This is a WordPress repost of an excellent article originally authored by Matthew Mittelberg from the www.crosswalk.com website. In the article Matthew provides an excellent overview of the process involved in establishing which books were to be included in the New Testament, especially as it applies to popular misconceptions voiced in pop culture today. Take the time to read it and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it as much as I did!
“To rewrite the history books…Constantine commissioned and financed a new Bible, which omitted those gospels that spoke of Christ’s human traits and embellished those gospels that made Him godlike. The earlier gospels were outlawed, gathered up, and burned.”
This passage, from the bestselling Dan Brown novel The Da Vinci Code, expresses a common perspective in pop culture today: the Bible is a man-made book, collected by a corrupt church, in an effort to make their leader seem divine. But is this true? Has the New Testament, a collection of 27 books, been heavily edited and censored by the church? Do we have any reason to trust the books that were included? This article will explore these important questions.
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