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How were the 66 books of the Bible chosen?

 

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There were many ancient writings in existence at the time the books of the Bible were being written.  There were other books that came after the last apostle (John) died.  Some of these other books include the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Mary, the Gospel of Judas, and the Apocalypse of Peter, to name a few.  The problem with these books is that they were contradictory to what had already been recorded in the Scriptures.  After Jesus’ resurrection, and during the years of the early church, people were creating heresies and leading others astray with false doctrine, such as claiming that Jesus was not the son of God, among other things. 

The early church fathers, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, got together at different councils and decided what books would be included in the Bible.  The books we have today are known as the canon of scripture.  The following are five questions that were asked when considering acceptance of each book: 

  •       Was the book written by a prophet of God?
  •       Was the writer confirmed by acts of God?
  •       Did the message tell the truth about God?
  •       Does it come with the Power of God?
  •       Was it accepted by the people of God?

 

If the book did not meet these criterions, then it was thrown out.  For more information about the Canon, please see the following link: http://www.gotquestions.org/canon-of-Scripture.html

Some claim that Constantine was the person who decided which books belonged in the Bible.  However, history does not at all confirm this.  Constantine played no part in the canon selections.  Please see the following link for more information about what Constantine really did: http://www.gotquestions.org/Constantine-Bible.html

 

Does the Bible predict a time when people will turn away from truth and instead believe in myths?

“The time will come when they will not tolerate sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, will accumulate teachers for themselves because they have an itch to hear something new.  They will turn away from hearing the truth and will turn aside to myths.” (2 Timothy 4:3-4). 

Paul was telling Timothy that in the future, and even during Timothy’s time, people would turn away from hearing the truth about God, salvation, Biblical history, etc. and instead listen to everything else.  This is what we see today.  There are countless world religions and philosophies.  The Age of Enlightenment sparked a wide-scale exodus away from Biblical truths.  New Age and occult practice are becoming more rampant, tearing people away from Jesus and sending them on a path of destruction.  The Theory of Evolution is another distraction from God’s truth.  It teaches that all life is a random accident and there is no purpose other than to survive and pass on our genes.  Many preachers today are more focused on being seeker-sensitive, growing the church numerically, pursuing social justice, hyper-emotionalism, and ecumenicalism.  More and more we see a decline in solid, Biblical teaching, and the message of cross is rarely heard  

This was a problem in Timothy’s time, and it’s an ever-increasing problem today. Ensure your church teaches from the Bible. Take notes during the service and check up on what your pastor taught. Be like the Bereans (Acts 17:11) and search the Scriptures to verify the truth.