Canonization Part 1
Discussionthat Canon was determined by the politics of several Church Councils,that selected the books they wanted and rejected some other goodbooks
Thefirst statement implies that several churches came together to decidewhich Canons should be applied in the Bible and which should not. Itnecessitates that the formation of the canon was a universal decisionof various churches to compile different books of the Bible. Essentially, the church council was bestowed with the responsibilityof deciding which books should be regarded as sacred scriptures andhow Christians should follow them.
Anexplanation that the Canon was recognized by the Church at large overa period of several centuries
Asopposed to the first, the second statement acknowledges that thechurch considered the canon as divinely inspired, thereby them slowlyin the fullness of time. It elaborates that the church did not takepart in the canonization, and the main role it played was just toaccept the books that God determined should belong to which canon.
Analyzingthe differences between the two statements
Froma personal point of view, I have an irrefutable conviction that thesecond statement is ultimately correct. The determination of canonwas the role of God who imparted what he had decided to hisfollowers. The church, therefore, over the time came to recognize theCanon as an inspiration from God, and not the work church councils.Every denomination has come to treat every book of the Bible as thework of God, which has made them accept the canon without making anyalteration.
Discussingwhy I believe we have all of the Books of the Bible that God intendedfor us to have.
Godintended us to have all the books of the Bible so that we canunderstand the direction we need to take in life (McDonald, 2012).Thebooks are considered to be the channels through which we know thetruth about what God expects us to live. Believing in the Bible iscritical in building our relationship with God, since hisfaithfulness in largely expressed in books found in the Bible. Allthe books give us the strength to face life and be at par with thestandards that are required by God, through doing what is right.Knowing the truth about these books builds faith in us since itequips us with the naked truth about God and everything that we needto know.
TheCanonization is critical in Christian faith, since they canunderstand the requirements of God in our lives. Therefore, we havethe responsibility of following all the scriptures and do what iscorrect, ethical and just. This would help us to build our faith inHim, and experience the renewal of life.
McDonald,L. M. (2012). Formationof the Bible: The story of the church`s canon.Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson Publishers Marketing.
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