Why Acts 8:37 Belongs in the Bible.
The Ethiopian Eunuch's confesstion.
Eunuch's.confession: Irenaeus quotes one half of Acts 8:37 and Cyprian quotes the other half of a verse that is disputed in our time. the text they read contained the verse. The quotations antedate the oldest manuscripts that we have by 100's of years. Therefore the New Testament texts that they were reading which were much older than those we now have contained the disputed verse. We therefore have manuscripts that left out what they were able to read.
IRENAEUS AGAINST HERESIES 140 - 200 BOOK III.
"[Philip declared] that this was Jesus, and that the Scripture was fulfilled in Him; as did also the believing eunuch himself: and, immediately requesting to be baptized, he said, "I believe Jesus Christ to be the Son of God." This man was also sent into the regions of Ethiopia, to preach what he had himself believed, that there was one God preached by the prophets, but that the Son of this [God] had already made [His] appearance in human nature (secundum hominem)" (Irenaeus)Cyprian THE LIFE AND PASSION OF CYPRIAN, BISHOP AND MARTYR 200 - 258 paragraph 3
"For although in the Acts of the Apostles the eunuch is described as at once baptized by Philip, because "he believed with his whole heart," this is not a fair parallel. For he was a Jew, and as he came from the temple of the Lord he was reading the prophet Isaiah," (Cyprian)It would seem certain that Acts 8:37 was in the New Testament to Cyprian and Irenaeus, Antenicene Fathers, who were as close as 50 years to the penning of the last book of the New Testament. Unreasonable scholarship deleted the verse in some modern translations because of a textual critique with no regard to historical evidence. One might conclude it is limited myopic scholarship to make such a deletion from the majority text.