What if a 3 Corinthians Was Found?

by · January 31, 2012

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”?

  • Anonymous

    Well, if it indeed was authentic…it would be of great value. It should be looked at carefully with 1 & 2 Corinthians side by side.

  • http://twitter.com/timbertantrum Timothy Gray

    You are aware that there is one, right? It was considered canonical by the Armenian Orthodox Church for hundreds of years. Contemporary scholarship suggests that it was written in the style of Paul to stamp out a particular gnostic interpretation of 1 Corinthians 1. It is wholly inoffensive and contains only orthodox theology, but it is not considered to be Pauline in authorship and neither is it accepted currently by any church (as far as I can tell). Do a quick google search and you’ll no doubt find the text. It’s very short, and as I said, both inoffensive and orthodox.

  • Robert Burke

    Okay: Consider “In That Day Teachings”… as being what you are looking for.

    What will you do? (i.e. a thoroughly thought out magnum opus with precise descriptions of the problems of Evangelical Christianity… and the precise ameliorating solution…. hint: it’s line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little, there a little of…. LIES….. slowly but surely hoovered out of the soul…. and truth put in just as methodically… line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little, there a little. Isaiah 28… a restoration of all things, a thing looking new but old, and it is called “In That Day Teachings”.)

    Who’s Shocked? Shocked? … In That Day!
    By Robert Winkler Burke 775-690-7293 cell
    Book #10 of In That Day Teachings
    http://www.inthatdayteachings.com
    Jeremiah 6:16

    Who’s shocked? Shocked?
    There’s shenaniganized church ignoring rebuke!
    Who’s shocked? Shocked?
    Proud seminary-taught souls cannot be shook!

    Does time make man wiser?
    Oh yes, yes indeed!
    Church has been a brain miser?
    This case I’ll plead!

    U.S. surveys might show, believe it or not,
    Tea Party folk are wiser in science, comprehension and history to boot!
    It takes a right expanded consciousness hot,
    To understand buckets of truth, and what’s overdue to bulls eye shoot!

    Then same Tea Party strategist,
    Or manly SpaceX rocket engineer, or movie bigwig for that matter,
    Walks in to shenanigan church,
    And sees mainly fear, greed or slouch sold in subtext by mad hatter!

    In That Day Teachings,
    Point all this, and more, out!
    By any means reaching,
    Christ-in-You: now shout!

    Because Politically Correct or Progressive thought,
    Is the very antipode of truth, (Ditto for rapture, prosperity, emergent!)
    Lies in men mustn’t live inside where Christ ought,
    Lies: God does forsooth! (Such “immersed” souls need detergent!)

    Until quickened-higher day of awakening,
    Wherein lies are hoovered the heck out!
    Of seminaries which now are soul-breaking,
    Then Christ-in-You returns: shout!

    But right now it’s Claude Rains’ Casablanca Gambit,
    All over the place! (Subtext-taught fear, greed, slouch shenanigans!)
    Anything but truth, seminaries and preachers jam it,
    In Christ’s place! (Subtext sin with gospiel mustn’t be born-again!)

    Who’s shocked? Shocked?
    There’s shenaniganized church ignoring rebuke!
    Who’s shocked? Shocked?
    Proud seminary-taught souls cannot be shook!

    To all in “Milk-dom” who refuse to see or be woke up,
    Many, many multitudes are awakening to “meat of God” sight!
    And for the stubborn posers in God, now the joke’s up,
    In That Day Teachings exist that Christ-in-You, all treat right!

    It’s a beautiful day, indeed!
    If ossified, rusted, dead-wrong seminary-preachers wake up!
    In That Day: What all need,
    Out-of-kilter, crazy church: with man and God: make up!

    Oh, there shall be weeping! And wailing! And howling! You well bet,
    When milk seminaries “we’re so shocked!” see,
    How wrong ages of milk-doctrines, in antipode, did
    Christ-in-You vet!And a prophet in Reno, reintroduced how to be.

    Who’s shocked? Shocked?
    There’s shenaniganized church ignoring rebuke!
    Who’s shocked? Shocked?
    Proud seminary-taughtsouls cannot be shook!