This afternoon I had a conversation with one of my nearest and dearest girlfriends. She and I have been friends for 20 plus years, making us transcend friendship and enter sisterhood. She and I, although now separated by 1100 miles, still maintain a pretty solid friendship that I truly cherish. I just love her!
The conversation started out great. She shared her happiness over my recent revelations that the Lord has been working on in my life. She shared some about her current walk of faith and everything was going great, until she started off on some rant about the lost books of the Bible and how the Bible had been hijacked and wasn’t truly complete.
At that point I got my infamous scrunchie brow….
The wrinkly forehead I get when I am blindsided by something that I find completely erroneous and down right ludicrous. I was shocked, and in total disbelief it had even come out of her mouth. She must have sensed my disdain because she quickly goes on to ask “Well what do you think about the book of Enoch for instance…why did they leave that out?”
I explained that I do not believe there are “lost books of the Bible” – the canon of scripture is complete. If you were to read the book of Enoch you will see why it was not included. It deals with things like a flat earth, the watchers, giant Nephilim and fallen angels. It is highly debatable that Enoch was even the author, many modern scholars suggest it was written long after Enoch was gone and that it played off Enoch’s fame and notoriety at the time to appeal to people. The book of Enoch was determined not to be inspired. You can read it, its online in several places. There are several books that are available to read today online that you often hear of being excluded from the Bible due to some conspiracy theory or another. I have read several of these books, and it is in my opinion they were left out rightfully so, and for good reason. They are not the Word of God.
Many who espouse the need for them to be included rarely have read them, or even the Bible in its entirety, for that matter. That’s what irks me about the whole lost books movement, it’s the same old shady devil doing what he does best – planting doubts about God’s Sovereignty.
To believe that our God is lacking or was limited on the construction of the canon of scriptures is blasphemous and downright heretical in my opinion. There is nothing that’s been left out that should have been included. If God wanted it in there, it would have been there, he’s not some dime store diety waiting on man to give him his crown.
This heretical teaching that is spreading online like wildfire is nothing new and it plays on biblical illiteracy to its maximum capacity. If the devil can start a doubt brewing in your mind about the Bible being in anyway erroneously constructed or lacking some divine teaching because man superseded Gods almighty power, he can erode if not overthrow your faith. There are several books people have claimed should have been in the Bible. Some of these books are great books to read. They hold wisdom and insight into the culture and teachings of the early Christian evolvement and the development of the church. There are also several creeds, such as the Nicene & Apostles Creeds that are edifying to read. The Didache is a teaching I love, but it shouldn’t have been included in the Bible. There is nothing that needs added to the Bible. Not a jot or a tittle.
These books can give you some insight and teachings, but the Bible is the Word of God. It is inspired and written by God. These other books do not have the same inspired content. I encourage you to read them for yourselves and you will see what I mean. It’s like reading a commentary or listening to a Pastor give a message with these books. It is reflective of the truth of God but it has a lot of mans inflence and opinions interjected.
This whole “lost books” movement is just a way for the devil to drop doubt in your mind if you go around thinking that you don’t have the whole truth in your Bible…you do.
You can read almost all of the so called lost books on the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministries website. They are a great source of lots of helpful resources.
*** I recommend the Interlinear Hebrew Greek English Bible for an accurate study of scriptures. Also available in a 4 Volume Set (larger print than single volume) Interlinear Hebrew Greek English 4 Volume Set