posted on May, 15 2008 @ 08:05 AM
I should make macros for thread that have been repeated many, many times. Good news is ATS now has the search function working again. It's a handy
tool. I've also had a mod shutdown a thread I started because the same topic had been brought up two years ago and I say well done. Sometimes
repeating oneself gets very tiresome, even initiators themselves are following the same exact route someone has in the past. True, we're all
individuals in a sense, but a lot of times the line of thinking are so closely parallel, they're hardly separable. That being said, onto a summation
which gives the answer to the canonization of the Bible.
When the Bible was being reviewed, there were a number of factors to be considered whether or not it belonged in the collection of books we now know
as the Bible. Among those are consistency, cross-referencing and validity. If these books qualified, then they were bound together. If the source
in any way did not meet the criteria, then they were not included. This is NOT to say they were burned on the spot or buried in hopes of decay.
Rather, the were not utilized as the standard text that everyone knew. Are the books that were not included secret? Of course not! We can review
them at a library or online if anyone is interested.
Yes, I've read them, no I don't see anything in them that was "eye opening information" that was necessary to a person's personal relationshp
As I understand it, at one point Catholics re-introduced many of those books to give historical context and additional study. If someone is driven
towards Biblical study to the degree of reading every letter from every early minister in the church, God bless ya. For the general public who is
still interested in the foundational backbone of who God is, what He did, why, and what He wants us to do, I don't see where the Bible falls short in
those regards. In fact, one can make a reasonable case that knowing who Christ is and having a personal relationship with God makes the Bible
unnecessary when it comes to saving faith. The Apostles did not walk around with the Bible we have. They were there, they told what they saw. It
was that simple. The Bible is a great growing resource, however, whereas a person can learn a lot quickly and avoid the mistakes that comes with the
the spiritual growth experience in God. We people tend to make assumptions and rationalize many things we shouldn't, so this guide called the Bible
helps us find the right path sooner.
What I find amazing is an excitement over the excluded books by those who haven't even read all the included books. Why is that?
[edit on 15-5-2008 by saint4God]