I have started to meet on a monthly basis with a small group of guys to discuss systematic theology as we explore the foundations and difficult questions we have about faith, history, and everything in between. Our pastor helps direct the discussion and we anticipate that every meeting we will leave with more questions than answers! I want to use SHRINKthechurch as an extension for some of these questions to make us all think a little more and sometimes outside of our own box.
So here’s a question that was asked last night. What if a 3 Corinthians (an authentic Pauline manuscript) was found? What do we do with it? Is the canon closed for all intents and purposes?
It seems it’s not a matter of if but when new discoveries for old writings will be unearthed. We should have a thoughtful response as the church on what we do with that. The same could be said for new discoveries such as microbacterial life on another planet someday. It may force us to open our folded arms and approach Scripture seeking to understand and clarify in a new light. We can’t be afraid of new discoveries, rather, have confidence in God’s truths and respond accordingly.
So, what if tomorrow during an archaeological dig new manuscripts are discovered and verified to be written by Paul and resolved to be called “3 Corinthians”?