Misquoting God’s word- Open season on the Bible
There are different seasons in the year to fish, hunt, to Ski or surf. Yet it seems that the Bible is always in someone’s high powered scope. Recently, it has been raised to a new intensity with various TV specials, movies (Da Vinci Code) and books (Jesus Dynasty, the Jesus papers) challenging whether the Bible is accurate or there are pieces missing. No, I’m not talking about Mormonism or some new religious cult, but the general public driven by Gnostic sympathizers and semi educated liberal critics who seem to want to change the word as well as history. You will find that many new books with modern day challenges of the historical Jesus and the records from the manuscripts are making up their presentations from myths. They are going to sources that are false. We have often heard Jesus went to Tibet, Egypt, India and even Central America after He rose from the dead (Mormonism). Seems Jesus went everywhere but the where the Bible says He went – to heaven.
Matt 5:18 Jesus speaking “For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled” (NKJ)
The Bible states “It is easier for heaven and earth to disappear than for the least stroke of a pen to drop out of the Law” (Luke 16:17).
Psalm 119:89 “Forever, O LORD, your word is settled in heaven.”
John 6:68 But Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”
Likewise the Psalmist wrote in Psalm 119:104-105 “Through Your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
God’s word is as sure as God Himself. For one to believe in God they must believe in what He said, that which is written and found in the Bible alone. The Bible is been known to be historically, archeologically and prophetically accurate. No other book that claims to be from God comes close in these categories. There have been over 25,000 sites have been discovered by archaeology pertaining to the Bible, thousands of individuals and events have been proven to be true from the Scriptures. There are approximately fifty three thousand manuscripts that are part or the whole of the Greek New Testament, this is more than any other piece of ancient literature. So why are there so many people questioning its authenticity as if none of this exists?
The question that is now being asked is not a new one- what is God’s word? Which books are to be included in the Bible.
There are many so called lost books that people are now believing that they were intentionally not included in the Bible in the early church. This is accurate and there are numerous reasons for this. In the beginning the church took its time to insure the right ones were accepted the church. They delayed their recognition and took their time to make sure a book was inspired by God and not from man. This way the Church was able to reject false books that wanted infiltrate Christianity and water down the truth committed to the apostles. and there were a lot of books circulating, increasing over a few hundred years.
We find that even 2 Peter in the early church had a very long wait to be part of the canon. Even Eusebius the historian in the fourth century said, “But the so-called second Epistle we have not received as canonical, but nevertheless it has appeared useful to many, and has been studied with other Scriptures” (Eusebius 1:193).
Luke writes (1:3( “it seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write to you an orderly account, most excellent Theophilus. “Luke was aware of other written (and oral) sources based on eyewitnesses and those that were not. He used some of the reliable sources to compile his gospel. One can only imagine the tales of miracles that followed the apostles, exaggerations or things attributed to them that they never did or taught. Luke’s concern was to take all the accurate information and put it together in a sequential order (Luke 1:1-4). All that is recorded as Scripture is authorized by and from God through His hand picked men.
The Apostle Peter, under the influence of the Holy Spirit, writes, “knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation. For prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost” (2 Peter 1:20-21).
Nothing in the process of canonization relates to a conspiracy to silence the truth (as Dan Brown or others insinuate). Because the churches were spread out and communication was slow, the assembling and recognition of the New Testament books took much more time than it might in our modern day. This of course included the copying of the texts and distributing them. Many of the books that were rejected did not claim to be the Word of God nor cite the word of God (the Old or New Testament) as the other books that were already delivered to the church. They obviously conflicted with the already revealed body of Scripture in their hands. Unbiblical concepts such as prayers for the dead in 2 Macc. 12:45-46 showed them that they were not inspired by God. They also had obvious historical or prophetic inaccuracies. Jesus' statements were also inaccurate. These books were recognized as not inspired, or authentically written by either a Jewish Prophet or an Apostle. Since they were not in harmony with what was already delivered as our Bible they were not included in the canon.
The New Testament writings quote the Old Testament to show their fulfillment or meaning. Let me give you a practical example. If you were present or an event of great magnitude happened during the time you live you would have firsthand information on it.
Jn.5:45-47; quoting Ps 40:7 Then I said, “Behold, I come; in the scroll of the book it is written of me. ”
Even Jesus said: “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life (John 5:39) They speak of me.
Luke 24:44-45 Then He (Jesus) said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.” And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.”
Luke 4:21 And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing,” quoting Isa.61. This was prophesy of the Messiah and His work among the people.
Jesus said (Mark 12:10) “Have you not read this Scripture: 'The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone, quoting Ps.118:22. Throughout the apostles writings in both the Gospels and the letters they constantly quote and refer to the Old Testament as being a fulfillment and a reference point. In fact many of these instances have deep profound meaning besides their historical content. In this particular Scripture it was tied to a feast day that they were commanded to to observe. And the other portions become prophesy of whom they are actually rejecting.
Acts 1:16 “Men and brethren, this Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke before by the mouth of David concerning Judas” (referring to Ps. 41:9).
There are at least 250 quotes from Old Testament books contained in the New Testament. All Old Testament books are quoted as authoritative by the New Testament writers except Esther, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Solomon (however Jesus does mention Solomon and his wisdom). Only the books contained in Old Testament are quoted as authoritative, no other books are cited as divinely inspired (Matthew 5:17-18).
However, we do have other books mentioned that are not necessarily found separate from the Old Testament-The Book of the Wars of the Lord (Num. 21: 14); Book of Jasher (Is not this written in the Book of Jasher? Josh. 10: 13 “Behold it is written in the Book of Jasher.” II Samuel, 1: 18); an ancient work which relates directly to Biblical historical times and events. However, it has its internal problems, for example Terah, Abram's father, was the commander-in-chief of Nimrod's army.
The Bible mentions other records, such as the Book of the Statutes (1 Sam. 10:25). Book of the Acts of Solomon (1 Kings 11:41). Book of Nathan the Prophet, and that of Gad the Seer (1 Chron. 29:29). Book of Ahijah the Shilonite, and visions of Iddo the Seer (2 Chron. 9:29). Book of Shemaiah (2 Chron. 12:15). Story of the Prophet Iddo (2 Chr. 13:22). Book of Jehu (2 Chron. 20:34).the Acts of Uzziah, by Isaiah, the son of Amoz (2 Chr. 26:22). Sayings of the Seers (2 Chron. 33:19).
Many believe that a number of these separate books are already incorporated into the Old Testament Scripture. There are those who hold to a missing letter of Paul to the Corinthians (1 Cor. 5:9) and amissing epistle to the Colossians that was written from Laodicea (Col. 4:16). A lot of Paul's phrases are strung together but clearly not written with a theme like his other epistles. Remember God is the author of the Scripture man is the instrument. Since God is the creator of all things and holds all things together he certainly is watching over His Word. We have in our hands is exactly what we need to have, no more or less.
Jude mentions Enoch’s prophecy which is also in the Book of Enoch (1 Enoch 1:9 ). Jude 1:14-15 “Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, “to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.”
But though it contains a prophecy attributed to Enoch it does not put a stamp of approval on the book.
Then there are unathentic books that claimed to be of Peter. The Apocalypse of Peter, purported visions of heaven and hell, given to Peter. This was called “spurious” even by Eusebius. The Acts of Peter appeared at the end of 2nd century. It contained a love affair of Peter's daughter. A conflict with Simon Magus the modalist, who claimed to be the Holy Spirit; it also contains the “Quo vadis” story.
The Bible we have today- Even the whole Bible we have today is not in the exact order that the Jews put the Old Testament books in. However it does contain the same books. The earliest known attempt to list the received books is the Muratorian Canon discovered in 170 in Italy it is the oldest whole Bible manuscript (it was missing Hebrews, James 1 and 2nd Peter). It was Origin (185-253 AD) who placed the gospels in order that we have today. Irenaeus (A.D. 185), acknowledged twenty-one books; Hippolytus (A.D. 170-235) recognized twenty-two books. Before the year 200 AD, 21 of the 27 books were secure in the canon. They were known throughout the world wherever believers were.
The earliest complete list is that of Eusebius (who died 340 AD). He distinguished the books universally received in the church from those (six of them) accepted by the majority of churches. He divided the New Testament into three parts- The fully accepted books, disputed books and Heretical books. They already knew what was right and wrong.
Just as there were true and false prophets there were true and false letters. Spurious gospels and epistles appeared in abundance mostly throughout the second and third centuries, even hundreds of years after numerous false letters circulated with an apostles name on them. If these letters taught doctrine contrary to what was already delivered they were rejected. If they lacked the prophetic or had inaccuracies historically (like the Gospel of Barnabas) it was rejected as being inspired of God. From early on they were recognized by the consensus of the entire body of the church that was spread throughout Euro/Asia and Africa. Only later (100-200 years) through a council of bishops it was said to be complete. Other books that were already circulating were identified as heretical in their teaching and were not accepted by those who wanted to know and follow Christ.
Most of the liberal scholars, modernernists, quote from the gospel of Thomas. They use it as the criteria for all the other gospels even though there is NO evidence that any early church pastor ever quoted from its pages. Some similar words and phrases found in the canonical gospels are scattered throughout these books which made them difficult to discern, but a closer observation one would have to reject the authenticity of them as they did not coincide with the other 4 gospels teachings that were already accepted and used. The main theological struggle that the church had in the second and third centuries was the humanity of Christ. His divinity was universally accepted until Arius in the 4th century challenged it (the very opposite of what Dan Brown author of the Da Vinci code says is history). John who wrote his gospel later make it plain that God did become flesh (also in his epistles) using the Old Testaments types and shadows (tabernacle and bread etc.).
Islam has makes use of one of these books- the Gospel of Barnabas. Mainly to castigate the apostle Paul and the accuracy of the Bible. The author of the Gospel of Barnabas took the testimony of John to Jesus in the Bible and changed it into a supposed testimony of Jesus to Muhammad. The book was Gnostic in origin and denied the deity of Christ as well as His incarnation and calls Paul apostate, and that circumcision is necessary for Salvation (Sec. 23). Others preached that he really died, but rose again. Others preached, and yet preach, that Jesus is the son of God, among whom is Paul deceived (The Gospel of Barnabas, p.273). Jesus states, “I am not the Messiah” (sec. 42, 48) yet in the same book it also calls Jesus the “Christ” (p.2) (which is Messiah in Hebrew). Internal inconsistencies as well as those that contradict the Bible are found in the Gospel of Barnabas.
Since those books claimed divine authority, the church had to examine these carefully and either accept or reject them. By doing this they defined the inspired canon that already was known as authentic. We know this because of the early church pastors (called bishops) like Clement of Rome, in his Epistle to the Corinthians (A.D. 95), quotes from, or refers to, Matthew, Luke, Romans, Corinthians, Hebrews, I Timothy, 1 Peter. As do numerous others. They do not quote from the majority of these books that are now resurfacing or being popularized (with only a few exceptions).
Dr. Norman Geisler comments, “The test of authenticity was the reason James and Jude have been doubted. Some have thought Jude inauthentic because it may quote inauthentic pseudepigraphical books (Jude 9, 14; see Jerome, 4). Martin Luther questioned the canonicity of James because it lacks an obvious focus on the cross. Martin Luther thought the book appeared to teach salvation by works. Careful study has cleared James of these charges, and even Luther came to feel better about them. Historically and uniformly, Jude and James have been vindicated and their canonicity recognized after they have been harmonized with the rest of Scripture ”(The Canonicity of the Bible by Dr. Norman Geisler -source- Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics).
One of the principle founders of the Harvard Law School had set out to disprove the biblical testimony of the eyewitnesses on the resurrection of Jesus Christ. He was certain that a careful examination of the internal witness of the Gospels would dispel all the myths at the heart of Christianity. Yet he was surprise when he took an unbiased objective look at the evidence.
Simon Greenleaf notes in The Testimony of the Evangelists the accepted rule of evidence relative to ancient documents, the “ancient documents” rule: “Every document, apparently ancient, coming from the proper repository or custody, and bearing on its face no evident marks of forgery, the law presumes to be genuine, and devolves on the opposing party the burden of proving it to be otherwise.”( Simon Greenleaf, The Testimony of the Evangelists: The Gospels Examined by the Rules of Evidence Administered in Courts of Justice 16. )
Greenleaf stated: The burden of showing them to be false and
unworthy of credit, is devolved on the party who makes that objection.
The presumption of the law is the judgment of charity. It presumes that
every man is innocent until he is proved guilty; that everything has been
done fairly and legally, until it is proved to have been otherwise; and
that every document, found in its proper repository, and not bearing
marks of forgery, is genuine. Now this is precisely the case with the
At the Council of Nicea- Athanasius who was debating on the deity of Christ against the heretic Arius, drew his arguments from the 27 books used in the Eastern Church and said that these books are the springs of salvation, do not add or take away from them. Kelly the historian writes, The first official document which prescribes the twenty-seven books of our new Testament as alone canonical is Athanasius’s Easter letter for the year 367, but the process was not everywhere complete until at least a century and a half later (Kelly, pp.59-60). By the Council of Laodicea 363 AD the church decreed on the canon that was to be read in the churches, the question on the book of Revelation was left. Later, the Council of Hippo (393 A.D.) recognized and also approved the twenty-seven books. The Council of Carthage (397 A.D.) affirmed that only those canonical books were to be read in the churches. Other books were being circulated at the time and came afterwards but the canon was closed so they were no longer a threat. So ended the dispute of any new books being added to the canon. It took over a century to have the various church representatives rule on it, though these books were accepted at least a hundred years before by the majority of the church without any council.
The Gnostics had tried to bring their heresy into the church over100 years before Arius. Their intent was clearly to add to the record or ruin the canonical Gospels by offering a different Jesus and drawing attention to their seemingly greater (more spectacular) revelation. They were a cult that tried win disciples of Jesus away from the apostles teaching.
Athanasius lived in the region of where the Nag Hammadi texts (gnostic) were found but none of these were ever considered to be in the canon. When the Nag Hammadi texts were found, there were none of (the Bible) canonical books found with them. This implies that they were separated from the canonical books and not considered as part of them. Lost books of the Bible is a misnomer- there are no lost books, the books were not lost but REJECTED. The church was well aware of them and did not include them into the Bible because they had no validity. They were not inspired; in fact, they were lies.
The word pseudepigrapha is a Greek word meaning falsely super-scribed. The Book of Enoch is a pseudepigraphical work. The Pseudepigraphal books are a collection of writings composed between 200 BC and AD 200 that are not considered inspired. A list of these would be the Epistle of Barnabas, the First Epistle of Clement to the Corinthians, the Second Epistle of Clement to the Corinthians, The letter of the Smyrnaeans or the Martyrdom of Polycarp. The Shepherd of Hermas, written about A.D. 100 to 140, the “Pilgrim's Progress” of the ancient church, which made use of James. Of all the books written this book contains numerous similarities of other New Testament books. There is the Gospel of Thomas (140-190 AD), The Psalms of Solomon, The Odes of Solomon, The Testaments of the twelve Patriarchs, the Second Baruch, the Third Baruch, the Books of Adam and Eve etc..
There are upwards of 60 books and they all cannot be quoted but I will
quote a few of these representations to illustrate the reason why they
The books of Enoch are a group of fragments, from various authors. Some estimate to be written in the 1st and 2nd centuries B.C., Containing revelations that were given to Enoch and Noah. It speaks of the Coming Messiah and the Day of Judgment (Jude 14 supposedly lifts a portion of this.)
In chapter. 20 we find the Lord dwells tenth heaven. It also says there are seven heavens (30:2-3) and angelic hosts God created the souls of men before the foundation of the earth (23:5); there are problems with this book. There are other incongruities with the Bible: “Have courage, Enoch, do not fear; the eternal God sent us to you, and lo! You shalt to-day ascend with us into heaven, and you shall tell your sons and all your household all that they shall do without you on earth in your house, and let no one seek you till the Lord return you to them.” In chapt. 68: 1-3 Enoch was born on the sixth day of the month Tsivan, and lived three hundred and sixty-five years. He was taken up to heaven on the first day of the month Tsivan and remained in heaven sixty days. He wrote all these signs of all creation, which the Lord created, and wrote three hundred and sixty-six books, and handed them over to his sons and remained on earth thirty days, and was again taken up to heaven on the sixth day of the month Tsivan, on the very day and hour when he was born.”.
Other writings besides the Apocrypha, originated in the 2nd century B.C. and the 1st century A.D., were “Apocalyptic” in nature. The writer would assumed the name and rewrite history in terms of prophecy. They are composed of mostly visions purporting to come from ancient personages of Scripture.
Assumption of Moses was written by a Pharisee, about the birth of Christ. Contains prophecies attributed to Moses when he was about to die, which he entrusted to Joshua.
Their were four Infancy Gospels: “The Birth of Mary,” a work written in the middle of the second century; “The Protoevangelium of James,” written about the same time; the first “Gospel of Infancy,” composed about A.D. 400; which narrates the birth of Mary to innocents. These were stories circulating at the beginning of the 2nd century ends in the 5th.
These so-called infancy gospels were written later on to fill in the details of the early unrecorded years of the life ofChrist. “The Second Infancy Gospel,” which was found to be a fragment of the Gospel of Thomas. These works include stories of Jesus forming clay figures of animals and birds which He makes walk, fly, and eat. Another account has a child who runs into Jesus and falls down dead. These examples of the fanciful stories found in the accounts. They are proven that they were taken from apocryphal writings. Muslims often make use of these to try and infer that the Bible is inaccurate. Gospel of Psuedo Matthew was a 5th century forgery of Matthew that mentions the childhood miracles of Jesus. Mohammed used these stories of Jesus childhood not knowing they were untrue.
The beginning of virgin worship surfaced in the 4th century - The work- the passing of Mary which describes her ascension to heaven along with frivolous miracles.St. John is wisked to her supernaturally said to her: How shall I alone perform thy funeral rites, unless my brethren and fellow-apostles of my Lord Jesus Christ come to pay honour to thy body? And, behold, on a sudden, by the command of God, all the apostles were snatched up, raised on a cloud, from the places in which they were preaching the word of God, and set down before the door of the house in which Mary dwelt.” After Mary dies, Jesus ordered the archangel Michael to bring the soul of St. Mary. Michael rolls the stone from the door of the tomb; and the Lord said: Arise, my beloved and my nearest relation; thou who hast not put an corruption by intercourse with man, suffer not destruction of the body in the sepulchre. And immediately Mary rose from the tomb, and blessed the Lord, and falling forward at the feet of the Lord, adored Him, saying: I cannot render sufficient thanks to Thee, O Lord, for Thy boundless benefits which Thou hast deigned to bestow upon me Thine handmaiden. May Thy name, O Redeemer of the world, God of Israel, be blessed for ever. Nativity of Mary was found to be a deliberate forgery in the 6th century to further worship of Virgin Mary. It contained stories about daily visits of angels, during Papal growth it became quite popular.
It was Luke who stated he interviewed the eyewitnesses and received a complete understanding to write an accurate account which we hold in our hands today. In contains details of Mary and the conception and birth of Jesus. These accounts do not agree.
As Christianity, the church grew, everyone wanted to get in on it and be important. We find that there were numerous writings produced after the apostles penned down the scriptures. The “Lost Books of the Bible” may be a catchy phrase for today's textual critics but it is not something we find from history.
Gospel of Thomas (the primary one used today), Gospel of Philip, (a collection of sayings, metaphors, and esoteric teaching) Gospel of Mary, Gospel of the Egyptians, and the Gospel of Truth are attributed by most to Valentinus (a Gnostic who held the heresy of a oneness belief of the nature of God). Many of the Gnostic documents have sexually suggestive statements incased in them thus the importance of women in their spiritual belief system. Many of these books were considered as proto-Gnostic because the teachings of Gnosticism were not fully developed until later. Other gospels, such as the gospels of Philip, Mary, Peter and the Egyptians, are also Gnostic in category.
The gospel of Thomas (called the fifth gospel) is another 2nd century writing that gives stories of fantasy of Jesus from his 5th to 12th year of childhood and is antithetical to the revealed record, it is known as a Gnostic forgery among true believers that are scholars of ancient manuscripts. Because it challenges the revealed record of the other gospels. When carefully examined alongside the other gospels and writings it hardly is recognizable as the Words of Christ. There are some similar phrases, but there are others that are so far off that one can only conclude that someone took it upon themselves to write it. Here are some examples:
Gospel of Thomas, begins by saying: “These are the secret sayings which the living Jesus spoke and which Didymos Judas Thomas wrote down . . . Whoever finds the interpretation of these sayings will not experience death.” In other words if you really know these words, then no sickness or death will befall you. This extreme can be found in modern Gnosticism in the church through latter rain teachings as some have taught they will become immortal before the resurrection.
According to the “Gospel of Thomas,” Jesus made the following statements. [Note 6] “The one who is acquainted with father and mother will be called the son of a prostitute.” “For each woman who will make herself male will enter the kingdom of heaven.”(The “Gospel of Thomas” actually does attribute to Jesus these things.) According to the “Gospel of Thomas,” Peter says the following about Magdalene: “Let Mary leave us, for women are not worthy of life,” Jesus responds, “I myself shall lead her in order to make her male”.... “For every woman who will make herself male will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”
Jesus said: If those who lead you say unto you: Behold, the Kingdom is in heaven, then the birds of the heaven will be before you. If they say unto you: It is in the sea, then the fish will be before you. But the Kingdom is within you, and it is outside of you. When you know yourselves, then shall you be known, and you shall know that you are the sons of the living Father. But if ye do not know yourselves, then you are in poverty, and you are poverty.”
Jesus said: Blessed is the lion which the man shall eat, and the lion become man; and cursed is the man whom the lion shall eat, and the lion become man.”
The “living Jesus” as he is called in the Gospel of Thomas says to his disciples: if those who lead you [no doubt orthodox Christianity' I say to you, “See, the Kingdom is in the sky,” then the birds of the air will precede you. If they say to you, “It is in the sea,” then the fish will precede you. Rather the kingdom is inside of you.... When you come to know yourselves, then you will become known and you will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living Father. But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty.”
These are the secret words which the living Jesus spoke, and Didymus Judas Thomas wrote them down.
And he said: He who shall find the interpretation of the words shall not taste of death. Jesus said: The man aged in his days will not hesitate ask a little child of seven days about the place of life, and he shall live. For there are many first who shall be last, and they shall become a single one.
Jesus said: Know what is before thy face, and what hidden from thee shall be revealed unto thee; for there is nothing hidden which shall not be made manifest.
Jesus said: This heaven shall pass away, and that which above it shall pass away; and they that are dead are not alive and they that live shall not die. In the days when you were eating that which is dead, you were making it alive. When you come in the light, what will you do? On the day when you were one, you became two. But when you have become two, what will you do?
Such profound silliness found in the Gnostic family of manuscripts, they has no comparison to the practical wisdom Jesus actually taught.
Thomas comes to comprehend that he is the spiritual equal of Jesus, his identical twin brother. Thomas is the true apostle whom every true Gnostic must follow. In the true Gospel of Mt. 16:16 Peter says the confession, “You are the Christ, the son of the living God.” In the Gospel of Thomas the living Jesus confesses that the disciples are Christ’s.
And he took him, went aside, and spoke to him three words. Now when Thomas came to his companions, they asked him: What did Jesus say unto thee? Thomas said to them: If I tell you one of the words which he said to me, you will take up stones and throw them me; and a fire will come out of the stones and burn you up.
There is even the unbiblical teaching of pantheism seen in this work- Jesus said: I am the light that is over them all. I am the All; the All has come forth from me, and the All has attained unto me. Cleave a (piece of) wood: I am there. Raise up the stone, an ye shall find me there.
Two specific Gnostic documents, the Gospel of Philip and the Gospel of Mary, are used to promote that the Magdalen was Christ’s “companion,” (AKA Da Vinci code). The Gospel of Philip was produced at the end of the 3rd century AD. The text of the Gospel of Philip that exists today is a Coptic translation, not its original language (Greek). In the Gospel of Philip: And the companion of the [Savior is] Mary Magdalene. [But Christ loved] her more than [all] the disciples [and used to] kiss her [often] on her [mouth]. What needs to be pointed out is there are holes in this Gnostic gospel writing where ie. and used to, mouth etc. are written making these words assumptions of what was said. These holes are not as big a hole as the theory is based on.
It says, “The rest of [the disciples were offended] by it [and expressed disapproval]. They said to him, “Why do you love her more than all of us?” The Savior answered and said to them, “Why do I not love you like her? When a blind man and one who sees are both together in darkness, they are no different from one another. When the light comes, then he who sees will see the light, and he who is blind will remain in darkness.”
Gospel of Philip is against the Scripture: Some said, “Mary conceived by the Holy Spirit.” They are in error. They do not know what they are saying. When did a woman ever conceive by a woman? Mary is the virgin whom no power defiled. She is a great anathema to the Hebrews, who are the apostles and the apostolic men. This virgin whom no power defiled [...] the powers defile themselves. And the Lord would not have said “My Father who is in Heaven” (Mt 16:17), unless he had had another father, but he would have said simply “My father.”
The author shows a lack of spiritual understanding and exhibits a human reasoning that fails to understand the Scriptures meaning of these subjects.
Gnostic Gospel of Philip “You saw the Spirit, you became spirit. You saw Christ, you became Christ. You saw the Father, you shall become Father.” (Gospel of Philip) “But one receives the unction of the [...] of the power of the cross. This power the apostles called “the right and the left.” For this person is no longer a Christian but a Christ”
This is direct opposition to everything the Bible teaches of Jesus being the only Christ. This becomes a new age view which is exactly what the ancient Gnostics were. The Gospel of Philip also taught for one to go beyond spiritual “into perfection,” the sacrament of the Chrism (anointing) was necessary, which is superior to baptism. For this reason, it is fitting to baptize in the two, in the light and the water. Now the light is the chrism. “There was the water anointing and the fire anointing. It goes on to say “He who has been anointed possesses everything.” Could this be the beginning of the health and prosperity movement, from Gnostics?
Scholars date the Gospel of Mary mid 2nd, about 200 years after Jesus lived. It is this gospel where we find those who claim the marriage between Jesus and Mary. In the gospel of Mary I found no mention of an intimate relationship (i.e. marriage). If this were a held truth as some claim, it would be consistently recorded. There is one item mentioned, “Surely the Savior knows her very well.” The Gospel of Mary (referring to Magdalene) says the following: Peter said to Mary, “Sister, we know that the Savior loved you more than the rest of women. Tell us the words of the Savior which you remember -- which you know (but) we do not, nor have we heard them.” Mary answered and said, “What is hidden from you I will proclaim to you.” Mary Magdalene goes on to tell Peter, Andrew, and Levi about her visions of the Risen Christ and her conversations with the Lord. These visions involve something which she refers to as the seven powers of wrath.
“The first form is darkness, the second desire, the third ignorance, the fourth is the excitement of death, the fifth is the kingdom of the flesh, the sixth is the foolish wisdom of flesh, the seventh is the wrathful wisdom. These are the seven powers of wrath. 20) They asked the soul, Whence do you come slayer of men, or where are you going, conqueror of space? 21) The soul answered and said, What binds me has been slain, and what turns me about has been overcome,22) and my desire has been ended, and ignorance has died.23) In a aeon I was released from a world, and in a Type from a type, and from the fetter of oblivion which is transient.24) From this time on will I attain to the rest of the time, of the season, of the aeon, in silence.
(Chapter 9 v.1) When Mary had said this, she fell silent, since it was to this point that the Savior had spoken with her. 2) But Andrew answered and said to the brethren, Say what you wish to say about what she has said. I at least do not believe that the Savior said this. For certainly these teachings are strange ideas.3) Peter answered and spoke concerning these same things.4) He questioned them about the Savior: Did He really speak privately with a woman and not openly to us? Are we to turn about and all listen to her? Did He prefer her to us?”
From this account Jesus is giving special knowledge to Mary that contradicts what the Bible teaches from his disciples? It becomes clear the Gnostics used Mary Magdalen to bring doubt and confusion challenging the validity of the Scripture from the apostles that was already in the church. The true gospels written by the apostles mention a number of times who the “inner circle” of disciples were. They are Peter, James, and John- Mary was not there. The Gnostics may have forged her name and the apostle’s names on their documents, but the written content revealed the author.
Gospel of Mary hints of this Gnostic pantheism when it predicts that all things “exist in and with one another,” and “will be resolved again into their own roots. “I am revealed out of the immeasurable and the unspeakable. I am beyond comprehension, I live in the incomprehensible. I stir in all creation. I myself am the life of my Conception that exists in every power and stirs in every eternal movement and in Lights unseen and in the Archons and Angels and Demons and in every soul which exists in [Tatatros] and in every soul made of matter. I exist in those who came to be in existence
There was the Gospel of Nicodemus that was produced in the 2nd to even the 5th century. This is also known as “The Acts of Pilate.” It states it is an official report describing the trial of Jesus. Again, it not in agreement to the biblical accounts. They make “the seal of the cross with their fingers upon their tongues.” IV (XX) 1 And while all the saints were rejoicing, behold Satan the prince and chief of death said unto Hell: Make thyself ready to receive Jesus who boasteth himself that he is the Son of God, whereas he is a man that feareth death, and sayeth: My soul is sorrowful even unto death. “
We have similar books today like the book of Urantia that claim to be the accurate record. Even the book of Mormon claims to be accurate addition to the Bible. By comparing the record closely we can see that what it says about Jesus and history are inaccurate. All of these have more similarities with the forgeries in the early church than a revelation from the God of Scripture (the Bible).
Papyrus Berolinensis 8502 was acquired by a German scholar, Dr. Carl Reinhardt, in Cairo in 1896 (referenced in scholarly writings as the “Berlin Gnostic Codex”, the “Akhmim Codex”, PB 8502, and BG 8502). It contains Coptic editions of three important Gnostic texts: the Apocryphon of John, the Sophia of Jesus Christ, and the Gospel of Mary (Mary Magdala). In it Jesus is quoted as saying that “All natures, all formed things, all creatures exist in and with one another and will again be resolved into their own roots, because the nature of matter is dissolved into the roots of its nature alone.”
The Taoist concept of One in Chapter 34 of Tao Teh Ching, says of the Tao, “All things derive their life from it [Tao] All things return to it, and it contains them.” The Similarity cannot be ignored as it this is Gnostic literature.
The gospel according to Hebrews (100 A.D) which adds additions to the canonical gospels with alleged sayings. Both the Gospel of Mattatias and the Gospel of Peter was seen mid 2nd century written in interest of anti Jewish, docetic doctrines. The Gospel of Peter embellishes the resurrection narrative as follows: “When those soldiers saw this [the stone moving from the entrance of Jesus' sepulcher], they awakened the centurion and the elders, for they also were there to mount guard. And while they were narrating what they had seen, they saw three men come out from the sepulcher, two of them supporting the other and a cross following them and the heads of the two reaching to heaven, but that of him who was being led reached beyond the heavens
Acts of Paul written in the middle of 2nd century is A romance inculcating continence. It contains the supposed lost Epistle to the Corinthians. In one part it reads-And when the executioner (speculator) struck off his head, milk spurted upon the cloak of the soldier.” The soldiers supposedly got saved. It goes on to say “Paul came about the ninth hour, when many philosophers and the centurion were standing with Caesar, and stood before them all and said: Caesar, behold, I, Paul, the soldier of God, am not dead, but live in my God. But unto thee shall many evils befall and great punishment, thou wretched man.”
This is the kind of fanciful tales that these other books contain.
Acts of John written in the end of 2nd century. Story of a visit to Rome Purely imaginary that contains sensuality.In The Acts of John, John says, "Sometimes when I meant to touch him [Jesus] I met with a material and solid body; but at other times when I felt him, his substance was immaterial and incorporeal, as if it did not exist at all. . . . as I walked with him, to see his footprint, whether it appeared on the ground (for I saw him as it were raised up from the earth), and I never saw it.”
“And when he was crucified on the Friday, at the sixth hour of the day, darkness came upon all the earth. And my Lord standing in the midst of the cave and enlightening it, said: John, unto the multitude below in Jerusalem I am being crucified and pierced with lances and reeds, and gall and vinegar is given me to drink. But unto thee I speak, and what I speak hear thou. I put it into thy mind to come up into this mountain, that thou mightest hear those things which it behoveth a disciple to learn from his teacher and a man from his God.
98 And having thus spoken, he showed me a cross of light fixed (set
up), and about the cross a great multitude, not having one form: and in
it (the cross) was one form and one likenesst [so the MS.; I would read:
and therein was one form and one likeness: and in the cross another
multitude, not having one form]. And the Lord himself I beheld above the
cross, not having any shape, but only a voice: and a voice not such as
was familiar to us, but one sweet and kind and truly of God, saying unto
me: John, it is needful that one should hear these things from me, for I
have need of one that will hear. This cross of light is sometimes called
the (or a) word by me for your sakes, sometimes mind, sometimes Jesus,
sometimes Christ, sometimes door, sometimes a way, sometimes bread,
sometimes seed, sometimes resurrection, sometimes Son, sometimes Father,
sometimes Spirit, sometimes life, sometimes truth, sometimes faith,
sometimes grace. And by these names it is called as toward men: but that
which it is in truth, as conceived of in itself and as spoken of unto you
(MS. us), it is the marking-off of all things, and the firm uplifting of
things fixed out of things unstable, and the harmony of wisdom, and
indeed wisdom in harmony [this last clause in the MS. is joined to the
next: 'and being wisdom in harmony']. There are of the right hand and the
left, powers also, authorities, lordships and demons, workings,
threatenings, wraths, devils, Satan, and the lower root whence the nature
of the things that come into being proceeded. (From “The Apocryphal
Acts of Andrew is a story of Andrew persuading Maximilla to refrain from intercourse with her husband, resulting in his martyrdom. As the Christian church stood out as a moral influence in a pagan world writers used their imagination like the fantasy novels of today. whether it was an intentional embellishment or simply stories to read, the end result was always to discredit the Bible.
Letter of Peter to James end of 2nd century was a violent attack on Paul were probably a fabrication by the Ebionites who hated Paul’s writings on grace and wanted to keep the law like the Judaizers.
The Letters of Paul to Seneca, with Letters from Seneca to century forgery. Which either commended Christianity to lowers of Seneca, or to commended Seneca to Christians.
Gospel of Joseph the Carpenter from the 4th century. Originated in Egypt..., devoted to the glorification of Joseph.
Arabic Gospel of the Childhood from the 7th century. Stories of during the so'journ in Egypt. Contains fantastic stories.
Ascension of Isaiah relates a legendary account of the sin of Isaiah, and certain of his purported visions. Thought been written in Rome, by a Christian Jew, during the Neronian persecution of the Jews.
Book of Jubilees is a commentary on Genesis. Likely written in the Maccabean period or after. Named from its system of time that is based on the Jubilee periods of 50 years.
Psalms of Solomon a group of songs, by an unknown Pharisee, coming Messiah, written probably soon after the Maccabean period
Testament of the Twelve Patriarchs. A product of the 2nd cent, purporting to give the dying instructions of the Twelve sons of Jacob to their children, each reporting the story of his own life its lessons.
Archko Volume also known as the “Report of Pilate” or “Archko Library.” The content of this work is an alleged report of the trial and death of Jesus made by Pontius Pilate to the Emperor Tiberius. Its existence can be traced back to Rev. W. D. Mahan of Boonville, Missouri, who published a thirty-two page pamphlet in 1879 titled, “A Correct Transcript of Pilate’s Court.”
Toledoth Yeshu (Book of the Life of Jesus), is a Hebrew derogatory version of the life of Jesus, growing out of the response of the Jewish community to Christianity. It belittles the person of Jesus by ascribing to Him illegitimate birth, magic, witchcraft, and a shameful death. The tradition presented here is most commonly dated to approximately the 6th century CE. The text it self is closer to the 14th cent. The main point of the Toledot is to show that Jesus is a deceiver and a heretic who was crucified by the Jews, his disciples stole his body and deceived others by proclaiming his resurrection. All the Toledot Jeshu editions declared Jesus Christ to be a bastard. The Virgin Mary is portrayed in the Toledot as a woman who conceived Jesus as a result of rape by a Roman soldier, Joseph Pandera.
In the second century the various books that were to become part of the New Testament were already used as authoritative and acceptable in parts of the church, both East and West. About 180, Irenaeus, bishop of Lyons, spoke about the fourfold Gospel, citing Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John when he opposed those that were introducing heresy. Before Irenaeus, Justin Martyr in the middle of the 2nd cent. Opposed Marcion (a gnostic) in his aberrant teachings. In his Dialogue with Trypho (160), he calls the canonical Gospels “the reminiscences” of the apostles and says they were read and used in worship in his day. No other gospels are mentioned, (including the Gospel of Thomas).
The Gnostic gospels along with other Gnostic documents were never even considered for being part of the Christian canon. Even the other books that were not Gnostic books were debated and did not make it into the canon, the Shepherd of Hermas, the letters of Ignatius, 1 Clement, the Wisdom of Solomon.
The gnostic texts, which come almost exclusively from the second to the fourth century, were rightly rejected by the early Christians as perversions of the truth of Christ. In fact, most of our knowledge of them until the middle of the 20th century was from the writings of the early church fathers who wrote lengthy rebuttals and debated against the heresy of gnosticism. Gnosticism was NOT Christianity, rather it was one of the earliest competitors and counterfeits. After 16 centuries gnosticism has resurfaced by scheming revisionists banking on society and the churches historical and theological ignorance of its original teachings and ideas.
None of this is new, but now in the end with an apostasy going on it adds to the mix of deception that Jesus so ardently warned of as the climate in the last days (Matthew 24).
Let’s not forget about those who want to add to his word or damage it by bringing in false books. Matt 12:35-37 “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.” But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.” For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
Those who have written these books and those who promote them will have to answer for their deceptions.
Paul said to the Thessalonians 1 Thess 2:13 “For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.” We are saved from believing the word of truth found in the Bible and it has life giving power when believed and put into practice. That is why these lost books should stay lost, for none of them contain a accurate portrayal of Jesus or the gospel- they cannot save because they do not have His Spirit or life.