We all know about the Iron curtain, Bamboo Curtain and Berlin wall. Each one was erected to keep some elements out and others in. Well, Scripture also has a barrier around it. Extra books cannot be smuggled in from the outside, or inside books banished (as some people try to do). Let us look at some of the ‘barriers’ that protect Scripture:
# Scripture is unchangeable.
‘…the word of the Lord stands forever.’ 1 Because it is the product of God, not of man, God declared that the Bible is unchangeable. Through the ages many voices called for deletions or additions to the 66 books. A modern example is the Gospel of Thomas that is not part of the Bible.
# Scripture is a ‘closed’ book.
Let us say, at the last Great Judgment where all people will be judged for what they did on earth, a person who lived in 1500 AD hears about the Gospel of Thomas. He will most certainly complain that if he had that Gospel, he would have done what God wanted. So he cannot be judged. Because God is fair, He will have to concede to the argument. Logically then many more people will complain. So Judgment will be impossible. That is one of the reasons that no one can add or take away from Scripture.
# Scripture has a wall around it.
The devil uses liberal or unbelieving ‘theologians’ to teach the Church that this or that book, verse, or passage doesn’t belong in Scripture; or that the ‘lost Gospels’ must be added (like the Apocryphal books). The 66 books of Scripture give us all the knowledge we need to walk the walk and arrive safely at the New Jerusalem. The 66 books are a unit that is unchangeable and authoritative. It is the ‘Constitution’ of God’s Kingdom.
# Scripture is an integrated unit.
Information in the Bible is scattered. So we need to study Scripture with the help of the Holy Spirit. For example we read about Sodom, Gomorrah and Lot in Genesis 18-19, Matthew 11:23-24; Mark 6:11; Luke 17:28; Romans 9:29; 2 Peter 2:6; Jude 7: Revelation 11:8. We can never understand God’s intentions if we read only the New Testament, or only the Old Testament. Together they form a complete revelation.
# Scripture is one ‘fixed unit?’
Most countries have constitutions that cannot be changed at will by anybody. Why do people think they can change God’s ‘Constitution,’ Scripture?
- If they delete one book, chapter, passage or verse, how do they know which one it should be?
- If they can delete some, why not everything?
- If they can add things, which things must it be?
We have to be very wary of the traps of the devil who uses people who try to add or delete parts of Scripture. The Holy Spirit is our Guide and Counsellor when it comes to God’s ‘Constitution’ bound together in 66 books.
- 1 Peter 1:25, Isaiah 40:8