In Deuteronomy 4:2 it says, "Ye shall not add
unto the word which I command you, neither shall
ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the
commandments of the Lord your God which I
If this statement is true, then why are there words in the Bible after this verse?
The real question is why did the Catholic church disobey this commandment when they edited the Bible at the First Council of Nicea in 325 A.D. Several books were left out of the final version. You can find them on the internet and in book stores as the Nag Hammadi Library. Other books, known as the Apocrypha, are found in some Bibles but not others.
We also find that the Bible has been translated into many different languages. Many languages have several different versions. I have many English translations of the Bible, ranging from the American Standard to Young's Literal Translation. Some of these were written to accommodate changes in the language. Some were written to express the views of a particular religious organization. And some were written for the purpose of copy-righting and publishing a book to sell.
You must also remember that the Israelites at this time were a theocracy. The priests were the government. So the word of God was literally the law of the land. In today's society, we are expected to obey the law as it is written, not how we think it should have been written. The Israelites were expected to do the same.
In the United States, however, we have separated religious dictates from government regulations. This means that each person is free to follow the will of God as that person understands it. I believe this is a good thing. We have seen what happens when religious organizations gain control of the government. It has resulted in crusades, inquisitions, witch hunts and jihads. I am very grateful that the people who founded this country gave us the freedom to listen to what God tells us instead of what religious professionals demand of us.
The Bible is a wonderful source of spiritual
guidance. It is also a book of history,
philosophy, sociology, poetry and other
disciplines. But it has been translated, edited,
revised and misinterpreted until it has become
more the word of man than the word of God.
This is why I tell people the only truth you can depend on is the voice of God within you. Everything else is hearsay.