The Bible started out as orally told stories and these ancient stories were passed down from generation to generation.
It took about 1600 years from beginning to end, to become the Bible. It contains 66 small books all written in Greek by 40 men, with about 500 years between the Old Testament and the New Testament. That then tells you the Bible contains at least 40 different mens personal beliefs and opinions, based on how they were raised and taught. And then it was then the Early Church who made decisions about which writings should be included in the Bible.
It is said that there are 39 books in the Old Testament and that St. Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria was the first to list the twenty-seven books of the New Testament.
There were many translations of the Bible centuries before the English version. These gospels could and did change over time due to the many translators and some of the changes made, were both intentional and accidental.
the entire Bible translated into Latin by St. Jerome.
It is believed to have taken him twenty years to complete. As Jerome read texts he would have interpreted them from his state of beliefs. It is Jerome’s Latin translation of the Bible that is said to be the official version of the Bible accepted by the Catholic Church.
The oldest written parts of the Bible found were transcribed in three languages. Once the Roman Empire became Christianized and Latin become the common language, the entire Bible was translated into Latin.
The translations of the Bible were made from the Latin Vulgate rather than the original Hebrew and Greek languages and they were all edited by those doing the translations. By the late fourth century, the 27 books we now have had been generally accepted.
It was then the early church who made decisions about which writings should be included in the Bible and thus the Bible became a collection of books written by various authors over hundreds of years. Old Testament was written in Hebrew. The New Testament was first written in Greek.
Just imagine it is you who has to translate old manuscripts…would you not choose what words meant to you? Would you not kind of slip in your beliefs and opinions of what you thought the words meant?
As Jerome read texts he would have interpreted them from his state of beliefs. His concept of what the words meant, and since there are many are different meanings for most words, how would he know what the original writer meant? He wouldn’t.
The purpose of the King James Version was intended to make a good Bible a better one. The King James Version was translated by 54 men who used all the older versions along with the original manuscripts and each decided on how he believed the words to mean. There have been over 300 corrections since the 1613 version of the King James Version. What does that tell you?
Most people today have not read much of the Bible and they tend to go along with the popular delusion that the Bible is 100 per cent true, based on what they are told.
But how can you be sure it is all so true if we do not have the original writings, writings that started out as oral stories that had been passed down orally for generations before it was ever written, which means that even if we had the original writings, they would not be the original words from original story teller, but only what was thought to be original from the oral stories.
What if the men who wrote, no, the men who translated the texts were wrong in their understanding of what the original story tellers meant all those generations before them? How will anyone ever know the original meanings of the ones who originally told the stories? Oh…I forgot, its the Bible and its all true… and if you question it, you are a terrible sinner. Well, I guess I am a sinner because I do question a lot of the stuff in it.
What if the men who wrote, no, who translated the texts were wrong in their understanding of what the original story tellers meant all those generations before? How will anyone ever know the original meanings of the ones who originally told the stories? How do we know what the Bible originally said? We don’t. Period
It just makes sense that it would have to have been distorted to some degree due to being translated over and over and over. Don’t you think? Or do you think about who actually wrote it?
So, do you think that there is a possibility that just maybe…Maybe the stories slowly changed from the original told stories?
Since there are not any original manuscripts of the Bible, only copies of copies, we will never know. But we do know that if you tell someone something and tell another,and another, pretty soon you do not have the original saying.
Most modern Bible translations were made by committees of scholars and the translations are sometimes made by individuals. And when the words were unreadable, they were filled in according to what the translator believed it should read.
The Bible is weird. With it having so much weirdness, you should be the one who decides what makes sense to YOU. Just because you have been taught to believe the handed down opinions and beliefs of those before you that the Bible is Gods word and factual….DOES NOT MAKE IT SO.
Go back and see all the Bible weirdness, because the Bible is weird. With it having so much weirdness, you should be the one who decides what makes sense to YOU …Just because you have been taught to believe the handed down opinions beliefs of those before you…does not make them true.
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