So, as I had mentioned, the gospels were very likely written decades after Jesus’ death. How long? 30 to 100 or more years, depending on who you ask.
Quick reference link: http://www.stellarhousepublishing.com/gospel-dates.html
Let me ask you this, how well do you remember events from 30 years ago? Ok, that might be a bit far for some of us. Can you remember, in detail, events from 10 years ago?
How about a specific event in your life from a couple of years ago – without the help of photos or written reminders?
For most of us, memories become more vague with time, and fairly quickly. That’s why we like to record events with photos, videos and souvenirs. If we could easily remember things, why would we need reminders of our memories?
… and the gospels weren’t first-hand experiences.
Do you remember the childhood game “telephone” where children sit in a circle and a secret message is passed around the circle from one person to the next? Do you remember how jumbled the message always was by the time it made it all the way around the circle of children?
Now imagine the story of Jesus being passed along for 30 or more years before the information is gathered and written down. How accurate do you think it would be?
My inspiration for this entry? A TED Talk about how volatile human memory is. We can be given false memories, and we can easily remember events falsely. There are many people who have been falsely charged for crimes because of a witness’ false memory. Later DNA evidence proved otherwise.
TED Talk link (The Fiction of Memory): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PB2OegI6wvI