History of the New Testament’s Canonization

October 4, 2013

Friends,
I’ve been reading some articles this week on the origin of the New Testament canon, as it had been many years since I’ve studied it. Certainly with the wealth of information we now have, it does seem odd that myths continue to circulate as they attack the inspiration of the Scriptures and/or invalidate their authority in support of men’s teachings.

One article I found very informative explains that it was actually because of heretics like Marcion that the church felt compelled to make the decision to canonize the writings which they believed to be inspired and which they had already been using as Scripture. This article is long, but it is excellent:

http://www.bible-researcher.com/voorwinde1.html

Here is another article which is less lengthy:

http://www.bible-researcher.com/bruce1.html

And here is a third article with a chart that shows the date each New Testament book was probably written:

http://www.bible-researcher.com/barker1.html

Because God Himself is invisible, we do believe in Him through faith. But for anyone who looks around at creation, anyone who considers DNA’s vast complexities, anyone who knows that life cannot come from non-life, and anyone who thinks about where our sense of morality, ethics, and love come from, we understand that reason itself tells us there is a God. So we do not just believe in God through faith, but through our reason, our logic, our common sense.

Therefore, the existence of God should be a given. And because He exists, we should reason that it would benefit us to understand some things about Him, which means we would seek Him –to know about Him, what He requires, and to even get to know Him personally.

An honest search for God would certainly lead us to the person of Jesus Christ –the man who walked this earth, did many miracles, and stated that He was the Son of God who would atone for the sins of all who believe in Him. A non-biased inquiry about Jesus’ life and claims would lead a sincere person to more truth, which in turn would lead that person to believe Christ’s words.

When a person believes the Lord’s words, there is no way that that person can, at the same time, believe that another authority (like a man or a church) could teach an opposing doctrine and still be upholding Christ Jesus’ words. Such a thing is impossible.

So, what did Jesus, in fact, say? And what writings accurately recorded His words? And what other writings uphold, and are consistent with, the teachings of Jesus? What writings were thus considered to be inspired, God-breathed, and God’s own words?  To answer these, the above links are very good places to begin.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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