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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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accept (something) as gospel

To believe that something is absolutely true without any hesitation or reservations. When we're growing up, we accept what our parents tell us as gospel. The beloved professor's opinions on the subject are accepted as gospel by his students.
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take (something) as 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 as 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 as gospel by his students.
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the gospel truth

Definitely true or accurate. I was home all night, and that's the gospel truth—mom can confirm it.
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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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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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take something as gospel

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take something as the gospel truth

If you take something as gospel or take it as the gospel truth, you accept it as being completely true, especially when it is not. You will read a lot of advice in books and magazines but you shouldn't take it all as gospel. Too many people take what he says as gospel. Note: You can also accept something as gospel or accept something as the gospel truth. For some reason, people are willing to accept as gospel these ridiculous claims. Here, their opinions are accepted as the gospel truth. Note: If you say that something is the gospel truth, you mean that it is completely true. When people ask me how old I am, and I say I don't know, they think I'm lying. But it's the gospel truth. Note: In the Christian religion, the gospel is the message and teachings of Jesus Christ. The four books of the Bible which describe His life and teachings are called the Gospels.
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gospel truth

the absolute truth. informal
1998 Mirror Any research that puts down men is accepted as gospel truth these days.
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take something as/for ˈgospel/ˌgospel ˈtruth

(informal) believe something without questioning it or without any real proof: You can’t always take what she says as gospel — she’s not the most honest person in the world.It would be foolish to take everything in the newspapers for gospel. OPPOSITE: take something with a pinch of salt
Gospel is the life and teaching of Jesus as described in the Bible.
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gospel (truth)

n. the honest truth. You gotta believe me. It’s the gospel truth!
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gospel

verb
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In 1646, during the Civil War, the cathedral was sacked and the library looted and it was thought a second volume of the Gospels could have been lost at that time.
Canon Pete Wilcox, Chancellor of Lichfield Cathedral, left, with the unique 1,300-year-old manuscript, the St Chad Gospels
Distinctive in this third section are also a treatment of the Gospels as "embodied in the lives of saints and martyrs" (David Matzko McCarthy) and engaging essays on the Gospels in prayer, spirituality, and worship, and on their ethical implications today.
MUSIC STORY: Author Steve Smith, centre, signs copies of his book, British Black Gospel, for Huddersfield New Testament Church members Franklyn and Joyce Simpson (AC070210Bgosp-02)
Chapter Seven might be considered an appendix: it discusses Gospels from the Second and Third Centuries, such as the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Mary, the Gospel of Truth and others.
Ray Allen summarized gospel music as being "distinctly African-American" in its incorporations of "the melismatic moans of the spiritual, the driving music and instrumentation of sanctified music, the syncopated licks and 'bent' notes of jazz and blues, and the ecstatic emotionalism of southern preaching.
The Festival of Hope is the culmination of three other events and festivals taking place in Liverpool from the 1st to the 14th - Hope University's 'Big Hope' youth congress, 'Merseyfest' and Liverpool Lighthouse's 'City Sings Gospel', an International Gospel Music Festival.
This vulnerable offering of the gospel as described by Yoder is perhaps nowhere more directly at odds with Aristotle's theory of persuasion than in its expectation and acceptance of rejection.
Popular evangelists preaching the gospel of God-helps-those-who-help-themselves (and tithe regularly) include the likes of Frederick Price, Joyce Meyer, Benny Hinn, and Joel Osteen, pastor of America's largest megachurch and author of the religious self-help bestseller Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential (Faithwords).
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.
There is something about gospel music that speaks to the soul.
It was in these urban cities that black gospel took on the many characteristics of "urban blues", improvisatory piano, guitar and instrumental accompaniment.
Now in an updated and expanded second edition, The Gospel of Thomas and Christian Wisdom by Stevan Davies (Professor of Religious Studies, College Misericordia, Pennsylvania) focuses upon the writings known as the Gospel of Thomas which were discovered in Egypt in 1945 as part of the now famous Nag Hammadi Library, a collection of first century Christian documents that are some of the earliest written records we have available arising from the earliest days of the Christian movement.
WITH the same spirit and enthusiasm exhibited by legends like Mahalia and the venerable Thomas Dorsey, today-'s new young gospel music performers--including Smokie Norful, Tonex and Israel Houghton & New Breed--are still singing the good news of praise begun by the gospel pioneers.
By all accounts, he was a fearless, faithful preacher, spending perhaps forty-one months of his life in jail for preaching the gospel.