Luke doesn’t seem to have ever met Jesus or any of the original disciples. Instead, he seems to have gathered his information for this letter, the Gospel of Luke, in the same way a news reporter would gather information for a feature article: “he carefully researched what happened since it all started” (Luke 1:3). How does that affect the way you read the Gospel of Luke?
For most Christians, perhaps, this would make no difference. They say they believe that the Holy Spirit guided the writing of not only this book, but of all books in the Bible. Other Christians might say that they don’t have a problem with there being some humanity in these writings—possibly some misperceptions on the part of the writer or maybe even some mistaken facts, or incorrect editorial insertions along the way. Most of these Christians would probably add that they don’t believe this would undermine the basic story about why God sent his Son and what his Son, Jesus, managed to accomplish here on earth.
Reprinted from the Leader’s Guide & Atlas for Luke