About Us Articles Bible Answers Bondage Breaker TV WOL Church Store Giving

Find Freedom and Victory in Christ



Word of Life Church
Find Freedom and Victory in Christ

Freedom and Victory Conference

Tom Brown will be coming to:
El Paso, TX

Tom Brown Is Leading the Charge Against Evil
MSNBC  Investigates     
Demons Cast Out ABC’s 20/20     
Delivers Souls from Satan’s GripThe History Channel
Schedule a Freedom and Victory Conference in your area by Booking Tom Brown...click here more information

Church Affiliation

Learn how you can affiliate with Bishop Tom Brown

Sonia Brown

Read Heart-Warming Stories

Bondage Breaker TV

    Don't be Your Own Worst Enemy.
The most destructive words that will ever be spoken to you will be spoken, not by your enemies, but by you. 27 min 57 sec

Upcoming Events

Christmas Eve Candlelight
December 24, 2016 
Saturday 6 pm

Christmas Day Service
December 25, 2016 
Sunday 11 am
Word of Life Church
(915) 855-9673

Need Deliverance?

Receive personal ministry

Why do Catholics and Protestants have different Bibles?

Today's Question: I received this question from my daughter. What is your response to this question. Thanks, sue:

"In 393 AD, the church bishops gathered in the African city of Hippo to decide which texts were inspired and which were not. Man meddles. When the Protestants split from the Catholic church, they omitted 7 books  from the Bible. Man meddles. But, today there are two accepted Bibles, and if God protects his word, which is protected and which is not?"

Bible Answer: Sue, your daughter asked you about why Protestants and Catholics have two different Bibles. The difference is that the Catholics include the Pseudepigraphal books (seven books) that were written after the last Old Testament prophet and before John the Baptist. So they don't deal with Christ nor any prophecy about Christ. There were no prophets during the time of these books, so the Jews never regarded them as inspired. Protestants believe the same about these books. Catholics accept them because in one verse it confirms their belief about praying for the dead (2 Maccabees 12:46). Jews and Protestants don't believe in praying for the dead.

Jesus clearly set the canon of the Old Testament in Luke 24:27, "And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself." Notice that "Moses and all the Prophets" were the Scriptures that Jesus used, not the Pseudepigraphal books. And in the time of Jesus, the Pseudepigraphal books were excluded from the traditional canon by the Jews, and Jesus did not dispute the tradition, but accepted it. Later, between 70-90 AD, the Jews confirmed their canon at the council of Jamnia.

It is obvious that the canon was confirmed based on the traditions during their age, which was the time of Christ. The leaders would never be able to confirm the Canon, and exclude the Pseudepipraphal books, if the Jews had regarded them as Scripture just 40 years before, during the times of Christ. Catholics, of course, judge the Jewish leader's motives by accusing them of removing the books for the sole purpose of eliminating or editing any scriptural references to the Lord Jesus and His doctrines. The trouble with their accusation is that there is no clear references to the Lord Jesus in the Pseudepigraphal books. The truth is, Catholics use them to support their view of praying to the dead and purgatory.

There is another statement Jesus made which confirms the canon to include only the Old Testament that both Jews and non-Catholic Christians accept: "Therefore this generation will be held responsible for the blood of all the prophets that has been shed since the beginning of the world, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah" (Luke 11:50-51). Zechariah was the last prophet to be martyred, and he is the author of the book of Zechariah and was a contemporary of Haggai, but continued his ministry long after him. He is considered one of the last of the prophets in the our Bible. Malachi was the last, but he was not martyred. Jesus totally excluded those that had died during the period after the prophet Zechariah, because they were not "prophets", and that period tells the story of the sacrifices of many Jews, which is recorded in the Pseudepigraphal books. The point is clear, Jesus defined the period of the inspired books of the Bible to include the beginning (Genesis) with Abel and the end with Zechariah. Jesus did not consider anyone living during the period of the Pseudepigraphal books to be prophets. The Lord's words should define for all Christians which books are considered the infallible Word of God. I think His testimony is final.

The Catholic Church by accepting the Pseudepigraphal books take odds against Jesus own words which excludes their books. So who do you believe, Jesus or the Catholic Church? 

Finally, the Pseudepigraphal books are good to read, because they do tell the history of the Jewish people. There is much to learn from those books.


Send your comments

Tell a friend about this article

Read more Bible Answers to Today's Questions

Click here if you're interested in having Tom Brown come to your area

Back to the Main Page



>Satellite Church Member 
>One-Time Donation


Receive Tom Brown's Books, DVDs, and CDs

Visit our Online Store
Discounts for the Holidays


Subscribe free to Tom Brown's weekly broadcasts

Free Offer 

Sex: What's okay, what's not
Receive your free CD

Available Now

Learn how to defeat the forces of Darkness

Best Sellers




Find a Church 

Charismatic & Pentecostal

Religious Freedom

Religious Freedom Matters


>Documentary on Exorcism
>Documentary on Hell
>Barbara Walters
>Same Sex Marriage
> Passionate about Ministry

> Gay Debate

>Television Schedule

Mission Cathedral

Learn more about El Paso's Newest Cathedral

Rent the Cathedral

Weddings, Parties, Concerts, Shows, Business Meetings, Religious Conferences 

Things to Know

>Statement of Faith   
>Ordination of Tom Brown 
>What does Jesus Look like?

>Foreign Language  

>Tom's Tortilla Soup Recipe 
>Search TBM Websites

Tom Brown Ministries
P.O. Box 27275
El Paso, Texas 79926

Contact Tom Brown
(915) 855-9673
Call only during regular office hours (MST)

©1997-2016 Tom Brown. All rights reserved. Unless other wise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the New International Version (NIV), Used by permission,
Site is owned by Tom Brown. He is solely responsible for the content