posted on May, 28 2009 @ 01:39 PM
My deepest thanks and regards to Semperfi, americandingbat, and everyone here at the Debate Forum. I have been looking forward to the continuation of
our practice of debating interesting topics, of which this is a good example.
The topic for this debate is: "The Missing Books from the Christian Bible were removed to conceal the Truth"
I will depart from my usual opening routine to point out a rudimentary and fundamental analysis of the topic at hand. While my obligation is to
negate the assertion, there is more than one avenue from which to take on this challenge.
Begging the questions:
"The Missing Books from the Christian Bible were removed to conceal the Truth"
Object: The Christian Bible
Subject: the Truth
Event: removal of textual content
Motive: denial of information, accurate and meaningful, to those with access to the texts
The first and most fundamental axiomatic agreement we must reach is on the subject of the validity of the premise that the Christian Bible contains a
‘truth’ which can be diminished by editorial control. Accepting that such a truth is (or was) in fact a component of the collection of texts in
the first place is clearly non-negotiable, or the point of this exercise becomes increasingly moot.
Many of those interested in the historical record often confront the moment of decision to suspend disbelief regarding the Christian Bible. And it is
important that we recognize that the ‘specification’ of “Christian” is quite demonstrative of the root, or seed, issue. The Bible cannot have
been intended to be labeled, ‘flavored,’ or ‘branded’ by the Author (or authors – depending on your point of view). Other than being the
divinely inspired voice of the God of Abraham, and other prophets of God, how the books were compiled was a non-issue.
As a matter of fact, until such time as the Bible became useful as in inter-cultural tool of political relevance, its existence as a collection of
disparate accounts was quite acceptable. The creation of a ‘duly accepted’ volume (bible) of separate texts was as much an exercise of diplomacy
and negotiation as it was a labor of the divinely inspired.
Interestingly, the notion of ‘truth,’ be it philosophical, ideological, or cultural, has never been an easy target to acquire. Such distinctions
are made in a subjective mindset, and will often lead to disparate claims of what is and isn’t truth, per se, as well as how that truth is to be
contextualized in the living reality of those rendering the judgment.
Assuming there is a truth, which can be identified and isolated from the biblical library, I would be compelled to inquire as to its nature, and
Obtusely, I might ask “What truth is missing?” in order to address the specific matter and the facts surrounding its removal. But I am inclined
to inquire less obliquely instead, “Is there a truth particular to the biblical record that renders the Bible ‘incomplete’ by its
While the volumes of writings which were considered and discarded by the body of that group which compiled and ‘accepted’ the current biblical
form, do in fact raise questions of relevance, to accept that the Bible is not complete, as it is, is to undermine the foundational arguments raging
since the Bible became freely available to scholars, mystics, and believers.
The Bible, as we have adopted it in common society, never existed prior to its compilation. Nothing has been removed since that effort was
undertaken. It is true that there were numerous candidate writings, commonly accepted and wholeheartedly embraced by communities of believers across
the world. It is also true that after some level of review certain writings were excluded from acceptance as canonical. But since they were never
part of the Bible which we are discussing, they can’t be said to have been ‘removed’. It would be more accurate to state that they were never
The spirit of the assertion is, nevertheless, understood. And I will grant that the decision to discount certain religious texts can be, from a
certain perspective, be discussed from a perspective of purposeful incompleteness.
Why? There are many reasons why some writings could have been judged as not ‘belonging’ in the final version of what was to be considered the
“Holy Bible”. Political, social, and ideological disagreements notwithstanding, there are personal reasons and subjective or petty motivations
that can be attributed to the editorial license. If, however, there were some truth who by its very nature, threatened the survival of the church
dedicated to scriptural dogma, it could have been removed.
There are many examples to study of this process. But perhaps we should extend that portion of the debate to a later stage.
I close my opening at this point; hoping to have provided fertile ground for our discussion, and also hoping that some of the perspectives I have
shared may form a common foundation from which we can work.
Thank you for your patience.