Are THE GOSP-EL`S the word of GOD verbatim?
The Bible is a collection of books written by many different authors of primarily unknown character, compiled and re-compiled over long periods of time.
During this time, its compilation and canonization has been so obviously open to alteration, distortion, editing out, editing in, books removed, phrases re-written, words replaced, testimonies embellished, copying errors, translation errors.
Often written in vague unclear language, open to myriads of subjective interpretations, mis-interpretation and mis-use, as has clearly, historically been the case, has it not? (“Thou shalt not suffer a Witch to live”, The Inquisition, the Blessing of modern weapons of human slaughter???)
There has been so much room for human error it is unbelievable, that some “so called Christians” will state that EVERY and ALL Bible words are GOD`s words…Really?
Are you considering ALL the historical facts??? Previously of unknown authorship, the names Mathew, Mark, Luke and John, did not become associated with those writings it is said, until the second century…
Has God indicated anywhere that he continually monitored every step of the Bible`s formation over hundreds and hundreds of years?
Overseeing from the beginning of each and every scribe`s hand written translations to the very end, checking that every detail is correct and accurately confers with previous copies of every hand written copy of a copy of a copy, of a translation in every language, in every country up to the time of the invention of the printing press? (There are 5,000 copies of the Greek New Testament alone, each one with numerous variations in their text) If so, why are there in fact differing words allowed, in various versions of the bible even today, which may often alter the meaning of a passage or make the exact meaning difficult to ascertain, thereby confusing the reader?
The central story of the birth, death and resurrection of Christ the son of God, certainly is consistent in all the copies everywhere. But what of Christ`s teachings, their meanings and indications necessary for obtaining entry into the kingdom of heaven, his new gospel, his new covenant.
These have not it seems escaped distortion by vested interests, by the people who for centuries, controlled the only copies ALLOWED to be circulated, and apparently believed much of their murderous violence, directed towards Muslims, Pagans, or anyone else “THEY” considered a heretic to be justified, by their warped interpretation of their BOOK, which they compiled and distorted to suit their own ends .
Meaning, anyone who did not agree with them and fall in line with their self concocted authority, as the ONLY supposed representatives of God on earth and interpreters of his word.
Why would an all powerful, all knowing, all wise, perfect and omnipresent, omnipotent GOD choose such a sloppy means to communicate with mankind, so obviously open to mis-interpretation and mis-use?
Are there actual textual differences, in the thousands of copies of the New Testament, and do these textual differences, change or confuse the possible meanings or the context of various passages, we @ C.W.S.C think so.
HOW CAN WE COME TO REGOGNISE AND SURELY TELL THE DIFFERENCE, WHEN GOD IS TRULY SPEAKING TO MAN, OR WHEN CERTAIN MEN ARE MERELY POSTULATING, WITHIN THE BIBLE OR ANY OTHER SUPPOSED RELIGIOUS TEXT FOR THAT MATTER?
THESE QUESTIONS, ARE CONSIDERED IN DEPTH AT CWSC MEET UPS AND STUDY GROUPS.
Brock j 2020