We all know the recordings of the Apostles in the Bible. I am also hoping to find any more of such recordings from Jesus' followers back in the days of Acts and in the early established churches. I wonder how these people talked about all the theology issues we talk about today and their personal views on these things, like we often do in this age of the Internet.
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The Gospel According to Thomas is an early Christian non-canonical sayings-gospel that many scholars believe provides insight into the oral gospel traditions. It was discovered near Nag Hammadi, Egypt, in December 1945 among a group of books known as the Nag Hammadi library. Scholars speculate that the works were buried in response to a letter from Bishop Athanasius declaring a strict canon of Christian scripture.However we cannot accept this as inspired. No extra-biblical secrets apart from Canon of Bible should be accepted. Of the 8 authors who wrote the 27 books of the N.T. not one ever suggested that he was adding to a collection of holy Scriptures (Luke 1:1-3; John 20:30-31; 2 Cor. 15:1-9; 1 John 1:4; 1 John 2:1,7,12,25; 1 John 5:13; 2 Peter 3:13-16; Jude 3; Rev. 1:11-19); nevertheless, the N.T. books written by the apostles and other inspired men were soon held to be as sacred and inspired as the O.T. books; and together they became the rule of faith for the church. In the formation of the N.T. Canon, 20 out of 27 books were universally accepted immediately as genuine. Only Hebrews, 2 John and 3 John, 2 Peter, Jude, James, and Revelation were questioned by some. The main objections were that Hebrews did not bear the name of its author; 2 Peter differed from 1 Peter in style; the writers of James and Jude called themselves servants instead of apostles; and the writer of 2 John and 3 John called himself an elder instead of an apostle. The book of Revelation was questioned because of its peculiar character. After deliberate examination, however, these books were also received as genuine and authentic. By the beginning of the 4th century all 27 books of the present N.T. had been received by most churches; and by the end of that century they had been received by all churches without further doubt. There being many in those days who were writing novels and fantastic stories about Jesus Christ, His life and His parents, and other Bible characters, it became a problem for the early church to decide which books were inspired. The question was finally settled at the Councils of Nicaea, A.D. 325, Hippo, A.D. 394, and Carthage, A.D. 397. One can therefore wholeheartedly reject the So-Called Lost Books of the Bible and the Apocrypha as being uninspired.
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