Fiction or Nonfiction?

As a reader which do you prefer, fiction or nonfiction? As a writer which do you prefer to write?

As a reader, it depends on the mood I’m in whether I prefer fiction or nonfiction . In writing, it’s a hard choice but I believe it would have to be nonfiction.

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I’m taking a detour from my regular post on our continuing journey with Jesus through the bible. It’s related but much shorter for I have the opportunity to spend a beautiful day with my lifelong friend.

You and I just finished taking a quick walk with Jesus through the synoptic gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. We saw Him as the King, the Servant, and the Seeker. From that I have three questions for you and I will answer too. I hope you will leave your answers in the comments and thanks for participating.

1.Which of the three gospels is your favorite account of the life of Jesus?

2. Which event/incident is your favorite in that gospel?

3. Which verse is your favorite?

1.Of the three listed, Luke comes in first place. Although John’s gospel is really my favorite of all.  Luke gives us a chronological order of Jesus’s life, showing Him as the compassionate Son of man. Luke sets it in order and validates it from the beginning.

“Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us,

Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word:

It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus,

that thou mightest  know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.”  (1:1-3).

2. Jesus’s interchange with the chief priests and scribes after the cleansing of the temple. They, “came upon him,” wanting no demanding to know by what authority he did those things.  That’s when Jesus turned the tables on them and asked them, “The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men?” He had them. They couldn’t answer him for they feared the people would mob them or they would show themselves as not believing John.  So Jesus answered them,

“Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things.”

Luke 20:8.

3.  My favorite verse would be Luke 19:10.

“For the Son of man is come to seek and to save

that which was lost.”

That was me.

Well those are mine. What are yours? Don’t feel like you have to give explanation but feel free if you desire. By the way, my favorite book is nonfiction written by the greatest author of all time…my heavenly Father.

Have a great weekend and we will pick up with John’s gospel when we meet again.

And thank you to Quiet Moments for the link to my blog , The Seeker. Be sure to check out her site at https://quietmomentswithgodblog.wordpress.com

15 thoughts on “Fiction or Nonfiction?

  1. Yes, it does depend on the mood, Donna, and although I like Historical movies, I enjoy much science fiction movies. You are right about the Book of Luke, his is a chronological order; the writer being a doctor himself.

    Q#1: I can’t say/don’t know which among the three books is my favorite but if I’m looking for a “meatier” more words verse(s), I checked the eyewitness Disciple i.e. Matthew first than the two alternative writers or John.

    Q#2: Limited to the Book of Matthew, with no doubt, the Resurrection of JESUS CHRIST. If I opt for Mark, it would have been the Ascension of JESUS where He is seated at the right Hand of GOD the FATHER.

    Q#3: I’m so overwhelmed with the choices, even with the Book of Matthew alone that my brains got fried. This depends on the mood and situation. Although John 3:16 is the most popular verse and there are similar verses in Matthew, for having my head fried, my favorite verse now is Matthew 28:19. Why? Aside from JESUS’ baptism, this is another verse that validates the Triune GOD/HOLY TRINITY. And it is JESUS–one of the Three Persons in the GODhead–that validates it.

    GOD bless you and your family!

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  2. Thanks Donna. I appreciate your work. I also prefer the Gospel of Luke but have no specific favorite events or verses. The entire book is masterful. Fairly recent scholarship strongly suggests that Luke’s Gospel was actually the first of the four from which the authors of Matthew and Mark drew from. Also, there was an original Hebrew Gospel and other accounts accessed by Luke. Regarding questions two and three, what I also greatly appreciate about this work is Luke’s segue into writing Part 2 of his history of the Lord with the Book of Acts, giving us the only extant account of the Early Church. It is also a master work.

    Blessings to you during this wonderful spiritual time as we continue into the Feast of Tabernacles starting this evening.

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    1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I hadn’t heard the consideration of Luke’s maybe being the first gospel of the four. It’s awesome how God uses all four perspectives to give the fullness of Christ among us. And thanks for the reminder of the Feast of Tabernacles. God bless.

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  3. I like Mark because it seems (to me) easy to follow, Matthew because he always made a point of fulfilled prophecies, Luke because it has “more” Christmas stories (and yes, because he really made a huge effort to research), and John because it centers on the person/divinity of Christ. I love the story of the Phoenician woman begging Jesus to heal her daughter, willing to settle (and insisting!) for the crumbs. Not sure about my favourite verse, but John 10:10 comes to mind: “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” Love and blessings. ✨

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    1. Thank you for sharing these thoughts and insights. Yes, John 10:10 is one of those verses we hold to tightly. Actually John is my favorite of the 4 Gospels. I believe because it is because I feel God speaking to me through it the most. It gives me purpose for writing (see John 20:31. God bless you and yours.

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      1. Indeed, it is for a reason that John is the first book/gospel that we recommend to new Christians, and for us who have known the Lord for a while, it still enthralls. I listened to an online sermon by a Messianic rabbi on the first verses in the first chapter and his exposition was something very new to me!

        Thank you for sharing John 20:31. Your ministrations, dear sister will bear fruit. The Word of the Lord will not return to Him empty (Isaiah 55:11). Hallelujah!

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      2. I will share with you the link to his website (which you could explore further), and the link to the sermon. I’ll send you another message after this–if you don’t find it, it would probably be in your spam folder as that usually happens when there are links included. Let me know if you receive it or not. x

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  4. 1) I like John’s account of the life of Jesus.
    2) The promise of the Holy Spirit
    But now I am going to Him who sent Me; and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’ But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment; concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me; and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father and you no longer see Me; and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.”
    ‭‭John‬ ‭16:5-11‬
    3)I don’t have a favourite verse as such, but if I had to pick one , it would be John 17.
    Thank you Donna
    Blessings

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