that Christianity isn’t true.


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