Matthew 27:9-10 reads,
"Then was fulfilled what had been said through Jeremiah theprophet, 'And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the value of a manwith a price on his head, a price set by some of the Israelites, and theypaid it out for the potter's field just as the Lord had commanded me."
The incontrovertible fact is there is no such passage in Jeremiah.
To assume the Bible contains all of what God revealed to man and wordfor words as God revealed it to man is extremely naive. It is saying manwas able to preserve, collect and compile into one volume, everything thatGod revealed to man. That naive claim limits God's power and contradictsGod's word that He CREATED ALL man, and LOVES ALL man UNCONDITIONALLY.That doctrine claims that God only cared for a small portion of Abraham'sdescendants. That naive claim says that God did not and still does notcare about the millions of people living in the Orient, the millions ofpeople living in India or Pakistan, the millions of Arabs in the middleeast who are the brothers and cousins of the Israelis. Instead, these peoplebelieve that God chose only a small band of twelve brothers through whomto communicate His will to mankind and hoped to hell everyone else heardabout it. Sure, I can imagine God thinking, "Well, if not, no biggy!" Thesepeople contradict the very essence of God.
Where is the original Bible from which these literalists their informationand proof? The fact is, no one has a copy of the original bible! The Biblewas translated thousands of times by thousands of people and flunkies whohad their own agenda.
[Case in point: King Constantine's contribution to Christianity.King Constantine was the Nobel Prize winner who astutely pronounced, afterbeing jilted by his berdache, "It is a scientific fact that homosexualitycauses earthquakes." Constantinople, the capital of Christianity for acouple centuries until about 600 A.D., after Muhammad had studied CatholicChristianity in Constantinople, he greatly like the city. Shortly thereafter,after receiving his first revelation and founding Islam, Constantinoplewas conquered by the Muslim Turks who wanted to conquer Catholic Christianity.Constantinople is today called Istanbul, Turkey. Christianity then rapidlymoved to Rome, Italy (built on seven hills) which was the Great Babylonof that era, (see Rev. 17:9)]
Catholics have an additional 7 or 12 more texts to their bible thanother Christians. Are they guilty of "adding to the Bible" or are Protestantsguilty of taking away from the Bible. The fact is, not even the Catholicsare missing some scriptures. There are about 10 texts referenced in theBible which even the Catholics do not have! Strange! Especially in viewof the fact that most Christians believe the Bible is the "infallible Wordof God," why does the majority of Christendom lack, a minimum of at leasttwenty books?
If Christendom had everything that God ever said, the Christian Worldwould know definitively, the answers to many many questions and man wouldnot have to live by faith. That was The Son of the Morning's, Lucifer'sor Satan's Plan for which there was a war in heaven. Satan and about one-thirdof our brothers and sisters, in the spirit, were cast out of heaven andcondemned to be fallen angles of Stan, and the deceivers of this man!
For the literalists who believe the Bible is the infallible word ofGod, the King James Version also shows,
9 Then said I, I will not feed you: that that (sic) dieth (sic), letit die; and that that (Sic) is to be cut off, let it be cut off; and letthe rest eat every one the flesh of another.
However, The New American Standard Version says,
Then I said, "I will not pasture you. What is to die, let it die, andwhat is to be annihilated, let it be annihilated; and let those who areleft eat one another's (sic) flesh."
We'll ignore the cannibalism! Are the literalists saying that thedouble pronoun, "that that" is currently grammatically correct or was grammaticallycorrect when revealed? If it was never grammatically correct in any language,are the literalists saying that God was telling man that it should be soor are they saying God was wrong? Did man record what God said wrong? Betterstill, are they willing to admit that man, the translator, goofed? Evenif only a very innocent mistake, which other scriptures are the literalistsadmitting were botched by some, albeit well meaning but incompetent clerk?Or was it even the result of a clerk? Wasn't it the most learned peopleof that day?
The compilers of the New American Standard Version apparently foundsome documentation somewhere that says God did not say, "'that that' dieth,let it die," but rather according to the NASV He -- or was it he -- said,"What is to die, let it die." Which version are we to believe? The NASVthe KJV? You can't have two different versions be "the infallible Wordof God." What did God actually say?
The King James Version first published in 1611, wasn't even the firstEnglish translation. The First Calvin English Translation was publishedin 1578. However, we don't have the Calvin Bible. For some reason it andthe text the translators worked from are lost. Instead, we now have sevenof nine English versions, (The Tyndale published in 1526 - lost), (TheCalvin English Translation published in 1578 - lost) The King James Versionpublished in 1611, The Daby Version published in 1890, The Young LiteralVersion published in 1898, The New American Standard Version published1901, The Revised Standard Version published in 1952 and The New InternationalVersion published in 1973. Additionally, in how many languages is the Bibletranslated? They all have a different twist to the same scripture. Arethey equally "The Literal Word of God?" If not, which version is the revealedword of God's?
Even The Young Literal Version is different? Since it is supposed tobe the "literal version." Why, how and what was their source? RegardingZechariah 11:9, The Young Literal Version says,
And I say, `I do not feed you, the dying, let die; and the cut off,let be cut off; and the remaining ones, let each eat the flesh of its neighbour(sic).'
Are the literalists saying the Young Literal Version is the rightversion? In the New American Version it says,
"...and let those who are left eat one another's (sic) flesh,"
but in The Young Literal Version, it says,
"...and the remaining ones, let each eat the flesh of its neighbour(sic)."
I won't nit pick over the difference in meaning between "those whoare left" and "and the remaining ones," for all practical purposes, theymean the same thing, however, I don't know for sure but logic tells methere is at least a difference in the taste between one's "neighbour (sic)"and anyone else's or "another's (sic) flesh" depending on who you are,how you were raised, on what succulent morsels you were feed or where youlive. That's not even contesting the meaning of the scripture nor the applicabilityto today's world and situations.
Apparently, God is not the same yesterday, today and forever becauseif we are to believe The Young Literal Translation, God said,
`...I do not feed you,'
however, in the KJV Matthew 6:25
25 ¶ Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for yourlife, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body,what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body thanraiment?
The undeniable, incontrovertible fact is, when one is dealing withman, nothing is perfect. That's as it should be and according to the planof God. If it were perfect and absolute, faith would not be required. Therewould be no opinion, educated and off-the-wall theories nor hypotheses.We would have the absolute truth for the asking and their would be no needof the Holy Ghost. God's messenger would simply say, "Thus saith the LordGod..." and that would end all discussion, debate and participation. Therewould be no need take responsibility for our own actions as long as wedid what we were told because we would just be following orders. If yourebelled against the order, you'd get so many months or years in reeducationtherapy. Like the communists, most would neither grow maturely, emotionally,mentally or spiritually.
It is not so much the knowledge of the truth that is so vital and important,and don't misunderstand, knowledge of the truth is very vitally important,but even more important is what we do with our knowledge and the good orharm we bring or cause our brothers and sisters in the process. Remember,God will never say, "This is what you must do...," "This is the way youmust believe...," "This is what you must do." That was the Plan of Satan!We chose the Plan of God, that's why we are here on earth! Satan and hiscohorts can't stand it!
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