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Should the forgotten, left out, Christian religious texts be included in the Christian religion and the Bible?

Asked by: PinValentine
  • They were left out for political reasons.

    The decision of which books to include in the Bible was decided at the Council of Nicaea in 325 by Catholic bishops and the Roman Emperor. The story goes that the they locked up all the texts over night, and the ones which 'miraculously' assembled themselves on a table were the Biblical texts. I believe they chose the books which supported their own interests, like maintaining order and their own elite status. A good example of this is the excluded Gospel of Thomas, which dismissing the authority of bishops and encourages believers to seek their own relationship with God. There is no such thing as a 'genuine' or 'authentic' gospel, they were all written long after the events they described had transpired, had varying accounts of what actually happened and interpretations of the meaning of the events. What we read in the Bible is just one of many interpretations which has been given the stamp of 'official' by the rich and powerful. Personally I think Christian should be extremely skeptical of what the rich and powerful have to say about anything. Reading the apocrypha can be an enlightening experience, a testament to how no one has a monopoly on 'the Truth'.

  • They were left out for political reasons.

    The decision of which books to include in the Bible was decided at the Council of Nicaea in 325 by Catholic bishops and the Roman Emperor. The story goes that the they locked up all the texts over night, and the ones which 'miraculously' assembled themselves on a table were the Biblical texts. I believe they chose the books which supported their own interests, like maintaining order and their own elite status. A good example of this is the excluded Gospel of Thomas, which dismissing the authority of bishops and encourages believers to seek their own relationship with God. There is no such thing as a 'genuine' or 'authentic' gospel, they were all written long after the events they described had transpired, had varying accounts of what actually happened and interpretations of the meaning of the events. What we read in the Bible is just one of many interpretations which has been given the stamp of 'official' by the rich and powerful. Personally I think Christian should be extremely skeptical of what the rich and powerful have to say about anything. Reading the apocrypha can be an enlightening experience, a testament to how no one has a monopoly on 'the Truth'.

  • In their day, they were popular with the Christian people.

    Before the bible was put together, The books there in were a small number of other religious texts. Some of them were as popular, and some times more popular, as the current books in the bible. These books gave different aspects of the christian religion, with new stories, morals, teachings, and reveals.

    The church wanted to create a bible to represent the entire Christian community. They left out most other books. This is likely because they didn't want any one to question some of the questionable content. Let's forget that most of the Bible we know today is fairly questionable. They weren't comfortable with the idea that Jesus killed a kid, that he defied religious law, had a wife, and a child. They didn't like the fact that the great flood was not caused by man's sins, as God lied to Noah, but by the lustful acts of his divine and perfect angels. They didn't like the fact that Jesus had brothers and sisters.

    I feel that these works are just as important to the Christian religion as the currently accepted books of the Bible. It is an insult to the faith to ignore them.

  • No, and you have to question the motives of an atheist who votes yes.

    Absolutely not. In the second and third centuries dozens of fake gospels were created on the back of the success of the legitimate gospels. As always, a great success leads to the production of mimics and fakes. The church got together and routed them out, placing the legitimate ones together in one book we call the Bible.

    The fakes, such as the gnostic gospels, gospel of Thomas etc, are provably fake, and lack the insight of the times, places and people of the era they speak about.


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