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We believe that the bible is the inspired word of God but who decided what writings were to be included in the bible and how do we know the correct writings were included?  Also when did this happen?

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Hello Bill,
Thank you for your question. I am sorry for the delay in replying but it has been a busy week end. I am afraid my answer may seem like a cop out but the answer to your question is really quite complex and would take a great deal of time to convey. So I suggest you look up the following in Wikipedia: 'The Development of the Christian Biblical canon'. This seems to convey all you need to know reasonably thoroughly and gives you further leads to follow up.
Forgive me for not answering in more detail myself but as a busy working pastor therseems sense in relying on the scholarship of others.
May God bless you and encourage you in your studies.
Stuart Woodward

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I am a Baptist minister. My theology is conservative evangelical/charismatic

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