[quote=oat soda]if you recieved a copy of romans from st. paul himself during the first century would you need st. paul to tell you it was inspired? or would you not make a decision until the church formed a council to decide if it was or not?
Well actually not not all of Saint Paul’s letters made it into the canon he probably made many letters that were not used as scripture.
The letters that made it were determined by the early church to be useful in supporting the churchs rule of faith.
Not everything Madison wrote made it into the Constitution either. The Constituion was likewise ultimately decided by our nation’s founding fathers.
IF the constition was not decided unilaterlly how could the Bible be.
Unlike what you think the Bible did not just fall from the sky.
There are many book attributed to Paul that ultimately did not make the canon ie Acts of Paul . After the apsotles died and Paul could no longer hand you his letters as you niavely assume. He wrote many of his letters while in Jail they were delivered by People who were not Paul. Who besides the church who knew authentic tradtions from fraud could point to one book attributed to Paul as false and the other book attributed to Paul as true.
Here is blurb by a protestant authro about Paul’s missing book mentioned in the Bible.
[left]In Paul’s Letter to the Colossians, a letter of the Apostle to the assembly (biblical meaning = church) in Laodicea is being mentioned, which contained a matter of importance to the Colossians.
[left]“And when this epistle (Greek = letter) is read among you, cause it to be read also in the church (original text = assembly) of the Laodiceans, and that ye likewise read the epistle from Laodicea.” (Colossians 4:16)
[left]We look in vain in the New Testament for this letter to the Laodiceans from Paul. Despite great efforts to find this letter, it must be considered lost, although attempts were made to identify the letter to the Ephesians with the missing letter to the Laodiceans. However, this hypothesis has no probability at all: “because it cannot be explained how the address to the Laodiceans disappeared, and that particular letter came into circulation as the Letter to the Ephesians.” (P. Feine, Introduction to the New Testament)[/left]
[left]I guess if Paul handed you this letter you would have canonized it. But apparently those in charge did not agree with you that any letter from Paul should be part of the Bible.[/left]
[left]You have no way of knowing the Books attributed to Paul that did make it to the Bible are actuallly from Paul apart from the catholic church. Quite a quandry isn’t it. An infalliable book whose contents are decided upon by the catholic church.[/left]