With my passion of the Bible and spirituality I have often wondered how the bible was put together.. With the permission of a close friend of mine I have taken the liberty to use some of her extensive research to consider this… The Hip Opinion hopes you enjoy
First let’s consider a few players in the drama…..
The Council of Nicene
The Council of Nicene was where the Emperor Constantine brought together a group of leaders and they decided ‘which’ letters and scrolls would be ‘the Bible’ and decided on the deity of Jesus. Around the year 400 or so.
The Council of Jerusalem
The Council of Jerusalem was an apostolic group that decided on the ‘rules’ of Christianity about 50 years after Jesus died, and THAT was the group that decided Gentiles could finally become Christians
Until then, even people who were Gentiles who ‘converted’ to Jesus’ way of thinking were then considered JEWISH. Yeah, several different sects, like Pharisees, Saducees and Essenes. With me?
Its history right?
A Catholic Myth?
Is Catholicism a Pagan from of Christianity?
Is the Bible infallible? Even though it was compiled by something the ‘some’ call a “false form of Christianity”. –The Catholics
This is interesting. Regarding the Council of Jerusalem, the Catholics certainly acknowledge it was a meeting between …Paul, Peter, James, John and others and had to figure out how to incorporate Gentiles into the belief system of Jesus’ teaching. This is recorded in Acts. The whole issue was a disagreement of opinions, much like happens ALL the time between Peter and Paul. Peter mainly preached to the Jews; Paul to the Gentiles.
So, the point of this story if you had pondered upon it, was that 50 years after Jesus died, people are arguing their opinions about something and make a decision.
Hundreds of years later, an Emperor and some Catholic leaders decide that their own decision is accurate and is infallible, and include it in a book they put together called The Bible.
A Hypnotic Trance?
Today, as some have observed, people seem to be in a hypnotic trance believing it to be the divine, inspired Word of God, instead of a man-edited compilation.
Should we consider ALL of the writings of the day? The history? The customs? Knowing all of this sure would help us understand it all a little clearer, ya know? Make up our own minds and talk to God about it?
Let’s consider Jesus’ path, listen to HIS words (as recorded in numerous places) and have eyes to SEE. Have ears to LISTEN. It won’t be that hard to see or hear God.
Hey… It’s just something to think about… You dig?
Now… Later I’ll write another post to consider this further. Come on back… Ya know?
- Why is there no direct Scripture in the Bible that the Sabbath was changed to Sunday (wiki.answers.com)
- Why does mainstream christianity teac that there were 3 visitors from the east present at Jesus birth when the bible shows them to be intransit to jerusalem (wiki.answers.com)
- Who killed my faith, me or God? (new.exchristian.net)
- Is Jude “Early-Catholic”? (diglotting.com)