Lesson 4 ~ Masters of Religion ~ The Lost Scriptures of The Bible ~ Essay
By: Rev. Trent Murman
Divide the worlds churches in three categories and establish the number of books removed by each of them.
There are Three Main divisions in Christianity:
Find reasoning for the removal of these missing books.
These books were not consider to be inspired scriptures before the Catholic Church added them in 1546, they were later removed because they are considered to be the uninspired writings of men and not God. These books did not meet the criteria for being included in scriptural canon. While we can perhaps view them as historical works, they are not actually parts of the Bible.
For example 1 & 2 Maccabees were written after Malachi the last recognized prophet.
The main reason for this is because most protestant Christians do not hold the Septuagint as the inspired Hebrew bible in the NT there are 4 criteria derived from the Bible
1. Apostolic Origin written by an apostle [one who was with Christ in person, Paul counts because he saw Christ on the road to Damascus]
2. Universal Acceptance in the early church [throughout the church not just in one area]
3. Liturgical Use Used by the early church in services
4. Consistent Message a message that does not contradict other established canonal books, and the teachings of Christ.