There are four gospels in the Bible: the books of Matthew, Luke, Mark, and John. These books contain the life and teachings of Jesus. The gospels are also called ‘The Good News’ as they contain the story of death and resurrection of Jesus, the foundation of Christian faith and salvation.
A lot of people asks how the books of the Bible compiled or how did they choose what books to include in the Bible and how can you tell the authenticity of the certain book.
There are already lots of articles on the internet that will answer those questions and others contain deeply studied materials with historical facts. What you’re about to read is just an additional to these articles, which are simple and practical.
How did they choose books of the Bible?
For sure, there are lots of books in the first centuries that are candidate to be a book in the Bible. So, what are the criteria that they consider upon choosing a book?
1. Support – they one criterion that they used on choosing a book to include in the Bible is the support from other books. I already mentioned some of it on my past articles but still, I would like to list a sample here. Jesus quoted passages from the Old Testament books when He was tempted in the wilderness. This gives support in the book of Deuteronomy.
2. Affiliation – there are no credible story tellers of a certain biography other than the ones close to the subject. Not only have they known the subject’s public profile, but also their private life as well. I’m talking about Peter, Matthew, John, Jude and James. The other authors of the book of the New Testament was said to be close to these Apostles. The Apostle Peter gave credit to Apostle Paul (2 Peter 3:15-16).
3. Prophecy – this criterion is meant for Old Testament books. And the Old Testament scriptures have been long authenticated by early Christians including Jesus Himself.
The Gospels of Judas and Mary Magdalene
Although not included in the New Testament scriptures, the Gospels of Judas and Mary Magdalene are included in the Gnostic text or scriptures. The problem with these scriptures is that they are not supported by other Bible scriptures, and in fact, they even tell an opposite story. Both gospels are self-centered, lifting the profile of each author and claiming to have close, secret relationship with Jesus. They both claim to be Jesus’ favorite apostle and the other Apostles are said to be against with it. This was shown on the National Geographic Channel. You can never read text from the current four Gospels that have the same content as the gospels of Judas and Mary. Even the two gospels don’t support both claims and tells different story.
The Da Vinci Code
Author Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci code is not new. There is already a book published that discussed the Da Vinci code which titled The Da Vinci Legacy by Lewis Perdue. This author even filed charges against Dan Brown for plagiarizing his novel. But the claims of these two authors cannot be relied on as these authors are not certified historians. They do not have strong credentials for being a historian to release such delicate information.
Believers of the Christian faith should not be surprised of these so-called ‘revelations’. On the other hand, they should expect for more. Satan is good on corrupting things God had made. This is his craft. Lies. If he can’t tempt the man, he will confuse it. Man doesn’t need to rebel against God to please Satan. Disbelief of God/Creator is enough for him. This ‘revelations’ has dozens of doctrines and information that disprove the divinity of Jesus and the authenticity of the other Gospels and scriptures and it resulted in a lot of confusions. Let us stand still. I encourage you to read the Bible, study it deeply, pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and you will know the difference between the false and the truth.
“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” – John 8:32
I will tackle these topics deeply and more detailed, soon. This is just a preview of a more interesting and exciting story.