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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Discrepancies and Inadequacies

The Bible 
by Rev. Fr. K.K. John
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Discrepancies and Inadequacies

Though it is impossible here to deal with all discrepancies and inadequacies; nevertheless that is not my intention; I must point out certain aspects briefly.

First of all, we have no idea at all how many disciples wrote how many epistles or gospels and what were the contents in such writings, if any, but indubitably, we are sure that there are more things left unwritten and that a major portion of the writings was lost in the course of time due to various reasons. 

We read, “To whom also he showed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:” Acts.1: 2. We have not gotten any documentation as to what exact matters he taught them, ‘pertaining to the kingdom of God,’ or in the available writings, whether or not, all such teachings are incorporated; most probably not.

While exhorting Corinthians St. Paul says, “I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators.” Evidently, St. Paul had written an earlier letter to Corinthians as now referred to, which we do not have, in other words, of the three epistles written to Corinthians, the first one is missing and as it was untraceable at the time of compiling the books of the Bible and the second and third were named first and second respectively.

“And when this epistle is read among you, cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read the epistle from Laodicea,” Col.4: 16.

Two things come to light from this verse: namely,

(1) there is an epistle under the title ‘epistle to Laodicea,' most probably authored by St. Paul himself and

(2), this epistle to Laodiceans differed in contents with the epistle to Colossians and that was why both the churches were admonished to read epistle to each other.

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