I don't know how anyone can put their faith 'all in' to the Bible, by simultaneously rejecting the very authority which assembled and preserved it. If one distrusts the Church enough to reject her authority--it begs the question as to why they trusted that same Church enought to preserve scripture in the first 400 years of the Church.[/I][/I][/I][/I] Read more: http://www.gatorcountry.com/swampgas/showthread.php?t=267077&page=2#ixzz2adPkH9ag Who decided what went into the Bible? The short answer to that question is no one. Or maybe a better answer is God did. When scholars talk about how a book qualified to be called Scripture, they list five characteristics called the laws of canonicity. How do we know that the 66 books in our Bible are the only inspired books? Who decided which books were truly inspired by God? The Roman Catholic Bible includes books that are not found in other Bibles (called the Apocrypha). How do we know that we as Protestants have the right books? These questions are addressed by a study of canonicity. “Canon” is a word that comes from Greek and Hebrew words that literally means a measuring rod. So canonicity describes the standard that books had to meet to be recognized as scripture. On the one hand, deciding which books were inspired seems like a human process. Christians gathered together at church councils in the first several centuries A.D. for the purpose of officially recognizing which books are inspired. But it’s important to remember that these councils did not determine which books were inspired. They simply recognized what God had already determined. This study discusses the tests of canonicity that were used, the history of canonization and a brief explanation of why certain disputed books are not scripture. The early church councils applied several basic standards in recognizing whether a book was inspired. A. Is it authoritative (“Thus saith the Lord”)? B. Is it prophetic (“a man of God” 2 Peter 1:20)? - A book in the Bible must have the authority of a spiritual leader of Israel (O.T. – prophet, king, judge, scribe) or and apostle of the church (N.T. – It must be based on the testimony of an original apostle.). C. Is it authentic (consistent with other revelation of truth)? D. Is it dynamic – demonstrating God’s life-changing power (Hebrew 4:12)? E. Is it received (accepted and used by believers – 1 Thessalonians 2:13)? Bottom line, God who gave man the Bible is more than capable to provide what we need to know and preserve it. The Bible is the only authority and final authority for how we are to live. Any laws, habits, actions that contradict God's word the Bible is not of God. There are many differences between what Catholics believe and what non-denominational Christians believe and it is an ongoing debate that really is not suited for post on GC. Having said that there are many similarities as well. Just wanted to give a very brief view of how the 66 books of the Bible came together and that I am all in when it comes to the authority of God's word alone. I would also add that there are many things in the Bible that are hard to understand, and lend itself to lots of views such as the book of Revelation. But, the vast majority of the Bible is very plain especially what one must do to be saved. Back to the main topic, there is no question whatsoever that homosexuality is a sin. One can debate why and we may not understand it all but the Bible is clear on this subject. I don't understand a lot of things, how a microwave works or how I can call someone in another country and they can hear me instantly, all I know is microwaves and cell phones work.