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Preface
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Chapter 20
Chapter 21
Chapter 22
Chapter 23
Chapter 24
Chapter 25
Chapter 26
Chapter 27
Chapter 28
Chapter 29
Chapter 30
Chapter 31
Chapter 32
Chapter 33
Chapter 34
Chapter 35
Chapter 36
Chapter 37
Chapter 38
Chapter 39
Chapter 40
Chapter 41
Chapter 42
Chapter 43
Chapter 44
Chapter 45
Chapter 46
Chapter 47
Chapter 48
Chapter 49
Chapter 50
Chapter 51
Chapter 52
Chapter 53

 

 

 

The Veridican Gospel of Jesus Christ

Preface

The Veridican Gospel of Jesus Christ is not a new Gospel. It’s the same Gospel that has existed for two thousand years. It’s the same Gospel that can be found in Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John, and it’s a message from God to mankind that will never disappear. What makes this record of the Gospel different is not the message, but the way in which it portrays that message. What follows is known as a Gospel harmony.

Throughout the centuries, scholars have tried to unite the four Gospels of the New Testament into one Gospel record. The earliest known harmony is the Diatessaron by Tatian. He penned it in the 2nd century and variations based on the Diatessaron continued to appear even into the Middle Ages. In the 16th century, there was a decided increase of Gospel harmonies and the parallel column structure became much more popular.

But parallel column structure (PCS)is not really the same thing as a Gospel harmony. All PCS means is that you take the four Gospels and compare them side-by-side in four columns. That’s not the same thing as creating a single Gospel record out of the four.

The problem with trying to create a single Gospel record has always been that the Gospels don’t match up very well. Matthew and Luke have a lot of information that is not in Mark and John, Such as the “birth narrative” and there are conflicting accounts of the miracles, the crucifixion, and the resurrection accounts. And yet, if we believe the Gospels are “true” we intuitively sense that there must be a way to combine them.

However, any attempt to combine them into a single Gospel necessarily requires “editing” them. But you can’t edit what is considered the Holy Word of God. If you do, you are necessarily either saying the story is not God inspired and therefore can be edited like any other literary work, or you are claiming to be a prophet, because only a prophet of God would have the authority to change the Gospels through editing.

The Gospel of Thomas is an added complication: The Gospel of Thomas was first discovered at the beginning of the twentieth century in Oxyrhynchus, Egypt, and its complete form was rediscovered as part of the Nag Hammadi library in 1945. It contains important information, and it’s thought by some scholars that it wasn’t included in the canon of the New Testament simply because it wasn’t known to exist.

Yet, any critical reader of Thomas would immediately conclude that it should never have been left out of the Bible. It contains 114 sayings of Jesus Christ, some of which are in none of the other Gospels, and contain such wisdom and spiritual understanding that clearly they must have come from “The Master” himself. The Gospel of Thomas has the same transformative power as the New Testament Gospels, and now that it has been discovered, it makes the Holy Bible seem incomplete.

It makes sense then that the time has come to combine the Gospels into one record. This solves all the problems of four different accounts and of the missing Gospel that always should have been there. The Veridican Gospel of Jesus Christ seeks to accomplish that task.

However, synthesizing a new form of the Gospel is not without its problems. The greatest is one of authority. Who has the right to say what will be in the Gospel and what won’t be, or how the Gospel will be ordered, or how it will be changed to make the Gospel message more unified? Obviously, there is no ecclesiastical authority to do such a thing. The only possible authority would have to be directly from the Holy Spirit, Himself. In this sense, it is no different than the authority required by the first Gospel writers.

It is said that the Holy Spirit guided the early writers so they could record the Gospel without error. But it’s a fact that the identity of those writers is lost in history, so we can never know their actual motivations or qualifications. We only know their effect.

Perhaps it is the case then with the Veridican Gospel, that we can apply the same faith and assume the Divine would not allow us to make an error. If one reads it and has a revelation of Jesus Christ, then obviously that faith has been proven correct. If one reads this Gospel harmony and concludes that it is a fraudulent attempt to change an already perfect Word of God contained in the New Testament, then there is still no harm done. We still have the Holy Bible. We can walk away from this text without troubling our minds about it.

I have always been a lover of the Gospel message of Jesus Christ. I was astounded and changed spiritually when I read The Gospel of Thomas. This Gospel harmony, therefore, is an attempt to honor the Gospel record, not to detract from it. To the extent I succeed in that mission, I will leave to the judgment of my dear readers. May this work bring you all the blessings it has brought to me.

~ Edward Gordon, 2012


 

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