In part 1a – We demonstrated that the earliest attainable text that New Testament textual scholars construct does not equate to the original autograph readings of the NT documents. If Christians are INCAPABLE of even determining what the original autograph readings contained with 100% absolute certainty, then why exactly are they concerned about reading what the content says. So Christians prefer reading FORGERIES (we will provide examples) OVER THE ORIGINAL CONTENT.
Now in this section, we will provide evidence of corruption committed by scribes. Again we must repeat, the Christian scribes editing the copies they received and passing them does not mean the Christian scribes had evil intentions. However the scribes’ intentions are irrelevant but the evidence in manuscript tradition speaks for itself. We will discuss why it is important to pay attention to the EDITORIAL versions of the New Testament documents released by the Christian New Testament scholars.
a) The King James Only versus Modern Translations.
Why it is important? Christian scholars continue to search for earlier manuscripts to construct a more accurate New Testament. However , earlier manuscript finds have shown that numerous verses Christians use to hold as “inspired” text in the King James new testament are now considered corrupted/inauthentic verses (John 7:53-8:11) or variants (616 vs 666). These earlier manuscript finds always present a threat to the authenticity of the current verses found in the new testament documents.
Tangent- Let us start by stating that Christian generally like to throw out the “satan” tactic when anything disagrees with their opinion.
Here is a series sponsored by evangelical chrisitans in which they debate over which new testament contains more “authentic” content: the king james or modern versions (NIV, New King James, RSV, etc). The Ankerberg channel: Do modern translations of have satanic or new age ideas? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNjwPkUoZFo – Gail Ripplinger is the main catalyst for King James Onlyism and other advocates are Sam Gipp (who has a 5 part series on youtube: Whats the Big Deal about the KJV? – Sam Gipp http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIOUN6GJlJI ) and Peter Ruckman.
b) Well the lay human population may not know this but New Testament scholars who construct translations for the new testament documents in the English speaking world ARE WELL AWARE that there are numerous passages that should not be in the current EDITIONS. Here we will cite a few examples. But first tangent – Notice that we are using the word English speaking world because certain corrupted verses like 1 John 5:7 never afflicted German Christians. Here are a few examples that critical Greek editions/modern translations remove by leaving blank spaces of chopping up verses before and after to fill in the spaces.
1.1 Matthew 17:21
1.2 Matthew 18:11
1.3 Matthew 23:14
1.4 Mark 7:16
1.5 Mark 9:44/Mark 9:46
1.6 Mark 11:26
1.7 Mark 15:28
1.8 Mark 16:9–20
1.9 Luke 17:36
1.10 Luke 23:17
1.11 John 5:3–4
1.12 Acts 8:37
1.13 Acts 15:34
1.14 Acts 24:6p–7
1.15 Acts 28:29
1.16 Romans 16:24
When you go to the modern translations you will see blanks paces that indicate an omission in these latest editions (which causes Gail Ripplinger to have a fit). Here is one example for matthew 17:21 – http://biblehub.com/matthew/17-21.htm
c) Here are three classic verses/passages that will shock the lay Christians if they find out these are corrupted/inauthentic passages in the current editions.
Actually evangelical Christian Scholars on the Ankerberg show have mounted a DAMAGE CONTROL to keep their flock/followers blind and not concerned
Watch Daniel Wallace in action http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cobVbGs5yXM&list=PLA32896A38AAA4310&index=12 (52 second long clip on THE WOMAN IN ADULTERY”).
1) 1 John 5:7 – This is an English speaking Christians favorite verse to quote as proof for the “triune godhead Yahweh”.Well it’s a corruption/forgery to earliest attainable text of the gospel of john. Now why would a Christian want to insert such a verse. If the new testament was explicit and clear about the trinity – then why create a verse in the FIRST place??? Mmmm…
2) John 7:53-8:11. The woman caught in adultery. How many lay Christians preach this in sermons or create this ‘scene’ in movies (even though it’s a false event).
Here is one example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIiN3F9bdhk ( I didn’t watch it because it’s pointless to preach a forgery to the gospel of John regardless of how “nice” the story is)
Even you can find this scene in the Christian movies that are out today like “son of “god””. I do not recommend watching it but it just goes to show how disconnected Christians are from their New Testament document authenticity and textual criticism. Should Christians know who and how their new testaments are made for them.
3) Last and probably my favorite corrupted/inauthentic passage is the Last 12 verses of Mark. Now most Christians today don’t read their new testament so are not familiar with it. But there are some as the famous Jamie Coots death shows that take the new testament as the literal word of “god”. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFAUhWJEHtc
Now I find this amusing that Christians will LIE to so many extents which is just evident with a pastor debating the Sheikh Ahmad Deedat: Go to 2:39:40 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=on8GxYqnWj4
Now this pastor could easily have said the last 12 verses of Mark are corruptions or inauthentic but no probably did not even know.
Furthermore, the last 12 verses show that the scribes had great liberty in making up words (koine Greek not Jesus’s most likely native tongue (Aramaic) and (possibly actions) attributing them to Jesus. I mean the gospel of Mark doesn’t even contain an actual mention of a “resurrected jesus”… even though some claim that other verses made it clear the author of the gospel of Mark knew about it (and how authentic are those verses? – will a find of an earlier NT manuscript lead them to be inauthentic – Who knows?)
And think about christians admission of Ipsissima Vox in regards to the Gospel of John. That is an open admission for the permission of Christian scribes/authors to make up words and insert them into Jesus mouth which he never said.
We really can’t say what verses are authentic or inauthentic/corruptions. It’s all a probability game in regards to the authenticity of the NT verses (which basically means there is always doubt in authenticity)
Here’s a classic example that may demonstrate the severe impact of having an inauthentic/corrupted text: There are two number 616 or 666 variants in regards to the “mark of the beast”. Now how many apocalyptic literature has been written on the number 666 by Christians. How many Christians try to use 666 as a way to insult other religions??? And now a possible variant 616 may be more authentic. If more finds show that 616 was more authentic, then this will throw all those 666-based ideas to the trash? Extrapolate this concept to all Christian scholarship. How many verses are Christian scholarship based on that are forgeries???? We don’t know.
[Here is a wiki article that summarizes the two variants 616 and 666: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Number_of_the_beast#616
“Although Irenaeus (2nd century AD) affirmed the number to be 666 and reported several scribal errors of the number, there is still a minority of theologians who have doubt about the original readingbecause of the figure 616 being given in Codex Ephraemi Rescriptus (C; Paris), one of the four great uncial codices, as well as by the Latin version of Tyconius (DCXVI, ed. Souter in the Journal of Theology, SE, April 1913), and by an ancient Armenian version (ed. Conybaere, 1907). Irenaeus knew about the 616 reading, but did not adopt it (Haer. v.30,3). However, several centuries later, correcting the existing Latin language version of the New Testament, commonly referred to as the Vetus Latina,Jerome left it in. (De Monogramm., ed. Dom G Morin in the Rev. Benedictine, 1903). “The number 666 has been substituted for 616 either by analogy with 888, the [Greek] number of Jesus (Deissmann), or because it is a triangular number, the sum of the first 36 numbers (1+2+3+4+5+6…+36 = 666)”
Around 2005, a fragment from Papyrus 115, taken from the Oxyrhynchus site, was discovered at theOxford University’s Ashmolean Museum. It gave the beast’s number as 616. This fragment happens to be the oldest manuscript (about 1,700 years old) of Revelation 13 to date.
Papyrus 115 and Ephraemi Rescriptus has led some scholars to conclude that 616 is the original number of the beast]
- Anderson, Tom (1 May 2005). “Revelation! 666 is not the number of the beast (it’s a devilish 616)”. The Independent (London). Retrieved 1 March 2009.
- Jump up^ Paul Lewes, A Key to Christian Origins (Watts & Co., London, 1932, p. 140
- Jump up^ Stewart 2011, pp. 40–1
- Jump up^ “Papyrus Reveals New Clues to Ancient World”. News.nationalgeographic.com. Archived from the original on 2008-01-10. Retrieved 31 March 2014.
- Jump up^ Hoskier, Herman C. (1929). Concerning the Text of the Apocalypse: A complete conspectus of all authorities (vol. 2 ed.). p. 364.