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Question [Oct. 19th, 2007|09:46 pm]
Is There Something You Want to Say to the World?

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Does the word "Gospel" strictly refer to only Christian literature, or can it be applied to anything that is a religious text (or even, perhaps, a non-religious one?) A crazy idea popped into my head and I'm kinda looking to deflate it because I have too many ideas already.
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[User Picture]From: mj_automatic
2007-11-26 05:32 am (UTC)
I was always taught in seminary classes that "gospel" came from a Greek phrase meaning "good news", which was used by the early christians to refer to the idea of salvation through Jesus Christ. So, the early writers of the first four New Testament books, began their proclamations of the story by saying, essentially, "good news as reported by (insert Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John...)".

So the origins of the word are indeed Christian, but since then I think the meaning has expanded somewhat. The secular usage I'm most familiar with is closest to the sixth definition - something that is held to be unquestionably true, or a belief or proclamation that someone holds very dear.
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