The scholarly world is in a mess, especially the biblical studies part of that world. How can it be in good condition when most of the bible scholars are not Christian nor seeking the truth? The majority of biblical scholars do not believe the bible and this includes many in the academic institutions of the Christian world. They usually are atheists, like Robert Cargill, minimalists, like Jim West, or alternative believers, like James McGrath & Peter Enns, or they are just normal unbelievers.
A prime example of this mess comes from the classification of ancient works as Pseudepigrapha. Modern scholars have used this label to support all sorts of false accusations like forgery, false attribution, and other literary crimes. we have done a cursory study on these books, and while some forgery did take place in ancient times, it was not as prevalent as modern scholars testify. We have looked through most of the books in question and found that it is a rare case where the author claims t be someone famous or writing in the nae of someone famous. Most of the works titled The Acts of _____ or The Gospel of _____, do not make these claims. There is little to none internal evidence depicting any nefarious motives behind the composition of these books.
We could write a book and call it the Acts of Peter after doing some research and cobble together different stories about Peter and his life from the many legitimate sources, myths and legends that surround that disciple. This effort would not be an attempt to write in Peter’s name or commit other literary sins but merely makes the attempt to record Peter’s life so that other believers could be encouraged and their faith strengthened.
We eel that after our study many ancient works assigned to the Pseudepigrapha category would fall into this idea and purpose. There were no attempts to forge or write in the name of someone famous.To label ancient works as forgeries or some other sinful purpose is an act of arrogance on the part of the modern scholar. It is also erroneous thinking on the part of the modern scholar as they apply a few examples of ancient forgery to a large group of ancient authors whereby they attack and punish innocent writers.
The modern scholar has scant evidence to use to prove such motives existed in the many ancient authors they accuse of committing forgery.They have no insight into the minds and hearts of those long dead writers.
What this all means for the modern believer is that they must take biblical information seriously. When the bible says that the unbelieving world cannot receive the spirit of truth we must not brush that information aside simply because a person is a biblical professor with lots of education and experience behind their names. We must use that information to help us discern what is true or false and if the teacher of such ideas is true or false as well.
While all believers do not have the time to examine all the biblical scholar writes or proclaims, the believer does have the time to examine what the scholar believes, what doctrines they hold and how they view God & the Bible, as well as the latter’s content and Jesus’ historicity.
Once they do that then the believer will know how to deal with the different ideas proclaimed or written by the scholar. If the biblical scholar is not a believer or is some alternative believer then the Christian knows to not listen to or accept the scholar’s words.
Obtaining wisdom means that we do not ignore biblical information meant to help us find the truth. We use biblical information to guide us and protect our faith ass well as the faith of other believers.