Monday, November 20, 2006

Pearl Harbor

Yesterday I watched a 2005 TV documentary consisting of testimony by veterans who survived the attack on Pear Harbor. Many described the events as if they were talking about something that happened yesterday. While it is certainly possible that their memories had grown dim regarding chronological matters or various other details, there is no real reason to deny that they were providing an essentially accurate glimpse into what actually happened at Pearl Harbor.

These veterans were describing events that occurred roughly 65 years earlier. It occurred to me that the last biblical Gospel to be written, the Gospel of John, was also describing events that occurred roughly 65 years earlier. The earliest Gospel (probably Mark) was written decades earlier.

Yet, while there is little doubt that the testimony of these veterans is essentially accurate, many biblical critics insist that the four biblical Gospels are hopelessly inaccurate since they were written so long after the time of Jesus. Biblical critics, of course, imagine other reasons for considering the gospels to be unreliable, but the fact that they were written between 20 and 70 years after the time of Jesus should not be among them.

2 comments:

professor ed said...

Setting aside the "divine inspiration" that some ascribe to the Bible, psychologically speaking when a BIG event affects a life, that person tends to remember said event for a long, long time. For example I remember EXACTLY where I was, and what I was doing, on Nov. 22, 1963, when JFK was fatally shot. Likewise "9-11", Dec. 7, 1941, and the sinking of the Titanic are a few more life altering events. Certainly the life of Christ was a life altering experience to those who lived during his preaching. I suspect they too could remember His life, and corresponding events, many years later.

john said...

Both of you make excellent points here.