The Lost Bible

Recently, I’ve been studying my Bible a bit. I even bought a fancy large-print one so that I don’t have to squint at those itsy-bitsy words.

For many people, the Bible is a touchy subject. It makes some people uncomfortable; and it makes some people so argumentative that you can’t get a word in edgewise. Some people don’t believe any of it; some people only believe some of it. It’s sort of like little Anne in The Others — you know, that ghost movie with Nicole Kidman? Little Anne didn’t believe God made the world in six days, and she didn’t believe that Noah got all those animals onto one boat.

Some people, on the other hand, regard every written word in the Bible as complete spiritual truth. I’m not saying that this is a bad thing, but personally, I take every word with a grain of salt. God didn’t write the Bible. Men did. First, His prophets in the Old Testament; and then, Jesus’s disciples in the New Testament. My favorite parts of the Bible are Jesus’s words, because I believe that His disciples would have recorded them with great diligence and care. I believe we read it pretty much exactly as He said it.

However, as with every ancient text, there are scholars and historians who question certain things. For example, modern scholars don’t believe that the Promised Land of Israel and Judah was peopled by the followers of Moses. Instead, they claim that its inhabitants were never switched out, one group for another. They simply say that the inhabitants of Israel and Judah adopted the God of Moses.

It would be easy to try and pick a side, and give what we call an “educated opinion” on the subject. If some people felt that they didn’t completely understand what happened, their world would seem shaken.

But I don’t take that approach. I don’t know exactly what happened after Moses led the Jews out of Egypt. I don’t know who the ancestors of the modern Israelites were. How can we pretend to understand? It doesn’t much matter who your ancestors were, if you don’t even believe that Jesus is the Messiah.

Because that, you know, is the founding basis of the Bible. There were four major prophets in the Old Testament, and twelve minor ones, all of whom predicted the coming of Christ. So, even before He came, the Bible was about Jesus.

Modern scholars claim that, once upon a time, there were even more books that proclaimed Jesus as the savior of the world. The most famous of the “lost gospels” are those of Peter, Mary Magdalene, and Judas. But the gospel of Peter, for example, is apparently much different than the other gospels. It may be older, and it shows a “gnostic” tendency.

Gnosticism is a word from ancient Greek, which is applied to many old religions, simply meaning “knowledge.” It shuns the material world, and embraces the spiritual world. But so far as Christianity goes, the gnostic approach was considered heresy, since gnostics believed that their salvation relied on a “secret knowledge” from Christ. All they had to do was know the secret, which God gave them. And salvation was theirs.

Actually, this is very similar to my own view of Christianity. I believe that the Bible is a very useful tool; but true knowledge, and true conviction, is delivered straight to your heart. You don’t need a Bible for it, although reading it can help to strengthen you, both physically and mentally.

It may be that there are an ocean of missing Bible books out there, written by men and women whose beliefs about Jesus didn’t quite match up with those of the Church. Most Christians disagree, claiming that every book God intended to be present in the Bible did end up there.

I believe that the world is a mystery. The only mystery God ever revealed is that Jesus was His son, sent to save mankind, and that one day He’ll return for His people.

All the other mysteries will have to wait until later.

(Featured image: Jesus Christ holding a Bible which reads, “Ego sum via veritas et vita.” Translation from Latin: “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”)

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33 thoughts on “The Lost Bible

  1. The Lost Bible is an interesting title to me because I truly believe the understanding of the bible is indeed lost among many people today.

    One of the biggest reasons, and misconceptions, about scripture itself is often that its a religious book but in truth its a history book. Specifically, the history of the Israelite nation (who are the ancient descendants of the so-called African Americans today), and the nations that interacted with them.

    While the bible was written by men, I believe both the old and new testament was written not just by any man, but men inspired by the most high that we may understand how to live and interact in the world today.

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  2. I think that if by reading The Bible you don’t come away with a personal connection with God, by which He can reveal more than just history, you’ve missed the point.

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  3. This is a very balanced, open and thoughtful post. You’ve asked some intriguing questions and I see no problems with any of them. The whole read was most refreshing
    Although being Roman Catholic by conversion, which is the way I find I can communicate with God, I see no problem with anyone else’s path, even if I disagree with it. After all that’s only my opinion and who am I to question God’s Wisdom, there may be many, many paths.
    The matter which at one annoys and bemuses me is people both some fundamentalist and ‘new’ atheists using the literal word of The Old Testament to support their arguments. Firstly the book of OT have been translated through several languages, so what’s with the adherence to the English Text?. Secondly as true biblical scholars keep saying many books are philosophical or poetical discourses of folk coming to grips with the world around them and trying to perceive the nature of God; these words were not meant to be literal (in that English Text again)..but try telling either side (Large sigh!!)
    Final words and try telling both groups you believe in science and Christianity and you can almost hear their heads revolve (I was even accused once of having a closed mind because of that- still trying to figure that one out)

    Thanks again for sharing your perspective.

    Roger

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    1. Wow! Thanks so much for the thoughtful comment, Roger. I don’t know who called you closed-minded, but you seem like an extremely open-minded, fair individual. I really appreciate when people take the time to share their thoughts and opinions.

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  4. Curious, I just posted a poem (it came to me in a nap) and reading it over I tagged it Gnostic. I have arguments with Atheist friends regarding Genesis, they say it couldn’t possibly be true, but they are more than one way to be true, I am like how can you deny that we have fallen from a state of grace, we feel that instinctively, it is a mythic truth, truer than true. The problem with the Gnostics, well some Gnostics sects anyway, there were a bewildering profusion of them, apart from getting rid of the rid of a church to interpret the ways of God to man(which was definitely not going to go down well with the Church) was that it venerated Christ above the Father(who some sects saw a demiurge, a false creator, why would a perfect being create an imperfect world?) which is quite pessimistic. Anyway very balanced and fair post C.M which got me thinking (not necessarily a good thing, you know how my mind strays).

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    1. Wow, that’s some interesting stuff. I’m sorry it took me so long to get back to you — I’m sure you’re used to me doing that by now. I’m like the least constant person ever. I get lost in one thing, and forget about everything else. “Well-rounded” would be a terrible way to describe me.

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      1. Please don’t worry at all. I would certainly love for you to visit Cake though, I have been busy writing poems, instalments of my novel and the art stuff as well. I always missed you. And I like you just the way you are.

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  5. I enjoyed your post 🙂 I agree that the bible was written by men, and therefore the book itself can be seen as fallible. Even if ( and I don’t agree with this btw) we don’t take it as a book from God, the teachings inside are still relevant and can still be used to better our lives.

    I also agree with the person who said the bible can also be seen as a history book. We are not only being shown God and Jesus, but we are shown the people who served him. By looking at their lives, we can take away even more knowledge on how to live our own.

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      1. I think the whole New Year’s celebration stuff is mostly media-driven. Do you know how many people I know (like us) staying put on December 31st? A lot. I also know I’m having Chinese food for dinner tonight…but I feel shame…it will not be homemade. Enjoy!!! 🙂

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