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murray leslie wrote:on this subject, i would like you to be silent, the Lord rebuke you, alex.
Alex wrote:There are some really good people involved in any church, it is to bad the church itself is putting them into bondage that Christ never taught. Christ said those that are in me are completely free, (John 8:36 If then the son makes you free, you will be truly free).
As always, just follow the money, the Bible warns us about those who profit from the Bible, big profit these days.
2 Cor. 2:17 For we are not as the majority, who are peddling the word of God, but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God in Christ, are we speaking.
2 Cor. 2:17 For we are not like the great number who make use of the word of God for profit: but our words are true, as from God, being said as before God in Christ.
Unworthy1 wrote:I don't think it was a conspiracy. I think it was much more practical than that. At least early on. Many of the early writers did quote (somewhat sparingly except for a couple of writers) from the "apocrypha", but they were not adamant about it being equal with Scripture. In fact, I would say there was more doubt than not. Not so much because of content though. I can't remember there being any great concern about what was in these books. (I'll have to double check that)
I think the main concern was about the lack of information and certainty about the source. Most of the books in Scripture we know for certain who wrote them. This was a major criteria for canonicity.
However, the authors of most or all of the apocrypha are uncertain. Some we know were not written by those to whom it is ascribed.
These uncertainties are the main reason why there was not a concensus in the early church to include these books along-side Scripture, though no doubt many of these writings were held in high regard by some of the early writers.