Canonicity #1, how we got our Old Testament AND what makes the Bible different than other religious books

This probably should be two lessons and the video is a bit long, but as I researched, thought and prayed about the subject, I realized that to help you see the incredible value of the Old Testament manuscripts and for you to realize how unique they really are, you need to see them alongside other so called “scriptures” from other religions.

To do that, I have included some examples from Hinduism, Buddhism, and the Mormon Church. When you read even these brief examples, that have no tie to true history, it becomes obvious that the Christian Bible is unique. People still must decide what they think about Jesus and make a decision to follow Him as leader and forgiver, but they cannot lump our scriptures in with all others.

It also becomes obvious with even a brief look at the scriptures of other religions that: “all religions DO NOT lead to God.”  All religions do not say the same thing, they do not have the same message. It is an insult to each one of them to lump them all together.

Though we must always speak to people of other religions with “gentleness and respect” as 1 Peter 3:15 commands us to do, but at the same time in our conversations we much always affirm:

That is it by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone that we are assured of eternal salvation.

Below is the video–you don’t have to watch it, you can just click on the computer, listen and go about your work.

Below the video are the PDFs. Be sure to print off the chart before watching if possible. To print either one, just click on the image, the PDF will open on your computer and you can print it.


How we got our Bible chart, canonicity lesson 1

How we got our Bible chart, the Old Testament, click on image to go to PDF, print off.



Canonicity #1 Notes PDF

Canonicity notes and information on what makes the Christian scriptures unique. Click on image to go to PDF and print off.


Canonicity #2: Inbetween the Old and New Testament and what about the Apocrypha?

Catholic Bibles have extra books between the Old and New Testaments called the Apocrypha–why is that and why don’t Protestant Bibles have them? You’ll find out in this lesson.

There is a video below and handouts below that.

Canonicity #2 Handouts

Canonicity #3: About the New Testament and the Gnostic Gospels

The Old Testament is not the only part of the Bible that has books that aren’t correct that some folks believe should be part of the Bible. In the Old Testament we already talked about why we don’t have the Apochrypha in our Bibles and this lesson will show why the Gnostic Gospels are not included in our Bibles.

Below is the video and then the notes after it. Please do download the notes because they have lengthy copies of some of the Gnostic Gospels. The video will discuss and you can see for yourself how foolish these works are and why they are not included in our Bibles.

Canonicity 3  Handouts

What about disputed passages in the Bible, such as the ending of Mark 16?

To help answer the question about disputed passages this video will show you how to evaluate Biblical manuscripts, how they are dated and what that means to us.

This video shows you actual manuscripts and you’ll see it really isn’t difficult or mysterious to date them. You’ll also see the three key manuscripts that are what Bibles refer to as the “most ancient and reliable.”

The bottom line about the Mark passage as you’ll see is that the manuscripts that do not have the disputed ending are hundreds of years earlier than the ones in which it was added. However, these manuscripts were not available to the translators of the King James Bible.

The PDF of the notes for the class is below the video.

What about disputed mark 16 image

The Bible: how all of it tells us aout Jesus

The video this week is a bit longer, but it goes into detail showing how the entire Bible tells us all about Jesus. This is a very important lesson because sadly many folks today think the Bible is all about them, all about making them feel better. And though faith in Jesus can make us feel better (even when circumstances are challenging) that isn’t what the Bible is all about—it is about salvation in Jesus.

The PDF notes for the lesson are below the video.

It's all about Jesus picture

Jesus view of the Bible, part #2

We often read about the Pharisees and the Sadducees when we read the Bible, but the extent of our learning about them usually stops with noting that the Sadducess did not believe in the afterlife and the Pharisees did. But there is SO much more to their history and differences and when you learn about it, it will greatly deepen your understanding of the Scriptures.

In this lesson, in addition to learning that, you’ll learn about how Jesus interacted with them on questions about the authority of scripture, plus you’ll see how the Apostle Paul’s heritage as a Pharisee influenced his teaching for the rest of his life.

Explanatory note: before you either listen to the audio or view the PowerPoint, we wanted to you know that most of the lessons are not this long in the actual class. The recording was made after the class so I could put in additional information.

Here is a file of the audio, of the lesson, just click the arrow to listen:

Here is a file of the video of the PowerPoint of the class, along with the sound that goes with it.

This is a file of the handouts we gave out in class. Just click on the image to download the PDF:

Jesus view of the Bible, part #1

“It stands written.”

As this lesson will show you, this statement was a phrase Jesus used many times that showed his belief in the trust-worthiness of the Scriptures.

In addition, Jesus talked about events in the Scriptures, such as the story of Jonah and Noah’s ark that people doubt today and he talked about them not only as true history, but used them as a teaching tool for future events.

Take some time to listen to or watch the lesson and learn about how Jesus truly believed the Bible as inerrant, infallible and totally trustworthy for all of life. The audio and video files, plus the written notes follow:

This is an audio file of the class,just click on the arrow to listen:

This is a video of the PowerPoint of the class:

This is the handout given out in class, click on the image to download the PDF.