Are Books other than the Bible Valid?

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by Tim Roach


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Some people say that the only book, the only source of reference, that should be used with one's faith is the Bible. For as they put it the bible does not say any other book is divinely inspired.

Granted I will agree that it does not say a lot about other sources or people. However, In the Old Testament we have references to the Book of Jasher (Book of the Upright in some translations):

Joshua 10:13 And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.

2 Samuel 1:18 (Also he bade them teach the children of Judah the use of the bow: behold, it is written in the book of Jasher.)
Which indicates that there was another book which, the writers of the Old Testament felt was important enough to use as a reference. However, the book was not included in most translations of the Bible.

In Mark: 9:38 & 39 (Mark 9:37&38 in some versions) it says:

38 (9-37): John answered him, saying: Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, who followeth not us: and we forbade him.
39 (9-38): But Jesus said: Do not forbid him. For there is no man that doth a miracle in my name and can soon speak ill of me.
And then in Luke:9:49&50 it says much the same:
49: And John, answering, said: Master, we saw a certain man casting out devils in thy name: and we forbade him, because he followeth not with us.
50: And Jesus said to him: Forbid him not: for he that is not against you is for you.

Which indicates that there were other people that followed the teachings of Jesus and performed many tasks in His name, but were not among the twelve disciples. Does it really make sense that no one would write anything about these other people that were doing the works of Jesus? If anyone did write anything would it be any less inspired than the works of the Bible? Those are questions each of us must decide for ourselves.

The big problem I see with 'opening up the door' for other books, references, etc. to be used is that not all people claiming they follow the ways of God & Jesus really do. For I will guarantee that Satan knows all the scriptures and is more than willing to twist and manipulate the meanings to get good people to do things that are simply not right. Slowly getting once good people to move farther and farther away from the path which they were trying to follow. Sadly, often, without the people even realizing that they are no longer following the right path.

But at the same time to ignore all other sources, it seems that we would be throwing away so much true inspiration and grace if we did not at least consider other sources of information. And what a shame that would be.

As for being able to tell the difference, between the people and groups and books that are sincerely trying to do what is right and follow the right path and those that have less honorable intentions usually with a little time, and honest skepticism, one can see where the motivation behind other's books, teachings and actions, originate without much difficulty.

And in the process, hopefully, gain a stronger faith ourselves.



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