The Foundation the Canon
Almost 1,982 years ago Joshua (whose name means Yahweh is salvation ) was crucified. Since that time a substantial amount of writings both canonical and non-canonical were written about Him and His teachings. I learned in the past that there are certain qualifications that have to be passed in order for a writing to be considered canon and placed in the New Testament of the bible, however when looking back through history I see something quite different has taken place. There were different defensive reasons that were taken into consideration as to why writings were separated from other writings and placed into the “New Testament” canon. The first defense was from legalism which was quickly handled by Paul as described in the New Testament. This was followed by the church fathers defense against Gnosticism. These heresies needed to be addressed swiftly, especially after Marcion created the first New Testament which took out all Christianity’s Hebrew roots. It became apparent that a New Testament Canon needed to be in place to prevent confusion of the good news of the messiah.
The current New Testament in the Holy Bible has 27 books in it that are canon which means they are considered inspired scriptures and Gods Word. Four books, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are called the good news. Two of the good news books were written from Apostles who followed Joshua while He was doing His ministry. One was written by a disciple of the Apostle Simon Peter and the other was written by a disciple of Paul who claims himself to have thoroughly investigated all the people he came across, gathering all the information he could so he could write it all down in an orderly fashion . Paul’s 13 epistles were written betwee...
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...I have learned over the years that there were rules which were followed in order for a book to be canonized into the New Testament. One rule was that the author had to be an Apostle of Joshua or related to an Apostle of Joshua. Another rules was that the book had to be consistent with the Christian teachings and could not contradict Scripture. Finally there had to be widespread acceptance of the book. I have found this not to be true in my research. Some of the books are believed to have been falsified by writers pretending to be Apostles. Hebrews has an unknown author. There is also wide spread acceptance of some heresies but these books were not included. Just as some of the early Church fathers have used quotes out of books that did not make it into the canon. I have learned that Christians have recognized certain books as authoritative over a period of time.
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