According to CNN (http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/12/living/most-challenged-books-2016-feat/index.html): “Among the topics addressed in the Bible: fornication, masturbation, murder, money lending, deceitful families, dishonest authorities and — especially — religion. Of all those, it’s the last one that got the book named to the American Library Association’s list of most challenged books of 2015”.
Some believe that there are other books or epistles that should be in our Bible. The idea is that these writings have been lost down through the ages, or were intentionally left out by scribes over the years. Of course, those who make this claim, attempt to get us to accept something else as a rule of faith to go along with the Bible. Some will say we don’t have all the books of the bible and some say the books we have are not all inspired.
Do We Have Missing Books?
1. Book of the Covenant – Exodus 24:7. No missing book here. The book of the covenant was simply the book where the covenant was written. We find this covenant in Exodus and Deuteronomy.
2. Book of Wars and the Book of Jasher- Numbers 21:14. It would seem from the fragment in vv. 14b, 15 that the Book of the Wars of the Lord (v. 14a) was a collection of popular songs, like the book of Jasher (Josh. 10:13; f; 2 Sam. 1:18), made perhaps in the early days of the monarchy to preserve some of the most notable traditions of the tribes.
3. Book of the Acts of Solomon – 1 Kings 11:41. There were other writings extant at the times covered by the biblical ones, besides those included in the Bible; inspired writers referred to them (Josh. 10:13 ff; 2 Sam. 1:18; Acts 17:28).
4. Books of Nathan and Gad – 1 Chronicles 29:29. Nathan and Gad were historians of David and Solomon’s reign. They could certainly write things other than what God inspired them to write. And others could refer to these writings.
5. Book of Jehu – 2 Chronicles 20:34. He was another history writer and, like others, could write without God’s inspiration upon him.
6. Another epistle of Paul – 1 Corinthians 5:9. If there is a missing epistle, we can be assured that the Holy Spirit saw fit to include all of that teaching in other epistles (as is here indicated). There is no evidence that any necessary truth has been left out of the New Testament (Matt. 24:35).
7. Another epistle of Paul to the Ephesians – Ephesians 3:3. To get another (missing) letter out of this is a grand assumption! As we have it, Paul had already written two chapters before what he was now writing. Why think he had any thing else in mind?
8. A former epistle of Jude – Jude 3. This is simply wishful thinking!
9. Prophecy of Enoch – Jude 14. No mention is made in this verse of Enoch’s having written his prophecies. The Holy Spirit knew of these prophecies, so informed Jude that we might know at least one of them.
If one is truly interested in truth of God, he will “study (seek diligently) to show (himself) approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15) and believe, not fight against, the Bible. Let us not be like atheists, agnostics, or infidels and find fault with and try to tear down people’s belief in the Bible, God’s word. When we have a genuine question about something in the Bible, rather than condemn the Bible, let us really study and find out the right answer to the problem. If we have the kind of faith God expects us to have, we will trust the Bible for the answer, because we know it is God’s Truth. There may be some things I do not know or understand right now, but I can have faith in the Bible because of what I do know!
Why should we be amazed that sinners challenge the bible. After all, their sins are condemned as wickedness worthy of eternal hell fire. What is amazing is that so called Christians challenge the bible’s authenticity, authority, and inspiration every day. They do it with commentaries, lexicons, and books of renown written by man. Thus, they create to themselves doctrines written by uninspired men and women which the bible condemns (Mt 15:7-9). They add to themselves new bibles and new authorities which they believe in (Mormon bible, Catholic bible, etc).
It is a sad truth, but no book has ever been more abused, more attacked, nor more criticized than the Bible. With all the attacks heaped upon it over the years, by those claiming to be its friends, as well as its enemies, not one genuine fault has ever been found which stands upon investigation. It does not contradict one scientific fact, nor has any of its history been found to be in error. It is truly the Book given by God’s inspiration. Let us put our faith in it and do exactly what God commanded us to do in order to be saved (Rom 10:8-10 ff; Acts 2:38; Rev 2:10).
Prove all things by the bible: “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good” (1 Thess. 5:21). “Let God be true, but every man a liar” (Rom. 3:4). Let us learn not to go beyond that which was written, but rather speak the very words of God (1 Cor 4:6 f; 1 Pet 4:11). And let us never forget and never doubt that “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work (2 Tim 3:16,17). Stop challenging the bible’s authenticity and start challenging yourself to obey God’s Will contained in the book of books, the Holy Word of God, the Holy Bible!