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What if *christians*

What if the apostles never wrote anything? No letters no memoirs and God never asked them to write down anything. What do you think Christianity would be like today?


Asked by rhanford at 11:50 AM on Jan. 26, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • God would find a way to keep His word being passed down. Did you happen to see the new movie The Book of Eli? As long as there is one person who is willing to keep the word going then it will be done.

    Answer by admckenzie at 12:13 PM on Jan. 26, 2010

  • if there were no followers (meaning, nothing left for future generations) to carry on the message of Christ, it would've died out fairly quickly. IMO

    Answer by thehairnazi at 11:54 AM on Jan. 26, 2010

  • I am thinking more along the lines of the New Covenant being passed down by word of mouth through generations. But nothing concretely written.

    Answer by rhanford at 11:57 AM on Jan. 26, 2010

  • p.s. Many years ago a pastor told our congregation to begin memorizing scripture in order to preserve them in case they can no longer be passed down on paper. Stories will always be told to the next generation.

    Answer by admckenzie at 12:15 PM on Jan. 26, 2010

  • I love what-if questions! I cant imagine them not wanting to write them after personally knowing Jesus and witnessing. Obviously they have been written and yet there are still unbelievers/skeptics. Anyway, right, but what if.....

    Answer by 3gigglemonsters at 12:23 PM on Jan. 26, 2010

  • We would probably have very different denominations of Christianity. The oral history would have changed over time, as did the written history, but in very different ways.

    The Gutenberg Bible wouldn't have created such a stir for sure. Literacy wouldn't be as wide spread. Many people only ever learned to read because of Protestant insistence on individuals having an relationship with God's word directly rather than through a priest. The written Bible is a phenomenal thing for the history of education.

    Answer by ecodani at 12:47 PM on Jan. 26, 2010

  • Even more effed up than it already is.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:53 PM on Jan. 26, 2010