The Birth of Journalism?

Luke 1:1-4 is but one thread that is supernaturally woven into the intricate fabric of differences, extremities and similarities that constitute the immutable, self-authenticating, validated Divine Word of God. In this instance, the Divine Author chose to give us a peek behind the scenes that demonstrate the diligence that one human author attached to his responsibility to be a scribe in the hands of God. I am not sure whether or not journalism was practiced as a professional discipline in the days that Jesus was on earth, but there was definitely the oral tradition that was handed down from generation to generation. But as we all know, the oral tradition is rife with possibilities for unintentional corruption as the tradition becomes as good as the hearing of the last speaker.  In a very short time facts can become skewed and information distorted.   It is therefore refreshing to know that this book was written by a man of Science, a medical doctor, trained in the art of investigation of the human condition, understanding the message of the several symptoms; diagnosing the fault or disease of that body, and then constructing a remedy that is reasonably expected to return the body to normality. In Luke 1:3, Luke’s claim to have carefully investigated everything from the beginning is the more credible because of his training. We can therefore from a purely human perspective, relax in the assurance that there is at worst, a high level of accuracy in what is written in the book.

But Luke is the author of only two Bible books – The Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles, the latter being very critical to the overall fabric of Scripture because it chronicles the birth and early development of the Church. His first book may seem less important because it is one of four Gospels all purporting to tell the same story. And yet, in this also is a Divine blessing because of the well-documented harmony of the information recorded in the Gospels.   There are those who try to dismiss the value of the harmony, by alleging that they were all drawn on a common source.  Such persons would have a difficult time explaining the distinct emphasis and perspective of each of the Gospels.

The fact is that the mystery disappears when we remind ourselves of exactly how the Bible was written. In 2 Peter 1:20-21 we read, “Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit… And whereas it is true that Peter’s reference appears to have been to the Prophetic books, it follows that the same God that can control the writing of some of the Bible books can control the writing of all of the Bible books. He is not a God limited by time, and so is not daunted by what we call the future. And yet the accuracy of the books of the Bible in which their human authors wrote about things that were in the future, remains one of the greatest single validations of the authenticity and reliability of the Word of God.

Finally, this introduction to the Gospel of Luke that reads like some kind of extras or cover letter that was not even intended to be part of the published text, clearly indicate that in the Divine authorship of the Bible, God did not choose to put them to sleep and deprive them of their personalities and sensibilities and uniqueness. Much of the men came through in their writings. So what? Which creator ought to be afraid of the endowed abilities of his creations?

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