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3. I heard that in the Catholic Bible there are some books called ‘Apocryphal’, what are these books?

 

 

 

These books are books that the Roman Catholic Church added to the canon of the Bible (that is, to the number of books the Bible is composed of and that the Church considered holy from the very beginning). The names of these apocryphal books are these:

Tobias, Judith, Maccabees 1, Maccabees 2, Book of Wisdom, Book of Sirach (Ecclesiasticus), and the Book of Baruch. It must be said that besides these books, were added some words to the book of Esther and to the book of Daniel. Both the Apocryphal books and the additions were declared SCRIPTURE DIVINELY INSPIRED on the 8th of April, 1546, by the council of Trent, which cursed with a malicious curse those who don’t accept as sacred and canonical all the books declared holy and part of the canon by the Roman Catholic Church (so it cursed also those who don’t accept the apocryphal books and the additions as Word of God). Here is the curse: ‘If anyone does not accept as sacred and canonical the aforesaid books in their entirety and with all their parts, as they have been accustomed to be read in the Catholic Church and as they are contained in the old Latin Vulgate Edition, and knowingly and deliberately rejects the aforesaid traditions, let him be anathema’ (Council of Trent, Session IV, first decree).

The apocryphal books (from apokryphos, Greek word which means ‘hidden’) are called ‘Deuterocanonical books’ which means ‘added to the canon.’

We don’t accept the apocryphal books as the Word of God (that’s why they are not in our Bible) for the following reasons:

 

1) They are full of contradictions (real contradictions and not apparent ones) and errors

2) The Spirit of Truth, who attests the truth, does not attest in us children of God that those books are Word of God for He makes us feel in an unmistakable way that they must not be accepted as Word of God

3) Neither Jesus Christ nor the apostles mentioned them

4) The Jews first, and then the Christians of the first centuries after Christ, never accepted them as part of the canon.

 

 

 

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