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Where was God?

December 29, 2012

It seems everywhere I’ve been, every establishment I’ve visited or just meeting people on the street, the comments are all the same. I just can’t get this Newtown, CT tragedy out of my mind....

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ToTEXASfromPA

Dec-31-12 2:46 PM

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The current commonly used Protestant Bible has these books and only these books. Along the way, some additional books have been added to the Eastern Orthodox, Coptic, Roman Catholic, Syrian and others versions of the Bible. For instance the Roman Catholic Church added the Apocrypha during the Council of Trent, a millennia after the early church had settled on the basic books. The Apocrypha contains useful information but the Protestant church would not put them on the same level as the other books.

Through these books the core messages of salvation through Christ remain the same. For more details, I suggest that you read "The New Evidence that Demands a Verdict" by McDowell where they address this.

Sorry that I can't answer in a short sound bit since it is more complicated than that.

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ToTEXASfromPA

Dec-31-12 2:45 PM

"By what criteria can modern scholars choose which gospels to believe? What makes the gospels that made it into the official bible any more likely to be accurate, than those discovered subsequently? Nothing, except an individuals choosing to believe.." ---BuffTrev1

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Excellent question and even at the end of the answer, there is still some room for doubt.

Through the canonization efforts of those in the early church, they compiled the books of the Old and New Testaments to what we have. The processes were rather lengthy and there was discussion and reviews in the different churches/countries. They reviewed writings from papers that the earliest church writers used and looked at what most churches identified as being written by the eye witnesses of Christ and the writings where eye witnesses provided the information to someone to write. In summary, they landed on what the early churches felt were the inspired texts.

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