DAVID BEN ARIEL wrote:
I've thought that before, the Bible to the Jews and the NT preserved by the Greeks - one complete Bible showing God is God of both the Jews/Israelites and Greeks/Gentiles and that it is HIS Word - but how do we account then for Gen. 49:10 and Romans 3:2 that says God has entrusted His oracles to the Jews until Shiloh reigns in Jerusalem and regathers the Tribes? Ever wondered about that?
From: Jon Bowles
Sent: 12/26/05 1:36:41 PM
Subject: Re: Canonization?
Both passages are refering to the Hebrew scriptures - just as is 2Tim 3:15.
We need to remember which people actually did preserve the NT. That itself should tell us something, as it was not the Greeks themselves, but God doing so through them.
This concept also fits with Heb 13:10, that shows the Jews do not have jurisdiction over the things of the NT - certainly when you put verse 10 into the context it is found in of verses 7-9.
Too often Catholics will smugly claim they gave the Bible to the world. However, that's a religious lie parrots like to repeat, or a mantra of the mindless who don't know better. God knows. The apostate Roman Catholic Church did not give us anything but mass delusion and counterfeit Christianity.
The early Church of God, consisting of both Jewish and Greek Sabbath-keepers, widely circulated among their congregations what later became known as the New Testament, as historians verify - long before the RCC decided which books they would accept and even add to. What they did give were copies.
Who Gave Us the Bible?
I agree it was definitely THE GREEKS - not the Roman Catholic Church - who preserved the New Testament, but conclude (regarding matters of authority) with an appropriate quote from Passover and Pentecost Differences Settled! -
God has ordained that the Jews preserve His Word on the Law, Prophets and Writings - despite themselves (Rom. 3:2-3). God will not renege on giving Judah this special calling and precious gift (Gen. 49:10, Rom. 11:29).www.DavidBenAriel.org
God has also ordained that Church officials can make binding decisions based upon biblical legal precedents, affecting Church issues (such as discussed in Acts 15 at the Jerusalem council of elders), that do not undermine the foundation of the Church - the Law and the Prophets (Rom. 11:18; Eph. 2:20).
God has not given Church leaders a license to "kill" the brethren by destroying them doctrinally, uprooting and overturning foundational truths, or "playing God" by stealing divine prerogatives (Matt. 5:17, 19; 2 Thess. 2:3-4).