Gospel Of Mark

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Gospel of Mark Jesus is portrayed in the gospels by today's standards, not necessarily as the gospels meant to portray him. The gospels can be viewed in a different light, as the society in the first-century was a contrast to today's American society. People today value and have a different approach on religion by reflecting on the gospels according to the type of lifestyle they live in the present day. According to first century Mark, Jesus can be seen in different ways as a prophet, a healer, a triumphant man and as a humanistic.

Mark writes about Jesus in a context that shows that Jesus never declares himself as God but rather portrayed him as a prophet. Jesus acts upon faith instead of who he is as God. For instance, when Jesus heals a woman with a hemorrhage, he states "Daughter, your faith had made you well" (Mark 5:34) He never mentions that he made her well, but that her faith in God is what helped her heal.

Another example, is when Jesus heals a paralytic, he utters "Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, "˜Rise, pick up your mat and walk'? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority to forgive sins on earth." (Mark 3:10) Jesus never acts upon himself as the healer but refers to a higher being as the one sent to take care of mankind.

Mark writes the gospel in a way that helps facilitate the reading in a manner that can be easily related. Mark depicts Jesus as a man who triumphs through conflict. Throughout Mark the Pharisees constantly test Jesus with questions to try to stump him and dishonor him, but he always accepts the challenges and keeps his honor. Jesus is portrayed as a prophet who represents God...