What Are the Gospels? A 1998 PBS Frontline said many scholars agree that the Gospels are neither biographies nor objective historical accounts, but they resemble religious advertisements. What an amazing observation! These scholars, attempting to belittle the Bible, are right on. The Gospels were written so that you might believe that Jesus is the messiah (John 20:31). These original four stories of Jesus were long tracts designed to bring people to faith. They were not just historical or biographical in nature but intended to persuade men and women to follow Jesus in faith!