Is John a Good Starting Point?
Have you seen this sort of thing before? It’s a copy of just the Gospel of John as a “starter” text; a primer even, for Christianity. Its thought for whatever reason that John is a good starting point, perhaps as John 3:16 is thought of as a great summation on Christianity.
However, I disagree. Not so much with the verse, but with John being a good starting point, I actually think it’s a rather bad one.
The Gospel of John assumes a lot. An understanding of Judaism (especially Festivals, and the Law,) a knowledge of the Old Testament and more importantly it assumes a general knowledge of events in the other Gospels. Countless times John puts a twist or out right doesn’t explain events laid out in the Synoptic Gospels, yet then goes on to narrate events which make little sense without this prior knowledge.
For these reasons I think it make far more sense to start off with Mark or Luke, then go on to Acts or Romans. Later on it’s wonderful to come back to John, with all this in mind and see another perspective.