Originally Posted by Imperial
I must ask, however, how it is decided which parts of the Bible are to still be taken into consideration, and which are not?
Sorry!!! I'll shut up after this. I just want to say one more thing.
Imperial, I re-read this part of your post and thought of something, so I'll post quickly then we can get on with the original topic. Have you ever heard of The Apocrypha? These are the books that have been taken out of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) because hundreds and hundreds of years ago, councils of Rabbis (canons) have decided among themselves to take these books out. My grandmother has a KJV of the Bible that's about 40 years old, and some of the Apocrypha are in it, and some is not.
So when you asked, "how it is decided which parts of the Bible are to still be taken into consideration, and which are not?" the Apocrypha also made me ask, who gave this canon the authority to throw these books out? True they were very different than the mainstream bible books, but still, they were in the Bible once!