Q. We had a conversation on the books that were not placed in the Bible and in reading the notes it was stated that these books were not considered to be inspired by the Spirit of God. But is there any truth to these books?
A. The non-canonical books were not written by the authors whose names they bear, often appeared many centuries after the events they describe and contain some theological positions that aren’t consistent with scripture. This is why they were not included in the Bible. I haven’t read them all, but the ones I have read contain some helpful historical information. You just have to know enough to separate the fact from the fiction. Most important is to remember they’re not to be used to build doctrine. We should only use the Bible for that purpose.