There are 66 books in the Bible today. I am not one of the Christians who believe these are the only books that matter. Before the 16th century there were many more books recognized as truth. Obviously, there is reason that only 66 books made it into the canonical Bible… However, the main reason that the Bible has been cut down to 66 was because Martin Luther decided they weren’t as relevant as the rest. Until the 16th century, there were actually 73 books in the Bible. And before that, there were even more. It was in 367 AD that they cut them down to 73, for being universally accepted.
I find it hard to distinguish when reading certain books like this taken from 1 Clement 13
“Show mercy, that you may be shown mercy. Forgive, that you may be forgiven. As you do to others, so will it be done to you. As you give, so will it be given to you. As you judge, so will you be judged. As you show kindness, so will kindness be shown to you. The standard you use will be used back on you.”
and the words, also spoken by Jesus, that made it into the 66 : Luke 6:37-38:
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you; a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over—will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use,[a] it will be measured back to you.”
There are SO many books that are not in the Bible that literally, like above, have identical passages. How can someone decide that these books are not to be paid attention to? Now, clearly, it is up to each individual to decide which books are heresy and which are not. All I’m trying to say is follow your heart, dig deeper, and experience who you think Jesus is for yourself. Never take anyone else’s word for it.