Sunday, July 6, 2008

Westminster Confession

1:3- The books commonly called Apocrypha, not being of divine inspiration, are no part of the cannon of Scripture; and therefore are of no authority in the Church of God, nor to be any otherwise approved, or made use of, than other human writings.

The Catholic Church holds the Apocryphal books as authoritative. This is one of the many doctrinal distinctions between the protestant church and the catholic church. There are many reasons why the Apocryphal books are rejected. To name a few:
1. They contain many doctrinal fallacies that contradict the books in the bible (full list on the post for 1:2). Therefore the analogy of faith proves them to be insufficient and not inspired of God.
2. They were not accepted by the early church. The argument for antiquity stands opposed to them.
3. They don't contain the same "divine" content as the biblical books do. They are in no way even close in comparison. They are merely the product of man and not divinely inspired.

There are of course many other reasons why they are to be rejected, but this summarizes quite clearly enough of a reason.


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