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05/14/2011 02:12 PM
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WORD 4 TODAY
SATURDAY, MAY 14, 2011
Once in a great while there's something worth watching on the History Channel, and I don't mean Ax Men, Swamp People or Monster Quest.
But every time they present Nostradamus or some program on the so-called "lost Gospels" or "lost books of the Bible", it's a real headache.
Even though I've dealt with such topics before, every time those shows air we receive a lot of inquiries, like people never heard about it before.
For starters, NOTHING's lost.
The Bible is the Word of God. It's the Expression of God Himself. It is inerrant. It is perfect (John 1:1).
What's contained IN the Bible is what's supposed to BE THERE.
Again: What's included IN the Bible is what's SUPPOSED TO BE THERE.
If it isn't there, it's because IT WASN'T SUPPOSED TO BE.
EVERY book in the New Testament is Holy Spirit inspired, and was written in the first century A.D., shortly after Jesus' rose from the dead, by people who had, in one way or another, witnessed His Resurrection, and while those who knew Him, talked with Him, and walked with Him, WERE STILL ALIVE.
The so-called "lost gospels" or "lost books" were written MUCH later.
The earliest ones were written late in the second century A.D.
They include a lot of Gnostic manuscripts, such as the so-called Gospel of Phillip, Gospel of Thomas, and Gospel of Judas.
They are also known as pseudepigrapha, meaning "books with FALSE titles".
Which means, for instance, that the so-called Gospel of Phillip COULDN'T POSSIBLY have been written by the apostle Phillip, who was dead LONG BEFORE the earliest manuscript was written.
The so-called Apocalypse of Peter was NOT written by the apostle Peter, who had long before been martyred, and is nothing but religious fantasy and pure crap which often CONTRADICTS the Bible.
Likewise, the so-called Gospel of Thomas, which gets SO MUCH mention, COULD NOT have been written by the REAL Apostle Thomas, the one who asked to see Jesus' pierced hands and side in order to believe.
Thomas had been killed while preaching the Gospel in India, nearly 100 years earlier.
The Gnostic Gospels ARE HERESIES.
As soon as Christianity began to spread, heresies began to pop up, as Jesus predicted, and as Peter, Paul and John repeatedly reported (Matthew 24:4; 2 Peter 2:1; Galatians 1:8; 5:20; 1 Corinthians 11:19; Titus 3:10).
NO ONE was more vocal in condemning Gnosticism than the apostle John (2 John 1:7-11).
Truth be told, that's where the term "antichrist" originated. He refered to both Gnostics and their doctrine as "antichrist" (1 John 2:18, 22; 4:3; 2 John 1:7).
You didn't think satan would just cross his arms and play dead, did you?
He immediately went to work and set out to confuse and deceive, which he does to this very day.
Ridiculous, prejudiced, purported New Testament "scholarship" such as Elaine Pagels' notwithstanding, such books aren't in the New Testament because they DON'T BELONG IN the New Testament.
Such books DIRECTLY CONTRADICT the teachings of Jesus and His apostles, and were WRITTEN LONG AFTER the LEGITIMATE New Testament.
They were NEVER accepted by the Church at large as inspired, even BEFORE the Council of Nicaea.
What I find both absurd and ironic is that the same people who constantly push the Gnostic gospels as "belonging in" the New Testament, seldom if ever utter a word about such apocryphal works as the Book of Enoch, the Book of Jubilees, or the Assumption of Moses, belonging in the Old Testament.
They DON'T question the Old Testament canon, ONLY the New Testament's.
Hmmm... I wonder WHY...
Do you suppose JESUS may have something to do with it?
It's rather presumptuous for these so-called scholars and historians to THINK they're QUALIFIED to determine what IS INSPIRED and WHAT ISN'T, 2,000 years after the fact, and that Jesus' CONTEMPORARIES WEREN'T.
Nobody questions the fact such documents existed. Nobody doubts that they were circulating, AMONG CERTAIN HERETICAL SECTS, in the second and third centuries. But from that to saying they BELONG IN THE CANON OF SACRED WRITINGS is quite a leap, and the height of arrogance.
There may be some historical accounts in SOME (not all) of these writings.
SOME (not all) may even contain some interesting spiritual insights.
Others, like the so-called "Gospel of Judas" are anti-Christian and downright SATANIC.
But to ELEVATE them to the level of INSPIRED, INERRANT Scripture is folly.
THEY ARE NOT INERRANT, they were NOT inspired by the Holy Spirit, they often CONTRADICT the TRUE Gospels, THEY DON'T BELONG IN THE BIBLE, and they have NEVER been part of the writings widely accepted by the Christian community.
God wouldn't be much of a God if He was UNABLE TO preserve the integrity of His Word.
And He wouldn't be very fair (perish the thought) if He expected us to LIVE BY His Word (Matthew 4:4) and He didn't CLEARLY reveal to us WHAT HIS WORD IS..., and ISN'T.
The Old Testament, wonderful as most of it is, DOESN'T SAVE ANYONE.
The New Testament DOES.
You can't have it both ways.
Would God preserve the purity of the Old and NOT do the same with the New?
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