Many Christians may ask the question, “how and why were the canon scriptures chosen?”
We believe the video below may help some struggling with these questions.
The Apocryphal Scriptures
The Apocryphal writings, apart from some Apostolic Fathers, no doubt give us other perspectives relative to their time. For any who are not sure of what they are, these are writings/books by those that were associated with the canon scripture’s authors – supposedly – and in some cases, additional books by the authors themselves. So, why would they too not make it into canon?
The answer is pretty simple. They came much later and/or were considered forgeries, not because they didn’t necessarily agree with canon, but because their attributes lacked what the canon scriptures had – authority.
If you’ve ever read these apocryphal writings you will quickly come to the realization that they have a lack of authoritative presence, or to put it more bluntly, it’s obvious there is no presence of divine inspiration from the Holy Spirit. They are at best, in many instances, amateur. Some even having a completely different ideology. You may be left feeling uninspired, unenlightened, or scratching your head wondering why they may have ever been considered. But for those who are not strong in their faith, it may cause confusion and doubt, which is why we chose to share this information.
What Version of the Canon Should Be Read?
What we eventually realized after purchasing nearly half a dozen versions of the Bible is that the only discrepancies, albeit few and far between for most, are subtle without altering the meaning or changing the overall message of the scripture. That isn’t to say that some versions are not altered, but for the most part the versions we are most familiar with have not strayed to the point of misleading. What this implies is that regardless of what main-line version you may use (i.e. KJV, ESV, ASV etc,) as long as it’s a version from the holy scriptures rather than one’s own doctrine/ideology, the message can be understood in the same way (although the NIV is gaining in popularity, so be mindful).
The message is the same because each of the chapters are inspired. Very few, if any books can pull off such a feat. With that said, if the version you have come across is questionable, we suggest that you pray diligently for the Holy Spirit to guide you through the words and to open your eyes to discern. Also, to ask that you are shown the meaning of His Word and make you aware of what pleases Him.
The key is guidance. In other words, whether or not the version you use is ideal from a linguistic standpoint doesn’t matter in the scheme of things. But, how you go about studying is important. You may want other versions for study purposes, but all in all you will find the message to be received. And it should become evident that you would have been led to the same message, regardless.
Realizing that each chapter in the Bible is truly inspired should cause most to pause. To understand this fact is to understand the importance of accountability to what it holds as truth. However unfortunate it may be, many hide behind their doubt. But we are indeed accountable to these truths, whether we chose to believe them or not.
It seems as though, and I’d like to quote Dan Wallace who was paraphrasing a quote by William Barclay, and that is:
“The New Testament Books were not the sort that people could determine what belonged, rather they were the sort of books that no one could keep from getting into the New Testament.”
He goes on to say, “They have this intrinsic authority to them that we have finally recognized.”
To address some important questions regarding the canonical scriptures we suggest you view the video below for some interesting information that may help you.