I will start by saying, I've been questioning a lot of things lately....mostly I've been struggling with the validity of the Bible....now before anyone freaks out, just listen to what my struggle was, and what I came up with, there's tons of room for comments at the end and I WOULD love to hear them if you have any!
We know that Yahweh told us not to add or take away from the Scriptures, right? Deut. 4:2 "2Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish aught from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you." and again in Deut. 12:32 "32What thing soever I command you, observe to do it. Thou shalt not add thereto nor diminish from it."
So this began my troubled state...what then do we make of Paul's letters? that today's churches seem to preach from yet forsake Torah. I had been stressed hugely this fall about this. I KNOW that today's churches are NOT where I want to be, nor do I find them (generally) to be a holy place to worship Yahweh.
It seems to me that today's churches abuse Yah's grace way too much, otherwise we would see them still studying Torah.
It seems the church is trying to fit in with the world so that those who "visit" are comfortable there and come back...sheesh. Talk about salt that's lost its savor! If the Rauch HaKodesh can not draw people back then perhaps something is wrong with the church! Are we not supposed to be a set apart people? a peculiar people is what Scriptures say! (Deut 14:2) That doesn't sound to me like we're supposed to "blend in" or make the world "comfortable". Oy, the enemy seems to have deceived many....the narrow way is not that narrow anymore if you look at today's churches...and yet, it truly is just as narrow as it's ever been, and it makes me nervous for all those involved in today's churches. (I'm being very general when I say 'churches' please remember that) I think about the church we left 2 yrs ago and how their goal was to be "fun and relevant in today's world"....the worship service was less about worshiping God and more about, "do I look and sound good to everyone?" and then there are the small groups that you sign up for, but if you're not "cool" enough no one phones you to join any of them (I'm not even kidding). Oh and I forgot to mention the introduction of the pastor being more like a Jay Leno show! sigh...I forgot to mention the clothing issue...or the lack thereof...should I really have to cover my son's eyes during the worship service because the lady in front of him is wearing thong underwear and low rise jeans...oh dear, I'm getting way off track, where was I, oh yeah, we need to be the salt of the earth. Yahweh called His children a peculiar people, set-apart, in the world but not of the world.
Ok so back to adding to the Scriptures...
So everything after the Torah (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy) was added. That doesn't mean that those other books are not important! Just that we need to weigh them against the Torah...just like any non-fiction book out there. Here is what my friend Sombra wrote on facebook recently, in answer to the question, why would she read the apocrypha.
Why are the Apocrypha writings any different from the BritChadasha(new testament) writings?? Who made the decision which books are for the Canon and which are not? - and do I trust the theology of those men???? I STUDY Torah... that is my teaching book..... but I do read from other writings, like the book the Heart of David by Dr. Hazim.. so why wouldn't I read a book written about what happened to Judah Maccabee and how God used him to restore Torah to the Jews? Have I read the other books of the Apocrypha? um, yes, some.. but can't recall anything at the moment, and there's also the book of Enoch and the book of Jasher and the Book of Adam.. but STUDY? I Study Torah.. and everything else is measured against Torah.
She just said it so perfectly well, I had to share it...and now I'm off to find a Catholic Bible with the Apocrypha! Not to study mind you, but to read and perhaps learn more history of that time period! And I've never read the story of the Maccabees and Hanukkah IS in 30 days!!!
More wisdom from Sombra below...lol
And it says it LAST in Revelation... the question is.. what is THE WORD that is not to be added to?? If we're not to add to the BIBLE, NOR TAKE AWAY from it, then how dare we write any new commentaries, or discussions, or how we walked it ...out.. because that's what the New Testament is.. and if we're not to take away from it, how dare we say that words from the Torah are no longer relevant
so is the WORD of God, the 66 books of the Bible? Is the Word of God the 66 books and 15 books of the Apocrapha? Is the Word of God everything that happens in our lives? or is the Word of God the Torah? I think you could make an argument for each of those, but when it comes to adding or taking away, I think the only definition that fits is the Torah.