Are there lost, inspired writings
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Question: Are there lost books inspired by God? I know of several scrolls that exist which claim to be written under inspiration. Should they be added to the Bible?
Answer: Your question is fairly broad and much could be written on it. Although I can only briefly answer your inquiry about supposedly "lost" writings that should be in the Bible, I suggest doing more research using other materials on this site.
There are valid reasons why certain writings, though supported by some, are not considered inspired by God and therefore are rightfully not included in our modern translations. Usually the reason for rejection is that the writing in question contradicts the facts presented and accepted teachings confirmed by the already accepted scriptures.
For example, what is known as St. Thomas' gospel teaches things that are contrary to sound Biblical doctrines. It teaches that God had TWO distinct creations of man, one that was a bit flawed and the other which was perfect. This "gospel" also promotes the idea that people can acquire the "image of God." This spurious writing is viewed with skepticism by scholars and those who study the Bible, except for a certain cultic following by those who believe it portrays the "real Jesus" and that it is more accurate than the accepted four gospel accounts.
Many of the larger and more expensive Bibles contain books of the so-called "apocrypha." These are books that some in the past thought should have been included in the canon but were excluded. Many of them will have their history in their introductory remarks. Books printed by Catholic-centered publishers are often the most comprehensive in this area.
There are several books that offer information regarding why certain books were excluded from scripture, the dates they were found and so on. I recommend Lost Books of the Bible by Solomon J. Schepps and William Hone and The Lost Books of the Bible and the Forgotten Books of Eden, which is an anthology of ancient, apocryphal writings. The latter of these two books is especially comprehensive. Together, these works discuss the writings below that various people argue should become part of holy writ.