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missing books of the bible?

Several books of the bible are missing because the priest in that time felt the did not follow the order of what they wanted the bible to be. If we are to believe everything in the bible is true and from God are we to believe what is missing his also true?

The book of Enoch

The book of Jubilees (little genesis)

The apolcalypus of Peter (almost was put in the bible instead of the revelations of John)

The gospel according to Mary

The book of Thomas

The gospel of Nicodemus

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Asked by Saved_by_GOD at 10:24 AM on Dec. 24, 2008 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • You do realize that "The DaVinci Code" is a fictional book ,right?

    Answer by Wimsey at 10:44 AM on Dec. 24, 2008

  • I have nvever read Davinci Code. If you goggle any of these books you will see they are real books that were left out for various reasons.

    Answer by Saved_by_GOD at 10:47 AM on Dec. 24, 2008

  • Are some of those part of the Dead Sea Scrolls, found in the 1960's? There is also the Gospel of Judas, discovered more recently in the deserts of the Holy Land. Early Christianity had many sects and divisions, and not all their writings were included in the final Bible. I think most Christians believe that God directed which books were from him and which were not, so the ones that were left out were not meant to be included. (Either that, or they have never heard of these other testaments.) I agree with your point of view: it was a decision made by people, and the result was a bit arbitrary.

    Answer by yarnjunkie at 11:03 AM on Dec. 24, 2008

  • Yes they are real books. They are usually referred to as the Gnostic texts. And yes, if they would've been included in the Bible, Christianity would be drastically different than it is today. The canon was selected simply for political and "business" purposes.

    BTW, The Davinci Code IS a fictional book but it IS laced with MUCH truth.

    Answer by jenettyshome at 11:04 AM on Dec. 24, 2008

  • The "priests of that time" - do you mean the Council of Nicea?

    Answer by Wimsey at 11:08 AM on Dec. 24, 2008

  • Its really interesting when you look read into these books and the reasons why they were not included its really remarkable. I just wish more people would be open to discussing it and not just take it as an attack against
    CHristians. Yes they some are taken from the Dead sea scrolls.

    Answer by Saved_by_GOD at 11:09 AM on Dec. 24, 2008

  • Have you read the Wisdom of Soloman? It was meant to be read too. I beleive that some things were left for the end times (now?) to be revealed and that is why so many books were left out by the Council of Nicea. It would be hard to deny several of these great writings and being lead by our Father. Pick up a copy and start reading the G-d inspired writings.

    Answer by hiswords777 at 11:40 AM on Dec. 24, 2008

  • There is a ton of ancient writings -- just because something was ancient doesn't mean it was inspired by God. So how can anyone claim books are "missing" when Jesus never left us with a list of what should or should not be included?

    That being said - researching how the Bible came to be is very interesting (and personally part of the reason I've chosen to follow the Catholic faith). But make sure you check reliable sources when investigating -- not everything you find on the Internet is true. For example, the First Council of Nicea didn't discuss which books to include in the Bible. So it's historically inaccurate to say they left books out.


    Answer by eringobrough at 11:53 AM on Dec. 24, 2008

  • And just one more reason I'm not christian.

    I do have a copy of the Gospel of Thomas... IT's a must read for anyone doing research on Christianity or those that want to get the most out of there beliefs!


    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 11:55 AM on Dec. 24, 2008

  • You want to know why they were left out?

    "...the Kingdom of God is inside of you, and it is outside of you. When you come to know yourselves, then you will become known, and you will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living Father. But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty, and it is you who are that poverty. " Gospel of St.Thomas

    It would bankrupt the church...

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 11:56 AM on Dec. 24, 2008

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