History of the Writings
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
Can We Trust The Bible? ("Debunking the 7 Myths That Deny Biblical Truth" Series)
All of this information is out there at your finger tips, and there is a lot of it. As I recommend to all searchers of the truth, pick a topic that you are particularly interested in, and dig deep on that topic, rather then scratching the surface on many topics and never really being convinced of anything. Go the extra mile. When you feel empirically convinced of your findings, then you can move on to another topic.
The Bible is an amazing, impossible to fake, book. Many pass judgement on this book they have never read, even though they would never argue with you about the meaning of some novel they have never read, they do argue with this one. If you do actually read the bible, the meaning of what you read can change who you are, your memory of those words will fade, but the meaning and effect it has on you will remain much longer then the verse itself, until you are pulled away by inevitable distractions and time. For this reason, it is equally important to remain in the Word of God frequently, so that your obedience is always coupled with true desire, this is due to faith and fresh knowledge from frequent study. But first, in order to have faith in the words of any book and receive its messages with an open heart and mind, it's a very good idea to determine its credibility by finding out who wrote it, and where it came from. This is why we are told to study the word in 2 Timothy 2:15 KJV.
"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Before we delve into the when and where's of the Bible, I wanted to start with 2 of the most incredible things I have come across that prove beyond any doubt that the Bible is indeed God's word.
Some things can be faked, or copied, others are darn right impossible to pull off unless you are the creator of all things, and operate outside of time. These two following examples just can not be debunked, and will absolutely blow your mind. The first has been done over the span of many generations with names of the lineage from Adam to Noah and even up to Jesus. If you know how the language of Hebrew works, you know that the meanings can't be changed as the name is visually descriptive in font type as well as directly related to words with meaning. The names of this lineage over the span of hundreds and hundreds of years have a Prophetic message that is just amazing and a must see.
This is a link of the detailed work and great website of the maker of this video.
Ivan Panin's Math
Names Bible Code: Adam To Jesus
This second example is even more impossible to explain without God, and it also happens to be from the genealogy of Jesus. It's pretty amazing that the places where these were found come from genealogies of mankind and not just a story. Just consider how amazing that is.
Russian immigrant and Harvard Grad Dr. Ivan Panin's "thing" was math. He has a very interesting story you can look up on wikipedia. He did spend a lifetime studying math, and was a literary critic. His interests supposedly started when he noticed the peculiar meaning of John 1:1. If he had been reading the "J.W. New World Translation of Scriptures" (which was started around that time), this would have been missed entirely, and this amazing discovery wouldn't have been found by him.
After realizing the implications of that verse, he thought if the Bible was truly inspired by God, then it would have the grand designers mathematical "fingerprint" in it, as all intelligent design does. He found far more then he bargained for. As for myself, this is one of the most compelling evidences that the Bible was indeed inspired by God. I am so very grateful for this, I would never have sought a math code out, but math is a very factual unbiased representative of undeniable patterns. When that is combined with accidental probability it is a major factor that requires our attention, and consideration.
If you are a person like myself, you will need to see the math yourself on all that. The next links are first a checklist of rules of 7's that it follows. If you'd like to do the math yourself the other links are two sites where the math is explained and shown with the original Greek, which can also be easily found elsewhere to check it.
The checklist on found Biblical math patterns in this link.
2 good Sites where the math is shown
These following charts explain who wrote what, when it was written, and how it is divided in time. Each book has been time stamped in one way or another. Usually by referring to what city it was in and who was in power at the time. They also often give family linage to help track down the events that took place.
The Genealogy of Matthew 1:1-17
Chuck Missler on Dr. Ivan Panin
Timing & Authors of The Writings
Where did the Bible come from?
That, is usually the first question most people have. The next is, who decided those were the books that go into it? How do we know if it was God who decided those were the books, or if it was man's idea? Why wasn't "This book" or "That book" included? Were any books ever taken out? Those are obviously questions asked prior to reading it, as reading it would definitely answer a lot of them, but these are the tough questions that get asked often, and rarely get answered over coffee. If God created all things, including the entire universe, physics, and time itself, then he should be able to know the future since he is outside of physics and time. This is why the bible is full of 100% accurate prophecy, as seen in the prophecy section. As for this section we will take a look at the writings themselves.
The Biblical Canon
As much fun as that sounds to play with, it's not the mother of all canons. This is derived from the Greek word Kanon which essentially means, "Measurement". A Canonical book is one that measures up to the standard of Holy Scripture. Thereby, the Canon of Scripture refers to the books that are considered the authoritative Word of God.
What are the criteria for "Canon", and who decided that?
There was never a 10 commandment scenario where God carved the whole Bible out of a mountain, and handed it to man. 6 rules developed over time by those appointed, and led by God to establish the complete Bible. That by itself is a tough pill to swallow. However, if you take a look at the rules below you can see that they are definitely extremely good and impossible rules to abide by unless it's the real deal. Secondly, it is very difficult to pass judgment on the nature, or origin of a book if it hasn't even been read. Naturally, it is highly encouraged to read the substance before condemning it. There are several ways to verify it is indeed the work of God, as we will get into, but the best place to start is obviously, reading them.
The Canonical Rules
Written by a recognized prophet, or apostle.
Written by those associated with a recognized prophet, or apostle.
Truthfulness of the writing.
Faithfulness to previously accepted canonical writings (The Old Testament).
Confirmed by Christ, prophet, or apostle.
History of Church Usage and Recognition.
For a detailed explanation of each rule visit this link:
Who decided what books made up the Old Testament then?
To learn the story behind that, visit the link below, and read the amazing article put together
that explains how it all unfolded throughout time.
(Derived in part from the Thomas Nelson KJV 400th Anniversary Bible set)
The Bible was written by more than 40 people from all walks of life across a period of several centuries in the languages of Hebrew and Aramaic (Old Testament, 39 books), and Greek (New Testament, 27 books). With the changing of nations and cultures across the centuries, these original writings have been translated into many languages to make the Bible available in different places of the world. Just as God inspired people and prophets to write his Word, he also has preserved the Bible by using his people to preserve it through out the generations.
The Original Languages
The Hebrew Bible has come down to us through the scrupulous care of ancient scribes who copied the original text in successive generations. By the sixth century A.D., the scribes had been succeeded by a group known as the Masoretes, who continued to preserve the sacred Scriptures for another ﬁve hundred years in a standardized form known as the Masoretic Text. Babylonia, Palestine, and Tiberias were the main centers of Masoretic activity; but by the tenth century A.D. the Masoretes of Tiberias, led by the family of ben Asher, gained the ascendancy. Through subsequent editions, the ben Asher text became, in the twelfth century, the only recognized form of the Hebrew Scriptures.
Daniel Bomberg printed the first Rabbinic Bible in 1516-1517; that work was followed in 1524-1525 by at second edition prepared by Jacob ben Chayyim and also published by Bomberg. The text of ben Chayyim was adopted in most subsequent Hebrew Bibles, including those used by the King James Version translators.
Oldest Complete Greek Bible
The oldest Bible translation in the world was made in Alexandria, Egypt, where the Old Testament was translated from Hebrew into Greek for the beneﬁt of the Greek—speaking Jews of that city. A Jewish community had existed in Alexandria almost from its foundation by Alexander the Great in 331 B.C. In two or three generations this community had forgotten its native Palestinian language. These Jews realized they needed the Hebrew Scriptures rendered into the only language they knew, Greek. The ﬁrst section of the Hebrew Bible to be translated into Greek was the Pentateuch, or the first ﬁve books of the Old Testament, sometime before 200 B.C. other parts were translated during the next century.
This version is commonly called the Septuagint, from septuaginta, the Latin word for 70 (LXX). This name was selected because of a tradition that the Pentateuch was translated by 70 elders of Israel who were brought to Alexandria especially for this purpose.
Only a few fragments of this version survive from the period before Christ. Most copies of the‘ Greek Old Testament belong to the Christian era and were made by Christians. The John Rylands University Library in Manchester, England, owns a fragment of Deuteronomy in Greek from the second century B.C. Another fragment of the same book in Greek dating from about the same time exists in Cairo. Other fragments of the Septuagint have been identiﬁed among the texts known as the Dead Sea Scrolls, discovered in 1947.
When Christianity penetrated the world of the Greek-speaking Jews, and then the Gentiles, the Septuagint was the Bible used for preaching the gospel. Most of the Old Testament quotations in the New Testament are taken from the Greek Bible. The Septuagint thus became the “authorized version" of the early Gentile churches. To this day it is the official version of the Old Testament used in the Greek Orthodox Church. After the books in the New Testament were written and accepted by the early church, they were added to the Septuagint to form the complete Greek version of the Bible.
The Septuagint was based on a Hebrew text much older than most surviving Hebrew manuscripts of the Old Testament. Occasionally, this Greek Old Testament helps scholars to reconstruct the wording of a passage where it might have been lost or miscopied by scribes as the text was passed down across the centuries.
The word targum means "translation." After their return from captivity in Babylonia from 500-450 B.C., many Jews spoke Aramaic, a sister language, instead of the pure Hebrew of their ancestors. They found it difficult to follow the reading of the Hebrew Scriptures at worship. So they adopted the practice of providing an oral paraphrase into Aramaic when the Scriptures were read in Hebrew. The person who provided this paraphrase (the Turgeman), was an official in the synagogue. One of the earliest examples of such a paraphrase occurs in Nehemiah 8:8. Because of the work of Ezra, the Pentateuch was officially recognized as the constitution of the Jewish state during the days of the Persian Empire. This constitution was read publicly to the whole community after their return to Jerusalem. The appointed readers, read distinctly (or, with interpretation) from the book, in the Law of God; and they gave the sense and helped them understand the reading. The phrase "with interpretation” appears as a marginal reading in several modern versions (for example, the RSV), but it probably indicates exactly what happened. The Hebrew text was read, followed by an oral paraphrase in Aramaic so everyone would be sure to understand.
This practice continued as a standard in the Jewish synagogue for a long time. The targum, or paraphrase of the Hebrew, was not read from a written document, lest some of the congregation might think the authoritative law was being read. Some religious leaders apparently held that the targum should not be written down, even for use outside of the synagogue. In time, all objections to a written targum disappeared. A number of such paraphrases began to be used. Ofﬁcial Jewish recognition was given to two in particular - the Targum of Onkelos on the Pentateuch, and the Targum of Jonathan on the Prophets. Some were far from being word-for-word translations. As expanded paraphrases, they included interpretations and comments on the biblical text. Some New Testament writers indicate knowledge of targumic interpretation in their quotations from the Old Testament. For example, “Vengeance is Mine, 1 will repay” (Rom. 12:19; Heb. 10:30) is a quotation from Deuteronomy 32:35; but it conforms neither to the Hebrew text nor to the Greek text of the Septuagint. This particular phrase comes from the Targum. Again, the words of Ephesians 4:8, “When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men," are taken from Psalm 68:18. But the Hebrew and Septuagint texts speak of the receiving of gifts. Only the Targum on this, text mentions the giving of gifts.
The need for a Latin Bible first arose during the second century A.D., when Latin began to replace Greek as the dominant language of the Roman Empire. The first Old Testament sections of the Latin Bible were considered unreliable, since they were actually a translation of a translation. They were based on the Septuagint, which, in turn, was a translation of the Hebrew Bible into Greek. Since the New Testament was written originally in Greek, it was translated directly into the Latin language. Several competing New Testament translations were in use throughout the Latin—speaking world as early as about A.D. 250.
The task of producing one standard Latin Bible to replace these competing translations was entrusted by Damasus, Bishop of Rome (366-384), to his secretary, Jerome. He began with a revision of the Gospels, followed by the Psalms. After completing the New Testament, Jerome mastered the Hebrew language in order to translate the Old Testament into Latin. He completed his work in A.D. 405, and it has come to be known as the Latin Vulgate.
The best surviving manuscript of the Latin Vulgate, the Codex Amiatinus, is now in the Laurentian Library in ‘Florence, Italy. Written in a monastery in Northumbria, England, it was presented to Pope Gregory II in 716.
The King James version having been made from the most optimum of texts, begs the question, "What were those texts, and where did they come from?" Even after that, through all of the ages, generations, and translations, how do we know the text is unchanged?
The main component used for comparison and cross examination for the KJV is called the:
The Textus Receptus is the text that has been used for only about 2,000 years by Christians. However, this is also the text that agrees with more than 95% of the Bible Manuscripts in Koine (common) Greek. It is known by other names, such as the Traditional Text, Majority Text, Byzantine Text, or Syrian Text.
In his essay, "Texual Criticism" Dr. Thomas Cassidy writes: "The Traditional text of the New Testament has existed from the time of Christ right down to the present. It has had many different names down through the years, such as Byzantine Text, Eastern Text, Received Text, Textus Receptus, Majority Text, and others. Although no complete Bible manuscripts have survived which would allow us to date the Traditional text to the first century, there is a strong witness to the early existence and use of the Traditional text by the early church in its lectionaries."
A few facts showing the respected historical position of the Textus Receptus are in order. Its prominence and respect did not begin in 1611 with the KJV translators. They merely recognized (as others before them had), that the Textus Receptus was God's preserved word in the original New Testament language.
In other words this came from the most unchanged scripture of its time. It is like the King James version of its day. There are other codexes found and many other languages and versions having been made. Each one of them with their own story as to why it was done for the purpose of nations with various languages understanding it. However, this particular translation into english deserves its honorable mention. Due to its extensive attention to detail, and assurance of using the most accurate and original texts known, by the most qualified interpreters of it's time.
The King James Version
The reason you come across "KJV ONLY!" type folks is because of verses like, Ephesians 3:9. First off, anyone that speaks two languages knows sometimes things don't directly translate, in fact it can be comical how it does translate. However, in the commonly used NIV, many massive things have been badly changed, Ephesians 3:9 the Name "Jesus Christ" was omitted. In the KJV and original language it is there, go check for yourself. This is just as bad as what Charles Taze Russel did to John 1:1. removing the deity of Jesus.
KJV Ephesians 3:9
And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery,
which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:
NIV Ephesians 3:9
and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God,
who created all things.
Consider this example:
KJV Psalms 12:6-7
NIV Psalms 12:6-7
And the words of the Lord are flawless, like silver purified in a crucible, like gold refined seven times.
You, Lord, will keep the needy safe and will protect us forever from the wicked,
That is more then a difficulty with idiomatic translation, that is down right terrible that JESUS is missing, or they changed the words that say don't change the words!!! These errors are peppered throughout the NIV. Now I know old english causes problems for paying attention. So I read KJVA, if I don't get something, or it seems strange, then I go to the original language it was written, then scrutinize it from there. I discuss how to easily do that later with various interlinear translation websites.
Where did the KJV come from?
Let's begin with what Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch said during World War I, in a series of lectures at Cambridge University. He declared that the King James Bible, was "The very greatest" literary achievement in the english language.
King James himself was approached by a group of puritans, just before he took the throne, with a petition signed by 800 clergy who requested reform within the Church of England. This was because they felt the Calvinist commentary along the sides of the Geneva Bible promoted resistance to the King and State. Although making a new translation was not the agenda of the hearing called in 1604, by Dr. John Reynolds, the Puritan president of Corpus Cristi College, Oxford. He did present a strong case for one, King James Stuart stated,..
"I could never yet see a Bible well translated into English; but I think that of all, that of Geneva, is the worst. I wish some special pains were taken for a uniform translation, which should be done by the best learned men in both universities, then reviewed by the Bishops, presented to the Privy Council, lastly ratified by the Royal authority, to be read in the whole Church, and none other."
The Translation Process
When King James announced the decision to undertake a new translation of the Bible, he appointed to the project 54 of the best biblical scholars and linguists of their day. The translation was to be a truly collaborative work. Furthermore, detailed guidelines were set forth for the translation process.
The group of scholars and linguists (numbering 47 by the time the translation had begun) was divided into six committees. Two committees would work at Oxford, two at Cambridge, and two in Westminster, and each committee was assigned books of the Bible to translate. Ten scholars at Westminster were assigned Genesis through 2 Kings; seven had Romans through Jude. At Cambridge, eight worked on 1 Chronicles through the Song of Solomon, while seven others handled the Apocrypha. Oxford employed seven to translate Isaiah through Malachi; eight occupied themselves with the Gospels, Acts, and Revelation.
In the preface to the 1611 edition, the translators of the King James Version state that it was not their purpose “To make a new translation, but to make a good one better, or out of many good ones one principle good one.” Their translation effort was based primarily on the 1602 edition of the Bishops’ Bible, but the translators also used the Tyndale, Matthew, Coverdale, Great, Geneva, and Douay Bibles. The scholars were proﬁcient in Hebrew and Greek and used the Masoretic text of the Complutensian Polyglot (1514-1517) for the Old Testament. For the New Testament they used the Textus Receptus published by Stephanus and Beza from 1550 onward.
The scholars readily appreciated the intrinsic beauty of divine revelation. The reason the King James Version is so rich in the nobility of its language is that the translators were careful to make it so. They disciplined their talents to render finely chosen English words of their time, as well as a graceful, often musical arrangement of language. The text was to be used at church services and read aloud, so the translators would read their versions aloud to one another and rewrite it again and again to achieve the best emphasis of punctuation, and the best rhythm in prose.
However, It too has still been translated from another language with a completely different structure. The translation can never be perfect, because of that. Old english can also be very difficult to follow this day in age. It is my preference as an American English speaking person to read the New King James version, and if anything seems strange, I begin cross checking and even go to the interlinear translation bible online when needed. You can look at the Greek, or Hebrew and identify the word by color, and find another verse with the same word and compare the two.
After the Biblical Canon, we have the "Non-Canonical" Books known as the:
Apocrypha, the Deuterocanonical, or Pseudepigrapha. Here is a list of some of those books as found on Wikipedia:
These books, were considered, but according to those in charge, did not meet the 6 rules of Canon.
It certainly does not mean that it's wrong to read these books, but after all that they are not to be considered God's Word.
The book of Enoch is a tricky one, and comes with it's own conspiracy, see the "Evil in Power" for more on that. As far as we stand today on books outside of the 66 of the Bible, they are to be considered man's word, and if we trust in the Word of God, as 2 Timothy 3:15-17 states, we need to adhere to the instructions giving by His Word, as we know it to be.
2 Timothy 3:15-17
and that from childhood thou hast known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly equipped for all good works.
Other Various Books
1 (Ethiopic Apocalypse of) Enoch (Jewish, c. 200 BCE–50 CE)
2 (Slavonic Apocalypse of) Enoch (Jewish, c. 75–100 CE)
3 (Hebrew Apocalypse of) Enoch (Jewish, in present form from c. 5th to 6th CE)
The Gospel of Thomas
Sibylline Oracles (both Jewish and Christian, c. 2nd cent. BCE–7th cent. CE)
Treatise of Shem (c. near end of first cent. BCE)
Apocryphon of Ezekiel (mostly lost, original form c. late 1st cent.BCE)
Apocalypse of Zephaniah (mostly lost, original form c. late 1st cent. BCE)
4 Ezra (original Jewish form after 70 CE, final Christian additions later)
Greek Apocalypse of Ezra (present form is Christian c. 9th cent.CE with both Jewish and Christian sources)
Vision of Ezra (a Christian document dating from 4th to 7th cent.CE)
Questions of Ezra (Christian, but date is imprecise)
Revelation of Ezra (Christian and sometime before 9th cent. CE)
Apocalypse of Sedrach (present form is Christian from c. 5th cent. with earlier sources)
2 (Syriac Apocalypse of) Baruch (Jewish, from c. 100 CE)
3 (Greek Apocalypse of) Baruch (Christian utilizing Jewish sources, c. 1st–2nd cent. CE)
Apocalypse of Abraham (Jewish primarily, c. 70–150 CE)
Apocalypse of Adam (Gnostic derived from Jewish sources from c. the 1st cent. CE)
Apocalypse of Elijah (both Jewish and Christian, c. 150–275 CE)
Apocalypse of Daniel (present form c. 9th cent. CE, but contains Jewish sources from c. 4th cent. CE).
Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs (current form is Christian, c. 150–200 CE, but Levi, Judah, and Naphtali are Jewish and date before 70 CE and probably 2nd–1st cent. BCE)
Testament of Job (Jewish, c. late 1st cent. BCE)
Testaments of the Three Patriarchs (Jewish Testaments of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob from c. 100 CE which are linked with the Christian Testament of Isaac and Jacob)
Testament of Moses (Jewish, from c. early 1st cent. CE)
Testament of Solomon (Jewish, current form c. 3rd cent. CE, but earliest form c. 100 CE)
Testament of Adam (Christian in current form c. late 3rd cent. CE, but used Jewish sources from c. 150–200 CE).
Expansions of Old Testament and other legends:
The Letter of Aristeas (Jewish, c. 200–150 BCE)
Jubilees (Jewish, c. 130–100 BCE)
Martyrdom and Ascension of Isaiah (has three sections, the first Jewish from c. 100 BCE, and 2nd and 3rd sections are Christian. The second from c. 2nd cent. CE, and the third— Testament of Hezekiah, c. 90–100 CE)
Joseph and Asenath (Jewish, c. 100 CE)
Life of Adam and Eve (Jewish, c. early to middle 1st cent. CE)
Pseudo-Philo (Jewish, c. 66–135 CE)
Lives of the Prophets (Jewish, c. early 1st cent. CE with later Christian additions)
Ladder of Jacob (earliest form is Jewish dating from late 1st cent.CE. One chapter is Christian)
4 Baruch (Jewish original but edited by a Christian, c. 100–110 CE)
Jannes and Jambres (Christian in present form, but dependent on earlier Jewish sources from c. 1st cent. BCE)
History of the Rechabites (Christian in present form dating c. 6th cent. CE, but contains some Jewish sources before 100 CE)
Eldad and Modat (forged on basis of Numbers 11.26–29, before the 1st CE is now lost, but quoted in Shepherd of Hermas c. 140 CE)
History of Joseph (Jewish, but difficult to date).
Wisdom and Philosophical Literature:
Ahiqar (Jewish dating from late 7th or 6th cent. BCE and cited in Apocryphal Tobit)
3 Maccabees (Jewish, c. 1st cent. BCE)
4 Maccabees (Jewish, c. before 70 CE)
Pseudo-Phocylides (Jewish maxims attributed to 6th cent. Ionic poet, c. 50 BCE–100 CE)
The Sentences of the Syriac Menander (Jewish, c. 3rd cent. CE).
Prayers, Psalms, and Odes:
More Psalms of David (Jewish psalms from c. 3rd cent. BCE to 100 CE)
Prayer of Manasseh (sometimes in Apocrypha, Jewish from c. early 1st cent. CE)
Psalms of Solomon (Jewish, c. 50–5 BCE)
Hellenistic Synagogal Prayers (Jewish, c. 2nd–3rd cent. CE)
Prayer of Joseph (Jewish, c. 70–135)
Prayer of Jacob (mostly lost Jewish document from c. 4th cent. CE)
Odes of Solomon (Christian but influenced by Judaism and probably also Qumran, c. 100 CE)
Amazing Video Seminars On the Topic of
The Dead Sea Scrolls.
Affirmation From the Caves of Qumran
There are 2 videos by Chuck Missler that go into great detail about the history of the Bible explaining their origins, their dates, and the remarkable divinity of its contents, far past what most people are aware of. Both of these videos are just over one hour each, but I assure you that you are about to learn some amazing history.
After all of the works carried on painstakingly by the scribes, the Rabbi's, and the works of people like Flavious Josephus, King James, as well as, the accurately kept dates, compaired with the reign of various kings, then verified by found coins, with their names on them with the dates. God knew people would still doubt it's divinity and accuracy over time. Even with all of these books and all the codices available for cross reference, questions would still arise...
It's been 2000 years, how can we really be certain it hasn't changed through out all the years? The final generation, would inherently be the most doubtful, the Dead Sea Scrolls were delivered to the World, coincidentally the same time Israel was declared a nation. Found 1947-1956 in a series of caves. Over 900 "Dead Sea Scrolls" with portions and complete texts from the books of the bible, the Apocrypha, Enoch, they have all been found. Most of which are the earliest known documents we now have. They have been compared against what we have in use today, and they have been deemed. "Unchanged". Even by the skeptics, eagerly waiting to lead the headlines with the findings of major differences, disproving the Bible once and for all, leading to the change in the foundations of our faith as we know it. Alas, no such headline was ever printed.
Visit the digital Library and explore The Dead Sea Scrolls:
What if you believe in God,
but not that Jesus was God, the son of God,
and our Savior?
In some form or another, this is yet another tactic used to bring people close to the right path, but far enough away to prevent the only road to salvation which is through Jesus. Most world religions are ripped off the Bible. You can easily look up when an particular religion was started and where it came from, the stories behind their beginning is enough to spot major problems with its inception as they all directly oppose what the Bible says. This includes Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons, Muslims, and so on. With the "Jehovah's Witnesses" I recommend going straight to the book of John. The entire book attests Jesus is the son of God. You don't even have to go far, the very first verse will do. You will, however need to find an original Greek version, or use an interlinear online translator, like the one below, to see this for yourself.
Why do I say this? The Jehovah's Witness "New World Translation of Scriptures" states at the end of John 1:1, "The Word was A god". They have added the letter "a". Not only does that change the entire meaning of the verse, but in addition to that, there isn't even the indefinite article "a" in the greek language. It doesn't exist in stand alone form like it does in english. That was a bold move on their part. In Greek, it is spelled out as Alpha, and would require an entirely different phrasing in the original Greek language to achieve the result they created. This has been done all through out the Bible to omit Jesus from his divinity in the N.W.T.S. See for yourself, or even go find someone who speaks Greek if you have to. This doesn't mean all of your studies have been a waste of time in the least! Your faith in God is strong, and keep it that way. It just means you badly need to acknowledge Jesus is not only the Son of God, but also is God, and call on him for salvation.
Check a color coded interlinear bible yourself.
This is just the tip of the iceberg of what Jehovah's witnesses typically refuse to inform themselves about. Here is a video that goes into most of it. If this concerns you, listen to the information and then examine it. We all have to be our own judge. The good news is that you won't want to, because what the Bible tells us we have coming is way better news than what the watch tower tells you.
Why I am not a Jehovah's Witness, by Robert Breaker
Tina a former Jehovah's Witness shares her experiences
Mormons are more complicated. They will say they do believe Jesus is our Savior and the son of God. However, there is certainly a very big difference between a Bible only Christian, and a Mormon belief pattern. There is also a definite beginning to "Mormonism" well after God wrote Revelation 22:18
For 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: And 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.
The following link gets into it's very odd beginnings. Like all "religions", the best way to uproot them is to ask, "When did it start?"
Top 10 Mormon Problems Explained
Ex-Mormon gives most Incredible Testimony
The Islamic belief... How can so many muslims agree that the angel Gabriel is the one who informed Mohammad of the Qur'an. They teach that people lost there way after the prophets of the bible and needed to be set straight again without ever checking to see what the Angel Gabriel had already said in the Bible the apparently lost their way from? That which completely contradicts what he supposedly says in the Qur'an. In the Bible, not only do many places of the Old testament say how Jesus will arrive and from where, but the angel Gabriel, himself also comes to say the Son of God is coming, and how. Supposedly Gabriel says in the Qur'an there is no son of God. All the sudden the one and only thing that can save you, and what the Bible is all about, was all wrong and a new book needed to be made, hey? I don't think so... Isn't in a bit strange that all these counterfeits come from the same Bible and they all remove the divinity of Jesus?! The first video walks you through the details.
Where Did the Qur'an Come From?
Saved by Jesus Christ From Islam
God's Chosen People,
Jewish people really are God's chosen people. That is stated all through out the Bible, New and Old Testaments, which was written entirely by the Jews. However, unlike all the other counterfeit religions, they weren't reading the wrong book. They rejected the messiah and refuse to read the rest of it. Just as it says in John 12:37-50
Even after Jesus had performed so many signs in their presence, they still would not believe in him. This was to fulfill the word of Isaiah the prophet:
“Lord, who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?” (refer to - Isaiah 53:1 )
For this reason they could not believe, because, as Isaiah says elsewhere:
“He has blinded their eyes
and hardened their hearts,
so they can neither see with their eyes,
nor understand with their hearts,
nor turn—and I would heal them.”
Isaiah said this because he saw Jesus’ glory and spoke about him. Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in him. But because of the Pharisees they would not openly acknowledge their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved human praise more than praise from God.
More Jewish people are taking the time read and verify the New Testament, and intern accept Jesus was the Messiah, and that the prophets from the Old Covenant completely and undeniably taking about the one and only Yahusha Son of Yahuah.
The next image is why the Jews don't believe in Jesus, straight from the horse's mouth, or specifically, Rabbi Shraga Simmons.
These statements are wrong because they are leaving out so many (and also enormous) details. The statements are incredibly narrow and shallow in depth. Just take a bit of time to see what the opposing argument is to any of those statements and you will see why. The mention that seems to be a closed case - "How can Jesus be from king David if he was born of a virgin?" They haven't considered the lineage of Mary, or the way the Greek specifies which branch to follow. That being the mother or the father with the article "The" preceding the family name if it's the father's lineage. This next link is an awesome must read for that explanation.
Here is a video of an excellent testimony from a Jewish Christian and his Journey from
Followed by another video pointing out the prophecies from the old testament to identify Our Messiah.
WOW! This Jewish Man Turns To Jesus and Explains Why In a Way You've Never Heard Before.
"The Forbidden Chapter" In The Hebrew Bible - Isaiah 53
The article is very well put, I think. On the entire right hand side of that article, there are many more other excellent questions that you may have as a person of Jewish faith. Again, your faith is strong in God, keep it that way, but you need to acknowledge Jesus is the Messiah, God manifest in the flesh, to be the end of all sacrifices, the final atonement once and for all for those who believe his blood and grace covers us before God the Father.
There is a whole organization called Jews for Jesus where the go through all of it in incredible detail and even have a live chat assistant to answer any questions you may have.
Jesus is all over the Old Testament: A study in Typology
Jesus in the Old Testament
The Name of The Most High and Jesus
How to get ETERNAL LIFE according to the Bible
Believe in your heart Jesus is The Lord, and that God raised him from the dead.
Declare it with your mouth, and you will be saved.
If you believe Jesus is your savior, be thankful! We're going home to place where 1 Corinthians 2:9 happens!
If you aren't quite sure Jesus is your savior, put your heart out on a limb. Nobody even needs to know you said it, God knows. It doesn't cost you anything, it is very easy, the reward is eternal life, and even if nothing happened, you are still in the same place you were before. The risk vs. reward here is an easy decision.
John 3: 12-21
If I have told you earthly things, and you believe not, how shall you believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? 13And no man has ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man who is in heaven. 14And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: 15That whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18He that believes on him is not condemned: but he that believes not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20For everyone that does evil hates the light, neither comes to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21But he that does truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are worked in God.
Acts 11: 16-18
Then I remembered what the Lord had said: ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ 17So if God gave them the same gift he gave us who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to think that I could stand in God’s way?” 18When they heard this, they had no further objections and praised God, saying, “So then, even to Gentiles God has granted repentance that leads to life.”
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.