Thursday, June 28, 2012

Apologetics: Why baptized lions & talking crosses didn't make it into your Bible

From the first century forward, Christians viewed testimony that could be connected to eyewitnesses of Jesus as uniquely authoritative. The logic of this standard was simple: The people most likely to know the truth about Jesus were either eyewitnesses who had encountered Jesus personally or close associates of these witnesses.

So, although Christians wrangled for some time about the authority of certain writings, it was something far greater than political machinations that drove these decisions. Their goal was to determine which books could be clearly connected to eyewitnesses of Jesus.

With this in mind, let's look at a couple of real-life examples of how some writings ended up excluded from the churches' collections of authoritative books. Read more

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