How the Canon formed

The books mentioned in the Bible “missing from same” did not carry the same “spirit” as the ones who were. The books that survived as respected as part of the “Canon” began with the Torah, of course, the books of Moses. The ones that were kept besides the Torah were those that proved themselves in some way, for edification, historical testimonies to God’s greatness, or prophetic “watermarks”, as I call them.

With almost all the books of the Prophets, proved themselves with prophetic fulfillment during the times they lived. For example, Daniel saving the lives of the Hebrews in Babylon and even the occultists’ lives by not only telling the king his dream but the interpretation, the writing on the wall, surviving the lion’s den, the three Hebrew children surviving the fiery furnace. Jeremiah prophesying the fall of Israel to Babylon. And so on.

The same with the New Testament. The Canon of the New Testament was based on the eyewitness testimony of 500 (that’s FIVE HUNDRED) people that met with the RISEN Jesus Christ, including the skeptic Thomas and apparently Jesus’ former unbeliever brother James. Their testimony bore witness to the truth in the four Gospels as written, while they were still alive to deny it or decry it otherwise, and other contemporaries bore witness to the record in the book of Acts. For the rest, Peter was already referring to Paul’s epistles as “scripture” during their lifetimes, as if common knowledge among the churches.

This anointing was enough to make it clear which writings were of God in the earliest days of the churches. The solid faith of Resurrection was enough to make the spread of the Good News very fast in historical terms then. In about 30 years from the Resurrection and Ascension, they were known enough for Nero to scapegoat them. The faith in what writings were of God, and the unity of the doctrines were such that it lasted until the Fourth Century for doubt to creep in, and that took the Alexandrians messing around with things and making up new heretical doctrines and making idiotic copies of the books that today underline the “New Age Bibles”, what they call “translations”.

With the Gnostics and other anthropocentric writings confusing some in the churches, at some point a priest wrote down a list of the books he knew were always authoritative. That list would have died in the trash heap if not generally considered genuine. They had no dictatorship like the Vatican later. The Papacy was content to have the Canon hidden in a language foreign to the common folks, so they had to interpret it for them.

The printing press put the Bible into a lot more hands, and by the time the Reformation rolled around, the Bible was on a Vatican list of banned books. Even many Roman Catholic priests did not even know there was such a thing, like John Knox. He found out on such a list and then found the book in a rectory, and it changed his life of course.

There is plenty of detail on the history of the Canon available with a search. One caution though: the best material is a century or more aged. The modern confusion of “translations”, especially in English, can throw people off the trail of the truth. The King James Bible has withstood the test of time and spirit. The modern translations, including the NKJV, are on the shifting sands of man’s doctrines. “God is not the author of confusion”, “Let one interpret”, “Thou shalt preserve thy Word”, “Not one jot or tittle”, “Yeah or nay”, there are a lot of verses that corroborate this.

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