What many people don't know is that there is so much more to the Four Gospels than Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. There was also The Gospel of Peter, The Gospel of Thomas, The Gospel of Mary Magdalene and other gospels that were banned from the Bible.
In 325AD the Council of Nicea under Emperor Constantine had to decide on the layout of the Holy Christian Bible for the burgeoning new religion. What follows here is a list of the books left out of the Bible.
The Gospel of the Birth of Mary
The First Gospel of the Infancy of Jesus Christ
Thomas's Gospel of the Infancy of Jesus Christ
The Epistles of Jesus Christ and Abgarus King of Edessa
The Gospel of Nicodemus, Formerly Called the Acts of Pontius Pilate
The Apostles’ Creed
The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Laodiceans
The Epistles of Paul the Apostle to Seneca, with Seneca's to Paul
The Acts of Paul and Thecla
The First Epistle of Clement to the Corinthians
The Second Epistle of Clement to the Corinthians
The General Epistle of Barnabas
The Epistle of Ignatius to the Ephesians
The Epistle of Ignatius to the Magnesians
The Epistle of Ignatius to the Trallians
The Epistle of Ignatius to the Romans
The Epistle of Ignatius to the Philadelphians
The Epistle of Ignatius to the Smyrnæans
The Epistle of Ignatius to Polycarp
The Epistle of Polycarp to the Philippians
The Shepherd of Hermas
The Second Book of Hermas, Called His Commands
The Third Book of Hermas, Which Is Called His Similitudes
Letters of Herod and Pilate
The Lost Gospel According to Peter
The Gospel of Peter, the Gospel of Thomas and the Gospel of Mary Magdalene were banned by a man by the name of Saint Ireneaus. St Ireneaus chose four Gospels because he reasoned we only have four compass points and four winds of the earth, so we only need four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John). The Gospels of Thomas and the Gospel of Mary Madgalene didn't fit in with St. Ireaneus beliefs so he condemed them as heresay and declared no one was going to have them.
The Banned Gospels of the Bible documentary is a 9 part documentary available to view here:
The Gospel of Peter didn't make it as a canonized gospel because the version that Peter gives is that Jesus didn't suffer on the cross as the Roman Catholics like to claim.
Posted By: Siebra Muhammad
Friday, September 21st 2012 at 12:18PM