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Subject: What is your take on the "Lost Books of The Bible" (Question for Christians
Date Posted: 5/7/2008 10:18 PM ET
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What do you think about the "Lost Books of The Bible"?  Have you read any of them as literature before?  Do you know any Christians who view them as part of the original works? 

http://www.bibleufo.com/anomlostbooks3.htm

Share your opinion.

Date Posted: 5/8/2008 1:27 AM ET
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I only consider the Bible as it is, to be the true Word of God.  It even says not to add or take away from it.  So that's my .02.  :o)

Date Posted: 5/8/2008 7:47 AM ET
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I tend to agree with Patricia...I mean sure there was probably other good spiritually uplifting writings written during the time that the Bible was written but, God did not choose to have that included in His book (His message to His people). 

To deem them "Lost books of the Bible" would be to say that God isn't infinite enough to be able to make sure His book stays together!

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Date Posted: 5/8/2008 8:36 AM ET
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But, but, but...

God didn't choose what went into the Bible. People chose what went into the Bible.

Biblical scholars believe that the books which comprise what we currently know as the New Testament were written over the course of as much as 150 years. Various collections of religious writings were hand copied for the next several centuries before Pope Damascus 1 assembled the first list of books of the Bible in 382 AD.

It's not like one day God gave us the Bible--it evolved over centuries.



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Date Posted: 5/8/2008 12:42 PM ET
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"God didn't choose what went into the Bible. People chose what went into the Bible."

I have to respectfully disagree.  People may have physically put it together, but it was God who led them to put the right books together.  It was Divinely guided by the Holy Spirit.



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Date Posted: 5/8/2008 3:32 PM ET
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I would have to agree 100% with Patricia S....thanks you worded that perfectly.

Date Posted: 5/8/2008 8:50 PM ET
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Has anybody read it as literature? I mean, I'm far from Muslim but, I was in a religious studies class where I read parts of the Koran.  It firmed up my belief that I didn't want to ever go that route but it was still interesting. 

Date Posted: 5/8/2008 8:55 PM ET
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I actually have a Bible question, and I mean this sincerely, so please don't think I am being a smart aleck. 

The Bible refers to the number 6 as being bad, and the number 7 as being ideal....right?  The mark of the beast is 666 and all that.  I remember during my couple of years in church this being discussed several times.

The Catholic Bible has additional books in it...I can't remember how many exactly.  But my question is this....if the number 6 is imperfect, then why are there only 66 books in the Bible?  Wouldn't that (from a Christian theological point of view) make the Catholic Bible more likely to be the "correct" Bible?  This is something that has always puzzled me.  I left the church before I ever thought to ask about it.

Date Posted: 5/10/2008 10:29 AM ET
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Amanda, I am not a "seasoned Christian" (not relevant to age but longevity of being so) I'm sure there is somebody, if they look at the post, that could answer in a snap.

Date Posted: 5/10/2008 10:31 AM ET
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Ok, I cheated and found it!

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20070601183359AAaiVfP

Date Posted: 5/10/2008 4:03 PM ET
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Thanks for the link Shannon.  It's been so long since I heard the minister talk about how the number 7 is supposed to be perfect (which I guess is why it's supposed to be lucky), it just always made me wonder, if 7 is the perfect number and 6 falls short of perfection, why 66 books in the Bible?  From that theological viewpoint, would that not indicate that the Bible is imperfect in it's present form? 

Obviously a person would have to believe the Bible to follow that logic, but it's always puzzled me.  I even asked him if it was possible that there would ever be books added to the Bible, and he said no.  So do the Catholics feel that this is a reason that their Bible is the "complete" one, or are there other reasons?  This has just always made me curious. 

Having not read every single page in the Bible, does it specify anywhere how many books should be included in the Bible?

Date Posted: 5/10/2008 10:27 PM ET
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Personally, I don't think much about the numbers.  It's good to know all about what the Bible says, but I think focusing so much on the "details" of little things like that can make you take your eyes off of God, and that's not good.  (from Christian perspective.  :o)  It's just like a Christian being so busy doing things for their "church" that they don't have time for God...which is the whole reason we go to church!  :D

But it is a very interesting question, Amanda.  One I wish I had an answer for.

Date Posted: 5/11/2008 12:04 AM ET
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The so called, "Lost Books of the Bible" are frauds.  They were all written by board, crazy, heretical, or scheming monks in abbeys during the dark ages.  Then later people with alterior motives tried to pass them off as real.

as for the number 66, it isn't the number 6 or 666.  I don't think you can use that as a reason to not believe the Bible.

 

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So nobody knows, huh?  I guess it will just remain a mystery.  I should have asked that minister that was obsessed with the number 6 and 7.  Of course, he would have just dodged the answer.  Anytime anyone in the church asked him a serious question, he just dodged it or glossed over it.

Thanks to everyone for attempting to answer!

Date Posted: 5/11/2008 7:58 PM ET
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I had never really heard of 6 or 66 being bad. Just 666.

Date Posted: 5/11/2008 10:03 PM ET
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I did some googling, and I found some stuff about 6 being "bad", or imperfect, if you will, but nothing about 66.  Lots of different explanations about why 666 is supposed to be so bad.....some having to do with mathematical equations, some of it having to do with the number "6" being used 3 times, making it a triple threat.  Also found a Q&A about why there are 66 books in the Bible and not 73.  That's pretty much all I found.

Date Posted: 5/12/2008 4:00 PM ET
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The so called, "Lost Books of the Bible" are frauds.  They were all written by board, crazy, heretical, or scheming monks in abbeys during the dark ages.  Then later people with alterior motives tried to pass them off as real.

Got some reputable resources to back that up, Bob?

Date Posted: 5/14/2008 8:14 PM ET
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You don't have to believe me.  Believe what you want.  I have read "The Lost Books of the Bible."  They conflict and contradict what the Bible lays out plainly.  Since they are in conflict with the Bible I reject them.  Test every spirit against the word of God.  Beware of false teachings.

Date Posted: 5/15/2008 10:21 AM ET
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Well, I don't think that just because you've read them makes you an expert, although you are certainly entitled to your opinion.  But aside from that, I think the "board, crazy, heretical, or scheming monks in abbeys during the dark ages.  Then later people with alterior motives tried to pass them off as real." part is the part Suzanne was looking for some documentation on.........

Date Posted: 5/15/2008 10:27 AM ET
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Thanks Amanda.  Took the words right outta my mouth!

Date Posted: 5/15/2008 10:59 AM ET
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My take on the Bible is the same as Bob B.  The Bible was written by men for the benefit of men....and as far as the Lost Books, they were left out because they didn't suit the causes promoted by the Church (i.e. the power of women within the social structure, the place of Mary of Magdala as a female disciple, etc.)

These Books have not been proven to be fraudulent at all.

ETA:   Bob (xiqutem) said:  They conflict and contradict what the Bible lays out plainly. 

Exactly what I was saying.  They didn't "fit" with the Church's agenda.



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Date Posted: 5/15/2008 11:01 AM ET
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And yes, I have read most although not all of them. 

Date Posted: 5/15/2008 12:09 PM ET
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I'm sorry.  I just noticed that the thread title asks for responses from Christians.  I should have butted out. :(    Sorry.

Date Posted: 5/15/2008 2:47 PM ET
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I stated what I believed.  That is all.  Again, believe what you want. 

Date Posted: 5/15/2008 9:12 PM ET
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6 is the number of man, 7 is God's number, 8 means new beginnings, 5 means death.... That's all I can remember about the significance of the numbers in the Bible right now, but they are, indeed, significant. (If my husband was here, he'd be able to give a much better and well informed answer.)

As for The Bible being written by men, well, it was but, only physically; God Himself says so more than once. I Corinthians chapter 2 is an excellent one to read regarding this - even better, read both books of Corinthians!

"The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it." Psalm 68:11

"For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven." Psalm 119:89      Who else could do that, but God?

"The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times." Psalm 12:6

"Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear." Hebrews 11:3

"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." Hebrews 4:12

"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:" II Timothy 3:16

 

 

 



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