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Originally posted by mrsdudara I just do not believe it is a simple laid back pain free fields of pretty flowers kind of place. I dont think God would call that perfection. Perfection comes with balance. I think that heaven will be a lot more tough than it is here. If God is perfection, think of what he deals with on a day to day basis compaired with what you have had to deal with on your worst days. Maybe when we get half way there, we will look back to our life here and think of it as the heaven most people believe in.
Other uses of apocrypha developed over the history of Western Christianity. The Gelasian Decree refers to religious works by church fathers Eusebius, Tertullian and Clement of Alexandria as apocrypha. Augustine defined the word as meaning simply "obscurity of origin," implying that any book of unknown authorship or questionable authenticity would be considered as apocrypha. On the other hand, Jerome (in Protogus Galeatus) declared that all books outside the Hebrew canon were apocryphal. In practice, Jerome treated some books outside the Hebrew canon as if they were canonical, and the Western Church did not accept Jerome's definition of apocrypha, instead retaining the word's prior meaning (see: Deuterocanon). As a result, various church authorities labeled different books as apocrypha, treating them with varying levels of regard.