I was saved at 13. However, over the years, some of my thoughts have varied. To be sure, my basic faith has only grown stronger. Once I put my salvation in the unfailing hands of Jesus Christ, that has not wavered one bit.
However, from time-to-time I have considered and reconsidered some of things that are still being considered by many who are smarter than me. In addition, I do learn things I didn’t know before.
I guess one thing that bothered me over the years is the use of the word gospel. So, I sat down and did some research on the word. Certainly, I cannot claim to be the end all expert on the word. Indeed, I am likely going to upset some, if not all those who read this.
I guess the thing that prompted my thinking was the misuse of the words, gospel truth. Technically, it literally means good news truth. To me, it simply makes no sense. If if it does, maybe someone can explain that to me, especially when used completely outside Christianity. I mean, consider when a criminal is saying to the detective, “I’m telling you the gospel truth.”
The word, gospel comes from old English, god spell meaning good story. So as we read the word gospel from the Bible, it is a word interpreted from the Greek and then from old English. Why not just avoid the extra translations and simply translate straight to modern English. Let’s just say good news.
And for sure, let’s avoid good news truth. To be sure, the good news as recorded by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John is good news. However, saying good news in front of any story does not automatically make it the truth.
As long as I am on the subject of the good news, might I suggest you read the good news according to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. It’s not just good news. It’s the best news for us all.