Quoting The Lego Man The Lego Man
Hey guys, i've heard that there are Lost Books of the Bible. I just want to know what you guys know on this topic. I know one is The wars of the Lord.
the lost books r the books that werent discovered at the time when the church made the bible like the book of judas or thomas...or ones the church didnt want in it cause they made jesus look too mortal Permalink
Quoting Father Khal
the lost books r the books that werent discovered at the time when the church made the bible like the book of judas or thomas...or ones the church didnt want in it cause they made jesus look too mortal
Not so. Those are different and have a separate title all to themselves.
I believe the books he speaks of are actually books that have been mentioned in the Bible, but have yet to truly be discovered for themselves. The Book of the Wars of the Lord is a complete record of all of the wars fought by the Israelites under the Lord's guidance, as mentioned in the Old Testament. We just have yet to find a copy. Permalink
It all depends, I suppose, on what you mean by "lost books". Of course there were other books written by the same people who wrote the books of the Bible and their contemporaries. E.g. Paul certainly wrote other letters in addition to the ones in the Bible, as, presumably, did people like Peter, Luke etc. In some cases the Bible even refers to these other writings. E.g. the Book of the Wars of the Lord mentioned above is referred to in Numbers 21. Paul also tells the Colossians in Colossians 4:16 to be sure to read the other letter he wrote to the church in Laodicea (basically he would write these letters to a specific church, but the different churches would make copies and share them around). I'm not putting my finger on the exact reference right now, but in one of his letters to the Corinthians he implied that he had written them other letters as well in addition to the two we know in the Bible.
On the other hand, if we believe that the Holy Spirit was in control of the whole process of bringing the Bible together, we then believe that he made sure that the things that were supposed to end up in the Bible did so. So just because Paul, say, wrote a grocery list, wouldn't make it an inspired writing that should end up as holy scripture. Perhaps his other letters weren't written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, but were rather just his more humanly-driven thoughts. Surely still wise as a leader of the church, but not the sort of thing that God intended for the ages. Under this understanding there would be no such thing as a "lost book of the bible", just a "lost writing that was contemporaneous with the bible." Surely tons of things were written down - even tons of things about Jesus and other spiritual topics. But as John wrote (20:30,31) "Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name" even though (John 21:25) "Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written."
That was about the Gospel of John, but you could say the same about the Bible as a whole. God included what God needed to include to achieve his ends. Other things, even if they were written at the same time, and even if they were written down by the same people, were never intended by God to be part of the Bible.