Sometimes people wonder why we have four Gospel accounts of the life of Jesus in our Bibles.
There are numerous reasons for why we have four gospel accounts, but one reason is that each Gospel provides a different perspective on the life of Jesus, and is also written with different purposes and motives.
Some people notice the differences in the four gospels and think that these differences mean there are contradictions in the Bible.
Of course, if we had only one Gospel account, people would claim that since there were no additional eye-witness records, the one account was not reliable.
So while there are differences in the Four Gospels, they are not contradictions or errors, but are the normal differences one would expect when comparing different eye-witness accounts of the same event form different perspectives.
And of course, the fact that there are differences proves that there was no collusion between the authors.
And once we understand the perspectives, goals, and focus of each gospel writer, we can better understand how to reconcile the differences between each Gospel.
Below is a brief chart on the Four Gospels which shows some of the differences between them.
Who is Christ?
If it were a body part
Skip to the Ending
Christ the King
Genealogy of King
Concludes with Resurrection
Submit to Christ as Lord
Christ the Servant
The Hands and Feet
Concludes with the Ascension
Serve as Christ served
Christ the Man
Genealogy of Man
Concludes with Promise of H.S.
Follow in His Footsteps
Christ is God
Genealogy of God
Concludes with Promise of Return
Believe In Him
If you know of other ways to show the differences between the four Gospels, feel free to include them in the comments below.