Here comes a highly controversial article on whether or not the Bible is real. Is it true or not, fact or fiction? Firstly, I should make the necessary statement that the following article may offend some people. I'm just stating the facts and encourage you to take them for what they are. If you plan on bombarding me with hate-mail then don't even read further - we've all got our own opinions and I have just as much right to mine. If you feel the need to tell me something along the lines of myself going to Hell then please read this post about accepting someone's beliefs
. This was one of the first articles I wrote on this site and I've progressed since. Yes, I should have included references but I'm leaving it as is for now. I will eventually add other articles dealing with in-depth details of these points. I should also add that my best friend since childhood is a devoted Christian and we accept one another's beliefs enough that we can talk about these things. I was raised Protestant and it wasn't until my late teens that I finally broke free from the fear of Hell. I have deep respect for what anyone believes in. My problem is with establishment and their blatant lies for power and financial gain - especially when they prey on the beliefs of billions over 2 millenia. Moving on...
We are finally in the age where we, as free people, are "allowed" to ask, "is the Bible real?"
We do not have the threat of persecution from the Catholic Church breathing down our necks and we have scientists unravelling true history as we speak. One can speak against the legitamacy of the Bible and not worry about being burned alive by an angry mob with pitch forks. This does not hold true when dealing with other religions, of course, but we're dealing with Christianity and the Christian Bible as the Catholic Church has rearranged it.
History is always open to change and is subject to the views of those who write it. When two countries are at war with each other, they see their history as completely different. Ruthless invaders and losing battles are heroes and triumphs depending on the which side you're on. Those in charge are then able to take history and rewrite it as they see fit. There are often forgeries and exaggerations to benefit the controlling party. In this way, history is never set in stone and is always open to change as new material becomes available. The new information usually causes great excitement and textbooks change dramatically to include the new "accepted history".
This has not been the case with the Bible. When looking at history, Christianity started off as nothing more than a Hebrew Cult around the 6th century B.C. It then evolved into Judaism where it split off on its own during the time of Jesus to form what would eventually become the Catholic Church. The Catholic Bible has gone through many forms and even branched off into different Christian religions with their own set of Bibles - the King James version and the Protestant faith is a good example. For the last 2000 years the Bible has grown into the accepted history of mankind.
The Koran is looked upon as a myth while the Bible is the only true history. All other beliefs are deemed heretical and blasphemous and throughout the middle ages these "pagans" were tortured and murdered by the millions for not accepting the "true" history and the "one god", even though the Bible was handed down from thousands of years worth of verbal and written accounts - no first-hand accounts were available. The Bible is all hearsay and yet people take it word for word! It has only been through the process of science that the Old Testament, mainly Genesis, has become accepted not as fact, but as a "teaching".
In the 1850's, ancient texts were found which dated to pre-Christian times. As the years went on, thousands upon thousands more ancient writings were found. It wasn't until the 1920's that the first of the translated documents were publicly released. The texts prove to be the actual stories which the Bible was based on, and yet they are completely different from the Bible. How can the Bible be true if the stories don't match up with the original documents? It's because of the early Catholic Church and their deceiving ways of tricking people into joining the faith. They rewrote the Bible the way they wanted it. They manipulated the texts as they saw fit and burned all other documents which were contrary to their accepted Bible. They even took the original Jewish Bible, chopped it up to their own liking, and then persecuted Jews during their Inquisitions a thousand years later - the reason being that the Jews had apparently changed the scriptures!
The work of destroying all other texts obviously didn't go over well enough because more ancient texts are even being found today. Some have been held onto by the Vatican for decades out of sight from the public eye. What are they trying to hide? Could it be the fact that the scriptures they hold are completely different from the Catholic Bible they live by? Indeed, many of the scriptures have been released and nothing in those scriptures say anything about Jesus being anything more than an ancient prophet. The scriptures say quite the opposite and there is much debate about who Jesus really was and his purpose in history. If Muhammad were found to be a fabled person, there would still be an Islamic faith. Hinduism has so many Gods that they wouldn't notice if one went missing. In the monotheistic faith of Christianity, if Jesus was found to not exist in the "Son of God" context, the entire faith would fall apart at the seams. Sounds like a reason for hiding texts to me!
Now that we have all these ancient writings at our hands, the world should be in some sort of celebration at thousands of great finds, and yet, the messages simply fall through the cracks and most people don't hear about them. I'm not sure the exact figure, but I believe there's somewhere around 1 billion Christians on the Earth. The relevance of these texts could surely cause some cataclysmic happenings throughout the world if brought into the mainstream. The word is coming out slowly but surely. As I write this, The Davinci Code is a month away from premiering on the big-screen. That movie alone is going to open the eyes of millions who have followed blindly along the Christian Faith, accepting word for word what the powers that be have told them.
I do believe that the significance of this is more than we can imagine. The Davinci Code is not something new, it is a fictional novel based on facts that have come about over the last century. I do think that movie is going to trigger the coming events which countless prophecies have told about. Those attributed to St. Malachy concerning the final Pope, possibly Pope Peter after the current Pope Benedict, may manifest as something along the lines of the 3rd World War or a natural disaster (such as a pole shift) happening around the currently "accepted" end date of 2012. Christianity will fall apart and the world will change.
This article might have gone beyond what you would have expected but this is the truth behind it. Is the Bible true to the facts? No! While some of the stories are factual and involve real people in a real time and era, the real truths have been edited and manipulated to fit the needs of those that wished for power and money. The Bible is not
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I found this press release dating from 2005 and thought I'd add it here for you to see what the Bishops themselves are now saying. It's only human nature to change your story to evolve with the human masses - 200 years ago they were still killing people for saying the world was more than 6000 years old!
I'm reprinting this article rather than linking to it because there's always the chance that the article will be removed and lost forever. I found it highly corroborative to the above article and want to make sure it stays together.
Catholic Church no longer swears by truth of the Bible
By Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent
The Times Online - UK
October 05, 2005
THE hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church has published a teaching document instructing the faithful that some parts of the Bible are not actually true.
The Catholic bishops of England, Wales and Scotland are warning their five million worshippers, as well as any others drawn to the study of scripture, that they should not expect total accuracy from the Bible.
We should not expect to find in Scripture full scientific accuracy or complete historical precision, they say in The Gift of Scripture.
The document is timely, coming as it does amid the rise of the religious Right, in particular in the US.
Some Christians want a literal interpretation of the story of creation, as told in Genesis, taught alongside Darwins theory of evolution in schools, believing intelligent design to be an equally plausible theory of how the world began.
But the first 11 chapters of Genesis, in which two different and at times conflicting stories of creation are told, are among those that this countrys Catholic bishops insist cannot be historical. At most, they say, they may contain historical traces.
The document shows how far the Catholic Church has come since the 17th century, when Galileo was condemned as a heretic for flouting a near-universal belief in the divine inspiration of the Bible by advocating the Copernican view of the solar system. Only a century ago, Pope Pius X condemned Modernist Catholic scholars who adapted historical-critical methods of analysing ancient literature to the Bible.
In the document, the bishops acknowledge their debt to biblical scholars. They say the Bible must be approached in the knowledge that it is Gods word expressed in human language and that proper acknowledgement should be given both to the word of God and its human dimensions.
They say the Church must offer the gospel in ways appropriate to changing times, intelligible and attractive to our contemporaries.
The Bible is true in passages relating to human salvation, they say, but continue: We should not expect total accuracy from the Bible in other, secular matters.
They go on to condemn fundamentalism for its intransigent intolerance and to warn of significant dangers involved in a fundamentalist approach.
Such an approach is dangerous, for example, when people of one nation or group see in the Bible a mandate for their own superiority, and even consider themselves permitted by the Bible to use violence against others.
Of the notorious anti-Jewish curse in Matthew 27:25, His blood be on us and on our children, a passage used to justify centuries of anti-Semitism, the bishops say these and other words must never be used again as a pretext to treat Jewish people with contempt. Describing this passage as an example of dramatic exaggeration, the bishops say they have had tragic consequences in encouraging hatred and persecution. The attitudes and language of first-century quarrels between Jews and Jewish Christians should never again be emulated in relations between Jews and Christians.
As examples of passages not to be taken literally, the bishops cite the early chapters of Genesis, comparing them with early creation legends from other cultures, especially from the ancient East. The bishops say it is clear that the primary purpose of these chapters was to provide religious teaching and that they could not be described as historical writing.
Similarly, they refute the apocalyptic prophecies of Revelation, the last book of the Christian Bible, in which the writer describes the work of the risen Jesus, the death of the Beast and the wedding feast of Christ the Lamb.
The bishops say: Such symbolic language must be respected for what it is, and is not to be interpreted literally. We should not expect to discover in this book details about the end of the world, about how many will be saved and about when the end will come.
In their foreword to the teaching document, the two most senior Catholics of the land, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-OConnor, Archbishop of Westminster, and Cardinal Keith OBrien, Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh, explain its context.
They say people today are searching for what is worthwhile, what has real value, what can be trusted and what is really true.
The new teaching has been issued as part of the 40th anniversary celebrations of Dei Verbum, the Second Vatican Council document explaining the place of Scripture in revelation. In the past 40 years, Catholics have learnt more than ever before to cherish the Bible. We have rediscovered the Bible as a precious treasure, both ancient and ever new.
A Christian charity is sending a film about the Christmas story to every primary school in Britain after hearing of a young boy who asked his teacher why Mary and Joseph had named their baby after a swear word. The Breakout Trust raised £200,000 to make the 30-minute animated film, Its a Boy. Steve Legg, head of the charity, said: There are over 12 million children in the UK and only 756,000 of them go to church regularly.
That leaves a staggering number who are probably not receiving basic Christian teaching.
BELIEVE IT OR NOT
Genesis ii, 21-22
So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept he took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh; and the rib which the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man
Genesis iii, 16
God said to the woman [after she was beguiled by the serpent]: I will greatly multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children, yet your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.
Matthew xxvii, 25
The words of the crowd: His blood be on us and on our children.
And the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who in its presence had worked the signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshipped its image. These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with brimstone.
Exodus iii, 14
God reveals himself to Moses as: I am who I am.
I will be your God, and you shall be my people.
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