Just to add, why are there 4 gospels: To give a more complete picture of Christ. While the entire Bible is inspired by God (2 Timothy 3:16), He used human authors with different backgrounds and personalities to accomplish His purposes through their writing. Each of the gospel authors had a distinct purpose behind his gospel and in carrying out those purposes, each emphasized different aspects of the person and ministry of Jesus Christ. Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/four-Gospels.html#ixzz2ZgXke7dd
No stupid questions when it comes to looking for ourselves, The answer of rshackleford is correct, They are at the front of whats called the "New Testament" and are typically different version of men who actually walked, talked and just hung out with the man we know as "Jesus". I try not to push but they can be interesting for a person starting the journey of faith, heck they can even stir the mind when it coms to some of the miricles
1. Gospel history before Jesus' birth 2. Preparation for Jesus' public Ministry 3. Jesus' public Ministry in Galilee 4. The Judean Ministry if you have a King James Bible you can learn all about the harmony of the four Gospels.
The Gospels show us the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. How he was sent to earth not for his own purposes but for his Father's purpose of teaching about God and to be a sacrifice to God that would pay for the sins of mankind. Through belief in Jesus as your Savior, all your sins may be forgiven and you won't have to bear the guilt during this life and will not receive God's judgment for those sins when you die. Belief in Jesus and studying the Bible leads to a rewarding way of living that is full or abundant because your sins have been forgiven. You can live to serve Jesus rather than yourself. That's the Gospel or Good News!
Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are the first 4 books in the New Testament. Each of these book tell us about Christ in unique ways. They tell us of His birth, ancestry, ministry, death, resurrection and ascension. People are quick to point out the differences in some details, as contradictions. I see the slight differences as validity to the fact they are real since no 2 people ever tell the same story the same way. I focus on the amazing similarities each author writes about the life of our Savior.
Generally, the answers above are correct, those are the Canonical gospels that were decided upon by the Catholic church, I think it was in the 6th century when the final draft and decision were made that those 4 would be the only gospels used.
However there are a number of other gospels that are considered Apocrypha or Gnostic, books such as: Gospel of Thomas Gospel of Mary Gospel of Peter Gospel of the Nazarenes Gospel of the Ebionites Gospel of the Hebrews and more Although these books are not part of the Bible, but they do have value in research of the life and beliefs of the early Christian Church.