This is the 4th time I am asking this question. The previous three went unanswered, so I am hoping this one will be answered.
My question regards differences in Gospel accounts. In some Gospels, for instance, the number of angels in the tomb after the Resurrection is 1 whereas in others there are 2.
Also, one Gospel mention the words of commemoration at the Eucharist (“Do this in memory of me”), 2 others mention only the Eucharist, and St. John’s Gospel does not mention the Eucharist at all. At the crucifixion, one Gospel mentions that both thieves taunted Christ, another mentions that one is penitent, and both the remaining do not mention this at all.
My questions are:
When these mutually exclusive events occur (there was either 1 angel or 2, but not both, and the words of commemoration were spoken or not), which Gospel is to be believed?
What of those events that are written of that no apostle or Gospel writer witness, such as Christ’s prayer in Gethsemane, where all His disciples were sleeping. How are such details included (also His temptation in the desert) when no human being witnessed them?
Are those Gospels nearer to the Ascension of Christ more accurate, or do we know by faith that each Gospel is fully the truth of Christ’s life?
Why would certain key events (the Eucharist in St. John’s Gospel, the Annunciation and other details about Mary in all but St. Luke’s) be omitted from certain Gospels when they are of such tremendous importance?
Thank you for your help.