- Posted October 17, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Churchiness And Hidden Scripture
By Kenneth Stepp
I have to get this in here. These are things the bible or manuscripts say, that we not only never hear about. But in some cases, we are so embarrassed of what "God said", that we altered the words to say something totally different. The fundamentalist battle cry of "God said it, so I believe it" is turned into a comedy skit of sorts by actions like this. If one believes the bible is the inerrant word of God. Why would that same person change what the bible says? Because deep in the back of their minds. They cannot believe God would say that.
A great example of this is when Abraham sent his servant to fetch a wife from his original tribe for Isaac. He gave him the order to go to the land and choose a wife for his son. The servant agreed, and our bible says that Abraham told his servant to place his hand under Abraham's thigh and vow to do this. This is the confusing words that we are told is God's word. In fact the words say something very different. Abraham tells his servant to put his hand on his testicles and vow. So. If God said it, why change it? Because we are uncomfortable with what God says. Or what we claim he said. If we can change that. What else is changed?
Peter and Paul argued a lot it seemed. Peter said that to become a Christian, a man would have to be circumcised. Paul on the other hand, showed sanity and said that this did not matter. Peter had a ministry geared more toward the Jews. Paul had a ministry geared mostly towards the gentiles. So here in God's word, we have a standoff. Two powerful Christian leaders that do not agree on very much at all. My money is always on Paul personally. I just like his moxy. Always have.
Peter still adhered to many Jewish laws, and Paul. Not so much. I'm not sure who won this round. But Paul said something that was bleeped out of the bible. We read that Paul said he hoped that those who were circumcised would be cut off from society. But the manuscript says Paul said he hoped they would be cut off. Meaning he hoped the knife slipped. For me, this is a very different ending to the story. And it changed what Paul actually said. If we believe this is God writing this, being channeled through someone flesh and blood. Why on earth would we change it? God said it, so I believe it. I call BS on this one too.
I am not writing this to be disrespectful to fundamentalist Christian beliefs. Although, they disrespect the entire population of the globe with a belief system based on willful ignorance, and damage everyone in their path. I am trying to point out the obvious. They still seem to miss it most of the time though. Facts, truth, evidence, and history. Are the enemy, so they are taught to hate them all. And if one even mentions that scholars trained in rhetorical Greek find these things. Then they hate the educated. Only Satan goes to school I guess.
I have these guys comment on articles all the time. "It's God's word, so you have a problem with God". Really? Is that my problem? And all this time, I thought it was ignorance. Silly me.
Programming from an early age can be devastating. Very few escape. If they do they are outcasts. Heretics even. How dare they read a book, study ancient manuscripts, learn ancient languages? These are of the Devil! Sadly. This is the way it is in Fundamental-land. Where blind faith, no facts, and emotions drive the daily life of millions.
The only cure for this disease is an open mind with knowledge poured inside. And they are taught that knowledge is poison. So don't let one of those educated devils pour any into your brain. It will cause you to go to hell. And, we wouldn't want that now, would we?
In Mark chapter one, we read in the beginning. "As is written in Isaiah the prophet. Behold I send my messenger". If one believes God wrote the bible by channeling his word though humans. Then reconcile the fact that this was actually a quote from Exodus. But. He fixed His "mistake" by having a scribe two hundred years later change it to read, "As it says in the prophets, behold I send my messenger".
Ok. One more and I need to move on to another subject. When Mary and Joseph came to town for the festival. Then rode back with the caravan, three days later they noticed that Jesus wasn't with them. They went back to Jerusalem and found Jesus in the temple talking to the leaders about the law. Mary said. "Where have you been? Your father and I have been looking everywhere for you". The scribes thinking this wording could be a problem for their doctrine handled it a couple of different ways. One rewrote it to say "Joseph and I", another rewrote it to say, "we have been looking all over for you". You see, God was his father, not Joseph. Why did God need to be corrected if it was written by God in the first place? Hmmm.
"Not even the son knows when the end will come." This is a problem if you believe the son is all knowing and in fact God in flesh. The scribes thought so too. Sooo. They changed what it said. In later manuscripts the phrase is taken out. So now Jesus doesn't claim to be ignorant about when the end will come. Did God need correcting?
Nothing to see here folks. Keep moving. Not a thing going on.