Since I have investigated all the reports in close detail, starting from the story’s beginning, I decided to write it all out for you, most honorable Theophilus, so you can know beyond the shadow of a doubt the reliability of what you were taught. Luke 1:3-4 (MSG)
The author of Luke was a physician, a man of science, and a scholar. You can tell by the style of his writing. Of the four gospel writers, Luke was the most thorough. Mark seemed interested in briefly providing the most necessary information about Jesus. Matthew, though more expansive than Mark, wrote like man of finance. His account is written logically. While he does include some information about Jesus’ heredity and birth, Matthew sticks closely to that which he can personally quantify: what he himself saw, heard, and experienced as a follower of Jesus. John is the artist among the four gospel writers. He begins with a poetically penned introduction and weaves events and sermons in a literary tapestry. Luke’s account of Jesus’ life was unique.
Luke is the scientest. Luke investigates. Luke asks questions, interviews eyewitnesses, and weighs the evidence. Luke is writing a documentary and he wants us readers to consider all of the evidence he’s gathered. Matthew, Mark and John focus mainly on the three years of Jesus’ ministry and the culminating crucifixion and resurrection. Luke wants us to know that there’s even more to the story. He tells Mary’s story of Jesus’ birth and childhood. He includes details in Jesus’ story the other writers left out. Luke wants to lay out all the evidence he’s collected. Along with Theophilus, he wants us to make a reasoned decision about who Jesus really is.
Being a follower of Jesus is a matter of faith. There is no doubt about that. This life journey following the footsteps of Christ requires me to be sure of what I do not see. But, being a faith journey does not negate the power of reason. A veritable host of others, with intellects far superior to mine, have examined the evidence and made a reasoned decision to believe that Jesus was exactly who He claimed to be.
Reason without faith is a dead end. Faith without reason leads astray. Faith and reason reveal the path to Truth.