The Atheist’s attention now turns to the Gospels, but his argument is so weak here that it hardly deserves that much attention.
When Were the Gospel’s Written?
So, if Mark was written around 50 AD (or even if it were as late as 65 AD), where’s the problem here? Obviously, dating manuscripts is not an exact science. Since the documents themselves don’t bear dates, if we’re in the first century AD, that means that the writers could have been eyewitnesses, since the activities that happened in the Gospels took place between 4 BC and 29 AD. In fact, this bolsters the Christian’s claim.
Paul wrote at the same time
So Paul wrote his letters—not all of which are included in the Bible—at the same time that the Gospel writers were writing their books. And one of the Gospels was being written by a travel companion of his—the good doctor/historian Luke.
So, why would Paul want to write about something he had second or third hand knowledge of when his friend was researching for a book and had second hand knowledge, and he was in the presence of first hand eye witnesses that were writing as well.
What do you take Paul for? He was a learned scholar, and knew that his place was taking Christianity and helping to form the doctrine from the teachings of Jesus.
And the idea that Paul never talked about the miracles of Jesus—he constantly talked about Jesus rising from the dead. He performed miracles himself. He was constantly preaching and teaching. Did it occur to the Atheists that he need not write in his letter something that He spoke about in public? Since most of the letters were to churches that would have both access to the New Testament Gospels and were already believers—this is the most bizarre argument yet.
Jesus Should Have Had A Scribe
The last thing is again an appeal to “if I were Jesus.” Jesus surrounded Himself with twelve men for His entire ministry—and as John said, if they were to try to recount everything that He said and did it would fill “the Earth.” The point being, Jesus knew that the important things He said and did would survive.
Lastly, it make sense that the writings would take place after His death and resurrection because of what the Apostles believed about His return. Misunderstanding, like they did a lot, they believed His return was imminent and there would have been no need to record everything. And yet they started to after they were doing their ministries…