To: Mrs. Don-o
The Bible denies that it is sufficient as the complete rule of faith. Paul says that much Christian teaching is to be found in the tradition which is handed down by word of mouth (2 Tim. 2:2). He instructs us to "stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter" (2 Thess. 2:15).
You are, of course, misrepresenting those passages badly. Paul doesn't say, and Scripture doesn't say, that anything we need to know is outside the Canon and would always be outside the Canon. Remember that when Paul wrote the Gospels weren't written yet, but now they have been written (a rather significant difference).
posted on 12/06/2006 10:34:59 PM PST
Who determined the Canon?
Here's an incomplete list of ancient books which failed to make the cut.
The Gospel of Thomas
The Gospel of Philip
The Gospel of Peter
The Gospel of Nicodemus (also called the "Acts of Pilate")
The Gospel of Bartholomew
You don't believe in them, and neither do I. So I ask again: who determined the Canon? And on what basis?
posted on 12/07/2006 7:28:51 AM PST
by Mrs. Don-o
("Stand firm and hold to the Traditions"--- 2 Thess. 2:15--- because the Bible tells me so.)
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