There’s one terrible reason to believe the gospels were written late, and there are 7 historical reasons to believe that they were written early

by Erik Manning

Here’s a question that’s raised by skeptics from time to time. Why were the gospels written a generation after Jesus died? I mean, it’s only the “Greatest Story Ever Told.” Why did it take them so long to write this thing down if it was so important?

How reliable can these stories be if they weren’t written until 40-60 years after the crucifixion? These are some of the questions skeptics raise against the gospels. What basis do they have?

One terrible reason to believe the gospels were written late:

The consensus of critics tells us that the first gospel was written around 70 AD. The other three followed within the next 5 to 20 years. But where does this consensus come from?

I’ll be straight up here. This dating comes from historians who rule out the supernatural. You see, Jesus had a lot to say about the destruction of the temple and Jerusalem. You can read about it in Mark 13, Matthew 24 and Luke 21. Critics say that these were words the church put into Jesus’ mouth to make him look more like a prophet.

There’s a big problem with that view…
 

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There’s one terrible reason to believe the gospels were written late, and there are 7 historical reasons to believe that they were written early