Beware of many modern "canon" scholars who reject the Bible.
It is important to know the personal biases of the "scholars and authorities" who engage in complicated discussions on the topic of the canon of the Bible. Please keep the following in mind whenever you read any book on the canon or textual criticism. Try to determine if the author is a true Bible believer, or just a professional educator with a Ph.D. that has no personal life in Christ.
- If the author believes in the existence of the "Q" document, they reject the Bible and are not true believers. The "Q" document is supposed to be the original text from which Matthew, Mark and Luke were copied. Of course there is no evidence of any proof that the "Q" document ever existed except in the minds of infidels who reject the concept of Bible inspiration. When these Bible trashers see that parts of the synoptic gospels are identical and parts are different, they assume the similar parts were all copied from the "Q" document. Those who believe in "Q" usually take the more liberal of two interpretive option. The Holy Spirit chose the wording of all Bible books.
- If the author believes any of the 27 New Testament books were written after 100 AD, they reject the Bible and are not true believers. These authors believe the New Testament is unreliable and contains forged books. In other words, the Bible is the product of humans, rather than the Holy Spirit.
- Remember that they are basing their information strictly upon recorded history. All agree that the historical information before 200 AD is too small to make a reliable judgement.
- They often base their opinions on history to the exclusion of what is actually in the Bible. A perfect example of this is the whole discussion regarding when the 27 books were first called, "the new testament/covenant". Scholars will imply that the collection of New Testament books were first called the "New Testament" only after about 150 AD. Yet they fail to observe the obvious fact that in several books, they are called just that: Luke 22:20; 1 Corinthians 11:25; 2 Corinthians 3:6; Heb 8:6-13; 9:1-4, 15. So instead of admitting that the earliest Christians MUST have referred to their collection of books as the New Testament as the Bible itself documents, they ignore this and base their opinions strictly on extant historical information.
By Steve Rudd
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