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A christian article that I found funny, and I thought I should share it:
(MY COMMENTS ARE IN RED)
JULY 26, 2018 | Mark Ward
Don Carson pled with them for realism 40 years ago, and James White urged them to trust modern translations 20 years ago. But I sense that conservative evangelicalism has now given up on critiquing King James Version-onlyism. (Physician heal thyself)
But there are tens or perhaps even hundreds of thousands of KJV-only Christians around the world, and a new generation is taking leadership in the movement. ( That is scary, ignorance breeds ignorance )
It’s time to make another gentle appeal.
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City is Christianity’s most hallowed shrine. It’s believed that the rock-cut tomb at the heart of the church was where the body of Jesus Christ was once laid.
Over the past week, for the first time in centuries, a team of conservationists and researchers removed a marble slab that lay in a rotunda, known as the Edicule, at the center of the complex. It’s the spot, as my colleague William Booth put it earlier this year, when the renovation project first began, “where millions of pilgrims have knelt and prayed, where the salt of tears and the wet of sweat have smoothed and worried the hardest stone.”
From Bart Ehrman’s The Apostolic Fathers, Volume I: I Clement. II Clement. Ignatius. Polycarp. Didache, page 11:
The collection, as we have seen, is a modern fabrication. Some of the books were clearly not written near the time of, let alone by companions of, the apostles (e.g., 2 Clement and the Epistle to Diognetus), whereas other books that are not included in the collection probably do go back to at least the first part of the second century (e.g., the Gospels of Thomas and Peter, which have never been included in the corpus).
Taken from here: https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/936484/christianity-dying-out-europe-study
CHRISTIANITY is dying out in Europe as more young people shun the religion across the continent, a study has found.
By BELINDA ROBINSON
PUBLISHED: 10:11, Sun, Mar 25, 2018 | UPDATED: 10:59, Sun, Mar 25, 2018
The Czech Republic now ranks as the least religious place in Europe, among 16 to 29-year-olds.
The proportion of young adults (16-29) with no religious affiliation is as high as 91 percent in the Czech Republic, 80 percent in Estonia, and 75 percent in Sweden.
These compare to only one percent in Israel, 17 per cent in Poland, and 25 per cent in Lithuania. In the UK and France, the proportions are 70 per cent and 64 per cent respectively
In Britain, at least two thirds of young people do not identify with religion.
Parts taken from here: https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2018/february/freedom-in-christ-how-this-bible-was-used-to-manipulate
In Washington DC’s Museum of the Bible, a copy of the so-called “Slave Bible” sits on display.
This Bible, used by slave masters in the early 1800s, is quite different than the one used in pews today.
“The biggest thing is what it’s missing. The typical King James has 66 books, this one contains, in the Old Testament all or the parts of about 14 books,” explains Anthony Schmidt, PhD, Associate Curator of Bible and Religion in America.
Bibles like this, along with catechisms, were used to push a specific message to enslaved people.
“It starts off with the creation story…then it jumps to Joseph getting sold into slavery by his brothers and how that ends up being a good thing for him,” Schmidt told CBN News.
“We skip over the Israelites in slavery in Egypt being let out,” said Schmidt.
Other references to freedom were also omitted.
“They’re highlighting themes of being submissive, the same thing goes on with the New Testament as well,” he said.
“The whole book of Revelation is left out, so there is no new Kingdom, no new world, nothing to look forward to,” Schmidt explained.
A Statistical Comparison of the Occurrences of the word “Father” used for God, between the Four Canonical Gospels.
Professor of New Testament studies, James D. G. Dunn, in his book The Evidence For Jesus gives a statistical table showing how the early church remembered only a very few occasions in which Jesus spoke of God as ‘Father’ (just 3 such utterances in Mark). Yet in the later gospels (especially Matthew and John) we can see a huge inflation and expansion of the number of such sayings.
It is fair to conclude that we cannot take John’s reported testimony on this point as firm evidence of what Jesus actually said about himself. It represents a much later theological development.
Often Christians use Josephus and Tacitus to show the ‘historical’ validity of the Crucifixion. However, hypocritically they would deny their historical accounts when they differ with their New Testament history.
In Bart Ehrman’s New Testament textbook, he mentions the following:
“Contrary to what Luke indicates, historians have long known from several ancient inscriptions, the Roman historian Tacitus, and the Jewish historian Josephus that Quirinius was not the governor of Syria until 6 C.E., fully ten years after Herod the Great died. If Jesus was born during the reign of Herod, then Quirinius was not the Syrian governor.”
Luke 3:22 King James Version (KJV)
22 And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.
Above I have posted the reading found in the common Bibles we have today. However, the wording is slightly different in the OLDEST MANUSCRIPT that contains the same verse(Codex Bezae):
“You are my son. Today I have BEGOTTEN you“
The following rendition has been confirmed and attested by the Church Father, Justin Martyr:
Another absurd claim made by Christians. Let us examine instances where others than Jesus not only were resurrected by some also had the power to resurrect others:
The Bible lists TEN separate occasions when God brought people back to life. The first one listed in Scripture is where Elijah the prophet raised a widow’s son from the dead. Elijah was staying in the person’s home when her son perish. After he stretched himself out over the child three times and cried out to the Eternal each time, something wonderful happened!
22. And the LORD heard the voice of Elijah, and the life of the child came into him again, and he lived (1Kings 17:22, HBFV throughout)