Brother Ron Barnes
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The Gossip Game
Dear Brother Ron
What is that game called, where people stand in a line and a person tells the next person a message then that person tells the next person, by the time the message gets to the last per- son, it is nowhere close to the original message?
This is what I believe happens with religion.
The game is called gossip and there is a lot of similarity between this game and the devel- opment of Christianity. Jesus spoke Aramaic, which is a dialect of Hebrew. The earliest gospel was written about 45 A.D. This would have been about ten years after the crucifixion. The book of Revelations was not written until 45 years later. These books were written in Greek.
What we now know as the Bible was translated into Latin at the Council of Nicea in 325 a.d by a council of 319 bishops. It was then translated into English by a committee of 49 English bishops. This translation is known as the King James Version. Many books were left out of the final version. Many of them can be found in the Nag Hammadi Library, which was found in 1947. You can find it on the internet at http://www.gnosis.org/naghamm/nhl.html
Since then, numerous other translations have appeared. I have 21 of them. Each has a slightly different wording and interpretation. This is why I tell people not to look in a book, a building or the internet for an understanding of God. Learn to listen for the voice of God within you.
That's the only place you will find original truth.