UNIVERSAL LIFE – THE INNER RELIGION – 31. July 2011, 02:58
The Bible is falsified.
In the texts of the Old Testament proclaimed by the churches as the word of God, God is often portrayed as a blood-thirsty monster that calls for murder, murder with robbery, genocide, war and slaughtering animals.
In the New Testament there were grave disagreements right from the beginning. Later the texts were industriously continued to be falsified. Nevertheless, for the Protestant and Catholic institutions, the Bible is the “true word of God” and the “sole guideline” – in part with devastating consequences for humans and animals:
In the Catechism
the Catholic Church declares
“The Old Testament prepares for the New and the New Testament fulfills the Old; the two shed light on each other; both are the true Word of God.” (No. 140)
The Protestant-Lutheran Church determined in its confession scriptures – valid right up to today:
The Old as well as the New Testament are “sole judge, regulation and guideline,” according to which “all teachings must be recognized and judged, as to whether they are good or evil, right or wrong.”
(Concordia formula from the year 1580,
Epitome, Summarian Term 3)
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Citations concerning the Bible
“The fact is that the text of the New Testament went through strong changes during this period of its development, and in part was subject to official barbarization, can only be denied by ignorance.”
The theologian Jülicher
“The original text disappears more and more; one notices the ever more numerous contradictions between the manuscripts of various writings that have been passed down and tries to equalize them: The result is chaos.”
The theologians Hoskyns and Daveyl
“Right up until the 18th century, someone claimed to possess the original of the Gospel of Mark. It was said to be in Venice as well as in Prague, and both originals in Latin that no evangelist had ever used. In reality, no original existed, neither a New Testament nor any biblical book at all remained still preserved in its original wording. And the first copies do not exist either. There are only copies of copies of copies. The present text of the New Testament is a mixed text, which means it was pasted together from various writings that had been passed down. The text of the “book of books,” today disseminated in more than 1100 languages and dialects is thus hopelessly corrupted.”
Karl Heinz Deschner: Abermals krähte der Hahn
Did you know?
· In the year 383 Hieronymus was commissioned by Pope Damascus I to compile a uniform text of a Latin Bible.
· Hieronymus changed the gospels in about 3500 places.
· Hieronymus also wrote that no two text agreed with each other in longer passages and that there are just as many textual forms as copies; he pointed out that it is “hard to find the truth” where one text differs from another.
· The New Testament exists in no less than 800 manuscripts of the gospels from the 2nd to the 13th centuries. The number of variances and differences in the c. 1500 more or less completely preserved texts is enormous.
· There is no single manuscript that would agree with the others. Theologians count 50,000 to 100,000 variations.
· 4680 Greek manuscripts of the New Testament are known, of which no two have the same text.
· Despite this, the Catholic Church sticks to its doctrine that the Old as well as the New Testament are the “true word of God.” And for the Protestant-Lutheran Church it is the “only judge, regulation and guideline.”
Born in 347 in Stridon, Dalmatia
Died Sept. 30, 419/420 in Bethlehem
Sophronius Eusebius Hieronymus was born in Stidon, on the border of the Roman provinces Dalmatia and Pannonia. He was the son of Christian parents who, however, did not have him baptized. He studied in Milano and Rome and continued his studies in Trier.
The vegetarian and animal friend Hieronymus is famous and popular because of his lion, from whose foot he removed a thorn in the Chalcis desert in Syria. The lion was very thankful to Hieronymus and became his lifelong friend.
He was consecrated as a priest in Antioch in the year 379. Soon afterward he went to Constantinople to pursue his study of scripture under the instruction of Gergory of Nazianzen, a Doctor of the Church, and also learned to appreciate Origen there.
In 382 he returned to Rome and became secretary to the Roman Pope Damasus I. Damasus commissioned Hieronymus, who mastered seven languages, to produce a new translation of the Bible in Latin. His work is the Vulgata Bible, which the Catholic Church considers right up to today to be errorless and binding.
After the death of his patron Pope Damasus, he fled in 385 to Bethlehem, because his criticism of the clergy and had advocacy of vegetarianism apparently displeased several lords. He worked as a semi-recluse for 35 years and was very active in producing many texts.
Hieronymus, the Bible falsifier
The church institutions want to make the faithful believe that the Bible is the absolute word of God. But this is not so.
The scriptures were falsified right from the very beginning. Intentionally or unintentionally. Out of ignorance or carelessness.
When Hieronymus was commissioned by Pope Damasus in 370 to newly translated all existing texts of the gospel into Latin and to compile them into one large scripture (Bible), he was desperate: No two longer texts were in agreement. Everything deviated (differed) from everything.
Hieronymus wrote the pope:
“Also my defamers must confirm that ... the truth cannot be found in deviations.* If namely, one should be able to rely on the Latin texts, then may he please say: Which one? There are as many textual forms**, as copies.”
* vercum non esse quod vanat
the scripture in 3500 places
with foreboding foresight, Hieronymus wrote the pope:
“If only there would be just one ..., who, as soon as he takes this volume (Bible) in hand ..., does not loudly vituperate me as a falsifier and religious evil-doer, because I possessed the temerity to add to, change or improve some things in the old books.”
One must admit that Hieronymus did not have an easy task. He would have preferred to completely go back to the original texts in Greek and afterward improve all the mistakes that had developed through “unreliable translators.” And the “improvements that had worsened the texts by daring, but incompetent, textual critics,” as Hieronymus called them in his letter to the pope, “he could have easily eliminated (expunged) and could have undone the “additions or changes of inattentive copiers.”
But Hieronymus didn’t dare so much, because the Romans already become accustomed to reading certain texts. And so, he wrote that he kept his “pen (quill) under control.” He is said to have changed the scripture in merely 3500 places.
In addition, one could rely little on the Hebrew and Greek original texts, too much had been changed in them during the nearly 300 years since they had been written.
Considering this and the following facts, it is not only effrontery (insolence /impudence) to present the whole Bible to the faithful as the true word of God” (Catholic Catechism) – it also leads the faithful astray.
While for Hieronymus it was “hard to find the truth” in the scriptures that deviated from each other, the Catholic and Protestant institutions view this very differently.
Where for Hieronymus it was “hard to find the truth,”
for the Vatican the Bible is:
“revelation without error”
Excerpts from the dogmatic doctrinal decision of the 1st Vatican Council in 1869-70 concerning the Bible: (taken from Internet)
“Now this supernatural revelation, according to the belief of the universal church, as declared by the sacred council of Trent, is contained in written books and unwritten traditions, which were received by the apostles from the lips of Christ himself, or came to the apostles by the dictation of the holy Spirit, and were passed on as it were from hand to hand until they reached us.”
“The complete books of the old and the new Testament with all their parts, as they are listed in the decree of the said council and as they are found in the old Latin Vulgate edition, are to be received as sacred and canonical. These books the church holds to be sacred and canonical not because she subsequently approved them by her authority after they had been composed by unaided human skill, nor simply because they contain revelation without error, but because, being written under the inspiration of the holy Spirit, they have God as their author, and were as such committed to the church.” (Chap. 2:5-7)
Ever new revisions –
ever new mistakes
Already in 1590, the Vulgata (= Latin translation by Hieronymus) was given out by the Vatican under Pope Sixtus V as the “Editio Sixtina” and declared to be errorless. Actually, it was filled with errors. In 1592 it was replaced under Pope Clemens V by the errorless “Editio Clementina,” but this, too, contained many errors. Only the edition revised in 1598 remain binding over a longer period of time – even though also with errors.
Hieronymus suppressed (withheld) essential truths
Hieronymus had at his disposal all the still existing scriptures about the teachings of Jesus available at that time. He knew very well, for instance, that Jesus ate no meat and also taught that one should love the animals and not kill them. In a treatise on Jovinian, Hieronymus made a noteworthy statement on this subject. From this text we can deduce that Jesus apparently commanded not to eat meat, which many ancient scriptures outside of the Bible also indicate. Nevertheless, when he compiled the Bible Hieronymus withheld this important aspect of the teachings of Jesus, or took over an already falsified text. Every day millions of animals have to pay with their lives for this falsification of the teachings of Jesus. Since then, countless billions of animals have been subject to lingering illness in dark barns and killed. Especially the “Christian” peoples have mutated into meat-eaters. The consequences of this suppression for nature, animals and people are unimaginable ...
From Hieronymus’ treatise on Jovinian:
“The eating of flesh was unknown until the deluge. But after the deluge, like the quails given in the desert to the murmuring people, the poison of flesh-meat was offered to our teeth... But once Christ has come in the end of time, and Omega passed into Alpha and turned the end into the beginning we are no longer allowed ... , nor do we eat flesh...”2)
And in another place it says:
And so, I too say to you: If you wish to be perfect, then it is good not to ... and eat flesh.”
Main point of dissension:
The Nazarene’s love for animals
Apparently vegetarianism was a great problem for those in power at that time. In no case, was it allowed to be included in the Bible. The author Carsten Strehlow writes: “The Church Father Hieronymus was even drive from Rome because of his clear statements concerning vegetarianism and abstinence from alcohol.” 4) He really would have had to fear for his life if he had truthfully included Jesus’ love for the animals in his new translation of the Bible into Latin. Already under Emperor Constantine I, vegetarian and pacifist Christians had had liquid lead poured down their throats. 4)
There were great fights between the parties, because “most Church Fathers strongly advocated vegetarianism, veganism and abstinence from alcohol.” But the Roman authorities and the Roman Church that was forming with their help won out. The following citation may shed some light on the pitch-black power that from then on took possession of the teachings of Jesus.
The new Catholics were forced, for example – before they were forcefully taken into the just developing Catholic Church – to speak out a curse against the followers of Jesus, or respectively against His teachings and thus against Jesus, the Christ Himself.
“I curse the Nazarenes, the stubborn ones, who deny that the law of sacrifice was given by Moses, and who refrain from eating living creatures and never offer sacrifices.” 5)
Vegetarian priests were let go
In the year 314 at a church synod in Ankara the following decree was even issued:
“It is decreed that among the clergy, presbyters and deacons who abstain from flesh shall taste of it, and afterwards, if the shall so please, may abstain. But if they disdain it, and will not even eat herbs served with flesh, but disobey the canon, [probably meaning Apostolic Canon 53(52) ], let them be removed from their order.” 5)
The Jesuit abstention from meat was Absolute Lawways a thorn in the side of the church. Pope Pope John III (561-574) even cursed vegetarians. He proclaimed this anathema (= curse) at the 1st Synod of Braga (Portugal).
“If anyone holds meat dishes, which God gave the people to enjoy, to be impure and ... abstains from them ..., may he be excommunicated.”
Did Hieronymus translate an ancient original gospel?
Furthermore, it is clear from Hieronymus’s letters that he had in hand a genuine and original gospel, the so-called Hebrew or Ebionite Gospel, which contained the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth to the apostles. The author wrote the book in the Aramaic / Chaldean language, but coded with Hebrew letters. Hieronymus wrote to the Bishops Chormathis and Heliodorus about it:
“A difficult work has been inflicted upon me, since this [translation of the Gospel of the Hebrews] was urged upon me by your reverends, whereby St. Matthew himself, the apostle and evangelist, did not wish it to be openly written. For if this were not secret, he would have added to the gospel that what he gave out was by him. But he produced this book sealed with Hebrew letters and then gave it out in such a form that the book, in Hebrew letters and written by his hand, should be in the possession of religious people, who received it over the course of time from those who preceded them. But they never gave this book itself to just anyone to copy...” 7)
Hieronymus translated this secret gospel twice, because it was “almost incomprehensible” to him. Hieronymus:
“And it was so, that this book ... presented material that was not for edification but for destruction and that this (book) was approbated (officially sanctioned) at a synod, whereupon the ears of the church expediently refused to hear (it?)” 8)
With “destruction” could also be meant the destruction of solid structures, dogmas, traditions, etc. In any case, a commentator remarked about this passage: “Hieronymus declared in cold blood every commentary about this scripture, with this exception of his own, to be heretical. Furthermore, Hieronymus knew that this gospel was the sole original one and yet became even more zealous in his persecution of heretics. Why? Because to accept it meant as much as to speak out the death sentence for the founded church.
It was well-known that the Gospel of the Hebrews was the only one that was accepted over the four centuries by Jewish Christians, the Nazarenes and the Ebionites. The Ebionites, the genuine, original Christians, rejected the other apostolic scriptures and used only this gospel.” By the way, they believed that Jesus stemmed “from the seed of a man,” while Hieronymus allegedly believed in the virgin birth.
Eusebius, the scribe who wrote down the texts of the church fathers for posterity, placed this Gospel of the Hebrews on the same level as the Revelation of John. But Hieronymus rejected it as heresy.
In this connection, it is also interesting that according to a remark by Hieronymus, the acknowledged Bible expert Origen (185-254) had “often used” this Gospel of the Hebrews himself.
Origen believed in the pre-existence of the soul. One could presume that he found no contradiction in this book that he “often used,” if it was not even the source of his knowledge.
However, Hieronymus rejected the Gospel of the Hebrews, and therefore right up until today, with the exception of very small fragments, nothing more is to be found of it. Perhaps it is lying in the Vatican library, firmly locked up from the public? Origen called the gospel the “Gospel of the Twelve.” Hieronymus also referred to it once as the “Gospel According to the Apostles.” Modern Bible experts 8) consider the Gospel of the Hebrews and the Gospel of the Ebionites to be identical – the “secret book” that Hieronymus translated and from which only a few fragments have been passed down that show that Jesus was against eating meat, for instance the verses:
Jesus: “I came to destroy the sacrifices, and if ye cease not from sacrificing, the wrath of God will not cease from you.” 9)
Disciple: “ Where wilt thou that we make ready for thee to eat the Passover?
Jesus: “Have I desired with desire to eat this flesh of the Passover with you?” 9)
(translation taken from Early Christian Writings, by Peter Kirby 2001 on Epiphanius /Panarion (online source) He took it from Montague Rhode James in The Apocryphal New Testament (Oxford: Clarendon Press 1924),
This and other essential truths were not allowed to be in the Bible. According to Hieronymus, the ears of the church have “expediently refused to hear.”
Apparently, the Bible is not “merely” falsified. The suspicion grows that essential truths were to be kept from mankind.
Explanations concerning the Gospel of the Ebionites
About the Gospel of the Ebionites, which Hieronymus translated and then rejected, but often mentioned in his letters, and which Origen – according to Hieronymus – “often used,” Carsten Strehlow writes the following on page 43 in his booklet “Vegetarianism/ Veganism as a Component of Christianity”
“The Ebionites are said to have had their own scriptures. Among these were the Gospel of the Ebionites and the Gospel of the Nazarenes, as well as in part the ‘Pseudo-Clementine.’ The Nazarene was the original Gospel of Mathew written in Aramaic. The Gospel of the Ebionites is said to be the Greek translation of of the Aramaic Gospel of the Nazarenes. Both gospels are passed down only indirectly in worked-over individual fragments in the texts of several church authors, the Ebionite only in Epiphanius (367-420) and the Gospel of the Nazarenes with several others, mainly in Hieronymus (348-420). Ebionitism spread during the 2nd and 3rd centuries, outside of the Roman centers of power ...
As already pointed out, the Ebionites were the successors of the Nazarenes and thus also of the first community in Jerusalem ... There is also evidence of their vegetarian or perhaps even vegan way of life in their scriptures. In the Gospel of the Ebionites, which is passed down from Epiphanius (Contra Haereses), it is said that John the Baptist ate not locusts, but ‘wild honey, the taste of which was that of manna, as a cake dipped in oil” (30:13.4f), (This is the quote I found: and his food, as it is said, was wild honey, the taste if which was that of manna, as a cake dipped in oil. Thus they were resolved to pervert the truth into a lie and put a cake in the place of locusts.) and Jesus also rejected the slaughtering and eating of the Passover lamb (30:22.4). ...
Pliny (the younger) also confirmed the vegetarianism / veganism of the Ebionites in his letter to the Roman Emperor Trajan. ...
Epiphanius (Contra Haereses 30:18.9) reported that when asked why they strictly refused meat dishes and the cult of sacrificing, the Ebionites answered: Jesus revealed it so to them.” Strehlow writes that the Ebionites celebrated the evening meal as a mere remembrance of the community at the table with Jesus – and it was vegetarian.
Why did Hieronymus leave contradictions in the Bible?
The Bible is filled with contradictions. We wonder why Hieronymus left these contradictions in the Bible. For he had at hand all available sources and was authorized by the pope. Perhaps he wanted to show posterity that falsifications had been made in the biblical scriptures. It could be that he welcomed the many contradictions in order not to have to touch (break into) texts that would be uncomfortable for the pope and the church. An alert person can thus more easily compare church manipulations to the teachings of Jesus.
We should not forget that Hieronymus was an advocate of a certain ethics. He was also a friends of the animals, as the story about him and the lion shows. When we was in the Chalcis Desert in Syria with several monks, he limping lion suddenly appeared. Filled with fright, his fellow brothers sought safety, but Hieronymus and the lion trusted one another. Hieronymus pulled a thorn from the animal’s foot, thus removing the cause for its limping. The lion was very thankful to its rescuer and was his faithful companion thereafter. Hieronymus was, as already mentioned, a vegetarian, which was surely in great contradiction to the usual tradition of the Romans and also the church prelates.
Maybe, despite everything, it is Hieronymus we should thank that the Ten Commandments and the fundamental teaching statements of Jesus (for example, the Sermon on the Mount) were left in the Bible. Even though the Bible is a selection of countless ancient scriptures, into which many translators and scribes have interpreted (written) their consciousness in countless passages, those necessary for dealing with our life on Earth in a positive way still exist nevertheless. Anyone who reads the Bible using his heart and mind will recognize the still existing truths and out of the contradictions perhaps discover the manipulations by the church and then draw his own conclusions from them ...
Did Peter falsify the teachings of Jesus*
A downright incitement against those of other faiths can be found in the Second Letter of Peter:
“But these, like irrational animals, creatures of instinct, born to be caught and killed ... They are blots and blemishes ..” (2 Pet. 2:12)
Here Peter reversed the essential teachings of Jesus (love for neighbor, love for enemy, tolerance) into its opposite. Later the Roman Church (Inquisition) as well as Luther gladly adopted (took up) this viewpoint of those of other faiths.
*The majority of church theologians today assume that the entire Second Letter of Peter is a falsification that was merely attributed to Peter. Nevertheless, the churches continue to consider the letter to be the word of God.
Paul massively falsified the teachings of Jesus*
Paul falsified the teachings of Jesus in the following main points:
· Faith alone is enough
· Denigration of women
· Death penalty
· Military service
· Eating meat
Paul did not know Jesus. He never met Him. He knew His teachings merely from hear-say. Nevertheless, he spread the teachings just as eagerly (zealously) as he had formerly rejected them and persecuted the those who spread them. Several examples of falsifications that go back to Paul or to letters attributed to him:
* Or were many falsifications also attributed to him?
· Faith instead of deed
Paul taught: “For we hold that a man is justified by faith apart from works of law.” (Rom. 3:23-28) This was a welcome message for the people. They had nothing more to do with the sterner?? Jesus of Nazareth who taught that one should keep the commandments and the Sermon on the Mount and who said: “... do this and you will live.” (Lk. 10:28).
· Denigration of women
As customary in his Roman environment, Paul denigrated women, even though Jesus considered them to be equal. (1 Cor. 11:9; 14:34)
· Death penalty
Paul completely adapted Christianity to the Roman Empire by declaring that Christians must obey the authorities of the world, because these are appointed and instituted by God and are “servants of God,” who executes a just “tribunal” with the sword (Rom. 13) – a teaching with disastrous results during the nearly 2000 years that followed. Jesus of Nazareth and the apostles did not teach such things. They said: “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God, the things that are God’s.” (Mt. 22:21 & Acts 5:29)
· Military service / slavery
Because of his adaptation of Christianity into the Roman system, Paul also more or less condoned slavery (Letter to the Philistines) and as consequences of his teachings concerning the state also military service (Rom. 13) – at least the church understood him in this way.
· Eating meat
Paul taught: “Eat whatever is sold in the meat market without raising any question on the ground of conscience.” (1 Cor. 10:25)
When the first Christians gathered to eat in drink in community, no animal had to die for this. For Jesus of Nazareth had explained to his followers how animals feel and had told them not to slaughter any animals. (see also page 13ff)
Was the Gospel of Luke dictated by Paul?
The Gospel of Luke is the only gospel that describes Mary as a virgin and ultimately had (has?) to serve as the basis for the Catholic dogma of Mary’s virginity.
According to the “Canon Muratori” from the year 1740, which is based on a document from the year 200 and thus goes back to one of the oldest documents of that time, Paul “took along with him” a legal expert (according to another translation an “expert in the way of the teaching”). This was a physician named Luke who wrote down a gospel “in his own name in accordance with [Paul’s] opinion. He himself, however, never saw the Lord in the flesh ...”*
*(translation aided by:
That in the Canon Muratori a segment is erroneously translated and copied twice, is only one example of how “barbaric” in part the scriptures were translated and with how many mistakes they were copied.
While in Rome Paul was persecuted and finally murdered by the authorities, whose subject he wanted to be, the false seeds that he sowed matured (grew) into the church institution in numerous places in the Roman Empire.
Circa 300 years later, the institution that had meanwhile been elevated to a state church eliminated all writings of Paul’s opponents. On the other hand, Paul’s writings were taken into the Bible and declared without exception to be the “word of God.” Whereby one cannot rule out the possibility that some things have been attributed to the celebrated “(renowned) apostle” and his corrections deliberately ignored. Thus, today most religious scholars are convinced that some of Paul’s letters did not even stem from Paul, but from his students.
The word of God was falsely attributed to Moses
The falsification of the commandment concerning eating
"’Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.’ And it was so. And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. (Gen. 1:29-31)
After the deluge, God allegedly spoke differently to the people:
“The fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth and upon every bird of the heavens, upon everything that creeps on the ground and all the fish of the sea. Into your hand they are delivered. Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything. But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.” (Gen. 9:2-4)
As in all religions, the priests and scribes of that time falsified, changed and expanded the scriptures according to their taste (as they wished).
The following quote from antiquity could shed some light on the question of why so many cruel commandments concerning sacrifice are in the Old Testament:
“I think that the bloody sacrifices were invented solely by those people who sought an excuse for eating meat ...” (Clemens of Alexandria, Paidagogos II) 10)
The falsification concerning animal sacrifices
Instructions for murdering animals
The gruesome instructions that animals should be slaughtered and burned at all celebrations was attributed to no one less than God, often with the cynical appositive: “as a pleasing odor to the Lord.” For example on New Year’s Day, on the Day of Atonement, for the Passover Feast, the Feast of Weeks, Feast of the Tabernacles, or for the offering of the first grain. (see Numbers chap. 28 & 29)
Already during the exodus from captivity in Egypt, God allegedly commanded: to slaughter “a lamb for a household,” which had to be repeated every year. (Ex. 12:3-6 & 25f.)
But also in everyday life that God wants to be “appeased” in this way daily, for example, in that one must offer “the fat covering the entrails and all the fat that is on the entrails, and the two kidneys with the fat that is on them at the loins, and the appendage of the liver which he shall take away with the kidneys ... it is an offering by fire, a pleasing odor to the Lord.” (Lev. 3:1-17)
At least two lambs were killed every day. (Num. 28:3-4)
Before the entrance to the temple the smoke from the burning cadaver rises from the temple and the community praises the name of the Lord. (Psalm 135:1-3) And the God who dwells in the temple says about this place “This is my resting place for ever; here I will dwell, for I have desired it.” Psalm 132:14)
Animal murder according to precise instructions: The word of God according to Leviticus: With the sheep the priest shall “lay his hand upon the head of his offering and kill it before the tent of meeting.” “Then from the sacrifice of the peace offering as an offering by fire to the Lord he shall offer its fat, the fat tail entire, taking it away close by the backbone ...” (Lev. 3:8-9)
The priest shall “flay the burnt offering [a bull] and cut it into pieces.” “But the skin of the bull and all its flesh, with its head... he shall carry forth outside the camp to a clean place...” (Lev. 1:6; 4:11-12)
With the goat he shall “cut it into pieces, with its head and its fat, and ... lay them in order upon the wood that is on the fire by the altar; ... (Lev. 1:12)
The dove, he shall “wring off its head,” “take away its crop with the feathers,” “tear it by its wings, but shall not divide it asunder... its blood shall be drained out on the side of the altar ... “ Lev. 1:15-17)
These words are in crass contradiction to the words of the prophets, through whom God obviously uncovered and corrected these falsifications.
The words of prophets expose the falsification about animal sacrifices
Through the prophets God makes it clear that He never demanded the cruel sacrifice of animals and that this is an abomination to Him. Thus, it is definitely proven that these texts are clearly falsified.
God speaks through the prophet Isaiah:
“I do not delight in the blood of bulls, or of lambs ... incense is an abomination to me.” (Is: 1:11&13)
God speaks through Hosea:
“For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God, rather than burnt offerings.” (Hos. 6:6)
And through the prophet Jeremiah, God says:
“Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: ‘Add your burnt offerings to your sacrifices, and eat the flesh. For in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, I did not speak to your fathers or command them concerning burnt offerings and sacrifices. But this command I gave them: Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people.’” (Jer. 7:21-23)
And God also said through the prophet Amos:
"I hate, I despise your feasts, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies. Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them; and the peace offerings of your fattened animals, I will not look upon them. Take away from me the noise of your songs; to the melody of your harps I will not listen.” (Amos 5:21-23)
“You shall not kill”
Even though God gave the commandment through Moses “You shall not kill,” in the Old Testament many instructions for murder are attributed to Him as the word of God. Some examples:
So kill everything!
“... you shall put all its males to the sword, but the women and the little ones, the livestock, and everything else in the city, all its spoil, you shall take as plunder for yourselves. And you shall enjoy the spoil of your enemies, which the LORD your God has given you.” (Deut. 20:13-14)
“I will make my arrows drunk with blood, and my sword shall devour flesh, with the blood of the slain and the captives, from the long-haired heads of the enemy.” (Deut. 32:42)
Have you let all the women live?
“... They warred against Midian, as the LORD commanded Moses, and killed every male. They killed the kings of Midian ... And the people of Israel took captive the women of Midian and their little ones, and they took as plunder all their cattle, their flocks, and all their goods. All their cities in the places where they lived, and all their encampments, they burned with fire ... And Moses was angry with the officers of the army, ... and said to them, "Have you let all the women live? .. Now therefore, kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman who has known man by lying with him. But all the young girls who have not known man by lying with him keep alive for yourselves. (Num. 31:1ff)
Stoning, killing, impaling ...
“The man who acts presumptuously by not obeying the priest who stands to minister there before the LORD your God, or the judge, that man shall die ...” (Dt. 17:12)
"If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who will not obey the voice of his father or the voice of his mother ... Then all the men of the city shall stone him to death with stones. (Dt. 21:18ff.)
“Put your sword on your side each of you, and go to and fro from gate to gate throughout the camp, and each of you kill his brother and his companion and his neighbor. And the sons of Levi did according to the word of Moses. And that day about three thousand men of the people fell. And Moses said, "Today you have been ordained for the service of the LORD, each one at the cost of his son and of his brother, so that he might bestow a blessing upon you this day." (Ex. 32:27ff.)”
“And the LORD said to Moses, ‘Take all the chiefs of the people and impale them in the sun before the LORD, that the fierce anger of the LORD may turn away from Israel.’" (Num. 25:4)
“And fire came out from the LORD and consumed the 250 men offering the incense.” (Num. 25:4)
“Then the LORD said to Moses, ‘The man must die. The whole assembly must stone him outside the camp.’ So the assembly took him outside the camp and stoned him to death, as the LORD commanded Moses.” (Num. 35-36)
These cruel (atrocious, cold-blooded) instructions for murder could not have stemmed from a prophet who had received the commandment from God “You shall not kill,” and taught accordingly.
The falsification of the scriptures brought disastrous results for mankind. Even in our day, politicians defend their actions by quoting the Old Testament. For example, the deceased President of Croatia, Franjo Tudjman:
"Genocide is not only allowed, but recommended.” He refers literally to the “almighty Jehovah of the Old Testament.
Nevertheless, the Catholic institution claims that the Old Testament is “inspired by God,” and Christians revere the Old Testament as the “true word of God.”
Martin Luther also falsified the Bible
Luther falsified Jesus’ teaching of “doing” into a teaching of “believing”
How much positive a person does or does not do is not decisive for Luther and his Lutheran belief. Decisive is that “a person’s works are not necessary for piety and bliss.” Said differently: A person cannot find his way to God through his actions. Luther thus oriented himself to Paul – Jesus of Nazareth taught the opposite.
Jesus’ abstinence from violence was falsified into the death penalty
After Peter had badly injured with a sword one of the high priests’ slaves while Jesus was being taken captive, Jesus healed the injury and admonished Peter: Put your sword back in its place, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword.” Mt. 26:52)
The theologian Martin Luther reversed the meaning of a passage by changing a word (“shall” instead of “will”) into its opposite. And so, for example, an explanation of the law of sowing and reaping was turned into an alleged call of Jesus to the state for the death penalty, which is supposed to be in the Old Testament: “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed... “ Gen. 9:6)
Here, too, Luther changed the original word “will” into “shall.” Source: The Theologian No. 8, www.theologe.de) (I can’t find it there!!)
Luther falsified hints of reincarnation
In the letter of James, it is warned that our tongue can set the “wheel of birth” on fire. (3:6; com. Ecc. 12:6) This passage can interpreted thus: Mean words can start a fire, which can set the wheel of reincarnation into motion again for the one concerned. This means that he must incarnate again in order to make amends for the damages.
Martin Luther did not translate the words “trochos tes geneseos” (whell of birth) at all, instead adding three words that he thought fit, namely “the whole world.” According to Luther, the tongue could set “the whole world” on fire.
For this reason, many people think that the knowledge about the “wheel of birth” is not biblical-Christian, but taken over from eastern religions.
Bible falsifications today
Pope John Paul II:
“We are not pacifists.”
The caste of priests condoned war at all times. Today, the so-called defensive war is approved of. Even though the pope apparently was against the current war in Iraq – from America, one hears a totally different tone from the priesthood – this can be understood as being merely politically advantageous. At the time of the war in Yugoslavia, Pope John Paul II declared: “We are not pacifists.”
And recently the present pope, then still Cardinal Ratzinger, said that he rejects pacifism.
“Killing” is turned into “murdering”
Therefore, we don’t need to wonder why the commandment “You shall not kill” suddenly shows up in the Bible as the qualified “You shall not murder.” A current falsification of the Bible!
And so, now one may kill under certain circumstances, for example, in defense and self-defense. This killing of animals in slaughterhouses, in experimental laboratories and in forest and field is now even condoned by the commandments – for “murdering” refers only to human beings.
In Isaiah, however, is a passage that – depending on the translation – equates the killing of animals with the killing of humans: “He who slaughters an ox is like him who kills a man ...”(66:3)
Such falsifications and manipulations as the reversing (twisting) of “kill” into “murder” go along with (are accompanied by) the decline of ethical-moral values and support this.
And so, now the churches can support a war without any problem, which up until now they have done anyway for the most part. They themselves have now put together the necessary theological hedging (safeguard, backup) and anchored it in their Bible. However, such wrong teachings have nothing to do with Jesus of Nazareth and His teachings. He was a pacifist and taught and lived peaceableness – even though today the live and teach differently. Time to leave ...!
There were many other gospels
Many people think that the Bible contains all the gospels that were passed down.
That is an error. Aside from the four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John), there were numerous other gospels that were highly thought of by the first Christians. For example, a Nazarene, Ebionite, Thomas, Hebrew and Egyptian Gospel. Additionally, there was a Phillip, a Peter, a Mary, a Nicodemus and a Bartholomew gospel, a childhood? Gospel, a prot-gospel of James, as well as Acts of Peter, John, Thomas and Paul, and diverse books, letters and other scriptures. Not to be forgotten are the Gospel of the Perfect Life and the Gospel of Peace of the Essenes. All of these scriptures and texts were declared ungenuine by the church at that time and were rejected. 11)
Falsifications right into the 9th century
The teaching of reincarnation was rejected
“Thus, there is no genuine gospel containing the absolute truth. All are only copies of copies, with in part considerable changes. With all this correction, or falsification, it cannot be excluded that thereby text passages were also removed that bore witness to the vegetarian / vegan, possibly frugivore (terran)* way of living, which also included abstinence from alcohol, of Jesus as well as that of the Early Christians ...
Particularly such passages could not reconciled with the life style of the Roman upper class of that time, which even considered human slavery to be fully legitimate.” 11)
And since the Council of Constantinople (553), the church also rejected the prerequisite for the teaching of reincarnation, namely, the prerequisite of the soul. “Right into the 9th century, texts and gospels were continued to be corrected, or adapted to fit the decisions of respective councils.” 11)
*frugivor, Frugivorismus / terran diet: A way of living based on respect for the world of animals as well as plants. The goal is to consume only products for which no plant is injured or killed. This diet includes fruit, fruit-vegetables – from perennial plants, grains, legumes, nuts and seeds.
The one who did not believe that the Bible was inspired by the Holy Spirit was cursed by the Roman Church
Exceprts from the 4th session of the Council of Trent (1546):
“... all the books both of the Old and New Testaments ... having been dictated either orally by Christ or by the Holy Ghost, and preserved in the Catholic Church in unbroken succession. ... If anyone does not accept as sacred and canonical the aforesaid books in their entirety and with all their parts, as they have been accustomed to be read in the Catholic Church and as they are contained in the old Latin Vulgate Edition, and knowingly and deliberately rejects the aforesaid traditions, let him be anathema.”* (literally anathema sit, which means: “the curse be over him” or “he is cursed” = excommunicated), which means that he was abandoned to the Catholic eternal damnation. Such a curse also had grave consequences for the one concerned also during his life on Earth. He was despised, excluded from society and was thus declared and “outlaw.” He had no kind of state protection and no citizens’ rights. The one who murdered him was not punished. Under certain circumstances, an anathema was the same as an indirect death sentence.
Even though in 1546 at the Council of Trent, it was decided that all those who did not believe that the Bible was “orally dictated by Christ,” at the same time it was determined that the Church alone determined what Christ dictated orally. “Moreover, the same holy council considering that not a little advantage will accrue to the Church of God if it be made known which of all the Latin editions of the sacred books now in circulation is to be regarded as authentic, ordains and declares that the old Latin Vulgate Edition, which, in use for so many hundred years, has been approved by the Church, be in public lectures, disputations, sermons and expositions held as authentic, and that no one dare or presume under any pretext whatsoever to reject it”
*translation taken from:
Quotes from theologians and biblical researchers Bruce M. Metzer American theologian (Professor of New Testament at Princeton University)
“The handwritten copies of the New Testament preserve traces of two kinds of dogmatic changes: for one, the changes and deletions from passages that one considers to be unacceptable or disagreeable, but then also such that recorded in the text of the scripture a ‘proof’ of a favorite theological maxim or church custom.”
(Text Of The New Testament: Its Transmission, Corruption, And Restoration)
Ditlef Nielsen Danish religion historian
“First one corrected the handwritten copies of the gospels by deleting and adding, in order to make them agree with each other. When one had thus produced a useable text, one put the entire ecclesiastical skill of interpretation in the service of harmonization (interpretation to work so as to harmonize it), in order to gain a gospel from it.” (The Historical Jesus, pp. 26-27)
Anton Mayer German sociologist
“Impenetrable darkness envelops the development of the New Testament as a holy scripture. It is more honest to admit that this darkness, which the New Testament shares with all Holy Scriptures, is factually grounded, than to cover it up theologically.”
“No original handwritten copy of the New Testament exists. All are present in later copies, which, aside from fragments, do not go back beyond the 4th century. Only a few handwritten scriptures contain the entire New Testament; none contain the complete original text. Even the oldest ones are not free of mistakes made in passing them down.”
How does the church react to this? “Right from the beginning, the church suppressed the information about the uncertainty (insecurity) of the texts in the New Testament, right up until modern times and with severe punishment.”
(The Censured Jesus, Sociology of the New Testament, pp. 159, 167, 168)
The German newspaper BILD and its “Folks’ Bible”
Europe’s largest newspaper has brought a “Folks’ Bible” onto the market with all kinds of hype (ballyhoo). To help promote it – in the presence of the responsible Bild editor – it was presented to the pope to sign.
The extent that the Bible contains the truth was betrayed in an interview on Nov. 11, 2004. BILD asked a Bible scholar about the development of the Old Testament, to which he admitted: “... the Bible was written by people,” remarking, however, at the same time that “these story are definitely valid.”
To the question whether Adam and Even actually live, he said candidly (outrightly, straight out): “No, all persons from the beginning of the Bible are merely legendary figures.”
Noah is merely a “legendary figure”
These “legendary figures,” include Noah, according to a statement by Prof. Manfred Oeming, expert in Old Testament Bible research.
One asked himself why one believes the “legendary figure Noah” (BILD newspaper), through whom God allegedly spoke: “ “Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you.” And: “The fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth ...” (Gen. 9:2-3) Why do people believe the “legendary figure Noah” more than the words of God through Moses: “... I have give you every plant yielding see which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food.” (Gen. 1:29)
Here asks not only the BILD newspaper what the value of the Bible consists of. But the professor also has an answer for this: It is supposed to open up access to the world of God. It may be that this is so. The fact is, however, that countless people were killed because of the falsified Bible and its quibbling (nit-picking) theological interpretations (Crusades, Inquisition, genocide, etc.) and today just in the “Christian” western world millions of animals must await, in dark dungeons under torments, a gruesome “execution,” in order to be finally consumed by human beings.,
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