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take (something) for gospel

To believe that something is absolutely true without any hesitation or reservations. When we're growing up, we take what our parents tell us for gospel. That's part of why teenagers are so rebellious, because they're just starting to realize their parents' fallibility. The beloved professor's opinions on the author are taken for gospel by his students.
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(the) gospel truth

Fig. the undeniable truth. The witness swore he was telling the gospel truth. I told my parents the gospel truth about how the vase broke.
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take something as gospel

also accept something as gospel
to believe that something is certainly true His opinions on international issues are taken as gospel by his colleagues.
Etymology: from the literal meaning of gospel (one of the books in the Bible that tell the story of Jesus's life)
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accept/take something as gospel (truth)

to believe that something is completely true You shouldn't accept as gospel everything you read in the newspapers.
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the gospel truth

the complete truth I didn't touch your stereo, and that's the gospel truth.
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gospel truth

Something that is unquestionably true. For example, Every word he uttered was the gospel truth. The word gospel, which comes from the Old English god spel, "good news," has been used to describe something that is thought to be as true as the biblical gospel (that is, undeniably true) since the 13th century. The current idiom originated in the 1600s, when it referred to biblical truths, and has been applied to truth of a more general nature since the late 1800s. Also see take as gospel.
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take as gospel

Also, take for gospel. Believe absolutely, regard as true, as in We took every word of his as gospel, but in fact he was often mistaken. This idiom, first recorded in 1496, uses gospel in the sense of the absolute truth. Also see gospel truth.
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gospel (truth)

n. the honest truth. You gotta believe me. It’s the gospel truth!
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Luke opens his Gospel for more sophisticated readers but unfortunately does not identify himself.
The music along Hope Street will span traditional to urban Gospel reflecting modern styles and genres, including hip-hop, rap, jazz, d-j'ing, reggae, as well as cultural and music traditions from South Africa to the South Pacific.
At the same time, Yoder insists that the gospel can travel, indeed must travel, and be offered in terms that are available to the cultural worlds it encounters: "Evangel has to submit--wants to submit--vulnerably to the conditions of meaning of the receptor culture.
Ike was sending the gospel of success over the airwaves to 1,500 television and radio stations throughout the land.
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Still, the historical accuracy of the Gospel of Judas can't be confirmed, and the text is unlikely to replace New Testament accounts among Christians today, says the Reverend Donald Senior of the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.
Uncloudy Days: The Gospel Music Encyclopedia contains more than 100 interviews that reveal many of these stories for the first time.
You will find, in due time, that the gospel has lost no ground by this dispensation.
Later, as Gospel editor of Billboard magazine, he basked in the opportunities to interview many of the stars of this unique music.
Each of these women's social welfare contributions work is placed within the broad and inclusive conceptualization of the Social Gospel and its influence.
The first publication of gospel sheet music appeared in print in 1874.
This much is known: The Gospel of Mark was written 68-70 A.
Mitchell wrote this for young people, basing it on his book for adults, The Gospel According to Jesus, which came out about 10 years ago.
Author James Goff's Close Harmony: A History of Southern Gospel is an important contribution to the scant scholarly literature on the subject of gospel music and is one of two fine books published on the subject in 2002.
This was certainly true for Forrest, who not only used music as theme and metaphor throughout his fiction but whose development as a writer was admittedly influenced by black music in general, and Mahalia Jackson's gospel music in particular.