Why the Bible might not be the book we think it is
There has been a lot of dispute as to why some books were removed from the Bible, while some questioning if the Bible is credible as it is today or not. Several scholars argue that the books removed from the Bible were uninspired by God. This claim is supported by the fact that none of the omitted books were recognized by Jesus. Throughout his ministry, he often referred to old testament prophesies about Him. An example is in Luke 24:44, where he says that everything written about Him in Law, Prophets, and Psalms will be fulfilled. This was generally a summary of all Hebrew Scriptures, and it excluded the nun-canonical books.
Other intellectuals also state that Jews only acknowledged 39 books in their Holy scriptures. These people were particular in what they believe and read, so whatever was not in their texts wasn’t significant. There are other arguments that the New Testament does not refer at any point to missing books. Out of all references, no mention is of Apocrypha books. Researchers also find doctrinal errors in Apocrypha like praying for the dead, atonement of sin through alms, which defy the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus on the cross and existence of souls in previous lives before present time on earth.
Some researchers argue that books were intentionally removed from the Bible to serve a specific agenda of those in power. The Bible emerges 300 years after Christ died when the Roman Empire was still in power. Constantine, who determined the Bible’s content, had a different agenda that had nothing to do with religion. Christianity in its earliest form was unstructured because its followers believed in something that gives them a direct relationship with God. Constantine oversaw the creation of formal Christianity to serve his purpose of unifying Roman, which was on the verge of collapsing.
Research has shown that Emperor Constantine, during the council of Nicaea, ordered Bishops to vote out some books from the Bible. He commissioned a Bible with only four Gospels. It was illegal to be found reading gospels that had been disapproved. The omitted books included the Gospel of Thomas, which had a different view of Jesus and an alternative approach to spirituality. Thomas advocated for a personal relationship with God; therefore no need for religion. The thought was not well-received by church authorities because it overlooked the existing hierarchy. The idea of reaching God directly without a priest was a threat since people were to be made dependent on priests.
The Gospel of Mary Magdalene was among books removed from the Holy scriptures. The idea of Christ speaking to a woman about important mysteries of life was not acceptable. It indicated that women were in powerful positions during Messiah’s time, which could not fit the Roman agenda. Mary Magdalene’s Gospel speaks of the afterlife in a different approach than the rest. Jesus was close to her and revealed mysteries that only she could grasp. She speaks of souls traveling to different realms after death, not aligning with the existing gospels. The gospel was considered unfit for the state religion, so it was eliminated.
By 325AD, the Gnostic was officially voted out of the Bible. More than 50 books were removed from the Bible permanently with minimal evidence available. Search for the truth is still on as scholars seek what the original Bible really was. For a long time, the masses could not access the truth and accepted only what they were told. Archaeologists have found ancient documents that point towards the missing scriptures, and researchers are trying to reconcile them with existing ones.
It is not clear as to why books were removed from original texts. With various resources available and knowledge, scholars are closer to the truth than ever. The information available is already revolutionizing how Christianity and Christ’s concept are perceived. Lost books are still a mystery, and not much is known despite current knowledge. It is still unclear if Bible scriptures are valid without original books being a part of it. Different denominations of the Christian faith make it difficult to agree as each group claims to be right. It is proof that the thirst for knowledge is yet to be quenched.