Are four Gospels necessary?

It is amazing how the four Gospels work together to give Four Gospelsus the full story of Jesus’ life. For example in John 18:36, Jesus said to Pilate, ‘My Kingdom is not of this world. If it were so, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my Kingdom is from another place.’ 

Yet in Matthew 26:51; Mark 14:47 and Luke 22:49, when the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested Him in the garden of Gethsemane, one of His companions drew his sword and cut off a man’s ear. Only in John 18:10 is the man identified as Peter and the victim as Malchus.

When Jesus told Pilate that His disciples would fight to prevent His arrest, why didn’t the hostile Jews who were in the garden when Peter cut off Malchus’ ear, tell Pilate that Jesus was lying? Especially the high priest had reason to accuse Jesus of lying. Remember that Malchus was the servant of the high priest (mentioned in all four the Gospels).

Their motive is exposed in Mark15:10 – Pilate knew that the chief priests wanted to have Jesus crucified out of envy! The high priest was the main antagonist who wanted Jesus killed. They tried to convince Pilate that Jesus was a dangerous criminal that should be crucified. The officials realised, if Pilate knew about Malchus and that Jesus healed his ear, it would weaken their case considerably. Pilate would accept that Jesus had no evil intent, and did not insist on establishing a visible, earthly Kingdom. His Kingdom is not of this world, so there was no reason to crucify Him.

Pilate understood something of Jesus’ position and mission. Three of the Gospels say approximately the same. The written charge against Jesus was, THE KING OF THE JEWS (Mark 15:26; Luke 23:38 and Matthew 27:8). It is John who expounds on the sign. John 19:19-21 says, ‘Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read, JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS.  Many of the Jews read this sign… written in Aramaic, Latin and Greek. The chief priests protested to Pilate, “Do not write ‘The King of the Jews’, but that this man claimed to be king of the Jews” .… Pilate answered, ‘What I have written, I have written.’

The moral of the story is that just as the four Gospels give the complete picture of Jesus, so the 66 individual books of Scripture work together to give a complete picture of God’s plan for man. The Gospels tell us about Jesus, the King of the Jews, but the 66 books combined tell us how Jesus will establish God’s Kingdom, not only for the Jews, but for all the people He saved from the pit.

The most exciting journey of our lives

As firm believers in the Bible and God, we might be accused of rejecting evolution a priori. The quest: did Darwin burn the Bible?  copy This has the implicit accusation that we did not investigate the evidence for evolution. No, we rejected it because of our faith in the Scriptures and our investigation of the ‘science’ of evolution. Our attitude is the same as Luke’s who wrote, …since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, it seemed good also to me to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus [reader].1 Orderly, here, does not imply a precise textbook account. It means giving Theophilus an idea about the life of Jesus, His Kingdom and what that means. In our day, it includes thorough research into the claims of evolution, and how they pertain to the Bible.


In the way I grew up there was nothing that influenced me to be a Christian, or to think that the Bible is a special book. When I became a follower of Jesus, my understanding was limited to the Gospel message: Jesus died for my sins.


After about 30 years as a believer, I got the impression that I must rent out my business and investigate what the complete Bible is about. This started the most exciting journey of our lives. It included the origins question. Either God supernaturally created the universe and all life in six days, or it evolved naturally by chance over billions and millions of years. Whichever a person believes, has a huge influence on his view of the Bible.


Our study of the Bible and evolution stretched over 12 years. It was a long, but exhilarating journey to understanding. At times it was hard work, but it really was worth it. The conclusions we came to were not made on the spur of the moment, or because it was the right thing to do. I was always a person who didn’t take things for granted, but wanted to know what it is all about? That applied to the Bible and evolution. In this journey of investigation my wife and I worked and studied together. The development of our relationship and teamwork surprised us beyond our expectations.


Our contention is that the origin of the Bible is supernatural, and that its message is so important that the devil does all he can to prevent people from believing the Bible. One of his main strategies is the idea of evolution, and he has many eager people to spread the gospel of Darwin. Evolution as it is spread around the globe cannot have a natural origin. It has so many flaws it can only be explained by the work of God’s enemy, the devil. As such, evolution is one of the best contemporary proofs that the Bible is true. It is unreal that so much trouble is taken only to disprove Genesis 1.


Our conclusion is exactly the opposite of the character in Dan Brown’s book who said, It [the Bible] is the product of man, my dear, not of God.2   The Bible is just too ‘abnormal’ and different to be the work of man alone.


Some of the questions we want to discuss:

  1. Why is the creation account in Genesis 1 vital?3
  2. Why is evolution so important in our times?
  3. Why is  Darwin regarded almost as a god, and worshipped by millions? The connection between Darwin and atheism.
  4. Why is there a ‘war’ between creation and evolution?
  5. Is God and evolution compatible?
  6. The difference between operational science and evolution.


We will discuss these six questions, and in subsequent blogs expand on them.




  1. Luke 1:3
  2. Dan Brown, Da Vinci Code, Corgi books, 2004, p 312
  3. See blog, ‘How important is Genesis 1.’




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