Jeremiah 17:5 Thus says the LORD: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man And makes flesh his strength, Whose heart departs from the LORD.” – Therefore every Christian should be a young earth creationist.
Isaiah 66:2 For all those things My hand has made, And all those things exist,” Says the LORD. “But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, And who trembles at My word.
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
Psalm 118:8 It is better to trust in the LORD Than to put confidence in man.
Psalm 118:9 It is better to trust in the LORD Than to put confidence in princes.
Ps 146:3 Do not put your trust in princes, Nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help.
In this post I want to lay out the New Testament canon I accept, for the purpose of discussing religious issues. I accept the canon accepted by the majority of New Testament scholars. The authentic writings of Paul are Romans, First Corinthians, Second Corinthians, Galatians, Philippians, First Thessalonians, and Philemon. In addition to these, much of what we find in the synoptic Gospels, Matthew, Mark, and Luke, is trustworthy. I consider these books in the New Testament to contain some accurate information about God, though they all contain a lot that is not true about God as well. The rest of the New Testament is complete forgery and fabrication.
If you would like to learn more about what is considered authentic in the New Testament by the majority of New Testament scholars, I highly recommend The New Oxford Annotated Bible with Apocrypha: New Revised Standard Version, especially their introductions to each of the New Testament books. In addition, Bart Ehrman’s book Forged has a lot of information on this subject.
The issue of authorship is also discussed in these Wikipedia articles:
I present this information so that those discussing religious differences with me, will know they must restrict themselves to the books considered authentic by the majority of New Testament scholars. And even then, I consider all the books of the New Testament to contain many errors.
Of interest regarding the Old Testament forgery and fabrication: