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The Christian Bible contains sixty six books…written over a period of a thousand years. It includes poetry and prose, parables, prayers, speeches, prophetic utterances, letters addressed to specific people and circumstances, apocalyptic literature, legal documents, and so on. However one might understand these sacred texts as inspired, interpretation is required at many levels.  Kimball, Charles, When Religion Becomes Evil, Los Angeles, HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. 2002, p. 60.

The Two Bible Canons:
Issues of approach, authenticity, editing, translation and source


These two are not the same and cannot be used interchangeably. Revelation refers to material which is revealed or shown by an external source. By contrast, inspiration comes from a variety of sources, external and internal, and the "inspired" material is internally generated. Yeshua claimed to be the direct, public, and sufficient revelation of god, and this revelation COMES TO US today primarily from the two eyewitness accounts–the Gospels of John and Thomas–while all other articles, letters, commentaries, and accounts are due to some level of inspiration. Inspired feelings, insights and thoughts are NOT INFALLIBLE, and completely subject to the person's existing package of understandings, values and beliefs.

Word of God

Not to put too fine of a point on it, the Bible is not the word of God, never has been, never will nor can be, because the "Word of God" was the messenger of reason manifested or revealed in the human being called by John the Logos. Logos means the basis for logic, the voice of reason, and the source of wisdom. The Old Testament (OT) may be valuable in pointing to Yeshua and substantiating him as the "the coming one", an aspect of very LIMITED value because he can stand on his own. Yeshua actually doesn't need framing by the OT, nor its prophecies because his message deals adequately with the ultimate issues. Nor does Yeshua need to be further explicated by the NT authors! He was not JUST a messenger but was the DEMONSTRATION of the truth about the Creator.

Probably many if not most of Christian believers down through the ages would have balked at turning the canon into an idol as the word of God. Nowadays, probably a majority of Protestant believers have accepted this idolatry call Bibliolatry.

Regarding the canon of Biblical literature: Its limits
were fixed in the earliest times by use rather than by
criticism; and this use itself was based on immediate
- B.F. Westcott, History of the Canon.

Not Authorized

The New Testament (NT), except for the gospels, has merit or worth ONLY as it substantiates the historicity of the life of J and especially his resurrection. It is also useful as a record for wrong ideas that do not work, as a track record for failure of theology differing from that of Yeshua. Neither Yeshua nor the Father ever authorized the writing of the NT nor had anything to do with it, nor has God, time or history validated it. How many times do we have to read Paul's outrageous statements before we see that these are his ancient cultural–personal–convictions and not the word of God.


RSV 1 Corinthians 14:34  As in all the churches of the Saints, the women should keep silence in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be subordinate, as even the law says.
RSV 1 Corinthians 11:13-16  Judge for yourselves; is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her hair uncovered? Does not nature itself teach you that for a man to wear long hair is degrading to him, but if a woman has long hair, it is her pride? For her hair is given to her as a covering. If any one is disposed to be contentious, we recognize no other practice, nor do the churches of God.

The other examples and arguments are legion.


The synoptic Gospels, especially Matthew, are written within the anticipation of Yeshua setting up a theocracy on the earth, something totally out of harmony with his character and purpose. The Gospels of the NT are revelation only in so far as they faithfully report the spirit of what Yeshua said and did, that is, Him giving us His theology. Even the author's commentary within the gospels is not ultimately trustworthy, especially in the synoptic gospels. The rest of the NT, in contrast to the Gospels, is just other men who died giving us their theology. It is purely about what these men thought at the time they wrote and is surely untrustworthy, even though they may have been "inspired".


The word "canon" means measurer or ruler. Both the OT canon and the NT canon came to be regarded as special through a historical process, involving only the collective wisdom of the Hebrews over some 1200 years for the OT, involving only the collective "wisdom" of the errant Christian community over some 335 years for the NT. Evidently, since Yeshua disagreed with part of the OT scriptures and quoted authoritatively from literature outside the canon, the process to canon was an earthly one only approximate in validity at best, and apparently God was not directly involved. Again, canonization is a historical process, and is not the result of some committee directed by the Holy Spirit.

Generally, a document, letter, or other piece of writing being included in the canon has little significance other than being an endorsement that it was a sincere attempt to explicate truth, and that it was taken seriously by the believing community. These two criteria have nothing to do with whether the ideas espoused are true and valid. Extra-canonical material didn't measure up to these two somewhat superficial standards, and may have even been total fictions or fabrications, sometimes even written with a perverse or nefarious agenda. Of course, the canonization process was flawed, because the Gospel of Thomas was no included.

Old Testament Canon

The OT canon was solidified by approximately 400 BC and consisted of three categories of books. The Pentateuch, represented by Moses on the mount of transfiguration, were the foundation of Torah and were considered to be authoritative and infallible. The Prophets, represented by Elijah on the mount, were considered to be "inspirational" but not infallible. The Writings were included as significant romantic and cultural literature. Strangely enough, Yeshua fulfilled more carefully and specifically some "prophetic" sections (note Psalm 22) of the Writings than of the other two categories.

We do not know who wrote the Bible. The Old Testament authors did not labor for personal recognition but to convey their sense of Israel's god and his purpose for the world. Old Testament authorship was typically anonymous, although later traditions assigned important books to eminent figures of the past. In the last several centuries B.C.E. (before the common era), Moses was regarded as the author of the Bible's first five books, the Pentateuch, although most modern scholars believe that these books assumed their present form long after Moses' day. Most of the narrative books–Joshua, Judges, Samuel, Kings, and Chronicles–are the work of nameless priests, scribes, and archivists. None make direct statements about their origin or compilers. Scholars believe that the great prophets–Amos, Isaiah, Micah, and others–delivered their message orally and that their words were collected and written down by later disciples whose names are unknown. Understanding the Bible, Stephen L Harris, p. 2.

New Testament Canon

The NT canon was SOMEWHAT solidified by 370 CE primarily by Roman "Christians" who were firmly entrenched in the major concepts of Zoroastrianism, who were firmly allied with the civil, political and military authorities, and who were beginning at that time to literally slaughter the other more spiritual followers of Yeshua, the Gnostics. The NT writers are not presenting the same message as Yeshua did and we should have no concern for the NT canon being sacred or infallible because Yeshua presents himself as the voice of reason and last revelation of the Supreme Being, and HE told and showed us everything we need to know.

The same anonymity prevails in the New Testament. While late second-century Church traditions attributed various Gospels and letters to prominent early disciples and apostles, most of the texts make no claims of authorship. The conspicuous exceptions are Paul's letters, written between about 50 and 62 C.E. (of the common era) to newly founded Christian churches in such cities a s Corinth, Thessalonica, Philippi, and Rome. Although the author of Luke-Acts may have been a Gentile (non-Jew), all other Bible writers were Jewish, members of the Israelite nation. Understanding the Bible, Stephen L Harris, p. 2

Evolution of the Modern English Bible

Out of reaction to the religious authority of Rome and its commensurate political influence and meddling, King James I of England in 1604 commissioned 54 men to produce the King James Authorized Version of the Bible. This version was not really an intended new translation but was purposely designed to pander to the Church of England and to especially not offend prevailing medieval religious sentiments. Indeed the commission reported that:

"Neither did wee thinke much to consult the translators or Commentators, Chaldee, Hebrewe, Syrian, Greeke, or Latine, nor no the Spanish, French, Italian, or Dutch." - Publishing Page, 1611 King James Bible

Outside of its highly touted literary quality the singular most important thing for the people of that time was that it was authorized by the King, but its extremely poor quality of translation and many errors make it a document that effectively obscures much of the meaning intended by the original authors of the various books included in this particular canon.

Another cautionary aspect is reported at: https://infogalactic.com/info/Wicked_Bible

The Wicked Bible, sometimes called Adulterous Bible or Sinners' Bible, is the Bible published in 1631 by Robert Barker and Martin Lucas, the royal printers in London, which was meant to be a reprint of the King James Bible. The name is derived from a mistake made by the compositors: in the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:14), the word not in the sentence "Thou shalt not commit adultery" was omitted, thus changing the sentence into "Thou shalt commit adultery". This blunder was spread in a number of copies.

Also it is simply intellectually irresponsible to assume that ANY writer, eyewitness or not, completely understood the truth in relation to what he was expositing, and there is good reason to think that many did not.

For the above reasons and others, not the least of which are daunting translational problems,, we cannot legitimately take a sophomoric or credulous approach to understanding the truth from the Gospel accounts and the text, and we MUST do an educated and critical appraisal by letting reason refine the best possible interpretation. It is the composite, truly elegant, inspiring, integrated and consistent big picture that should be our aim and our guide. See: Selecting and rejecting Gospel Material

Ultimate Hermeneutic

Within the limits of being intellectually responsible, always choose to believe the best using your heart (core), or idealistic internal reference point. Four valid criteria may be:

Is it good for me personally?
Is it logical and reasonable to me personally?
Can I live with it happily for all eternity?
Is it within the context and limits of what Yeshua said and did?

"A door that seems to stand open must be of a man's size, or it is  
not the door that providence means for him."
–Henry Ward Beecher

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