- Posted October 19, 2013 by
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Churciness And "FORGED"
By Kenneth Stepp
Forged is a strong word when talking about the bible. But the right one for this writing. There are so many forgeries that many uneducated followers simply believe is the real thing. This damages so many. Not just nonbelievers and the unchurched. But the believers themselves.
The author claims to be someone named John. But it is not John the beloved, nor does he clam to be. Totally different style and more rhetorical in nature. The last book that was allowed in the new testament. Hotly debated, no critical scholar believes John the apostle wrote this. John the apostle did not write any of the new testament. He spoke Aramaic and was illiterate. Revelations was written in Rhetorical Greek. Impossible to even dictate for John the apostle.
Paul 's view on women
II Timothy was Forged much later, after Paul's death. It was not written by Paul, scholars have known this for over a century.It was written in a much different style by a scribe with an agenda to suppress women. In the undisputed book by Paul he is an advocate of women having positions in the church.
These views are not just a bunch of theologians debating about how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. There are some real life consequences for the validity given to these scriptures. For example the Jews for instance. In the Gospel of John chapter 8, it says the Jews are children of the Devil. John was written anonymously. It wasn't John the apostle, it was written many decades later. This verse has been used to justify some horrible things over time. Why? Because the masses in Christianity won't slow down and look at the truth about scripture. Take a high view of scripture. This will be what brings you around.
Scholars fear calling these forgeries. So they have a word that they use that sounds a bit more palatable. Pseudepigraphal. This is a $10.00 word that means forgery. But it sounds better. In fundamentalist seminaries, this is explained saying that this was common and accepted practice. It was not however. And that is the fundamentalist seminaries that allow this to be studied at all.
The bottom line
If you can find your way to the scholarly, historically correct line. Is will be impossible to be a fundamentalist Christian. Not to be a Christian. Just not a fundamentalist. And this is a very good thing. It is at this point a person can actually accomplish the most important two things Jesus asked of us. To never judge. And to love others, the way he loved us. Plus. You can begin living without the yoke of guilt and shame for every little thing we do. Jesus came to release us from
these things. As a former fundamentalist warrior. I can attest to not only the freedom it brings. But the genuine love of God I had to fake many times before to be accepted by my peers. It is liberating, and a refreshing look at a mighty God. I don't have to serve Him now. I want to. Dive into a wonderful journey with me. Make a real difference in the lives of your fellow humans.
Thank you for reading my thoughts