What Christians Believe

I’m reading this book called “What Christians Believe” from Moody Press in preparation for a class I am going to teach. It’s a pretty straight forward book with chapters on The Bible, God, Man, Sin, Christ, etc. There really isn’t much ground breaking material presented in the book’s 121 pages, which is precisely why I am using it, among other books, to craft a class for the youth group. However within the first few pages a “fact” was presented with which I don’t think I can agree.

The book states as follows:

Another important point to remember is that the Bible is the only written revelation which God has given to man. In the last chapter of the Bible, God warns men against adding to the Bible or taking away from it. Revelation 22:18-19

Now, I wouldn’t call myself a biblical scholar but it’s my understanding that the verse to which they are referring is specifically addressing additions to John’s Revelation. When did this verse come to cover the Bible in it’s entirety? Maybe I’m off base, so please correct me if I’m wrong, but at the time when Revelation was written there wasn’t a formal collection of books called the bible. The cannon had not yet been established so how could this verse refer to adding to something that wasn’t yet created? Is this really what christians believe? Thoughts?

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  1. Thank you, Brian! It takes only a moment’s pause to deduce that it can only refer to John’s Revelation.I doubt the writers of the New Testament, especially, knew they were writing “The Bible.” I sometimes wonder how or if it would be different if Paul knew Ephesians would also become Londoners, Beijingers, Dallasites, Nashvillians, Angelenos, Glendalians, etc.There’s a great deal to be said for the universality of our faith experience that transcends time and place, but there’s a lot that I think might be different. And now we’re left jumping through theological hulahoops to uphold archaic and often esoteric passages.Oh, boy. What have I done?


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