Banned From The Bible

07/01/2013

It’s so very curious.  The Bible is perhaps the greatest book ever written and yet so very little is truly known about it.  For a book which is considered by many to be the Word of God, one has to ask this question.  Why?

In this country (the U.S.A.), Protestantism is the face of Christianity.  The thing is, I don’t think that anyone knows just what that means, per se.  Let’s see.  We’ve got Methodists, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Baptists, among many other denominations.  We’ve even got Southern Baptists because they can’t agree with the Baptists.  Then at one end of the spectrum, we’ve got the Quakers, the Amish, Mennonites, the Seventh Day Adventists and the Pentecostals, just to name a few.  It seems that none of them can agree as to exactly what the Word of God is.  What to make of it?

Well, for starters the Bible isn’t really a book at all, but rather a compilation of various writings by various writers that covers a period of over one thousand years. There isn’t just one Bible, there’s over 30 different versions and they are not necessarily based on the same source material either.  Further, some of the books of the Bible were written in Greek, some were in Aramaic and some were in Hebrew.

Not only isn’t there just one version of the Bible, there isn’t even one dogma which is the one and only dogma of Christianity.  Most Christians in this country don’t even realize what a fractured religion Christianity is.  None of my many Christian friends are even part of the largest Christian churches in the world; that would be the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church.  Other large groups include the Anglicans (the Church of England) and the Oriental Orthodox Church.  Anybody ever heard of them?  There are different Protestant churches for a reason and that reason is that they all want the right to define the Word of God – their way.

The bibles of the Roman Catholics and the Eastern Orthodox are way bigger than the Protestant bibles. Some of the additional books are Tobit, Judith, Wisdom of Solomon, Ecclesiasticas, Baruch, Jeremiah, Prayer of Azariah, Susanna, Bel and the Dragon, 1 Maccabees, 2 Maccabees, 1 Esdras, Prayer of Manasseh, Psalm 151, 3 Maccabees, 2 Esdras and 4 Maccabees. They consider these books to be the Word of God, but in the Protestant world they are…

banned from the Bible.

Then there’s the bible of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church which contains what, in my opinion, is one of the most important Hebrew writings ever – the Book of Enoch. The Book of Enoch was especially popular among early Christian writers and the church fathers.  If you’ve never read it, you’re in for a real eyeful. But then again, we wouldn’t want people to know too much about the gods who fathered us, now would we.  So the Book of Enoch was…

banned from the Bible.

If they were alive today, Jesus and Paul would probably have to admit that the Bible was not the Word of God because the mystery concerning the Kingdom of Heaven was never disclosed to the masses.  Paul, for one, said that, “Now to him that is of power to establish you to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began” and Jesus said, “To you, the disciples, it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them, the masses, it has not been given.”  There you have it in their own words.  But why tell people about the secrets of Heaven; simply cut them off from the Tree of Knowledge and the Tree of Life so that this sacred knowledge would be…

banned from the Bible.

Then there was the Dead Sea Scrolls.  Now, we never knew that these writings existed until they were discovered in the 1940s.  But obviously early Christians knew.  After all, these documents were written, and or preserved, by the Jerusalem Church which would eventually morph into Christianity.  According to many historians, the Dead Sea Scrolls offer the world a glimpse into the very origins of Christianity.  But we wouldn’t want Christians to know that their religion isn’t unique – that it’s just an offshoot of Judaism.  So the Dead Sea Scrolls were effectively …

banned from the Bible.

Then there’s the Nag Hammadi Library which was also discovered in the 1940s.  There’s over 50 codices in the Nag Hammadi Library which are principally the works of Gnostics who were an important Christian group during the early years of Christianity.  Their beliefs, however, conflicted on certain key points of what would later be decided as church dogma.  So, the Gnostic writings were destroyed and, yes, they were…

banned from the Bible.

Then there’s the Secret Gospel of Mark, which is an expanded version of the canonical gospel of Mark.  Today, historians have snippets of the secret gospel because of a recently discovered letter written by Church Father Clement of Alexandria.  The secret gospel shows that there may have been secret teachings of Jesus.  We wouldn’t want the masses to know about a mystical Jesus would we?  So the Secret Gospel of Mark was…

banned from the Bible.

One of my personal favorites is the Gospel of Judas.  Although this gospel was long known to have existed from a date in early Christianity, all copies had been thought to have been destroyed.  The modern world first laid eyes on the gospel after its  discovery in the 1970s.  The gospel paints Judas in an entirely different light and during the Last Supper Jesus mocks his disciples for praying to a false god and then proceeds to tell Judas about the secrets of the universe because, according to Jesus, he is the only disciple capable of understanding him.  However, we wouldn’t want anyone to know that the god of the Old Testament wasn’t God, the First Cause, would we?  So, the Gospel of Judas was…

banned from the Bible.

Some Christians would say that the Bible is the word of God simply because the Bible says so.  However, that sounds too much like circular reasoning to me.  One problem is that there are other holy books, like the Q’uran, that also claim that they are the one and only Word of God.  I’m just guessing that it would be pretty easy to convince Christians that the Q’uran is not the Word of God.  The opposite, of course, is also true.  I’m sure that I could convince Muslims that the Christian Bible is not the Word of God.  I, for one however, could never understand how the Bible could be the Word of God anyway since, with the exception of Paul’s letters, historians can’t decide exactly who wrote the different books.  Case in point, the gospels were not written by the disciples whose names are associated with them; neither were they even eyewitness testimony.   So the question is this: if you don’t know who wrote the Bible how would you ever know who, or what, inspired theses books to be written?

Epilogue

The saga continues.  Recently, The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife was discovered.  I guess it’s probably obvious to everyone why that gospel was…

banned from the Bible.

“No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says – he is always convinced that it says what he means.”

– George Bernard Shaw

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12 Responses to “Banned From The Bible”

  1. violetwisp said

    Reblogged this on violetwisp and commented:
    This is an area I know nothing about so reading about what’s been banned from the Bible is rather interesting. If my best blogging buddy Physics & Whiskey (that’s PeW, if you know him well enough) is by chance still lurking, I would love to see his response to these allegations!

  2. makagutu said

    This is quite informative. I was aware of the additional books in the catholic bible, the rest are new.

  3. Sounds like you’ve done a lot of studying.

    • chicagoja said

      I do a lot of research, but only to follow up on that which I receive through divine revelation. I don’t pretend to know everything, even if it may sound like it sometimes. My main goal is to stimulate thinking as most people in the world today are “asleep”. Thanks for dropping by.

  4. ztameez said

    Great post. Thank you for this read. One think I might add:

    When did the Bible say God wrote it anyway? It never did. Revelations said it was inspired by God, but the other books make no mention of it.

    • chicagoja said

      Thank you for commenting. You’re right. People not only invent the type of god they want, but they then interpret their holy book according to their definition of god.

  5. babarahs said

    This is so far my favorite. Just don’t GET IT…why people have no desire to understand things. Just so easy to go along with what others claim is fact. Keep up the good work.

    • chicagoja said

      Very few people GET IT, in part because they’re brainwashed. Only you and me GET IT and sometimes I worry about thee. Just kidding. Love your blog.

      • Lux Ferous said

        Who wants to get it? If I were christian I certainly wouldn’t want to know that I’ve been lied too.

        The funniest thing is that many seminaries teach this stuff…but the pulpits don’t.

        Lux

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