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To Deuterocantical or Not To Deuterocantical

The Nag Hammadi library is an infamous and historically derided collection of Gnostic sacred scripture found in the Upper Egyptian town in 1945. Early Church leaders desired these texts utterly erased from history by burning every last copy out of existence. This was a crime that was almost accomplished, if it were not for a devout Gnostic, who buried his sacred scripture to be saved for history. Irenaeus, one of the most vehement critics of Gnosticism, writes, “

[The heretical churches] adduce an unspeakable number of apocryphal and spurious writings, which they themselves have forged, to bewilder the minds of foolish men, and of such as are ignorant of the Scriptures of truth (Against Heresies i.xx.i).”

My own critics will accuse me, the author of the Next Testament, of the same crimes. The authors of the Gnostic Gospels were not forgers, they were devout followers of Jesus as their Christ. Their crime was believing in Christ differently; this was also a crime the Protestant Reformation was accused of. The early Catholic Church could not have a competing Christianity producing their own Holy Bible of sacred scripture. Joseph Smith, Jr. and the early Mormons can certainly attest to the fate of producing a competing sacred scripture. The key difference between the Gnostics, Joseph Smith, and myself is I am not claiming to have written sacred scripture. My only crime is listening to my hallucinations, writing them down, and ultimately pairing them with the Old and New Testaments.

Many Protestants will protest my inclusion of the deuterocanonical books in the main section of the Old Testament. How dare I thumb my nose at Protestant theology by including “scripture” that is not inherently “God-breathed”? There is a reason why only the monstrous Roman Catholics include them and Protestants and Jews rightly dismiss them! Well, the Next Testament is inherently not “God-breathed” and I have included it in the Holy Trilogy Bible. So, I would be remiss if I was haughty enough to say that while my books should be included in the Holy Trilogy Bible, these other books should not. (I do not, however, include the so-called Gnostic gospels, because I am not even remotely Gnostic in my Christian theology, and the deuterocanoncial books are included in the Greek Septuagint.) Plus, the story of “Bel and the Dragon” is so damn good.

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