Could we just be keeping the Apocalypse of John out of the Traditions of Men?
What are the best arguments for and against this book being Inspired?
- Some early Christians claimed it was written by the Apostle John's gnostic arch-nemesis, Cerinthus.
- Many didn't consider it canon until less than 1000 years ago.
- In this book Jesus says "I come quickly", but in the Gospels he says he doesn't know when he's coming.
- RH Charles, Martin Luther, and other Christians of old held doubts regarding if this book was from God.
- It says to "keep the sayings" of this book, but there are no sayings to keep.
- In efforts to prolong and promote their circulation, Pseudepigrapha was known to warn the reader not to add to or delete from their fake books, and pseudepigrapha would pronounce curses to scare people who doubted the book, or pronounce blessings to lure more people into covetously reading them (no other book of the Bible does this).
- Many potential Biblical contradictions involve this book, which at times appears to also contradict itself.
- It's famous for causing confusion and fear. God is not the author of confusion and has not given the Spirit of fear.
- A major reason for the schisms in Christianity has often been this book. No single book has devided Christianity like this book.
- If the book of Jude were the last book in the Bible, it has a very beautiful conclusion for closing out the Bible's Canon.