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Deacon Daryl March 31, 2012 at 9:10 am

Thanks for your insight on this! I really enjoyed the read. Just as a note though, i believe it would be wise to clarify that this article is in regards to the “New Testament Apocrypha” and not what many protestants would call the Apocrypha. Both the early church and the Fathers believed that the books sometimes referred to as “Old Testament Apocrypha” were not only to be included in the canon of scripture but were absolutely the Word of God. It is an important distinction to make as many are unaware of this somewhat recent change to the canon of Scripture. Thanks again. Grace and Peace.

Monti Tate March 31, 2012 at 9:38 am

I would like to know your sources for the reason of the exclusion of certain books from the Bible. Reason being is that I’ve done a fair study on the subject and found thier exclusion tlo be a product of the dark ages due to the Catholic church. In fact the only reason I found that we knew they existed beforer they were found was by the writings of the early Catholic fathers. I agree with you though, the reason we have the Bible we have today is because its the one God wanted us to have. I read the gnostic texts from time to time. I dont find all of them to be evil though several of them are quite sacreligious. I know that I didn’t find the things in the gospels of Mary and Judas that were claimed to be in there. In fact there is barely any gospel of Judas to speak of, and any claims to what the text says would have to be derived. As far as the books of the old testament that we dont have in the Christian Bible, they exist in the original Old Testament. Some of them are not writen by who thier supposed to be written by, but if there good enough for the Jews there good enough for me. They were excluded mostly for thier irrelevence to the Christian faith. Though the Book of Wisdom is generaly accepted to not have been written by Solomon and is not included for this reason, the books of the Macabees is a history book that fills in some of the space from the return from the disporea to the birth of Christ. I dont want you to think that I am ‘dising’ you. I appreciate your articals and the work you put into them, even though you are of the calvin persuassion. I read materials from all ‘denominations’. I find it broadens my understanding of the Word and allows me insightful acceptance of those Brothers and Sisters that dont believe exactly as I do. That being said I find a lot of these books to be along these lines. Remember your protestant roots, these books were banned by the same people that killed hundreds of thousands of Christians as heretics. Maybe they arent to be used for docterin building or even in our daily lives like the Holy Bible, but my understanding has been increased by them and I believe that any strong, mature Christian who can easily discern Godly from ungodly should at least give them a thorough go through. I admire any one who will stand in the face of resistance to the Word and say what God acctually says. Your organization comes under that group and I very much enjoy the way you handle the questions of our day without flinching. Your history of the illuminati was very informative and I cant wait to follow it up after I finish my study of ancient israeli pagaanisim. Saying keep up the Good Fight, stand strong, and God bless you for all that you do.

Jack March 31, 2012 at 11:03 am

Thank you Monti so much. I appreciate your comment and your questions. One outstanding source is Trevin Wax and his book “Counterfeit Gospels: Rediscovering the Good News in a World of False Hope.” Also the “Gospel of Judas Hoax” by Gene Veith. R.C. Sprouls (Ligonier Ministries) “Table Talk Magazine, Feb 09, pg 82,83. Wikipedia, Encyclopedia Britannica and others including:

Wilhelm Schneemelcher, ed., translation by R. McL. Wilson, New Testament Apocrypha : Gospels and Related Writings (Louisville: John Knox Press, 1992), pp. 391-395.

Robert J. Miller, ed., The Complete Gospels: Annotated Scholars Version (Sonoma, CA: Polebridge Press 1992), pp. 351-360.

James M. Robinson, ed., The Nag Hammadi Library in English (San Francisco, CA: HarperCollins 1990), pp. 523-527.

The Gospel of Mary from The Nag Hammadi Library in English, J M Robinson, Harper Collins.

PBS Frontline, April 1998.

Any extrabiblical books that differ radically from the 66 books that we have in the Bible today and do not agree with doctrine generally accepted are those that are the most dangerous. A little truth mixed with error is more dangerous than full-out error.

Thank you so much for your edifying and encouraging comment.

Mr A Cotton January 31, 2013 at 5:02 am

Yes i fully agree with you. I downloaded it as a PDF file,and when i started to read it i just could not believe what it said. Judas having a wife. I definitely know that would have been in the bible if he had,and lots of things that did not make sense. I think i will stick to the bible Jack. Thanks for pointing this out.

Don Rocco November 30, 2013 at 9:27 pm

I strongly believe and it is my honest understanding that all scriptures, writing and letters of disciples, apostles, and all saints are God inspired and should be given thorough study.
The compilation of the new and old testaments were caused by king Constantiine calling on “pagan” church leaders to compilate of what the bible being used in almost all churches. I don’t need to explain of why or what transpired for I very well knew we are of the very same channel. I had been reading and studying the apocryphal books and it completes the very full picture of the Gospel once delivered by our almighty God Yeshua Hamamsciach. More power and strength to you, in Yeshua’s name ..Amen.

Brother Don

Jack Wellman November 30, 2013 at 9:38 pm

Thank you Don. My problems with the Apocrypha books are that they contain numerous errors, where never once quoted by Jesus or the apostles, nor did the Jews include them in their Old Testament. Here is one example from Tobit 6:5-7, “Then the angel said to him: Take out the entrails of this fish, and lay up his heart, and his gall, and his liver for thee: for these are necessary for useful medicines. 6 And when he had done so, he roasted the flesh thereof, and they took it with them in the way: the rest they salted as much as might serve them, till they came to Rages the city of the Medes. 7 Then Tobias asked the angel, and said to him: I beseech thee, brother Azarias, tell me what remedies are these things good for, which thou hast bid me keep of the fish? 8 And the angel, answering, said to him: If thou put a little piece of its heart upon coals, the smoke thereof driveth away all kind of devils, either from man or from woman, so that they come no more to them.”

Is it true that the smoke from a fish’s heart, when burned, drives away evil spirits? Of course not. Such a superstitious teaching has no place in the word of God.

Here’s another in 2 Maccabbees 12:43, “And making a gathering, he sent twelve thousand drachms of silver to Jerusalem for sacrifice to be offered for the sins of the dead, thinking well and religiously concerning the resurrection.”

Can anyone truly accept that money isn’t offering for the sins of dead people? Such a superstitious and unbiblical concept has no place in Scripture.

They also contain historical inaccuracies, unlike the rest of the Bible. For example in Judith 1:5, “Now in the twelfth year of his reign, Nabuchodonosor, king of the Assyrians, who reigned in Ninive the great city, fought against Arphaxad and overcame him.” and in Baruch 6:2, “And when you are come into Babylon, you shall be there many years, and for a long time, even to seven generations: and after that I will bring you away from thence with peace.”

The book of Judith incorrectly says that Nebuchadnezzar was the king of the Assyrians when he was the king of the Babylonians.1

Baruch 6:2 says the Jews would serve in Babylon for seven generations where Jer. 25:11 says it was for 70 years. “And this whole land shall be a desolation and a horror, and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.” This is wrong.

Finally, there are doctrinal errors like with 2 Maccabbees 12:43, “And making a gathering, he sent twelve thousand drachms of silver to Jerusalem for sacrifice to be offered for the sins of the dead, thinking well and religiously concerning the resurrection.”

Can anyone truly accept that money isn’t offering for the sins of dead people? Such a superstitious and unbiblical concept has no place in Scripture.

Need I say more. One error is enough to show that they are not to be included in the 66 books of the present Bible which is without error and no doctrinal mistakes.

Don Rocco November 30, 2013 at 9:56 pm

Anything that I can not digest or understand I always put it aside and read on….there are things that God maybe withholding it from you or me….what is important is faith…(I am from the Philippines and if I am to tell you ancient medicines and cures my ancestors do, you will not believe) I respect your view and understanding. Did you try to burn fish hearts yet?

I strongly believe and it is my honest understanding that all scriptures, writing and letters of disciples, apostles, and all saints are God inspired and should be given thorough study.
The compilation of the new and old testaments were caused by king Constantiine calling on “pagan” church leaders to compilate of what the bible being used in almost all churches. I don’t need to explain of why or what transpired for I very well knew we are of the very same channel. I had been reading and studying the apocryphal books and it completes the very full picture of the Gospel once delivered by our almighty God Yeshua Hamamsciach. More power and strength to you, in Yeshua’s name ..Amen.

Brother Don

Don Scroggins April 27, 2016 at 4:09 pm

Some knowledge was hidden away until the appointed time, perhaps “this is” the appointed time. I was in deep study of the books of Enoch 25 years ago, before the subject of watcher angels and Giant hybrids ran away with its self in these current times. Now many speak of these things, they are in TV and movies, books, radio conversations, conspiracy theories, you name it. I believe Christians should be armed with this knowledge today if for no other reason than to be able to answer questions concerning these books intelligently. I further believe that taking the word of the Hebrew scholars who do not believe in the new testament at all, or the word of the old Catholic church which sanctioned such books as the witches hammer could be dangerous in the first place. One thing is for certain, the books are out there now and people are reading them, and perhaps that is Gods will.

JACKSON August 21, 2019 at 9:36 am

Like Nasri Oludare (NAS) says knowledge seekers gave birth to confussions with twisted point ;if you seek knowledge too much its a sin cause it leeds to confussion like EVE and the apple.APOCRYPHA should be shunned cause its the forbidden tree that found it way to the HOLY GARDEN





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