"The Bible is the inspired Word of God."
"Holy Spirit came upon men who then wrote the various books that make up the Bible."
What was the criteria for determining if a given piece of writing, such as the books Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and Acts, or letters, such as the ones written by Paul, were inspired? Why were some writings considered for cannonization, and others were not?
Didn't Paul write his own opinions, such as his viewpoint regarding women, in his letters? Stating that his letters were inspired then elevates his personal opinions to directives from God!
Were books included in the canon simply because there wasn't much material from the first century that was still around? And why was there so little written material remaining from the first century? Didn't anyone want to keep the writings? Or did they think it wasn't necessary as they believed Christ's second coming was to happen soon?
Was the book of Revelation added because without it there was not enough prophetic material in the Greek Scriptures?
Does anyone know of some good references that address these questions?