Constantine to John
Constantine had no control over what was in the Bible. He merely commissioned
50 Bibles be copied from the council of Nicea in 325 AD decision.
Peter was the right hand man to Jesus. And he said something very special about which books of the NT should be accepted.
"And account [that] the longsuffering of our Lord [is] salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; As also in all [his] letters, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable distort, as [they do] also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction" (2 Peter 3.15-16).
If all 24,000 copies of the Bible were destroyed by 150 AD, you could still reproduce the whole Bible from the quotes of the Church Fathers from before 150 AD.
Jesus already had approved the OT Cannon, that is the 39 books in the Old Testament from citing it, by what He referenced.
Paul is urging you to keep this document so that it is not even a decision of the council of Nicea to decide upon, "I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren" (1 Thess. 5.27).
This is during the lifetime of Paul and Peter. As each NT book was written they were accepted by the churches, and did not need to wait to 325 AD for the council of Nicea to decide. How absurd!
Why was the book The Shepherd of Hermas excluded, for example? Because it taught that we are saved by works, which disagrees with the books of the NT. All books that are excluded are excluded for a reason; they followed after the Gospels.
Councils came along and ratified the list of books. No man, pope or council imposed upon the Church regarding these books, because the council could only ratify them.
If you feel there is a single book in the NT that should not be there, then show it and I will show you that you are wrong. If you think a book should have been included, find it, and let's look at it. You will find with a good investigation, that it won't belong. For example all the gnostic books each and every one has a flaw and they all came after the 4 Gospels.
Gnosticism is a parasite trying to feed off of the Christian movement. These others were going to pursue their agendas as they do every century. The Gnostics take the Scriptures and they are like a person who takes a beautiful photograph of a King, and reassembles it to become a fox. That's what the gnostics do. It's quite evil don't you think?
Constantine tried to destroy some gnostic gospels, but let us be thankful that some survived so we can expose them for what they are. Christians do not teach Fahrenheit 451. Constantine is a problem for the Church for he is described as being affiliated with the Pergamum church period, and Pergamum means "high tower," an attempt at marrying the Church and the State.
Papyus, a student of John said John taught him that the 4 Gospels were originals. Papyus wrote this in 110-120 AD. This is 200 years before Constantine. The Gospels are already in place, for why would they not be since they speak of events that were prior! Other Church Fathers up to 150 AD were continually quoting from all the books of the Bible just as we do today.
According to the British Museum if all 24,000 copies of the Bible were destroyed at 150 AD, you could reproduce the entire NT from all the quotes by the Church Fathers except for 8 verses. Wow!
There is no religion in the world that has such grace, love and righteousness as does Christ to be able to bring us to God which God accepts through His only begotten Son.
Advice: take a 21 day experiment and read the Gospel of John, by a chapter a day. Can man make this up? Pray to God as you read and ask Him if this is real. All of your arguments will become puffs of smoke in the presence of the Jesus of the NT. You'll never get this from the gnostic Jesus.
Stick with the NT!