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Is the Apocrypha inspired revelation?

tomgroeneman's picture

According to the first completed Canon of Scripture at the Council of Carthage in AD 419, the apocryphal books were adopted as biblical. http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/npnf214.xv.iv.iv.xxv.html Why do not the protestant Churches consider them scriptural? Most contemporary Bibles exclude the apocryphal books but even the original King James Version included them. Are they any less inspired than the other books of the Bible?

jwmcmac's picture

Dan asked: "I am curious

Dan asked:

"I am curious whether the Apocryphal books of the "eastern Churches" support doctrines peculiar to that branch of Christianity too?"

Jwmcmac comments:

I am not certain of what you ask, or the answer to you.

One person whom I chatted with who was, I think, from an eastern Church, I think, seemed to imply to me that his church believed in some of the apocryphya writings that the Catholic Church has never believed in . . . but I didn't press him to ever say this clearly and I don't think he would have made it more clear anyway.

But really, since I can't remember, I shouldn't have said that.

I don't think the Eastern Churches that have been affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church in the past . . . I don't think any of these . . . have a different Bible from the Catholic Church.

And the main thing that the ones who differ with the Roman Catholic Church disagree with the Roman Catholic Church on is the authority of the Pope . . . but they are mutually working on this point of difference . . . additionally as well there is a semantics (my opinion) disagreement with some eastern Churches (Chaldean for one, I think) on CHRIST having One Person and Two Natures. It seems that we and they use the same words but with flip-flopped understanding of the meanings of these words and that we in reality Believe almost Identically but having the opposite understanding of the words used to say the same thing (again, my opinion).

Nice to hear from you, Dan. I've been busy working.

GOD Bless you and us all.