I was wondering simply: Why is the Book of Enoch not in the canon of Sacred Scripture? Do we even really know why? Was it ever actually, at some historic point in time, considered but then rejected? If it was rejected, for what reasons? Do we even know this?
I’m wondering because of some problematic stories within it stating that, for instance, man was taught so-called secret knowledge such as metalwork and women were taught cosmetic arts by fallen angels. (see my post dealing more specifically with these issues here: forums.catholic.com/showthread.php?t=959779 ) Some passages within it even seem to suggest that meat-eating is sinful!
Yet, the Catholic Church seems to accept such arts as are listed above as good things and even as things that we were not taught by fallen angels but that we learned by our own instrumentality. Also, as far as I understand, the Church does not condemn the use of cosmetics but states that, if used for the right reasons, it is approved for women to use them. (Now, I’m not sure whether any of these teaching have been infallibly confirmed, but, don’t they at least have some weight? If so, how much?)
Was the Book of Enoch, if rejected, perhaps rejected fro the above reasons, i.e., that it taught that fallen angels had a hand in teaching us such things as metalwork, astronomy and cosmetics? Indeed, do we really even know for certain why the Book of Enoch was rejected?
Indeed, does the Church reject outright the notion that fallen angels taught us these kinds of arts?
Furthermore, I understand that the Ethiopian Catholic Church accepts this Book in some way. Is it considered at a canonical level equal to that of the “official”(?) Catholic canon? I read somwhere that, while the Ethiopian Church does not accept it on the level of standard “canon”, it does accept it as perhaps somehow at a lower level? Is this true? If it is, do they consider it just as “inspired” as other canonical texts? If not, how do they view this book? Indeed, if they accept it as canonical, why doesn’t the rest of the Church do the same? Aren’t we all supposed to be on the same page on this? I was reading someone on another post who stated that any book that is not considered canon by the Church still has the potential to be “inspired”. Is this true? Or, rather, if a book has not been accepted as canon, is it automatically not to be considered “inspired”? Indeed, has the canon of Sacred Scripture officially been closed after it was solidified long ago? If so, does this mean that no other books may be considered “inspired” other than those that are in the “official”(?) Catholic canon?