Religion and Theology
Pages 5 (1255 words)
Each of the Gospels offers a portrait of Christ, and each portrait is distinct, reflecting that their audiences were distinct. As Barton points out, it is important to examine the Bible in both its historical cultural context and also in the context of our modern dayi.
Mark’s gospel was written earlier than the others, prior to 70 AD. Next came Matthew’s, then Luke’s. John’s gospel account was written around 90 AD. Matthew wrote in Syria, for Jewish Christians. Mark wrote in Rome, for Christian Gentiles. Luke wrote in Greece, for Greek Christians. John, on the other hand, wrote in Asia Minor, for Christians of diverse backgroundsii. Since that time, these gospel accounts have spread all over the world, and those who have heard Christ’s message, throughout history until the present day, come from backgrounds that are tremendously diverse. America is a country of great diversity. A message that will be pertinent to Americans will have to touch a commonality within the diversity. Americans value critical thinking. They want a straight message that is verifiable by evidence and testimonials. America is a complex society, with many educated and globally-aware citizens suffering just as much stress as those who are struggling on welfare or homeless, single parents or factory workers. Therefore, any message, in order to be relevant in such a complex society, will need to make people feel like there is a way out of stress, that there is hope. Americans are concerned about nuclear threat, terrorism, discrimination, financial stability, safety, pollution, cholesterol, the ozone layer, global warming, therapeutic issues, and a whole variety of threats. ...