Write 5 pages thesis on the topic the development and growth of the christian faith. This paper shall outline how these books earned their place in the Bible. This paper shall discuss the key events and movements that were influential in the recognition of the canonical book. Besides, it shall look into the methodology used in determining these books as the inspired word of God.
The canon of the Old Testament was apparently inherited from the Jewish faith. Jesus Christ himself recognized the authority of these books by making constant references to these books in his teachings to the apostles and to the very lucky people who had walked the earth with him and had listened to the voice of Jesus with their very own ears. The mere fact that Jesus Christ himself recognizes the authenticity and authority of the books in the Old Testament far exceeds any proof of its authority and divine inspiration. Moreover, the majority of the contents of the Old Testament are also accepted as historical accounts of the ancient days. Hence, this paper shall focus on the canon of the New Testament.
Although the New Testament is centered on Jesus Christ, not one book is attributed to him as the author. The books in the New Testament are accounts of the life and the teachings of Jesus Christ during his lifetime as well as the teachings of his disciples as they fulfill their duty of spreading the Word of God with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. In the furtherance of this divine duty, the Apostles and other learned followers of the young Christian faith wrote their eye-witness accounts of the acts and teachings of Jesus Christ.
These writings are then passed around as the disciples’ letters to different groups of people as the Christian faith slowly grew in number. “About the end of the first century, we find two collections of Christian writings beginning to circulate as collections among the churches: the Fourfold Gospel and the body of Pauline Epistles. This was a step towards the acceptance of an authoritative collection, or Canon, of books of the New Covenant, as distinct from the authority which the individual Gospels and Epistles already had for those who first received them.