How do we know which books are inspired?
Canon is defined as: “a collection or list of sacred books accepted as genuine.”
The Biblical Canon that most Bibles accept are either 66 books, or 73 books
The Disciple Canon has 42 books, which is Genesis to Luke.
Run down of the books and why they are in the Canon:
ABOUT: These 5 books were actually 1 book, the “Book of Moses”. Also called the “Torah”, or “The Law”.
There are two forms of verification that make this book/ these books True Scripture or Canonical.
i. The people who lived back then witnessed the miracles and knew first hand this writing was from a man chosen and sent by God.
ii. Within the text God tells us/Israel how to know who is a true prophet, and who isn’t. The way we know a True Prophet is when a person (1.) Claimed to be sent by Yahweh. (2.) Tells the future accurately.
iii. When Jesus, or another verified Prophet, quotes them and/or refers to them as a historical person.
Moses did this. One of the Prophecies that we can see that came true long after Moses lived was Israel backsliding, their destruction by a foreign army from the North [They are likened unto an Eagle. The Eagle was also the symbol of Rome], their removal from the land they inhabited, and their eventual return to Israel.
The Prophets very clearly prophesied about the destruction of Israel that is to come, their restoration back to the land, a suffering Messiah [ Place of Birth, Method of Execution, Purpose of Execution, Time of Death, Etc], and a Messiah King who will rule the world.
There are poetical books like Psalms and Proverbs that were written by prophets and kings. Included in these were prophecies. Proverbs is purely Wisdom.
Joshua, Samuel, Kings, Chronicles are historical accounts of the early days of the nation of Israel. They also have prophecy and wisdom, but are mostly accounts of historical events.
Job was referred to by Jesus
And Jesus is the center piece of everything. The prophets verified Jesus long before He came, and Jesus proved himself by miracles and prophecies back then. Including the destruction of the temple, his resurrection, persecution of Disciples, etc. We can look at Jesus’ prophecy that his words will be read all over the world. He says this a few times. To this day, no other human being has been more read and talked about than Jesus the Christ.
[ We will post examples of these eventually. In the mean time the reader can look these up on a search engine, or send us a message. Thanks.]
Problems with the current Canon
Let’s be Clear & Honest:
Almost all people who call on God have accepted blindly the popular Biblical Canon of either 66 or 73 books.
We inherit the beliefs of our proximity:
- Our Parent’s Belief
- The First Church we attend
- The nearest Church
- The most popular Church in our country or area
Almost all of us accept what we are told, and then for the rest of our days we promote these teachings. Some of us may change slightly, but we stay within the scope of accepted ‘Orthodox’ teachings.
This is especially True when we come to the Canon of Scripture. We accept what we are given and rarely dare, or think, to question the Canon that men long ago decided was God’s Word.
For those of us who question the Canon, we are told that the Church ‘Fathers’ [ “Call no man Father” – Jesus ] Chose this Canon and therefore we must accept their Canon because after all they were much holier than us and often died from martyrdom. Martyrdom doesn’t prove a teaching.
The New Testament took 300 years after Jesus rose again to be accepted as it is. Hebrews, 2nd Peter, Revelation, Galatians were some of the late entries. How did they come to be accepted? By the sword. This enforcement was enforced in some form from around 350AD up until the 19th century. If you were in John Calvin’s Geneva, and claimed the Bible ends at Luke, you’d likely find yourself burnt alive.
The council of Nicaea included 100s of bishops and the Emperor of Rome himself. Emperor Costantine’s main goal was to unite the Church which was divided over several key doctrines. He took the majority position on doctrines, and he accepted all the books that were presented. His goal was not Truth, but unity. After the Council of Nicaea, people were no longer free to question various doctrines, or whether certain books should be in the Canon. If you did so you were considered a ‘Heretic’ and killed.
The Scriptures end at Luke
After Luke 100s of books were written in an attempt to influence the Church. Examples include:
- The Acts of Peter
- The Acts of Thomas
- The Acts of Luke
- Paul’s letters
- Revelation of Peter
- Revelation of John
- The Gospel of Thomas
- Gospel of John
Recent examples are:
- The Book of Mormon, which is actually many books.
- The Quran
- The Gospel of Judas [ Recently discovered, but very old]
The purpose of all these writings were/are to steer the masses toward the direction that the author wanted them/us to go in. In short, they wanted to make men in their image…in their deceitful image. These men were likely Atheists because what person who fears God would add to His word? The authors viewed the Torah [ First five books of the Bible. Genesis to Deuteronomy] as a fiction that people wanted to believe. They saw the utility/usefulness of the Torah at making people better than savages. But for whatever reason, they thought there needed to be a change. For Joseph Smith it seemed he wanted to unify the 100s of denominations under Mormonism. For Paul, it seems he wanted non-Jews to believe in God. Paul had a problem in that non-Jews did not want to be circumcised. So he declared, along with the author of Acts, that you did not have to practice the law or get circumcised. This teaching is a contradiction to everything Yahweh/God has said in the true scriptures. If there was any doubt, Jesus makes it crystal clear that the whole law stands until Heaven and Earth pass away:
“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven”. – Jesus , Matthew 5.17 – 20
Disciples of Jesus, refuted anything after Luke. Why? Jesus said only he is our teacher:
“But you, do not be called ‘Rabbi’; for One is your Teacher, the Christ, and you are all brethren. Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. And do not be called teachers; for One is your Teacher, the Christ.” – Matthew 23.8-10
During Jesus’ ministry he confronted Israelis traditions not found in Torah. They added laws, and made others “of none effect” – Jesus.
Jesus knew when he left people would do the same with his message. They would add things, and take things away.
1. Disciples of Jesus are only taught by Jesus.
2. Matthew , Mark, and Luke are the true inspired scriptures.
3. The Gospel attributed to John could not be from John as i. The Jesus in it is completely different than the Jesus in the synoptic Gospels. ii. The contradictions in John compared to the true Gospels cannot be reconciled.
– In John Jesus died on the Passover. In the Synoptics he dies the day before.
– In John, John the Baptist is not Elijah. In the Synoptics Jesus clearly says he is.
– In John Jesus had a 3 year ministry. In the Synoptics he had a one year ministry.
– In John Jesus tells his followers to drink his blood. God’s law says not to consume blood ever.
– In John, believing alone saves you. In Matthew, believing without works won’t save you.
– In John we see a Greek concept of the “LOGOS/WORD became flesh”.
– In John Jesus says “I am”. In the Synoptics Jesus warned us of false Messiahs: Mark 13:6 “For many shall come in my name, saying, I am…”