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Dear Brother Ron
we call the Bible was translated and edited by the 319 delegates to the
First Council of Nicea in 325 A.D. They left out many scriptures, many of
which can be found in the Nag Hammadi Library. You can pick up a copy at
most book stores. Jesus spoke Aramaic, a dialect of Hebrew. The writings
used in the compilation of the Bible were written in Greek. They were not
written until many years after the death of Jesus. The Church translated
these into Latin (the Textus Reciptus). These were translated into the King
James Bible in the year 1311 by a committee of 47 church officials. There
have been many translations since. I have 21 of them.
I have no problem with the word of God. I do, however, have some concerns about His editors. What happens when you tell somebody to tell somebody to tell somebody? Usually, something gets lost in the translation. This is especially true if you are translating from one language to another. And even if you are merely transcribing in the same language, there is often a difference between what somebody says and what somebody else hears. We also need to remember that the people producing the scripture have a goal in mind. They want to produce a book to be used as a reference for their religion. So they will try to design and develop the scripture to accomplish that purpose. This is not unique to the Bible. The same could be said for the Qur'an, Torah, Bahgavad Gita or any other religious scripture.
Please bear in mind that
I am not accusing the editors and producers of religious scripture of
anything sneaky or underhanded. I am merely saying that they had a purpose
in producing the scripture. I am also saying they were human. They were good
men. They were intelligent men. They were devout men. But they were men.
They were subject to the same influences and errors common to all men. They
were not corrupt. They were human.
You want the word of God? Ask Him yourself. He is alive within the very core of your being and is still communicating with us. All you have to do is learn to listen. You will find His truth is far superior to anything we poor humans can come up with.