Faith musings from the seat of a forklift.
Get Lost. What a familiar phrase. Usually it is used to express the ill willed desire for somebody to depart and never return. However, it has also been used in a more affirmative sense, that is when somebody says “Think its time for me to get lost”. There is an additional negative association with the phrase “get lost”, specifically, there exists a bumper sticker that reads “Support Search and Rescue….GET LOST!”. Truthfully, these statements are not very constructive, they are actually destructive.
In a more professional sense, getting lost is a bad thing. It matters little how good of a map you think you have. If you can not find your destination, you are essentially lost. In the freight industry, this is a problem. If you can not find the location of a customer or the location a customer has specified for a delivery, being lost can cost both time and money.
Oddly, there are claims about things being lost in the church. Specifically, the claim regards lost books in the Bible. However, the real claim is not so much that books are lost, so much as they have been suppressed to hide something. Yes, there are books that were not included in the Bible, but nothing has genuinely been suppressed. These rumors are created by those who generally seek to either discredit the church or else feel that they have something they can use to make a name for themselves.
True, there are other books mentioned in the Bible. Some of these we have. Others we do not have nor have we been able to find even a section of them. One such book, referenced both in Joshua 10:13 and 2 Samuel 1:18, is the Book of Jasher. Jasher, incidentally, is a transliteration of the Latin and Greek, and thus the book may also be called “Book of the Just”, as some translations of the Bible render it.
Another book mentions in the Bible, though it does not occur in the Bible is “Book of the Wars of the Lord”. This book is mentioned in Numbers 21:14–15. Much like the Book of Jasher, it is lost and may never be found again. Oddly, some scholars have suggested that both of these are one and the same. There are other “lost” books as well. Many of these can be found quite readily on the internet. While I can not belabor the praises and faults of all of them, I can mention a few that I have actually read.
Here is a list a few I have read:
1. Letter of Clement
2. Infancy Gospel
3. Gospel of Thomas
4. Gospel of Mary
5. Gospel of Judas Ischariot
6. Secret Gospel of Thomas
Some of these have been included in volumes entitled “Lost Books of the Bible”. Others have been made freely available via the internet. However, they are all linked in so far as they are not included in the Biblical Canon.
Canon or Cannon? I can see why that may cause confusion. Lets start with the obvious. A Cannon is a device for firing a projectile in military combat, note that such devices are generally considered obsolete and rarely used. A Canon, on the other hand, is a standard. In this case, the Canon of Scripture is determined based which books are accepted along with how well they agree with one another in terms of discussing an event or person. Now, while this may seem simplistic, it is also a fair way to describe how books were selected. Yes, there were other considerations, including authorship and verification.
In truth, there were many books that never made the Canon. It wasn’t because they were lost, like Jasher, but only because they did not meet the minimum criteria for inclusion in the Canon. As I have previous mentioned, these books are readily available via the internet.
There are no books of the Bible that are “lost”. There are books that weren’t included. In truth, it is highly like that if we found and could translate a copy of Jasher, we would likely exclude it from the Canon. The books of the Bible were chosen for their consistency and authorship. These are the books that truly agreed with one another, despite being written across sixteen centuries by several different authors, often living in different countries and speaking languages.
Now then, it is possible to get lost when attempting to either pick up or deliver freight. It happens, it sucks, and it costs money. That is money that can not and never will be recovered. There are no books from the Bible that are truly lost. There are books that weren’t included, but only after careful study, discussion, and debate. People are going to lie about the Bible, and lost books is a nice little lie that helps to instill doubt.
Instead of doubting that the Bible is the word of God, doubt the lies of this world. God has given his son to overcome the world and die for our sins. It was this same son, whom we call Christ Jesus, who rose from the grave and ascended into Heaven. He promises that if we folly him, we will never be lost.
The world has lost its way. Its willing to tell people to “get lost”. However, God refuses to allow those who seek him to every be lost. Today is the day to become “un-lost”. Turn to Christ Jesus and repent. He will never lose you.