June 27, 2008 6 Comments
“No book of ancient times has come down to us exactly as it left the hands of its author- all have been in some way altered. ”
So what does this say about Bible inerrancy for today’s evangelical fundamentalists? We know that the Catholic Church had unhindered and exclusive access to early Christian writings after about c315-325 CE. They absolutely controlled what was canonized and passed on, and what was considered heresy (didn’t agree with them) so they could burn or suppress (and they did both) anything they wanted. They also controlled the scribes and approved copies.
We also know that Eusebius was heavily involved with the picking and choosing of what was included, and was commissioned by Emperor Constantine, sometime after 325 CE, to produce 50 copies of a Bible to send to churches. It is believed that the Codex Sinaiticus and the Codex Vaticanus are surviving examples. This also marked the first time the Old Testament and New Testament were produced together.
Most real Biblical scholars agree that Scripture has been edited to agree with the Catholic dogma, or the scribes particular bent, and there can be found alterations made by later Protestants. We can go online to Bible Gateway at: http://www.biblegateway.com/ and find 20 different English versions of The Book, and there can be found very subtle differences that can totally alter the thought or meaning.
We have no existing-original writings of the early Biblical authors. Many of the writers whose name appears in the headings today did not actually write them. Nothing original left to compare modern versions to. So all of the modern interpretations have to be taken on ‘faith’ 🙂 We also know from extensive histories, that interpretations have varied…in *very large ways…from the time of Jesus to modern days. There is no continuity or consistency to this so-called ‘God’s Word’ or consistency of dogma or worship. Would this be the hallmark of a real God? Is this a Godly enterprise? Or could it be made-up by man? Maybe the real god is ‘out there’ or ‘in there’, waiting to be discovered.
I find it hard to muster up that much faith and enthusiasm for what appears to be a major scam.
*Polygamy, slavery, rights of kings, second class feminine, right of ‘The Church’ to torture and kill in the name of God, etc. Human slavery is the worst thing a God could have ever sanctioned. There can be no excuse for that little mistake…when this was included as a Godly thing; the Hebrew scribes at that point proved there is no God…in my humble opinion.
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