I beleive the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated, copied, and interpreted correctly. In the course of my studies of the Bible, I've discovered that it has a long and convoluted history. So, these are my discoveries and my musings of Christian history and doctrines.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Mentioned in the Bible, But Not Found - Part 2

  • An epistle to the Laodiceans
The epistle to the Laodiceans that Paul mentioned in his epistle to the Colosians is among those scriptures that are lost.
"And when this epistle is read among you, cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read the epistle from Laodicea." (Colossians 4:16)
  • An epistle to the Corinthians
In his first letter to the Corinthians, Paul wrote:
"I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators:" (1 Corinthians 5:9)
It is apparent that Paul wrote more than the two letters currently contained in our Bibles and that they were not the first to be written the Corinthians either. No doubt the missing letter is just as good and as important as the ones we currently have.

  • Other Gospels
Luke starts out his gospel by stating that many others had written concerning the gospel. The reason why Luke was writing was so that Theophilus might know that the things in which he had already been taught were true. Aside from Luke, we have only three other gospels in our New Testament. I would hardly call that "many".

"Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us,

Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word;

It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus,


That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed." (Luke 1:1-4)

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