Why I don't Accept the Bible As Total Truth
(Written by Rick)
1.) MATTHEW 5:18 (N.A.S.B.) Jesus: For truly I say to you, until heaven and Earth pass away, not
the smallest letter or stroke shall pass away from the Law, until all is accomplished.
2.) MATTHEW 5:18 (MOFFAT TRANSLATION) Jesus: I tell you truly, till heaven and Earth pass away, not one iota, not one comma, will pass from the Law until it is all in force.
3.) MATTHEW 5:18 (NEW SCOFFIELD REFERENCE BIBLE) Jesus: For verily I say unto you, till heaven and Earth pass, one jot or one tittle in no way pass from the Law till all be fulfilled.
Read all three of the above passages from three different Bibles. None of these three passages say exactly the same thing, yet each passage says that not one letter or comma, etc., will pass from the Law until all is fulfilled or accomplished! This Bible verse is obviously a contradiction in terms because each passage does NOT say exactly the same thing, and each passage uses different punctuation! Therefore parts of the Law have changed or passed away!
This is precisely why I do not accept the Bible as an accurate source of God's instructions on how we should live! This shows that God's Word, as it is written, is not necessarily the original word of God and can in fact be changed! The Bible is therefore, not infallible!
However, I do believe that there is some truth in the Bible. I believe that it may be some of the older writings on Earth. According to Harper's Bible Dictionary, the oldest manuscripts of the Bible were written about 3,200 years ago, originally written in Hebrew.
However, the Hindus of India claim that their Scriptures, the 30 volume long Srimad-Bhagavatam, originally transcribed in Sanskrit, were written about 5,000 years ago, which makes them older than the Bible writings. India today has a very high population count, which tells me that they have been around for a long time, giving further credence to the idea that their Scriptures are in fact older than Bible writings.
It also seems rather significant that, according to Random House Dictionary and Webster's 3rd New International Dictionary (copyright 1986, by Merriam-Webster Pub. Co.), the English language (as well as virtually all European languages which include: German; French; Italian; Greek; Spanish; and even some Russian) are termed Indo-European languages, which tells me the origin of Western Civilization languages had a lot to do with our past history! Much of the Bible was written in Hebrew, which is categorized as an Afro-Asiatic language, according to Webster's Dictionary. So if the very roots of our English language, and perhaps even some of our ancestry, comes from India, perhaps it would be wise to investigate Hinduism as at least a partial source of our religious background and heritage! According to the Hare Krishnas (a Westernized version of Hinduism), an incarnation of God, Lord Chaitanya, started a movement originating in India 500 years ago (about the same time as Christopher Columbus set sail for America) to inundate the Western world in God consciousness, or as they call it, Krishna consciousness. It is also very significant to note that Columbus thought that he was in India when he discovered America! Who or what was Columbus really looking for? Perhaps it was a call by God or Krishna. Something certainly motivated Columbus to sail all over the place and to call native Americans Indians!
Even today, many people mistakenly address Indigenous Americans as Indians. Why does this apparent error continue even to this day, 500 years later? Perhaps it is not really an error, but actually the part of the work of real Indian spirits (see definition of spirit from Webster's [mentioned above]) who are here to help spiritually educate Indigenous Americans (and for that matter, Europeans, too). When we are reminded of India, we usually think of Hinduism, vegetarianism, etc., do we not? The Hare Krishnas and/or the Garden of Eden Project may reveal more truth than western religions do, although everything should be verified! Even Jesus said:Leave no stone unturned in your search for God!
Yes, I think that we would have to be naive to really think that both the Bible and other great spiritual writings have not been changed or manipulated to suit the powers that be, or the ruling powers of the time period in question. So in the quest for the truth, you really cannot depend only upon what is written. You must use everything you've got (intuition, knowledge, verbal communication with others, etc.)!!!