I truly don’t mean to offend, but the English Standard Version is a false bible as it doesn’t include the 7 books that the Church has always used. I’ll explain my reasoning.
The Church in 400 A.D. decreed that there were 27 books in the NT and 46 books in the OT that were divinely inspired. And remember this timeframe was way before the multiple Christian denominations that we see today so this isn’t a Catholic thing per se. There was just 1 Church at that time. No others claimed to be that one Church. And that one Church said that there were 73 books that were divinely inspired.
To further the history, the bible was then translated into Latin by Jerome, who personally felt that there should be 39 books in the OT, but submitted to the authority of The Church by translating all 73 books into the Latin Vulgate. This version of the bible became the bible of The Church for the next 1000 years.
I’ve heard some Catholics tell me to chill out when it comes to the 66 book bible because rather than it being false they say it is simply “incomplete”. The problem I have with this line of thinking is that Protestants believe they are correct when they assert that the 7 additional books aren’t inspired. It’s as if I tell you that there were only 45 states or 9 Commandments and assert them to be true. Would you say that I’m “incomplete” or wrong? What if in a spelling test I spell the word “believe” as “believ”? Would the teacher tell me that I’m “incomplete” or wrong? In a similar vein, the 66 book bible is wrong.
Obviously, I’m a little passionate about this topic. My main reason is that I firmly believe the Protestant faith is built on error. An erroneous bible, which leads to erroneous belief systems. One can’t read 2 Macc 12:46 and believe in “faith alone” or “once saved always saved” (why pray for someone who has died if they’re already saved or damned?). These core tenets of the Protestant belief system come crashing down as a result of the truths within the real 73 book bible.
I’m very passionate about the truth and I truly apologize if this offends. You may even be thinking, “geez, I didn’t expect to get lectured just by saying what bible I read from!” and if that’s the case I’m sorry. You just gave me an opportunity to preach a little! I’d welcome any and all feedback and thoughts.