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    Glen B Smith
    To:lou newton

    Sun, Jun 21 at 5:29 PM

    How we did NOT get the Bible

    Scenario #1

    The Early Church received the Bible from the Apostles.

    Scenario #2

    The early Church only used texts that were eventually included in the Bible. Accordingly, the responsibility of the early Church was to gather these texts from among the congregations to complete the Bible.

    Scenario #3

    Only people who recorded the texts that were eventually included in the Bible thought of themselves as inspired of God. All the texts not included in the Bible were written by people who did not consider their texts inspired of God. Accordingly, the early Church's responsibility was to gather these texts where the recorders/writers knew what they wrote were inspired of God.

    Scenario #4

    The early Church unanimously recognized which texts were inspired of God and which texts were not. Accordingly, the responsibility of the early Church was to separate the inspired texts from the uninspired texts when assembling the Bible.

    Scenario #5

    Every person is inspired, but the degree of inspiration depends upon one's natural ability and spiritual capacity. The texts by inspired people vary in the accuracy of the divine revelation. The responsibility of the early Church was to discern which texts were sufficiently inspired to be included in the Bible.

    Scenario #6

    Every word was selected by the Holy Spirit and dictated to the writer who recorded what was given to him. Next, the Holy Spirit miraculously guided the early Church to discern which texts were of this sort of plenary verbal origin and to include only these in the Bible. This is the position of the Roman Catholic Church and some fundamentalist Christian groups.

    Scenario #7

    The Apostle Peter saw coming in the clouds one like a son of man, clothed in a robe reaching to the feet, and girded across His chest with a golden sash. His head and His hair were white like white wool, like snow; and His eyes were like a flame of fire. His feet were like burnished bronze, when it has been made to glow in a furnace, and His voice was like the sound of many waters and out of His mouth came a sharp two-edged sword; and His face was like the sun shining in its strength. In His right hand He held codices bound in genuine leather. He called out to the Spirit of God and a great white dove appeared and took the codices from His right hand. The great white dove descended upon the land and offered the codices to the Apostle Peter. He received these codices bound in genuine leather and read the words on the cover: It read "The Holy Bible." When he opened to the title page it read "Authorized King James Version of the Bible."

    If not by any of these means, then how was the determination made as to which texts were included in the Bible? Well, the answer is found by the simple study of Church history.

    Father's Day 21 June 2020 the old scribe
    Hi Glen,

    I believe The Holy Spirit of The Lord Jesus led the writers of the Bible to write every word in the Original Hebrew and Greek Holy Scriptures. His Holy Spirit then caused the inspired manuscripts to be selected; and the manuscripts that had false info in to be left out.

    2 Peter 1 NIV

    19 We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

    If God could create this universe ( which He certainly did); He is also certainly able to write and keep the Holy Scriptures.

    Lou Newton