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'Lost' Books

What is the justification for there being lost/banned books of the Bible? Why would the Council of Nicea leave out books written by those closest to Jesus? Wouldn't they be of the most importance?

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purpleducky

Asked by purpleducky at 9:44 AM on Sep. 4, 2010 in Religious Debate

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  • They contradicted the rules they wanted to set in place to assure they'd consolidate the most power and money possible with the clergy while at the same time pretending they were denouncing the previous batch of corrupt clergy (the ones who ran the whorehouses, etc).
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 10:10 AM on Sep. 4, 2010

  • because in them therewhat they don't want the world to know which probably contradicts what is in the bible now.. most likely. Allah speaks of this in the Quran when he says that they change the words from thier books either by speaking what is not in them, or changing the meaning of the words. .. and they turn them into sheets(pages)..meaning the pull apart the book and choose what they want to tell the people.
    Aasiyah

    Answer by Aasiyah at 10:12 AM on Sep. 4, 2010

  • The council was made up of  religious leaders who tried to come to a consensus about which where most important, because only so much can be put into a book that is able to be carried around  There is nothing in the Lost Books that is controversial today IMO, I don't know how individuals felt about each book back then.  Many books couldn't be authenticated and/or had similar stories to the ones finally chosen.  I'm guessing the most popular ones were chosen.

    RyansMom001

    Answer by RyansMom001 at 10:20 AM on Sep. 4, 2010

  • They intentionally chose books that stressed Jesus as divine, as well as other key themes they wanted to be able to stress in the formation of their church.

    Its all about what message they wanted to give, and what books supported that message.
    bandgeek521

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 10:57 AM on Sep. 4, 2010

  • Because it would take too much to write here is a URL to a site that explains it in plain english.


    http://gbgm-umc.org/umw/bible/outside.stm

    Shaneagle777

    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 11:14 AM on Sep. 4, 2010

  • Here is an excerpt from the site I post above.
    Books became "outside" because:

    * Some ancient texts were considered authoritative but were dropped before the canon was "closed."
    * Some well-regarded books were written too late and/or not believed to be apostolic, so they were not included. Nevertheless some outside books, such as the Didache, are as old or even older than some of the books that made the New Testament.
    * Other books were accepted by some Christian communities but not others. Sometimes:
    o they were labeled "heretical" by more powerful Christian groups like Rome
    o they were not popular or known well enough by Greek-speaking Christians

    Continued...
    Shaneagle777

    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 11:16 AM on Sep. 4, 2010

  • # Still other books never came close to making it "inside.". In addition to heretical books that were excluded, other books were considered to be too outrageous, even though they were very popular. (These books also tended to be written much later than canonical books)
    # A number of books were lost or destroyed.
    # Some old writers were never considered as scripture but have historical value; they may be letters, or histories, or stories, or other kinds of records.
    Shaneagle777

    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 11:16 AM on Sep. 4, 2010

  • They were never lost & were never considered scripture. They weren't lost nor removed. They were never in the Bible in the first place. The additional books were not included in the Bible because: 1. They weren't referenced by Jesus. He directly referenced the entire Jewish canon of Scripture by referring to Abel (the first martyr in the Old Testament) and Zacharias (the last martyr in the OT) (Matt. 23:35). He also never quotes directly from any of the apocryphal writings, but makes many references to the Old Testament books, 2. They lacked apostolic or prophetic authorship, 3. They didn't claim to be the Word of God, 4. They contain unbiblical concepts, 5. They have serious historical inaccuracies.


    http://carm.org/apologetics/lost-books/are-these-lost-books-bible

    ghostwriter777

    Answer by ghostwriter777 at 12:59 PM on Sep. 4, 2010

  • The Book of Jasher is a lost book. Its mentioned in scripture but never found.
    Shaneagle777

    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 2:10 PM on Sep. 4, 2010

  • IF WE WOULD READ THE BIBLE AS IT IS WE DONT NEED ONE MORE THING TO KNOW THAT JESUS IS GOD AND LORD OF EVERY THING SO DONT WORRY ABOUT WHAT SOME ONE ELSE IS DOING JUST ASK THE HOLY SPRIT TO TEACH YOU WHAT YOU HAVE AND WE WILL BE HAPPY .. RIGHT ... I AM HAPPY WITH MY WONDERFUL BIBLE THE LIVING WORD OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST................

    yovonna

    Answer by yovonna at 2:50 PM on Sep. 4, 2010

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