Who Determines What Is and What Is Not Inspired in the Bible?

I find the concept of the Bible being 100% the word of God a very strong statement that would at the very least require a bit of research for any advocate of such a standing. While I am in favor of the Bible a great deal, this is a concern I have with it.

by Quinton on August 2nd, 2009

Why is it that people have no problem accepting these compiled scriptures written through many ages when they are just that, compiled writings written through the ages, or more appropriately roughly 1500 BC - 100 AD. What about all the other scriptures written from before, after and even during these periods? Why these ones but not those? Most people will say, those weren't "inspired by God" and therein lies the question. Inspired by who and who determines what's inspired and what's not?

Fresco depicting the First Council of Nicea
The Council of Nicea Fresco in the Sistine Salon Vatican

In the Old and New Testament Christian Bible the ones who determined this was the Council of Nicaea. But who's to say they know what's inspired? I don't have an answer. All I know is I hope they do, otherwise we got a problem. If you really think long and hard on it may confuse you as well. Why would I want to put my trust in their interpretation when I can read all these various scriptures myself and pick which ones I think are best for me. Why do I need somebody else to tell me which ones are best? Clearly Jesus isn't picking them, or any of the writers of the New Testament. If they were told by God which ones to pick then why can't God tell you either? What qualifications do they have that you don't?

All I know is that this whole thing seems very suspect. If you consider that this Council was convened by the Roman Emporer Constantine I in 325 AD it starts to sounds somewhat similar to the way America operates today. It is usually not healthy to put somebody above you and allow them to choose for you. It is usually best to reach the level of maturity where you can decide on your own - where you are no longer a child that needs his diaper changed by somebody else but rather an adult who can handle it on his own.

Why then do so many people put their trust in this group of people? I think there a lot of reasons and most of them have to do with majority of people caring very little about seeking the truth. Most people are consumed by daily things, happy with where they're at with their religion and have no desire to understand why they believe the things they believe. They are much more happy with tradition and a thinner band of reality. And that's totally cool, but to those of us who do care I think this is something worthy of your consideration.

 Filed under: Books / Documents, Bible


batesmotel: Authority of NT

One of the main criteria for canonization of a NT book is eyewitness testimony. You will notice that all the NT books were written by those who were there...Paul, Matthew, Peter, John and Mark. Luke was not an eyewitness, but he took on the task of interviewing and documenting those who were eyewitnesses of Jesus' Life, Death, Burial and most importantly, Jesus' Resurrection from the dead.

Luke gives us such detailed and accurate accounts of Jesus' ministry without which, for example, we would know very little of Jesus' birth. What an interview that must have been when Luke talked to Jesus' mother... Mary.

notasecular: yes!


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