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Q Why are there books in the Catholic Bible that are not in the Protestant Bible?
 
 
A The books you are referring to are generally called the “Apocrypha.” Some other groups do accept these books as having devotional value, but most churches in the Protestant tradition see only some historical value in the books. From about 325 to 419 A.D. there were four church councils that dealt with the issue of which books should be in the Bible. None of these councils accepted the apocryphal books. By the last council, the Bible as we know it was determined to be God’s Word. This was considered final until Luther and the Reformation questioned the Roman Catholic Church’s doctrine and practices in the 1500’s. At that time the RCC held that the Apocrypha were not part of Scripture. But as a result of the Reformation’s opposition the RCC held the Council of Trent in 1546 and, among other things, canonized the Apocrypha. The reason—some of the doctrines of the RCC, like prayers for the dead and salvation by works, find some support in a few statements within the Apocrypha. The RCC tried to use these against the Reformers.  

These books are rejected by most Protestant-related groups because of unbiblical doctrine, bad morality, bizarre stories, and historical and chronological errors. As I said before, some of the books (like 1 and 2 Maccabees) have valuable historical information about the period of time before the Old and New Testaments. But that’s about their only value.
  

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