Most people are not aware of the origins of the Bible. Before the Bible, there was what were known as “Canons.” These Canons were simply manuscripts that were written by different authors (most of them anonymous) over a span of about 1600 years. There were many Canons, and not all were included in what came to be known as the “Bible.” The method to determine what would be included, and what would not be included and left out was the system of voting.
Roman Emperor Constantine the Great (274-337 CE), who was the first Roman Emperor to convert to Christianity, needed a single canon to be agreed upon by the Christian leaders to help him unify the remains of the Roman Empire. Until this time the various Christian leaders could not decide which books would be considered “holy” and thus “the word of God” and which ones would be excluded and not considered the word of God.
Emperor Constantine used what motivates many to action – MONEY! He offered the various Church leaders money to agree upon a single canon that would be used by all Christians as the word of God. The Church leaders gathered together at the Council of Nicaea and voted the “word of God” into existence, but The Church leaders didn’t finish editing the “holy scriptures” until the Council of Trent when the Catholic Church pronounced the Canon closed.
So, it seems the real approving editor of the Bible was not God at all … but Constantine!
Constantine then ordered and financed 50 parchment copies of the new “word of God” which is now known as the Bible. With the financial element added to the picture, the Church fathers were able to overcome their differences and finally agree which “holy books” would stay and which would go.
There are lost books of the Bible, which should have been included in the Canon. These books are cited by writers of the Bible, and they are: Book of the Wars of the Lord, Book of Jasher, Book of the Covenant, Book of Nathan, Book of Gad, Book of Samuel, Prophecy of Ahijah, Visions of Iddo, Acts of Uzziah, Acts of Solomon, Three Thousand Proverbs of Solomon, A Thousand and Five Songs of Solomon, Chronicles of the Kings of Judah, Chronicles of the Kings of Israel, Book of Jehu, Book of Enoch.
It would seem reasonable to ask that had the vote gone another way, would people of faith be believing something entirely different than what they believe to be the word of God today?