When I was first witnessed to with the gospel of Christ, I was shown the parts of the Bible pertaining to sin, Jesus' death/sacrifice, resurrection, salvation by belief in him, and of the receiving of the Holy Spirit, and his promised return and heaven/judgement. I knew in my conscience and my life that I was a hopeless sinner. I decided that day that I would "test" this promise of God (of salvation to those that believe and his Holy Spirit) or rather I chose to believe in someone I had at one time decided didn't exist.<quoted text>
I don't know about fake Christians and persecution. T...
...I wonder a lot why the Protestants took much out of the original canon. Why leave out a lot of the Septuagint? Why take out the Apocrypha, which was originally published even in the first KJVs, in other Protestant bibles until the 1800s when the Dominionist movement started taking off? So many questions, it seems when I find one answer, I just have more questions to ask.
So I respectfully ask, which texts do you consider to have been specifically endorsed by God and which ones you think the church officials should have left in, as well as the ones you consider should have been left out completely? Seems like quite a deeply intriguing conversation to be had, but that's just me.
That day, my life changed. That choice to take God at his word, proved true. I could go into how all those changes that have manifested themselves in my life since then, but that really doesn't play into this post except to say that they were too numerous to even begin to write about here and from past experience they mean nothing to those that haven't experience that power of God in their lives.
I knew that I had become a new creature, an adopted son of God, who now related to me as a Father. I had been reconciled just as the Bible had said that I would be. God was active in my life and was in me and along side me in the form of his Spirit and he answered my prayers in so many amazing ways that at times I was dumbfounded at times.
I read the Bible many times over and saw his hand in it everywhere and he related it to my life in many deep ways teaching me about myself... pruning me and continuing to change me. At the same time reinforcing the truth that he had revealed to me the day I knelt down in repentance to him. I saw how he was in my life prior to that day as my life was falling apart only to lead me to him as a broken young man... humbled by my experiences, and ready to admit the truth about myself.
Now, after all these years, I know my Lord. I have the understanding that he has given me and know how to recognize him in his word. It's that simple. When I read these other texts, I know through God's Spirit whether these contain God's words or not, just as the early Christians did. It is God''s plumb line in all of us that were chosen by him. It's not about which texts were discovered where and when, but that is what unbelievers will want to argue about.
Those that know God, know what is true about him. They know each other and are instantly connected in their common experience of God's grace, salvation, power and ever presence in their lives. They know that they have been set aside from the rest and are humbled. I have seen how the Bible is a masterful tapestry spun over thousands of years by the greatest artist that there can ever be. To him be the glory!
So to argue with you about Paul and John and bishops of the councils that decided this over that, is essentially irrelevant. The "proof" of what is valid or not is in the test... and the greatest test is... did you receive his promised Holy Spirit? The Spirit is given as a guarantee for the coming fulfillment of the hope that is in me. And that is, my ultimate redemption, that is coming, and my acceptance into the household of God as an adopted son and fellow heir because of what Jesus did for me. Simple as that...