Week2_4Canonicity - VIII CANONICITY THE STANDARD FOR INCLUDING BOOKS IN SCRIPTURE Throughout history many cults have claimed to receive a

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VIII. C ANONICITY : T HE S TANDARD F OR I NCLUDING B OOKS I N S CRIPTURE Throughout history many cults have claimed to receive a revelation or a new message from God. Their revelation is found in the form of many books, such as The Book of Mormon , The Koran, and other forms of literature. Some Christians mistakenly think there may be a “lost” book somewhere that will be added to the Bible in the future. Perhaps they dream there could be several books penned by Philip the Apostle or one of the women observers at the cross that could be added to the Bible. Could there be 67 books in the Bible, or more? The 66 books in the Holy Bible contain all that God has chosen to reveal about Himself and all man needs to know concerning God, His works and His salvation. The fact that salvation is limited to the self-revelation of God denies the necessity or possibility of additional books of Scripture that include any further revelation. The title given to Scripture when referring to its completion is Canon. The word canon comes from the Greek root meaning “rod,” which was used as a measuring reed and eventually became a standard. When applied to theology, the books that should be in the Bible, have had their contents applied to God’s standard and as a result have been included therewith. Today, books in the canon are those that are officially recognized as the books of Scripture. Christianity accepted the 66 books of the Bible, 39 Old Testament books and 27 New Testament books. Remember, the church or a church council did not make the books of Scripture authoritative by their vote or recognition. Christians recognized that certain books had a spiritual ministry in their lives and were used by God to edify the church when they became the basis for preaching and teaching. Christians recognized that God spoke to them through certain books which had a certain innate spiritual power. They also recognized these books were written under the influence of God. They knew the human authors of these books and trusted their eyewitness reports, their spiritual counsel, or their testimony. When these authors claimed in their books that they were writing the message and actual words of God, the church accepted their testimony and recognized their books as Scripture. THE BASIS FOR INCLUDING A BOOK IN SCRIPTURE 1. It must be prophetic (written by a prophet). 2. It must be authoritative (claims to be God’s message . . . “thus saith the LORD”). 3. It must be authentic (written by the person who claimed to be its author). 4. It had life-transforming power. 5. It was widely recognized as the Word of God. 6. It was reliable (the contents were consistent with the rest of Scripture, the data were accurate, and there were no inconsistencies in the book). A. OBVIOUS IDENTIFICATION.
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This note was uploaded on 07/12/2011 for the course PHIL 104 B taught by Professor Aidoo during the Spring '11 term at Liberty.

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