Why Were Some Books Excluded From The Bible?

Why Were Some Books Excluded From The Bible? March 17, 2017

Why were some books left out of the Bible? What books were they?

God-Breathed

The Bible declares of itself that Scripture is God’s Word, uttered as it were, from the very breath of God. The Apostle Paul says “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (2nd Tim 3:16), so “that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2nd Tim 3:17). The Apostle Peter tells us “that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation” (2nd Pet 1:20), because “no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” (2nd Pet 1:21). Did the prophets speak for God? Actually “He spoke through His holy prophets, those of ages past” (Luke 1:70), so it wasn’t them speaking, but “Thus says the Lord” Who spoke through them. That’s why Jude believed we ought “to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 1:3), because there were already false prophets springing up by the time he wrote this.

Widely Accepted Books

When the Gospels began to be circulated among the churches, apparently there were copies made, and these copies were distributed among the churches while some were read from church to church. Much of the reason the gospels were accepted as Scripture is because the early church had already been using them for teachings. That’s exactly what the early church did, as “they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching” (Acts 2:42a). What was the “apostles’ teaching?” It was the very same things Jesus taught them, and they were commanded to be “teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matt 28:20). That’s what we read in the gospels; what Jesus taught them, like for example, that others would know we were His disciples if we loved one another (John 13:35), but it was the early Church fathers who heavily influenced what would be considered Scripture and what would be rejected. Trusted men of God like Polycarp, Justin Martyr, Tertullian, Origen, Eusebius, Athanasius, Jerome, and Augustine lead the slow, careful acceptance of the books of the New Testament, so the books were accepted by the church because the church leadership and membership had accepted them as being from God.

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Rejected Books

There are some “books” that people believe have been lost, but I believe they should have stayed lost and for good reason. The lost Gospel of Judas, which only recently surfaced, contains heretical teachings that are completely contrary to the gospel accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. In one place Judas claims that he was instructed to betray Christ and such outrageous claims that Judas was only obeying Jesus command to betray Him with a kiss and also, Jesus supposedly married Mary Magdalene and even had children by her. The problem with that is that there is no secular or early church historical evidence to support these claims. This false gospel account goes on to say that the only way that women could be destined to go to heaven was if they first become a male lion. How ridiculous can you get!? Some of the spurious claims presented in The Da Vinci Code use this false gospel as a source, along with other heretical teachings to say that these are “facts.” The problem here is that Dan Brown’s book is listed as fiction although I did find three facts that are true in this book; London is in England, Paris is in France, and Rome is in Italy.

The Apocrypha

The problem with the “lost books” of the Bible is that they are forgeries and have never been accepted as canonical or scriptural. They are recent in origin and cannot be traced back to the 1st century church. They were not really lost…they were introduced hundreds of years later and were concoctions or the figments of the author’s imaginations. Bible scholars would read the Secrets of Enoch, the Conflict of Adam and Eve with Satan, Psalms of Solomon 4, and alleged gospels by Philipp, the Apocalypse of Peter, and the Gospel of Mary and would easily discern that these are not consistent with the 66 books of the Bible. They would clearly not fit in contextually and doctrinally. Many other books such as 1 Maccabees, the Wisdom of Solomon and other such books are what we call the Apocrypha and were never placed into the Bible as we know it today and were rejected by the Jews. Although these extra-biblical books may have some accurate historical accounts, God, in His sovereignty, did not cause them to be accepted as His inspired words and so they were not included in the Bible.

Conclusion

The Apostle Paul warned us that “even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed” (Gal 1:8), so Paul was constantly warning the church “to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them” (Rom 16:17), so others may falsely claim “that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ” (Gal 1:7). That’s why Paul was so “astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel” (Gal 1:6), so Paul warned that “if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough” (2nd Cor 11:4), because the truth is, “no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ” (1st Cor 3:11).

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is Host of Spiritual Fitness and Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.

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  • pud

    “even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed”

    Only a lunatic would align themselves and their view of reality with an ancient murderer who was given to psychotic visions.

    Yet this is exactly what you do.

    You swallow hook line and sinker one deluded version of ancient history and exclude and ignore any and everything that contradicts that meme.

    This is the absolute definition of a cult.

    Your “buybull” was manufactured by men of the early church who couldn’t even decide on the divinity of your mythical “jesus” Your “buybull” was the result of voting by religious lunatics who didn’t even know the world was a sphere. They debated the merits of each book in order to manufacture a relatively coherent narrative. This was the work of MEN not a deity. Any deity of any worth whatsoever wouldn’t need hundreds of years and endless debate that continues to this very day if he/she/it had something of value and importance to say to humanity. You are so indoctrinated, so married to this absurd story that you’re completely incapable of rational thought.

    There are over 1000 blatant contradictions in your book and every statement it makes about the natural world is absolutely wrong and can be proven as such

    Yet you don’t care in the least. What a waste you’ve made of your one and only life.

    • Jeff

      Honestly “pud” you are an imbecilic troll, who obviously has no job, no friends, and nothing better to do that bloviate on sites like this. Everyone quickliy figures you out and either ignores you or bans you.

      • pud

        You cannot use the word “honest” in a sentence where you make claims about me of which you know absolutely nothing.

        Why don’t you attempt a rational argument and demonstrate where anything I’ve ever posted is incorrect or wrong?

        I have my thesis as to why you can’t…prove me wrong

        • Jeff

          Here’s the HONEST truth about you. You are a pathetic, lonely little attention whore, who has almost 4,000 posts on “discus” alone, and probably tens of thousands of posts elsewhere. I know for a fact that you have been banned from hundred of blogs and sites.

          You literally troll the internet looking for the attention you so desperately crave – allegedly trying to prove wrong something you claim to believe doesn’t exist.

          You are as transparent as a fragile little pane of glass. You are a sad, lonely little person.

          You should also look up the definition of thesis…

          • pud

            I know what a thesis is.

            Your angry rant is not an argument…as usual

            Hundreds of sites have banned me huh? And you “know” this like you “know” the lord huh?

            Kind of creepy that you would bother to research how many posts I’ve made….very creepy

          • Jeff

            NOW you know what a thesis is…

            And mine is not an angry rant. I pity you. I truly, honestly feel very sorry for you. Your life obviously sucks – and sucks horribly.

            Are there any bars you could go to for some social interaction, or have you been kicked out of all of them as well?

          • pud

            No, I’ve always known what a “thesis” is vs. a “theory” vs a “hypothesis” I’m trained in the sciences.

            Oh no! I’m so sorry to hear about my horrible life! Thanks for sharing your clairvoyant revelation with me.

            I don’t drink and I don’t enjoy the company of drunks

            Now go formulate a rational argument as to why I’m wrong about anything I’ve ever posted

          • Jeff

            …and the ever-present troll is able to immediately respond to every one of the hundreds of sites he currently trolls.

            Yes indeed, a truly sad and pathetic existence.

            So you have no friends, no social life at all (obviously), no job, and no live companionship of any kind. Tell me – do you ever even go outside? Do you have ANYTHING in your life, besides trolling the internet looking for attention?

          • pud

            Either post a rational argument or fly away. I don’t have time for ignorant losers…I’m on a mission (not from “god”) lol

            Post a rational argument or our little joust is over.

            cheers!

          • Jeff

            The troll always responds. I pity you more with each post. Even my scorn is human interaction and close to the attention you so desperately crave.

            Sad indeed.

          • Pickel Juavez

            Pudding gives up when he gets what he gives. I was having a watching you struggle. Please don’t in now! Oh, use that insult you always love to use about being “rational” one more time. It’s so funny when you use it.

          • pud

            English isn’t your primary language is it? Or did you suffer some form of brain injury?

          • Pickel Juavez

            YOU’RE calling someone else’s comments angry? Pudding … come on …

  • pud

    It is so simple to PROVE that you embrace a falsehood with this cult you promote…

    Consider…You “claim” that there exists a deity which is all powerful and all knowing…is this correct or not?

    Your “buybull” is clear on this…both the all powerful nature and the all knowing ability and if you deny it I can provide the verses.

    Anyone with a rational critical mind should know right away that it is IMPOSSIBLE…logically IMPOSSIBLE for a deity to be both all powerful and all knowing.

    An all knowing deity knows the past, present and future by definition.

    If an all knowing deity knows the exact future then he is logically forbidden to change it therefore is not and cannot be all powerful.

    If a deity cannot know the future then he is not all powerful

    Your deity CANNOT exist.

    You would have had to gone so far down the rabbit hole of denial and willful delusion not to see and acknowledge this. There is no way any rational person can argue that this logical contradiction invalidates your entire “god” claim.

    This is only one of a number of simple exercises that DISPROVE your entire worldview

    How jack can you continue living a falsehood with this bulletproof argument that even a simpleton can understand? How?

  • Jo-anne Twinem

    In response to your comments pud, first you are putting God inside of time. Those who believe He is all powerful and all knowing also believe He is timeless . . . and so, changeless, although He has created time and what is inside of it. BTW, even in the physical realm, we have plenty of conundrums to consider that don’t seem to fit with our “logic”. On your second comment, it would be better for you to read the actual content of the council of Nicea (it’s available on line) than to turn to Dan Brown’s fantasy version of it–contra the Da Vinci Code, there was no vote, or even discussion, on the canon of Scripture.

    • pud

      You can “believe” any nonsense you want. Explain “timelessness” and how you KNOW anything can be “timeless” Existence is predicated on time! There has to be motion for there to be time. Timeless means no motion which means non existence. Without motion there can be no action or interaction. You know nothing of which you babble.

      Explain the creation of time…waiting….You people can say these words but you are absolutely clueless to explain a thing about it. I can CLAIM that invisible monkeys fly out of my ass and it would be JUST AS VALID if I cannot demonstrate it or measure it. Stop living in make believe land

      I don’t care for Dan Brown at all and do not rely on him for anything. I know the history of the christian cult very well thank you.

      You completely ignored what I wrote….You CANNOT be all knowing and all powerful…I clearly explained how it is a LOGICAL CONTRADICTION…just like a “married bachelor”…You can say the words but they are totally nonsensical aren’t they?

      • Chari McCauley

        You CANNOT be all knowing and all powerful.

        Wait, is that a description The Father gave to Himself or one WE assigned to Him? Similar to you know you created god in YOUR image if it hates the same things you hate.

        Similar to The Lord telling us His Father taught Him what He teaches us; but, WE said He said he was God.

        BTW the fact that they took the time to patiently learn Mother Nature’s chemistry means that they are still wiser than we can hope to be. They NEVER stop learning as long as creating new things is possible.

        Eternity or time is older than immortality. All seeds produced do not become live.

  • floridalegal

    If you look at first century writings, there is little evidence to indicate that there was any reliance upon or consideration of more books in the Bible than we see today. There are early Christian writing referring to all but 1 or 2 books of the new testament less than 20 years after the Apostle John died on the Isle of Patmos. These are individuals making theological arguments and discussions and referencing book / chapter / verse of the known and accepted books of the New Testament. The Council at Nicea did not separate and distinguish between competing books of the Bible, they validated and confirmed what had already been commonly accepted and practiced for over 100 years. There is very good Hebrew/Jewish documentation of the acceptance and wide use of the books of the traditional Old Testament. While the Hebrew Bible is divided into different sections than Christians typically see, there are not additional books.

    In spite of the theological deniers assertions, there is more historical, archaeological textual evidence for the books in the Bible than any other historic/ancient document.

    • pud

      No there is not and you can’t demonstrate any. Other than some place names and figures there is nothing of real historical significance and further it proves nothing about the theology if it did. Did you know that “Nazereth” did not exist as a town when your cult claimed this jesus existed? How could he be “jesus of nazereth” if there was no such place? Huh? Did you know that there was no such thing as a Roman census requiring people to return to the towns of their birth? The buybull claims there was…there wasn’t etc etc etc

      • floridalegal

        You must be referring to alternative facts

        • pud

          No I am not. Nazereth was unoccupied and wan’t re-occupied until many many years later. The Romans did not conduct census and the idea of entire populations wandering countless miles in the Iron Age is ridiculous…AND…your jesus was in the womb then! Tell me pregnant Mary walked across miles of wasteland for a census? LOL Check your facts lad

          • Sabra Leverknight
          • Erp

            Actually historians and archaeologists do think Nazareth likely existed in the early first century CE. Bart Erhman has some discussion at https://ehrmanblog.org/did-nazareth-exist/ Though some Christians go a bit too far the other way and say this must be Mary’s house etc. Historians also generally consider the birth stories in both Matthew and Luke to be later fictions and that Jesus was likely born in Nazareth.

            BTW the omission of the Book of Enoch (except by the Ethiopic Orthodox church) is an interesting case since it is quoted or referred to in the accepted New Testament books (e.g., Jude 14-15). Some argue that Jude was quoting Enoch from another source and not the current book, but if so, why not include that book. It is not as though Enoch told Jude directly or that Jude learned orally from someone who knew Jude.

          • pud

            I find all of this somewhat interesting but similar to a dog chasing its tail. It takes so much effort for the theist to find a shred of connecting pseudo evidence that I’m more convinced than ever that it’s all one forced fantasy. The bottom line is always …can/does a “god” exist? can/does the christian “god” exist? Until that hurtle is jumped everything else is just babble and gibberish. If this “jesus” fellow was so ultimately important to all of humanity I find it amazing that so much effort has to be spent to convince the world of its veracity. Clearly if true it speaks to the worst marketing campaign in all of history..lol No, it’s obvious to me it’s nothing but willful mass delusion by simple minded gullible people terrified of reality and their own mortality.

          • Erp

            I don’t consider Jesus to be a god. I do consider that he existed as a human, he had a small following who consider him to be the promised messiah, and that his execution by the Romans caused a psychological crisis for his followers that they resolved by deciding he wasn’t still dead and was indeed the messiah (then they went hunting for texts in their scriptures to justify this). We know that people can experience the feeling that someone they love who has died is still around and several of the followers having this sort feeling and sharing it with others could well be the seed. Something started Christianity and this seems more probable to me than any of the hypotheses of various mythicists. Remember Christians were a small obscure sect for a couple of centuries (Pliny writing about them in the early 2nd century knew they were proscribed but practically nothing else about them) so it is not surprising we have little besides their own writings for some time after their start.

          • pud

            Reasonable.

          • Pickel Juavez

            Would you be fed to lions or tortured for public sport for your faith in Atheism? Just wondering if that seems “reasonable” to you too?

          • Pickel Juavez

            And his followers, including the millions more that shortly followed decided it was better to follow a personal “crisis” than avoid death by boiling in hot oil or being fed to lions?

          • Erp

            So losing someone dear is, to you, only a crisis in quotation marks? Jesus’s immediate followers believed they saw him after he died (or knew people who had) even if I think they were seeing an unconscious self-created illusion fueled by their distress.

            People follow other religious leaders, such as the Báb, even though their leader might have been executed and they face persecution. The US has its home grown example of John Smith in the 19th century who definitely has several million followers now (though the Latter Day Saints figure of over 15 million is vastly inflated).

            BTW I very much doubt that Christianity had more than a few thousand followers when Paul died.

          • Pickel Juavez

            So who are you bitterly rebelling against? Ex-girlfriend who was a Christian? Christian dad who never accepted your lifestyle? Tell us about yourself pudding? Clearly normal people who just “disagree” do not troll strangers, they ignore. Why are you Christophobic?

          • Sam Andrew

            That is a very interesting fact about the book of Jude, thanks for the information.

          • Chari McCauley

            It makes me wonder just how many “contradictions” would be solved had the “publishers” included those books they edited out.
            The Book of Mary, for instance, or Thomas, or Enoch, written before the flood, if he was indeed Noah’s Grandfather. Makes sense that Noah would take such a family heirloom with him. The Maccabees explain more about Jeremiah, and what happened to the ten laws hand written in stone.

      • floridalegal

        Have you ever read the historical book Josephus. He was a Jewish historian who was engaged by the Romans at the time of Jesus.

        • pud

          Yep…and all he does is mention the “christians” who no one doubts existed. He documented the history of the Jews. He was a turncoat that some posit created the christian cult for the Emperor Flavious to keep the jewish rabble down and give the slaves some false hope so they wouldn’t revolt. I don’t subscribe to that very much but it’s possible and it’s been put out there

          • Pickel Juavez

            If Nazareth did not exist then contemporaries of Jesus would have called him out on it. The fact that nobody had any exception to him coming from that place is enough. Oh, I currently live in a city that was annexed so now “does not exist” and we are still say the original city. Seriously, your evidence for denying facts is government records, good luck with consistency in you our life.

      • floridalegal

        There are thousands of more archaeological text associated with the Bible than the Chronicles of Julius Ceaser.

        • pud

          So? There are more for Abraham Lincoln. That statement demonstrates NOTHING

          • Sabra Leverknight

            Abraham Lincoln February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865 only 152 years ago.

          • Jeff

            Sabra, you are wrongly thinking there is any reason to talk to “pud.”

            He is a troll. Nothing more and nothing less.

            He fancies himself an atheist, but he is simply a troll.

          • pud

            Robin Hood? Names places, people and speaks to a real time in history…so he must have really existed eh?

          • The General

            You still fcking little boys, Old Perv?

            Hope you die of AIDS, you dirty filthy predator.

          • Pickel Juavez

            Don’t let pudding get to you. Anger is all he has keeping him going… and yes, he still prefers little boys.

          • Satanic_Panic

            Hmmm. Must have been a catholic priest in ANOTHER LIFE.

          • Pickel Juavez

            Robin Hood was originally published as fiction. The author admitting that it is fake is pretty much proof … unless you debate Darwinist cult and Atheist religion against Harry Potter too … you probably do.

          • Pickel Juavez

            So Jesus checks out as accurate and so does Lincoln. Way to prove Christians right.

      • Sabra Leverknight

        Archeology has provided many evidences in support to the
        Biblical narative – that what is reported in the Bible
        is not “just a story from someone’s imagination”, but
        are based on historical facts

        http://www.ichthus.info/CaseForChrist/Archeology/intro.html

        • pud

          LOL…that’s some funny crap right there. Where was Eden located? How do you KNOW it existed? Do snakes talk? Do men live in the bellies of fish? Do donkeys talk? Can the sun stand still in the sky? etc etc

          If you answer yes to any of these then kindly demonstrate how you KNOW this to be true

          Do not tell me what gibberish you BELIEVE because no one cares what anyone “believes” and they do care what can be shown to be true.

          • Pickel Juavez

            You believe in atoms? You ever seen one? Do the people who have electromicroscopes that “draw pictures” of atoms make money from you BELIEVING they exist? Yea. So the very thing you must believe exists to explain ANYTHING you believe in, you have no more evidence for than anything in the Bible. Well played pud.

          • Satanic_Panic

            Hey there stupid! Have I personally seen an atom? No. But if I owned a Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope I could. That’s right, nut job. We have tech that lets us see atoms.

      • Jeff

        Ahhh Pud – the ever-present troll.

    • Amen.

    • Amen.

  • pud

    Dan Barker demonstrates just how credulous and willfully delusional you MUST be to be a christian cult member. Mythology….all of it nonsensical story telling that the simple minded and gullible buy in to. “CLAIMS” that only lunatics could subscribe to.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhFiQYwSXx4

    • Pickel Juavez

      So you spend your time going to groups to insult them into believing the way you do? Sounds like a great cult you belong to buddy, where can I sign up for your hate group? Seriously, if you hate those who love you, just ignore them. The worst that will happen is you don’t receive their love.

  • Pickel Juavez

    This article is truly damaging to the Atheist religion. I just had a friend admit he had been lied to about Christianity in public school after reading this and said he wants to hear more. Very inspiring as I have found that usually people of the Atheist religion are disingenuous about seeking truth regarding Christianity. I had thought his interest was the typical hate crime against Christians wherein the Atheist acts interested but only to unleash his/her daily anger on someone innocent. I was prepared of course as, let’s face it, being a persecuted group, it is the standard now to hear people who are unhappy Atheists try to spread their misery to content Christians. So this was great!

    Anyway, thank you for everything great article.

    • Great news! J,,

      Jack is phenomenal and a personal brother, friend, and mentor of mine.
      YES you are completely correct Atheism is a religion.
      There has been another mislead that posts on this article.
      He is close to coming back to Jesus Iesous Y’shua from a damaged “christian” background.

      Why Christians Can’t Be Silent About The Gospel
      March 15, 2017 by Jack Wellman 55 Comments
      http://www.patheos.com/blogs/christiancrier/2017/03/15/why-christians-cant-be-silent-about-the-gospel/
      Love you my brother Jack, from another mother but the same Heavenly Father, Sis

    • Great news! J,,

      Jack is phenomenal and a personal brother, friend, and mentor of mine.
      YES you are completely correct Atheism is a religion.
      There has been another mislead that posts on this article.
      He is close to coming back to Jesus Iesous Y’shua from a damaged “christian” background.

      Why Christians Can’t Be Silent About The Gospel
      March 15, 2017 by Jack Wellman 55 Comments
      http://www.patheos.com/blogs/christiancrier/2017/03/15/why-christians-cant-be-silent-about-the-gospel/
      Love you my brother Jack, from another mother but the same Heavenly Father, Sis

    • Satanic_Panic

      The atheist religion? Wow, you sure are stupid. Is not collecting stamps an actual hobby now? Is bald a hair color? If you think atheism is a religion, you need to grab a dictionary and start learning the actual definitions of words.

      • Jack Wellman

        You have faith…but you have faith that there is no God, therefore, you have a belief system, only it’s not believing in God. And that takes greater faith than to believe there is no God.

        • Satanic_Panic

          I have yet to see a shred of evidence that would convince me that belief in “god” is justified. I don’t believe in gods because that is the logical and rational position to hold. I have made a choice based on the available evidence, which is the exact opposite of faith.

          Your last sentence makes no sense.

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    Here is an offering of theirs that surely will aid in understanding for this discussion.

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    “…. In the first chapter, “Did Jesus Exist? Searching for Evidence Beyond the Bible,” Lawrence Mykytiuk analyzes Classical and Jewish writings from the first several centuries C.E. that give us a glimpse of the person who would become the central figure in Christianity mere decades after his crucifixion…”

  • I *highly* recommend people get the Newsletter sent to your boxes daily.
    Biblical Archaeology Society Organization’s
    Bible History Daily.

    Here is an offering of theirs that surely will aid in understanding for this discussion.

    Who Was Jesus?
    http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/free-ebooks/who-was-jesus-exploring-the-history-of-jesus-life/?mqsc=E3879432&utm_source=WhatCountsEmail&utm_medium=BHDbible_history_ebooks&utm_campaign=ZE7A35Z02

    “… Download your copy of Who Was Jesus? Exploring the History of Jesus’ Life and start receiving Bible History Daily — both absolutely free!This FREE eBook examines fundamental questions about Jesus…”

    “… Jesus is the central figure of Christianity, the world’s largest religion. As a teacher in first-century Galilee, he influenced thousands. Yet many questions today surround this enigmatic person. Where was he really born—Bethlehem or Nazareth? Did he marry? Is there evidence outside of the Bible that proves he actually walked the earth?,,,”

    “…. In the first chapter, “Did Jesus Exist? Searching for Evidence Beyond the Bible,” Lawrence Mykytiuk analyzes Classical and Jewish writings from the first several centuries C.E. that give us a glimpse of the person who would become the central figure in Christianity mere decades after his crucifixion…”

  • Here is one of my posts from the related article. A person saying I was not a Berean by methology challenged that Jack and I “preach” another Gospel.
    I find this kind of “christian” to be much more disturbing than those following the atheism religion. He claimed the Apostle Saint Paul was the only Apostle we must take to heart’s writing.

    Why Christians Can’t Be Silent About The Gospel
    March 15, 2017 by Jack Wellman 55 Comments
    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/christiancrier/2017/03/15/why-christians-cant-be-silent-about-the-gospel/
    Here is what Saint Paul drew from and he does not favor any Apostle over another including himself being a humble servant of the Lord. Saint Peter and Saint Paul had an equal regard for one another. Cherry picking Apostle Saints is not Biblical. ALL Scripture must prove Scripture.
    Please note all the Cross References in the multiple citations. Use the gear and pick all menu choices.

    Christianity Explained 1 Corinthians 15:1-11
    https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Corinthians+15%3A1-11&version=ESV
    1 Corinthians 15:1-11 English Standard Version (ESV)
    https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Corinthians+15%3A1-11&version=NKJV
    1 Corinthians 15:1-11 New King James Version (NKJV)
    https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Corinthians+15%3A1-11&version=KJV
    1 Corinthians 15:1-11 King James Version (KJV)
    https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Corinthians+15%3A1-11&version=NASB
    1 Corinthians 15:1-11 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
    http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/gills-exposition-of-the-bible/1-corinthians-15/
    John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible
    http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/gills-exposition-of-the-bible/1-corinthians-15/
    In Context:
    1 Corinthians
    1 Corinthians 15

    The much maligned Books of Hebrews and James by “once saved always saved” “christians” regarding works are misunderstood. It is not our works but rather the Holy Spirit’s Inspired Works. Many Biblical Scholars agree that the Book of Hebrews was most likely recorded by Saint Barnabas the Encourager fellow missionary of Saint Paul. It is equally in err to discount Saint James, 1/2 Brother of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Iesous Y’shua.

  • Here is one of my posts from the related article. A person saying I was not a Berean by methology challenged that Jack and I “preach” another Gospel.
    I find this kind of “christian” to be much more disturbing than those following the atheism religion. He claimed the Apostle Saint Paul was the only Apostle we must take to heart’s writing.

    Why Christians Can’t Be Silent About The Gospel
    March 15, 2017 by Jack Wellman 55 Comments
    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/christiancrier/2017/03/15/why-christians-cant-be-silent-about-the-gospel/
    Here is what Saint Paul drew from and he does not favor any Apostle over another including himself being a humble servant of the Lord. Saint Peter and Saint Paul had an equal regard for one another. Cherry picking Apostle Saints is not Biblical. ALL Scripture must prove Scripture.
    Please note all the Cross References in the multiple citations. Use the gear and pick all menu choices.

    Christianity Explained 1 Corinthians 15:1-11
    https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Corinthians+15%3A1-11&version=ESV
    1 Corinthians 15:1-11 English Standard Version (ESV)
    https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Corinthians+15%3A1-11&version=NKJV
    1 Corinthians 15:1-11 New King James Version (NKJV)
    https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Corinthians+15%3A1-11&version=KJV
    1 Corinthians 15:1-11 King James Version (KJV)
    https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Corinthians+15%3A1-11&version=NASB
    1 Corinthians 15:1-11 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
    http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/gills-exposition-of-the-bible/1-corinthians-15/
    John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible
    http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/gills-exposition-of-the-bible/1-corinthians-15/
    In Context:
    1 Corinthians
    1 Corinthians 15

    The much maligned Books of Hebrews and James by “once saved always saved” “christians” regarding works are misunderstood. It is not our works but rather the Holy Spirit’s Inspired Works. Many Biblical Scholars agree that the Book of Hebrews was most likely recorded by Saint Barnabas the Encourager fellow missionary of Saint Paul. It is equally in err to discount Saint James, 1/2 Brother of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Iesous Y’shua.

  • Evidence for God
    Atheists have Proven God Does Not Exist. Right?
    http://www.godandscience.org/apologetics/nogod.html
    by Rich Deem [Please read the whole article]
    “… Introduction
    Is it possible to prove that God does not exist? Of course, it is not possible to prove that all possible gods could not exist, since we do not possess all possible facts. Although we do not have a complete understanding of the universe, it is possible to prove that certain specific gods could not exist, using logical arguments. However, since this is a Christian site, we are interested if there are proofs that the God of Christianity does not exist. It is important to correctly describe the God of Christianity, since arguing against the existence of a lesser god is not relevant. Therefore, for the sake of accuracy, in arguing against the existence of the Christian God, one must rely upon what the Bible claims as attributes of this God – regardless of whether or not one accepts the Bible as being true. This page will examine arguments proposed to prove the non-existence of the Christian God, using evidence from the Bible and science. Here are some of the classic arguments and rebuttals. Click on the links to the right or scroll down to read each argument….”

  • Evidence for God
    Atheists have Proven God Does Not Exist. Right?
    http://www.godandscience.org/apologetics/nogod.html
    by Rich Deem [Please read the whole article]
    “… Introduction
    Is it possible to prove that God does not exist? Of course, it is not possible to prove that all possible gods could not exist, since we do not possess all possible facts. Although we do not have a complete understanding of the universe, it is possible to prove that certain specific gods could not exist, using logical arguments. However, since this is a Christian site, we are interested if there are proofs that the God of Christianity does not exist. It is important to correctly describe the God of Christianity, since arguing against the existence of a lesser god is not relevant. Therefore, for the sake of accuracy, in arguing against the existence of the Christian God, one must rely upon what the Bible claims as attributes of this God – regardless of whether or not one accepts the Bible as being true. This page will examine arguments proposed to prove the non-existence of the Christian God, using evidence from the Bible and science. Here are some of the classic arguments and rebuttals. Click on the links to the right or scroll down to read each argument….”

  • The Mathematical Proof for Christianity Is Irrefutable – Part 3
    http://www.christianpost.com/news/the-mathematical-proof-for-christianity-is-irrefutable-96295/#sybZudqFM9geUlfb.99
    By Dan Delzell, Special to CP
    May 28, 2013|6:58 am
    [Please read the rest of the article by accessing the link]
    “,,, It is impossible that Christianity is not God’s revelation of truth to man. Simply impossible. The math proves it beyond question. It doesn’t take faith to believe that one plus one equals two, and it doesn’t take faith to identify the religion which has mathematical certainty in its corner.
    God didn’t have to give us mathematical proof of His existence, but He did it anyway. God didn’t have to give us proof of Christianity, but He chose to do so. And God didn’t have to give us proof of His love for us, but that is exactly what He did. The proof is irrefutable.
    I live in Nebraska where I serve as a pastor. Imagine someone covering this entire state in silver dollars 6 feet deep. Then mark one coin and bury it anywhere across the state. Next, blindfold a man and have him choose one coin. The odds that he would choose the marked coin are the same odds of getting 8 prophecies all fulfilled in one man. God gave us about 300 fulfilled prophecies in the Person of Jesus Christ.
    Here are 8 of those 300 prophecies:…”

  • The Mathematical Proof for Christianity Is Irrefutable – Part 3
    http://www.christianpost.com/news/the-mathematical-proof-for-christianity-is-irrefutable-96295/#sybZudqFM9geUlfb.99
    By Dan Delzell, Special to CP
    May 28, 2013|6:58 am
    [Please read the rest of the article by accessing the link]
    “,,, It is impossible that Christianity is not God’s revelation of truth to man. Simply impossible. The math proves it beyond question. It doesn’t take faith to believe that one plus one equals two, and it doesn’t take faith to identify the religion which has mathematical certainty in its corner.
    God didn’t have to give us mathematical proof of His existence, but He did it anyway. God didn’t have to give us proof of Christianity, but He chose to do so. And God didn’t have to give us proof of His love for us, but that is exactly what He did. The proof is irrefutable.
    I live in Nebraska where I serve as a pastor. Imagine someone covering this entire state in silver dollars 6 feet deep. Then mark one coin and bury it anywhere across the state. Next, blindfold a man and have him choose one coin. The odds that he would choose the marked coin are the same odds of getting 8 prophecies all fulfilled in one man. God gave us about 300 fulfilled prophecies in the Person of Jesus Christ.
    Here are 8 of those 300 prophecies:…”

  • Proof Christianity is True
    http://geekychristian.com/proof-christianity-is-true/
    by Shawn Nelson June 2013
    [Please go to the link and read the whole article.]

    “… Introduction
    Here’s a formal argument summarized from the works of Dr. Norman Geisler which proves God exists, Christianity is true, and anything opposed to biblical truth is false.
    This is also available as a free eBook. If you prefer the eBook version, click here to download.
    http://geekychristian.com/books/Shawn%20Nelson/Irrefutable%20Proof%20Christianity%20Is%20True.pdf

    “… Where to start?
    Chances are, you will not read this entire book. That’s ok. I’ve kept the web version as a single-page so you can see the complete proof all at once, if you wish. However, do feel free to jump to the parts that interest you the most. What are you looking for?
    I want proof that God exists from philosophy.
    I want to see evidence that God exists from science.
    I want proof that miracles are possible.
    I want proof that the New Testament is reliable.
    I want proof that Jesus Christ is God in the flesh.
    I want evidence that Jesus was resurrected from the dead.
    I want proof that the entire Bible is the Word of God.
    I want to know why Christians are so narrow minded….”

  • Proof Christianity is True
    http://geekychristian.com/proof-christianity-is-true/
    by Shawn Nelson June 2013
    [Please go to the link and read the whole article.]

    “… Introduction
    Here’s a formal argument summarized from the works of Dr. Norman Geisler which proves God exists, Christianity is true, and anything opposed to biblical truth is false.
    This is also available as a free eBook. If you prefer the eBook version, click here to download.
    http://geekychristian.com/books/Shawn%20Nelson/Irrefutable%20Proof%20Christianity%20Is%20True.pdf

    “… Where to start?
    Chances are, you will not read this entire book. That’s ok. I’ve kept the web version as a single-page so you can see the complete proof all at once, if you wish. However, do feel free to jump to the parts that interest you the most. What are you looking for?
    I want proof that God exists from philosophy.
    I want to see evidence that God exists from science.
    I want proof that miracles are possible.
    I want proof that the New Testament is reliable.
    I want proof that Jesus Christ is God in the flesh.
    I want evidence that Jesus was resurrected from the dead.
    I want proof that the entire Bible is the Word of God.
    I want to know why Christians are so narrow minded….”

  • Excellent resource and newsletter. Makes a terrific bookmark!
    Bible History
    http://www.bible-history.com/

    Linked site suggestions from Bible History Site:

    PDF eBook – The Canon of the Old and New Testaments … – Grace-eBooks.com
    http://grace-ebooks.com/library/Archibald%20Alexander/AA_The%20Canon%20of%20the%20Old%20and%20New%20Test.pdfThe Canon of the Old and New Testaments Ascertained, or The Bible Complete without the Apocrypha and Unwritten Traditions. by Archibald Alexander
    The Written Word Diane Dew [Old and New Testament Canon]
    http://www.dianedew.com/wrtnword.htm
    Hope all my posts help those seeking Jesus Iesous Y’shua, The Word.

  • Excellent resource and newsletter. Makes a terrific bookmark!
    Bible History
    http://www.bible-history.com/

    Linked site suggestions from Bible History Site:

    PDF eBook – The Canon of the Old and New Testaments … – Grace-eBooks.com
    http://grace-ebooks.com/library/Archibald%20Alexander/AA_The%20Canon%20of%20the%20Old%20and%20New%20Test.pdfThe Canon of the Old and New Testaments Ascertained, or The Bible Complete without the Apocrypha and Unwritten Traditions. by Archibald Alexander
    The Written Word Diane Dew [Old and New Testament Canon]
    http://www.dianedew.com/wrtnword.htm
    Hope all my posts help those seeking Jesus Iesous Y’shua, The Word.

  • stefanstackhouse

    Two things:

    First, the early Christians had an oral tradition of the gospel for decades before the first of the NT documents began to circulate. They thus had something to measure each document against as they appeared. Those documents that were consistent with what they already knew and believed were at least possibly accepted as authoritative scripture. Those that taught things that contradicted what they knew or that claimed to reveal some new and secret truth were rejected, and rightly so. There was no deep dark conspiracy involved, this was the collective judgement of faithful Christians everywhere. There were a very few documents such as the Didache that were both very old and that were consistent with the teachings of the oral tradition. The jury was out on these for quite a while, but these documents were extremely few in number, and have all been preserved for us in any case.

    Second, it must be noted that we get the documents known as the “Apocrypha” from the Septuagint. This was produced entirely by Jewish people and was widely in use among Hellenistic Jews for hundreds of years. It is not quite true, therefore, to simply say that “they were never placed in the Bible and were rejected by the Jews.” That is not the same thing as saying that they are inspired scripture, but let’s get our facts right. Even if these documents are not inspired scripture, I have found at least some of them to be inspirational reading, and I am glad they were preserved for us.