The Christians are accused by many of having added fabrications to their scriptures. Christians think that some in fact in the early Church did invent new scriptures and get them palmed off as the real thing. The Gospel of Peter is one example. It is a ridiculous forgery.
The Christians admit that the Gospel of Peter was popular among the believers of the early Church (page 64, Conspiracies and the Cross). They say that there are more fragments of this Gospel than the Gospel of Mark which was put into the New Testament (page 64, Conspiracies and the Cross). In 199 AD, Serapion the bishop of Antioch went to Rhossus to refute the Gospel of Peter to the Church there which had taken it seriously. He wrote a letter to the Church in Rhossus. The Church there was reading the Gospel at its Church services. Serapion declared in his letter that he took it for granted they were believing correct doctrine and when he heard about their devotion to the Gospel of Peter he decided without reading the gospel that they may use it. Later he said he discovered that the gospel was heretical and contained some additions to the teaching of Christ. He then warned them to have nothing to do with it.
Clearly, Serapion was open to the idea that previously unknown writings by the apostles might turn up. If he had been closed to the idea, he would have declared right away that the Gospel of Peter should be discarded. (Incidentally, if there had really been a papacy in those days, he could have checked it out by writing to the pope - the supposed successor of Peter - but he didn't.) The only reason Serapion rejected the gospel of Peter was because he thought it added to and altered the message of the four gospels he had. He rejected it simply because it didn't match the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John too well. He did not care where the gospel came from or if it had eyewitness support.
Why should we think that the negative opinion of one man, Serapion, towards the gospel of Peter should be taken as important? Perhaps the Church at Rhossus was right to think the gospel was Peter's! Plus Peter had been at Antioch which was near Rhossus. Maybe he wrote the gospel during this sojourn.
The Christians claim that there is no evidence that the Gospel of Peter was treated as canonical anywhere other than at the Church at Rhossus. But then there is the problem of the fragments. It was usually the Churches that kept books and scrolls of scriptures. They had them so that they could be used for worship and that literate people could come in and read them. Books and scrolls were difficult and expensive to produce. It could not have been any other way. The fragments show that the Gospel of Peter was widely considered to be canonical.
Christians boast today that what we have left of the Gospel of Peter does not contradict the gospels we have. They say that the account of the resurrection of Jesus in the gospel has different details from the accounts in the four gospels but nothing actually contradicts them (page 65, Conspiracies and the Cross). But Peter says there really were soldiers sleeping at the tomb of Jesus though some were awake. Matthew says the soldiers claimed that Jesus had been stolen when they were asleep. It never says the soldiers really were asleep. If they were, the tomb could have been robbed and the body stolen. It looks bad for Christians if the guardians of the tomb were so careless. They want to believe that the body of Jesus was in the tomb and vanished because it rose from the dead and not because it was stolen.
Peter has the soldiers actually seeing the resurrection. For the New Testament, nobody saw the resurrection happen. They only saw Jesus after he was resurrected. The gospel is inferring the soldiers were reliable witnesses which contradicts the gospel of Matthew which says they were bribe takers and liars. The gospel is also inferring that the accounts in the four gospels which state that though Jesus was seen after his death nobody had seen him rise from the dead are defective.
Peter says the stone at the tomb of Jesus rolled away by itself. But the New Testament says that an angel came down and moved it.
The treatment of the Gospel of Peter shows that the early Church was not as careful as modern Christians would have you believe. It even cast aside gospels that it didn't like just because it didn't like them.
We have a story in John 8 that was added to the gospels. It presents Jesus as saving an adulterous woman from a lynch mob that wanted to put her to death by stoning her. The story affects doctrine for it has Jesus doing strange things like writing on the ground. His saying to the mob that they could throw a stone if they were without sin is fine. But the report that they all went away one by one reaches far beyond credibility. It adds to the difficulty in believing the gospels. The story affects doctrine then in the sense that when it cannot be reasonably shown to be apostolic in origin it opens the door to adding new stories to the gospels. It contradicts the promise of Christ that the word of God would be preserved reliably and intact.
Mark 16 has a whole chunk added in. Christians say the chunk creates no problems for it says Jesus appeared and told the apostles to preach the gospel and that its promises to the believers about lifting snakes and drinking poison without harm are spoken of in the Old Testament anyway. So they say that whether the addition is God's word or not doesn't affect anything Christians believe about Jesus. They say that it does not add to the faith. It does. The Old Testament never said that the Christian believers would have such powers. Mark 16 says that these powers were given then whereas the Old Testament is not specific on when exactly. The time is a new doctrine. And there is no evidence that the power to lift snakes and drink poison without harm ever worked! It is a matter of doctrine if a text is the word of God or not. A text being regarded as correct or factual does not make it divinely inspired. If bits could be missing from God's word then it follows that we cannot depend on the Bible.
The Catholic Church added in a chunk into John 1 to make it say that there were three persons in one God. The Church at the time had trouble from Christians who didn't believe this doctrine for they didn't find it in the Bible and some of these believers used a different list of Bible books from the Church. The Cathars used the New Testament but gave special status to the gospel of John as if it were the only really reliable New Testament book.
Books and chunks were left out of the Bible. Alterations and chunks were entered in at the hands of religious frauds. To believe that the Bible is the word of God is really just to believe in the word of unreliable man.
The founders and heads of modern Christianity are prone to dishonesty. They don’t treat their own Bible as the word of God. They were and are no better than Mormon leaders who change and lie about their scriptures the Book of Mormon.

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