Nathan opens by asking Andrew Rappaport about the Apocryphal writings between the time of the old and new testaments. The discussion continues along the line of the requirement to be recognized as canon, Writings had to be generally recognized as genuine at the time of the events of scripture, and without contradiction in their content. New Testament writings had to be by an apostle, or in the case of Luke or Mark, to be written by someone close to an apostle. What about the book of Hebrews? It is believed to be a sermon of Paul. For old testament writings, books had to b by a prophet or a king.

Close up of the Spine of a Bible
Spine of a Bible ca. 2001, “Used with permission from Microsoft.”

Andrew points out certain eras of miracles and prophecy that take place during periods of the silence of scriptures Either just before they were written down, or when scripture had been ignored and effectively lost. This can be seen when prophets warned of the coming captivity.

The point of having a sufficiency of scripture is made in the desire of people looking for answers that fall outside of the topics that scripture covers. As it exists, the scripture is a tool for adjusting both our thoughts and behaviors, so we think and act rightly.
More importantly, it is so we become adequately equipped.

Ways people prove their belief in the bible isn’t sufficient is in the works they add to their faith. Doctrines that only appear outside its pages, and trusted that in these extra safety nets, their eternal security will be assured. At least in part, interpretations of scripture are relegated to the priest or some elite person in the faith.

Do people often add to scripture out of trying to justify a pet doctrine?

There are things the scripture explicitly says, and these are required. Others are implicit, or that scriptures leave room to imply what to do. The starting place is always with scripture to see what it says, not what we wish it would say, or think it ought to say to support an experience.
Not that an experience is always wrong, it may be meaningful. But to develop a doctrine, we always need to start with scripture and its clear teaching.

Find out more about Andrew Rappaport on his website: Striving For Eternity Ministries


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