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Changing the Bible

Discussion in 'Biblical Debates' started by jeffrey, Jan 1, 2006.

  1. angellous_evangellous

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    I hope not. God is not contained by anything as the divine Creator. Christians understand God as all-powerful, all-knowing, and everywhere present and the Bible is none of these things.

    The Bible was placed in the care of humanity from its inception. These feeble hands have passed it on from human to human, and the Bible is riddled with our imperfection from beginning to end. Despite our inabilities, God remains God. We can't change who God is by editing the Bible.
     
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  2. jonny

    jonny Well-Known Member

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    In your studies have you discussed when this textual criticism first began? Is this something that Christian scholars have been discussing more recently or has it been a worry for hundreds of years?
     
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    jonny Well-Known Member

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    You've stated the often critisized beliefs of the LDS church very well. :D
     
  4. angellous_evangellous

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    Who can edit the texts is restricted. The edits must further the theology of the orthodox Church. Seriously.:eek:

    We've been doing it a bit longer than the LDS.
     
  5. wmam

    wmam Active Member

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    And I quote...............

    Support for Inerrancy
    from the Teachings of Christ


    A study of what Jesus said about the Bible reveals not only His belief in its verbal, plenary inspiration, but that He also believed it was inerrant. In fact, the greatest testimony to the authenticity of the Bible as God’s inspired and inerrant Word is the Lord Jesus. Why is His testimony so important? Because God authenticated and proved Him to be His own divine Son by the resurrection (cf. Acts 2:22-36; 4:8-12; 17:30-31; Rom. 1:4). Christ not only clearly confirmed the authority of the Old Testament, but He specifically promised the New Testament.

    Note what Christ taught about the inspiration of the Old Testament:

    (1) Its entirety; the whole of the Bible is inspired (Matt. 4:4; 5:17-18). In Matthew 4:4, Jesus responded to Satan’s temptation by affirming verbal plenary inspiration when He said, man is to live by every word (plenary) that proceeds out of the mouth of God (inspiration). In Matthew 5:17-18, Christ promised that the entire Old Testament, the Law and the Prophets, would be fulfilled, not abolished. In fact, He declared that not even the smallest Hebrew letter, the yodh, which looks like an apostrophe (‘), or stroke of a letter, a small distinguishing extension or protrusion of several Hebrews letters (cf. the extension on the letter R with it absence on the letter P), would pass away until all is fulfilled. Christ’s point is that it is all inspired and true and will be fulfilled.

    (2) Its historicity; He spoke of the Old Testament in terms of actual history. Adam and Eve were two human beings, created by God in the beginning, who lived and acted in certain ways (Matt. 19:3-5; Mark 10:6-8). He spoke of Jonah and his experience in the belly of the great fish as an historical event (Matt. 12:40). He also verified the events of the flood in Noah’s day along with the ark (Matt. 24:38-39; Luke 17:26-27). He verified God’s destruction of Sodom and the historicity of Lot and his wife (Matt. 10:15; Luke 17:28-29). These are only a few illustrations; many others exist.

    (3) Its reliability; because it is God’s word, the Scripture must be fulfilled (Matt. 26:54).

    (4) Its sufficiency; it is sufficient to witness to the truth of God and His salvation (Luke 16:31).

    (5) Its indestructibility; heaven and earth will not pass away until it is all fulfilled. Nothing can stop its fulfillment (Matt. 5:17-18).

    (6) Its unity; the whole of the Bible speaks and witnesses to the person and work of Christ (Luke 24:27, 44).

    (7) Its inerrancy; men are often in error, but the Bible is not; it is truth (Matt. 22:29; John 17:17).

    (8) Its infallibility; the Bible cannot be broken, it always stands the test (John 10:35).

    End of quote..............

    Shalom.
     
  6. angellous_evangellous

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    Yes. The earliest form of text criticism started with some of the earliest edits of the NT. We think that several edits in the NT were from redactors who had several versions and chose the best reading. The church fathers also spoke of more reliable texts. Text criticism has been with us since the beginning.
     
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    jonny Well-Known Member

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    When you say orthodox church, are you referring to the Eastern Orthodox? If so, do you know of a resource that outlines the changes that have been made over the years?
     
  8. angellous_evangellous

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    Good question. I use the uncapitalized "orthodox" to refer to orthodox Christianity as outlined in our earlier creeds (Apostles', Nichene, and Athanasian), which includes the EO.

    We don't have any originals of the NT. Every line of the NT has edits, so a list of changes will be rather extensive.

    Bart Ehrman, The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture.

    Bruce Metzger, The Text Of The New Testament: Its Transmission, Corruption, And Restoration (2005, with Bart D. Ehrman)
     
  9. wmam

    wmam Active Member

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    I would also, for myself, wonder about any mistranslations that may have been done from the Greek to the English where it didn't follow the meaning of the Hebrew.
     
  10. Scuba Pete

    Scuba Pete Le plongeur avec attitude...

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    Let's make this simple...

    One scripture that shows scripture to be inerrent. None of those you gave me did such a thing.
     
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    wmam Active Member

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    Yes I agree to make this simple which I believe I did. I even quoted from someone else to make it not even from me that you might understand better being that I am not the best at trying to get my point across. I am not sure how I can make it anymore simpler than it, obviously, already is.

    Shalom.
     
  12. angellous_evangellous

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    If plenary inspiration is actually true, and the words are so important, why don't we have all of them? We don't even know which words God "told" the original authors. If the words were so important, I would think that we would actually know all the words that God spoke.
     
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    Scuba Pete Le plongeur avec attitude...

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    By the lack of scripture that clearly states that the scriptures are inerrant, I will assume that you now can see that it clearly never states as such.
     
  14. jeffrey

    jeffrey †ßig Dog†

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    It's a proven fact, that if I tell someone something, who passes to on to someone else, who passes it on to someone else, it doesn't take long for the original message to change. This is the hardest part of the Bible to understand. You must use your head, your heart, listen to God and use common sense... (the least common of the senses), to understand God's word.
     
  15. angellous_evangellous

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    Common sense dictates that plenary inspiration is not a plausible approach to Scripture.
     
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    wmam Active Member

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    That is your take and mine is that it is said to be TRUTH through out the entire Scriptures. It was so stated by YAH and by His Son YAHshua ha Mashaic ben Dawid. That is good enough for me.
     
  17. angellous_evangellous

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    Did YAH or his Son YAHshua ever write anything that is preserved in the Hebrew Bible or the New Testament? Aren't we reading copies of copies of copies of something that several other people wrote? The words in the Bible are what people received as they had visions or remember after many years from seeing Christ. Luke wasn't even there, and Paul saw Christ in a vision.

    The rationale for plenary inspiration is thus: I feel more warm and fuzzy about the Bible than you, so what I believe must be true.
     
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    I guess this is one that will just have to be left up to faith as so much is. Either you believe or you don't. As one once said......." You either will or you won't, or you'll do or you don't."

    Like so many other things, in what we know as our world and universe, we either have to take it on faith or question it to the death. But to question something to the death to what end? Are we trying to disprove what is or isn't? If one believes something to be True then so be it. Why would anyone try so hard to sway one's belief one way or the other? If that person is solid in their belief then why would anyone care to waste their time to destabilize it? To what gain? What? To some how feel puffed up and feel larger than life that we had some way changed the thinking of ones mind? So silly. We debate here as to questions posed and to each of our beliefs. Why can't others just leave well enough alone what one feels to be Truth and they themselves be happy with their version without demeaning the other or demanding proof through Scriptures only to say themselves that Scriptures are not inerrant? I just don't understand. To me it is as it is and it is Truth.

    angellous_evangellous,

    Please accept my apology's that most, if not all of this, was not intended to be toward you, or anyone, but rather an observation on the whole. I must say that I have found myself just as guilty and I am not blameless. I to have sought out to either convert, inspire, or lead others to the path of Truth as I believe. At least here I do not believe that this should be done unless one ask for it. We shouldn't force ourselves on one another. We should simply state our beliefs and if questioned about them then answer to the best of our abilities and we shouldn't have to fear others condemning or demeaning that of which we state as our belief and understanding. I have stated that which I Know on this subject and am satisfied that I know that it be Truth. His Truth stands on it's own and needs no help from the likes of mere mortal man. This is what I know and I'm sticking to it. :D

    Shalom.
     
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    wmam Active Member

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    Yes to all. At least this is part of my faith.

    I like feeling warm and fuzzy. Don't you? :D

    Its called difference of opinion and goes back to the beginning. :eek:
     
  20. angellous_evangellous

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    How do you know that YAH and/or his Son wrote anything?
     
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