The origin of the term history derives from the Greek word ἱστορία. Translated into English, ἱστορία refers to an inquiry where an individual acquires knowledge through an investigation. According to the writers of the History Channel’s latest project, Banned from the Bible, content was excluded from the original 66 books known as the Holy Bible. However, when I read their argument online, I realized this network is trying to reinvent history rather than genuinely research it.
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 2 Timothy 3:16.
At the end of the first century AD, Anno Domini, Latin for in the year of our Lord, a controversial mentality began. A predecessor to humanism, Gnosticism sought to pursue a hidden or secret knowledge which spread to church leaders. From the third to the fifth century, Gnostic thinking influenced works such as The Life of Adam and Eve, The Book of Enoch, The Book of Jubilees, The Infancy Gospel of Thomas, The Gospel of Mary and The Apocalypse of Peter. In response to this threat, rabbinic Jewish leaders meet at the Council of Jamnia in 93 followed by bishops and Roman Empire Constantine at the Council of Nicea in 325 to form a consensus on the God inspired books of the Bible.
The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law, Deuteronomy 29:29.
Like any professional editing process, high standards must be kept and maintained to prevent any heresy from becoming published. Thus, liberals will cry foul whenever pieces that discredit Jesus aren’t accepted or embraced. In their minds, if Jesus isn’t God, they can act, do or say whatever they want. Banned from the Bible? Yes, not for the reasons mentioned in progressive publications. Rather, history confirms from the Easter letter of Athanasius in 367 that only 66 books made the final cut, 39 from Old Testament and 27 New Testament books. These are the facts, not opinion, why the Gnostic letters mentioned above have been omitted from the inherent Word of God.
by Jay Mankus