23 Sep '06 15:08>2 edits
Originally posted by rwingettThis is some grandstanding unilateral high criticism you're putting out there.
Matthew wasn't written by Matthew. It was written by someone else and attributed to Matthew. Mark and Luke were also not written by Mark or Luke. They were written by someone else and attributed to Mark and Luke. John may have been written by someone named John, but not John the apostle. In other words, the gospels were all written anonymously and were late least about the formation of the bible are the very ones who claim to believe in it the most.
Let's just take your first sentence "Matthew wasn't written by Matthew."
I have excellent reasons to believe that Matthew the disciple did write the book called after his name.
I understand that you have decided to put your confidence in some people who told you that the four gospels are unreliable witnesses.
My suspition is that this is a rational you leaned towards and embraced based on your personal reactions to some of the sayings and teachings of the gospel.
I think that this is your rationalization to avoid confrontation between your personal conscience and some of the sayings of Christ.