The Bible – Where Did It Come From? – Part 3
Where did the Bible come from?
How did the number one bestseller, the Bible come to be?
How was it determined which books would go into the Bible?
Today, we’re looking at the third factor used in determining which books went into the Bible. Remember, we are getting our information from a book a pastor wrote years ago titled “God Wrote A Book.” I would encourage you to do some digging yourself. I am sure you’ll find more information about this fascinating topic.
Category #3 – Apocryphal
The word means “hidden” or “hard to understand.”
“There were 14 to 15 apocryphal books.
The battle continues over these books in that the Roman Catholic Church did not fully recognize them until the middle of the second millennium.
Several apocryphal books were added to the Bible during the Protestant Reformation when individual Christians were questioning specific doctrines of the Catholic Church and objecting to the lack of biblical support for such teaching. These apocryphal books, which do not agree with the originally canonized books, are used to substantiate Catholic teachings such as purgatory and prayers for the dead.”
Until next time
Next time we are together, we will look at category #4, “pseudepigrapha.” I cannot type this word fast, let alone say it fluently. But I will not get discouraged because I know how much this topic can confuse people, including myself. I pray it helps everyone get more comfortable with reading God’s Word. After all, if we’re not comfortable reading God’s Word, I’m afraid we will not invest our precious time reading it to glean what God has for us.