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The Battle of the Bibles. An precursory examination of the methodical, deliberate and diabolical effort to distort, detract and undermine the power and divinity of Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:11. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. (NKJV).

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the battle of the bibles

The Battle of the Bibles

An precursory examination of the methodical, deliberate and diabolical effort to distort, detract and undermine the power and divinity of Jesus Christ

ephesians 5 11
Ephesians 5:11
  • And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. (NKJV).
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Q: Can a patterned, ubiquitous modification of scripture along a defined set of themes alter the ultimate conclusions, perceptions and mindsets of those who adopt it as their canonical scriptures of choice?

  • A: Yes. The minds of a people are easily swayed when they are systematically denied truth and spoon fed ideas based upon someone else’s agenda.
what is the goal of this investigation
What is the goal of this investigation?
  • The goal here today, as we search the scriptures, is to inform you of the nature of these efforts so as to equip you with the sight necessary to spot these sorts of modifications hiding in plain view and expose them for what they are.
the ecumenist agenda
The Ecumenist Agenda
  • What is Ecumenism?
  • Ёcumenism or Œcumenism (also Ecumenism, oecumenism or even eucumenism) now mainly refers to initiatives aimed at greater religious unity or cooperation.
  • In its broadest sense, this unity or cooperation may refer to a worldwide religious unity; by the advocation of a greater sense of shared spirituality across the three Abrahamic faiths of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
the whole word is important as written
The WHOLE Word is Important AS WRITTEN
  • Matt. 4:4
    • It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. (Quoting Deut. 8:3)
  • Isaiah 8:20
    • To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.
  • Revelation 22:18,19
    • 18For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:19And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
  • 2 Timothy 3:16
    • All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
on doctrine
On Doctrine. . .
  • Without doctrine, one cannot specifically understand what the Word of God means and as such, when seemingly subtle nuances are encountered, they can generally be dismissed as meaning essentially the same thing.  It is at this point - the point at which meaning is so uniformly obscured and normalized - that you have an Ecumenical Bible.
the beginning of error

The Beginning of Error

A rapid review of the salient points of modern Bible genealogy

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In 331 A.D. Constantine ordered that an 'ecumenical bible' be written.  Eusebius, a follower of Origen, was assigned to direct this task.  Eusebius rejected the deity of Christ and claimed that christ was a created being.  This error is called the Arian heresy.

    • The phrase "through His blood" is not found in either the Jesuit or American Revised Versions; its omission can be traced to Origen (200 A.D.), who expressly denies that either the body or the soul of our Lord was offered as the price of our redemption.
  • And so the Bible was rewritten in the Gnostic tradition so that it would be acceptable to Pagans as well as Christians.
  • However, at this time, Christians rejected the manuscripts as not being from God.  So back onto the shelves it went, only to be 'rediscovered' and reintroduced later as an ancient text.
things to note
Things to note:

Those commissioned to rewrite the Bible. . .

  • did NOT believe that Jesus Christ was God.
  • did NOT believe that Jesus Christ sacrificed himself for our sins to save us from certain and eternal death.
  • believed that salvation (enlightenment) was only reserved for a select few initiated elect and not for all mankind.
enter the old latin vulgate
Enter The (old) Latin Vulgate. . .
  • . . translated by Jerome and of Arian persuasion, it became the official Latin Translation of the Roman Catholic Church.
but clement iii ordered a better one with 2000 changes in 1592
. . .but Clement III ordered a better one with 2000 changes in 1592.

Perfection New and Improved!

“MORE INFALLIBLE”

is jesus christ god or just a man
Is Jesus Christ God or Just a Man?
  • Divine Properties of Jesus Foretold and Fulfilled (Messianic Prophecies)
  • There are well over 100 Old-testament prophesies of Christ's coming, all fulfilled by Jesus Christ
    • Jesus is Eternal
      • The prophet Micah tells us in Micah 5:2 that the Messiah Himself is eternal when he, talking about Messiah, says, “...whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting.”  Compare this to the claim of eternality Jesus made in the New Testament in John 8:58.  Paul describes many attributes of Jesus which indicate an eternal Messiah in Ephesians 1:3-14 and in Colossians 1:15-19.
    • Jesus is the Son of God, who is Himself God
      • Psalms 2:7 and Proverbs 30:4.  In Luke 1:32, an angel of God is telling Mary that she is about to become the mother of Jesus and says to her, “He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High.  The Lord God will give to him the throne of his father, David.”  In Matthew 3:17, God Himself speaks at the baptism of Jesus and says of Him, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
is jesus christ god or just a man1
Is Jesus Christ God or Just a Man?
  • The Messiah is God
    • The Old Testament gets even clearer about the fact that Messiah is God, that God Himself will be the Messiah, that the name of the Messiah is Y-H-W-H.  Read the description of Messiah in Isaiah 9:6.  There we read of a Son who will be given to govern the world.  Of the five names listed that the Messiah will be known by, note that one of them is Mighty God.  The prophet Jeremiah is even more blatant about applying the name of God to the Messiah in Jeremiah 23:6.  Of course, the question is, does the Bible apply God’s name to Jesus?  Noting that the name Y-H-W-H is above any other name in authority, read what Paul wrote about Jesus in Philippians 2:9.  There he writes that God gave Jesus “the name which is above every name.”
  • Creator, Sustainor, Savior, Mediator
    • Colossians 1:13-17, ". . .In whom we have redemption through his blood. . .by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him." John 1:1-5, "All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made"
  • Omnipresence, Omniscience, Omnipotence (for self-study)
    • Matthew 18:20 and28:20 Christ declares himself omnipresent, Matthew 16:21, Luke 6:8,  Luke 11:17, John 4:29 speak to his Omniscience.  Matthew 28:20,  Mark 5:11-15, John 11:38-44 to his Omnipotence. . .
god s word tampered with
God's Word Tampered With
  • Version - Verses Affected
    • New American Standard (NAS) - 909
    • Revised Version - 788
    • New World Translation - 767
    • NIV - 965
    • Good News - 614
    • Amplified - 484
    • Douay (Catholic Bible, rejected by reformation who later wholeheartedly accepted the NAS with more than twice the changes) - 421
    • Old Jehovah's Witnesses Bible - 120
      • examples: Mark 16:9-20(gone), John 1:1, John 8:1-11 (gone), Acts 8:37 ("Jesus Christ is the Son of God", gone)
    • NKJV - ignored the textusrecepticus 1200 times (NKJV tends to put servant instead of Son when referring to Jesus) though it is the most harmless of the perverted versions.
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You will hear and read from many sources that the various translations available vary in quality and reliability; even that the KJV is the best.  However, very rarely will you hear revealed how truly insidious and specific these so-called 'variations' really are.  These are not mere slips of the pen or attempts to appeal to personal differences in diction or colloquial vernacular.

  • As you will see here in the examples we'll review, these are not inoccuous, stylistic or simply grammatical modifications.  These are targetted, theme-specific, patterned alterations in meaning, effect and interpretation that strike at the very heart of the character of God, the deity of his Son, Jesus Christ our God, Lord and Savior and what it means to be a Christian.
group activity
Group Activity
  • Please open your NIV, RSV and KJV Bibles and/or set your browsers to the following address:

http://downloads.obsidian-inc.com/BibleBattle.htm

Click on ‘Version Comparisons’

We’ll look at just a few of these modifications ourselves.