The recent threads discussing the Book of Thomas and Revelations has me thinking about "revealed" texts and "holy" scripture. How does one in the Abrahamic faiths distinguish from the many texts? Holy Bible, Book of Thomas, miscellaneous apocrypha, Book of Mormon, Quran, Bahai scriptures, etc. Why are some of these considered "holy" (and taken VERY literally by some followers), yet others are dismissed as not a Revealed source? How can we know, 2,000 years after many ancient scriptures were written (or Revealed), which are truly God's word (or "inspired" by God) and which were simply the creation of a human (which my Southern Baptist family would argue is the case with the Book of Mormon or Bahai scripture). Why do modern Christians place so much disproportionate weight on the bible, and therefore on the decision-making process a couple thousand years ago of the Jews (OT) and Catholics (NT) when they decided which works to include in the respective canons? What evidence exists that the bible or Quran is any more "Revealed" or "inspired by God" than the writings of Baha'u'llah or Joseph Smith?