What’s been left out of the scriptures? Why the exclusion. The Apocrypha, for instance, is biblical writings not forming part of the accepted canon of Scripture.
The argument is that the issue of the OT Apocrypha is not an insignificant one. The author lists historical reasons for seeing the canon as fixed in Judaism by the time of Jesus, whatever the state of various and conflicting collections of Greek Old Testament writings. Theological reasons for acknowledging the Hebrew canon include the Church’s need to acknowledge what Israel has passed on to her as canonical under God’s providence. The content of much of the Apocrypha leaves much to be desired. For all there is continuity of God’s providence between the times of the testaments there was also a pause in revelation. The New Testament comes as something new indeed, even if works such as the apocrypha illustrate the context into which God’s word was spoken, and can be seen as witness to God’s uninterrupted providence. (European Journal of Theology, 2004)
Helpful or Harmful? The “Apocrypha” and Evangelical Theology
by Henri Blocher Wheaton College/Vaux-sur-Seine
There is one fact: in the earliest complete manuscripts of the old Greek version called “the Septuagint ” (LXX), the disputed books are found together with those of the Hebrew Bible (p. 3, para 2).
Baruch is an apocryphal appendix to Jeremiah. “[T]he Ethiopian church was free to define itself by the inclusion in its canon of a historical work of the 10th century AD (the work called Pseudo-Josephus)” (Blocher, p. 4, 2004).
Pseudepigrapha, Apocrypha and Sacred Writings.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints, Mormon, have some bizarre practices, beliefs, and rituals. Similar to many religions and people who worship out of fear, earning salvation is an erroneous plot. Believers have living proof with at least 101 Verses that Teach: Salvation is not by works.
The Pseudepigrapha is Old Testament scriptures. The following partial list is from Wikipedia. Myths? Decide for yourself:
Experts Face Off on ‘Noah’s Flood’ 2001, The New York Times
27. Heb. 1:3 – “He had BY HIMSELF purged our sins.” He doesn’t need help from us! (See #15)
28. Heb. 2:3 – If we have to work at earning it, why does the Bible call it “So great salvation”?
29. Heb. 2:9-10 – Christ is “The CAPTAIN of their salvation.” He tasted “Death for every man.”
30. Heb. 2:14-15 – Christ is the one who will “DELIVER” us from death, not ourselves! (See #53)
31. Heb. 2:17 – Christ makes “RECONCILIATION for the sins.” We can’t reconcile ourselves.
32. Heb. 5:9 – Christ is “The AUTHOR of eternal salvation,” not us! It’s not in our hands.
1 thought on “Hidden scriptures”
Seriously considering descriptions of Hell, the vivid descriptions of Heaven in these ancient documents should scare the begeezers out of humanity. The warnings contained in them, warnings for revelers, sorcerers, mean-sprited types who mistreat one another, could turn a few around. Throughout the Holy Bible, in one way or another, departing from wicked ways is the message.