As a humanist, it is often difficult to remain mute when Christian religionists start quoting the Bible to support everything from bad weather to alien sightings. Since the Bible is its own proof source those ignorant of its roots have no idea to its authenticity or lack thereof. One need not go very deep into the Bible to find fatal flaws.

The King James Version of the Bible is the most popular translation with the emphasis on translation. Nearly all Christians and non-Christians recognize this line "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth" (Gen. 1:1), but what they are unaware of is that the line is a mistranslation. The Hebrew word for God is “el” and the plural is “elohim” for Gods. The first lines of the Bible transliterated read, “Bereshith bara elohim,” which is the correct translation for the phrase, but for a monotheistic religion it is incorrect for its reference to multiple gods.

The mistranslation cannot be simply cast aside as an oversight or an editing error as study of early Judaism reveals the early Hebrews were not monotheist until Abraham entered the picture and even then polytheism existed in the Old Testament as the tale of the Golden Calf  reveals and this is the source from which both Christianity and Islam drew their roots.

When speaking of the Hebrew deity, Yahveh, elohim, (gods) is used in the Hebrew texts, the plural elohim is used 2570 times and falsely translated to the singular, making it seem the text was written at a time when the Hebrew people were monotheistic, which is not the case.[i] It would seem this much is obvious to those that make livings from ”interpreting”  the word  of God, but more than likely such apologists rely too heavily on support of others to honestly state the case.

I only mention this mistranslation because it occurs so early in the Biblical texts and riddles the remainder of the verbiage, making the error seem more ominous almost as if it was not a mistake but an intentional manipulation. Translations of the original Aramaic, Latin, Greek and Hebrew texts of the Bible often generate errors and most are unintentional.

However, known forgeries have slipped into the Bible, going unrecognized for centuries. For instance, Mark 9:29: Jesus comments that a certain type of indwelling demon can only be exorcised through "prayer and fasting" (KJV). This is also found in the Rheims New Testament. But the word "fasting" did not appear in the oldest manuscripts. 5 New English translations have dropped the word.[ii]

Prejudice against other versions of Christianity also influenced how texts were translated including what was included and what was left out. Just from this brief discussion it should be clear that any Bible is neither the word of God nor is it inerrant.

 



[i] Fraud in the Bible or It Sucks That You Don't Know Hebrew, Greek or Aramaic, http://www.hiddenmysteries.org/religion/christianity/piousfraud.shtml

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Comment by Daniel W on June 10, 2013 at 9:49pm

Don, 

Thank you for posting this topic.  Very interesting.

It's an area where I regret my ignorance.  Who do I believe as far as, what the bible really means?  The preachers, or the content of the article?  What is the author's credential?  I wouldn't be surprised if it's correct, but that might be my own bias speaking.

It reminds me of when I was a young Baptist, earnest to learn the Bible and be just what God wanted me to be, whatever that was.  Then I read:

Genesis 6:2-4  King James Version (KJV)  2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.

Job 1:6  King James Version (KJV)  6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them.

I asked "What?  You taught that god had one son.  This says god had other sons, long before Jesus?"  What happened with them?  Who were they?    As a fundamentalist Baptist, this was to be taken literally - they taught that every line in the bible was literally true.  Which basically got me evicted from Baptist Sunday School, even though no one could answer my sincere quesitons.

Which also meant the sin of Sodom was not homosexuality (Ezekiel 16:49-50 New International Version (NIV) 49 “‘Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. 50 They were haughty and did detestable things before me. Therefore I did away with them as you have seen.) - in fact, my church was full of arrogant obese people who did nothing to help the poor -  but that's another discussion and another reason they didn't like me.

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