Why were the gnostic gospels thrown out of the modern day bible?

Gospel of Judas, Thomas, Mary, Phillip.....etc.

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  • 9 years ago
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    Because they teach Herectical doctrines and thus were not deemed inspired by God.

  • Haven’t certain books of the Bible been lost? No. The supposedly lost books of the Bible that have been found, the so-called gospels of Thomas, Philip, and Mary Magdalene, were not lost gospels; they were pseudo gospels that the early church rejected as uninspired, spurious writings. The Christian church was familiar with these documents but purposely left them out of the Bible, easily recognizing that they were not divinely inspired. We too can be certain these books do not belong in the Bible. First, they were not written by any of the apostles or their close associates, such as Mark or Luke. Most scholars, Christian and non-Christian, date these Gnostic gospels to the second and third centuries, long after the time of Christ. Secondly, these writings contradict authentic revelation.

    You can be absolutely confident that God, who inspired the men to pen the words of the bible, see 2 Timothy 3:16 and 2 Peter 1:21, saw to it that none of the inspired writings were lost. We would be foolish to think that an all-knowing, all-powerful God could lose track of books He intended to put in the Bible, or anything else for that matter. Simon Greenleaf, a professor and the founder of Harvard Law School, said, “I must say, that having for many years made the evidences of Christianity the subject of close study, the result has been a firm and increasing conviction of the authenticity and plenary inspiration of the Bible. It is indeed the Word of God.”

    R. A. Torrey, who lived from 1856 to 1928, and was dean of the of the Bible Institute of Los Angeles and an author, said with Charles Leach in their book ‘Our Bible: How We Got It and Ten Reasons Why I Believe the Bible Is the Word of God,’ “For eighteen centuries every engine of destruction that human science, philosophy, wit, reasoning or brutality could bring to bear against a book has been brought to bear against that book to stamp it out of the world, but it has a mightier hold on the world today than ever before. If that were man’s book it would have been annihilated and forgotten hundreds of years ago.”

    Source(s): Campbell, Charlie. One-minute Answers to Skeptics. Eugene, Or.: Harvest House, 2010. 39-40. Print.
  • 9 years ago

    Because they did not fit with the agenda of Constantine and the members of Council of Nicea. For example, the compilers wanted to present the idea that Judas was evil, and that Mary Magdalene was just a whore. The gospels of Judas and Mary contradict those assertions.

  • 9 years ago

    There is nothing called as modern day Bible.

    These gospels were not there in The Holy Bible .

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Canon means "what we believe". Which books were part of the Bible and which weren't was decided by the Council of Nicaea in 325 AD. Decided by what they believed. (The Gospel of Mary would have totally destroyed Christianity before it began if it had been included. Read it.)

  • RG
    Lv 5
    9 years ago

    Thrown out of the modern day Bible?

    Those books were never in the official Christian Bible canon which was decided at the African Synod of Hippo in 393 AD, a decision that was repeated by Councils of Carthage in 397 and 419 AD.

    EDIT: Constantine and the Council of Nicaea (325 AD) had nothing to do with the Christian Bible canon.

  • 9 years ago

    They were judged to be heretical by the majority of early christians, or at least the most influential of the early christians. Frankly, I must admit I could never make much sense out of most of them.

    From what I understand, one of the underlying themes is that the God of the old testament is evil, and that "knowledge" is the way to God, and that anything physical is evil.

    Below there is an example from gnosis.org. The God of the old testament doesn't look too good in here! You can see why people would be upset.

  • 9 years ago

    Gnosticism was considered an early heresy of the church. Look gnosticism up in Google and you'll find out why…

  • 9 years ago

    They weren't thrown out. They were never part of it. The canon of the New Testament is composed of books that people knew were written by apostles or very close associates of apostles and which were circulated widely.

    The books you mention were written by cult groups and were not circulated outside of those groups.

    Edit: Spare me! Why is it people always talk about Constantine? He has absolutely nothing to do with the formation of the Canon. This is a matter of historical record and is not up for dispute.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    they conflicted with, or did not fit with the general direction the editors and interpreters wanted the bible to go in.

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