Spiritual Mainstream - The Age of Scriptural Fallacies Mixed With Media Falsities

Posted Thursday, 10 October 2019 21:24
Spiritual Mainstream -  The Age of Scriptural Fallacies Mixed With Media Falsities

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The Bible is difficult enough to lock down by itself. Even without the influence of the mass media the bible – particularly the compiled writings of the New Testament – has for centuries been a hotbed of controversy.

Following the resurrection and ascension of Christ – a debatable topic of itself - Christian sects have for centuries battled against each other with each group insisting that they were the true followers of Christ to the exclusion of all others .

This rivalry is as old the Christian faith itself and to this day (2019) it continues to be fought among various Christians sects who all claim that they hold the true doctrine of the god-man known as Jesus. However, the battle for doctrinal supremacy is much more complicated in modern society, due to the establishment and advancement of what is today known as the mainstream media.

With advancements in technology the mainstream media enjoys enormous influence on a planetary scale. With the mere push of a button the media can deliver news and world events to virtually everyone across the known world.

Proponents of scripture applaud the media because they believe that God has finally allowed for the provision of technological advancements to provide the world with an almost infinite stream of vital information on world events, which can be used to “correctly” interpret scripture – particularly those more difficult portions of scripture relating to biblical (or end time) prophecy.

Biblical prophecies are scriptural narratives written by ancient Israelite seers. (prophets) These seers foretold the occurrence of world events, revealed to them by God, which when they transpire, would mark the end of the world and signal the “imminent” return of Jesus.

An important historical fact must here be noted: Every generation from the time after Christ to this present day (2019) believed that Jesus would return in their lifetime. If this article will be read 30 years from now, the generation of Christ’s followers, which existed in 2019 will be included as yet another generation that perpetuated the doctrine of a “soon coming” Messiah, which to date has been over 2,000 years “imminent”.

Therefore, it is not difficult to agree with the concept that the bible and the mainstream media, indeed make good bedfellows.

Even if for the sake of expedience alone, the bible/media entities form a very necessary partnership; and thanks to the already constant mixing of scripture with media-produced world events, which (for decades at least) shaped and molded the collective conscious of literally millions of Christians worldwide, the media/bible alliance is now inextricable. Neither entity can be separated from the other without threatening the already diminishing relevance of scripture in the world.

Some may not want to admit it, but the mainstream media played a pivotal role in popularizing the scriptures in modern culture. The bible became far more relevant, intriguing and altogether more interesting after a multitude of world events were assimilated into its narratives.

Indeed, previous generations certainly applied life situations to biblical narratives; but their experiences were localized, wherein it may have severely restricted scriptural understanding and interpretation. In other words, scriptural relevancy was limited to a localized culture, which may not have been aware of other serious “ biblical events”, in the next city or region, which could have expanded biblical understanding.

In modern society, if something biblically compelling isn’t happening in your neck of the woods, the media allows pastors and bible teachers to move the goalpost to some other part of the world in order to assert and maintain scriptural authority and relevance. “Did you see what happened in Russia? This explains what God meant when he said …” 

Consider also the fact that the end times are far more certain when Christians can see numerous events happening throughout the world at the same time. Indeed, certain events (some far more serious in previous generations) have happened for centuries – but before television, it was simply not possible to be aware of all those events simultaneously.

Christians who frequently engage the mainstream media are easily overwhelmed with footage of violence, disasters and doom on a global scale. This resolves the issue surrounding culture and biblical isolationism by bringing multiple events from various regions of the world together. Thus, the warning that “these are the last days”, is far more relevant (and convincing) today than at any time or in any culture previously, where such a warning was preached.

In fact, the term, biblical worldview, could not have been coined (at least not as quickly as it was) without assistance from the mainstream media.

It should be noted that a more detailed understanding of the bible does not equal a more accurate understanding of the bible. The language and manuscript issues in our modern bibles pose other problems. The bible was not written in our more modern English language. The old testament was written in Hebrew and the new testament was translated from the more ancient Greek and Latin languages (depending on whether one was from the eastern or western part of the Roman Empire)

To translate any literary work from one language to another threatens correct interpretation. A different language brings its own interpretation to a translation. The problem is exacerbated when the literary work is lifted out of the culture in which it was originally written and inserted into a completely different culture and language, which are centuries removed.

Since we are dealing with the “Word of God” modern cultural and interpretive issues are cosmetically resolved, by simply assuming that the bible is both infallible and unchanging. In other words, because God wrote the letters, it doesn't matter the language or culture, the scriptures will always remain true of themselves. This despite the obvious fact that with each sect of Christianity that flourished for the last 1,500 years, not one sect had in its possession the original and complete collection of manuscripts of the disciples (if even there were originals to begin with)

Christian apologists today laud the fact that we can boast of having over 5,000 New Testament Greek manuscripts in existence today; but what they fail to tell impressionable believers is that all of them conflict with each other, and that it would be impossible to know what the original manuscripts said, even if they were among the thousands of disparate copies.

Any other work of literature copied thousands of times over would perhaps not be so controversial; but the literature in question is the bible - an infallible and inspired creed, written by an all-powerful deity for all mankind to follow.

Thousands of copies of conflicting N.T. manuscripts was bound to raise the issue of what is inspired and what is not. The subject also raises several important questions, which cannot be answered but also cannot be ignored.

Who wrote these manuscript copies? Who inspired the writers? What changes were made to the originals? Where are the originals? Did the writers of copied manuscripts disagree with other writers who wrote the copies before them? What did the early Christians believe about Jesus? I will note that the story of the Messiah becoming God is of itself an evolutionary tale. 

There is no completed work of scripture in existence today that can rightfully be considered, "infallible", for all are the works of mere copies of manuscripts, dating back over 1,500 years.  This means that not only did the word of God change repeatedly with each new copy of a manuscript, the interpretation of that manuscript changed according to the culture that it was read into.

Hence, the “word of God” (and there are several versions of it) was transformed according to the dictates of the language and culture that received it. This was inevitable because the original manuscripts, to this day, have never been discovered.

The 1611 King James version of the bible is itself a composite of copied manuscripts, dated about 1300 years after Christ. It is foolhardy to believe that several "uninspired" changes did not make it into the English translation.

All one need do is to undertake an honest, critical study of the scriptures, wherein a multitude of scribal contradictions, prophecies and copy errors will be uncovered that are not supposed to exist in a perfect and infallible work; but the King James version of the bible is loaded with such errors. Some of them could easily shock undiscerning Christians. Here are but a few examples of some of the minor problems:

Michal, the daughter of Saul was said to have no child “unto the day of her death”2 Samuel 6:23; but in 2 Samuel 21:8 the same Michal, Saul’s daughter, was recorded to have had 5 sons.

How did King Saul die? That depends on what account you read. In 1 Samuel 31:4 Saul killed himself. In 2 Samuel 21:12, the Philistines killed him. In 2 Samuel 1:10 an Amalekite retold the account of how he slew Saul at Saul’s request.

What did Judas do with the silver he received for betraying Jesus?

Acts 1:18: Now this man (Judas) purchased a field with the rewards of iniquity” …

Matthew 27:5: And he (Judas) cast down the pieces of silver in the temple and departed and went out and hanged himself.

In Matthew 2:23 it is recorded that Joseph came and dwelt in Nazareth that it might be “fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, he (Jesus) shall be called a Nazarene”.

Apparently more than one prophet made that prophecy – but which ones? Jesus was never referred to as a “Nazarene” in any record of the O.T. biblical prophets. Who is Matthew quoting that God inspired it to be part of scripture? This prophecy does not exist in writing, neither is it known who spoke it. Matthew quotes it but does not reveal who prophesied; and yet it is recorded in the “infallible” word of God.

Matthew again quotes a prophecy supposedly found in the prophecies of Jeremiah,: And they took 30 pieces of silver the price of him that was valued whom they of the children of Israel did value. – Matthew 27:9-10

There were some attempts to reconcile Jeremiah 32:6-9 with this prophecy, but it is a completely different narrative with a very clear price difference for the purchase of a field. The prophecy quoted by Matthew, as being part of the record of Jeremiah, does not exist.

In 2 Samuel 24:1, the writer says that it was God who moved King David to number the children of Israel and Judah; but the same narrative recorded in 1 Chronicles 21:1 says that it was Satan who provoked David to do it.

In Matthew 1:16 Jesus father, Joseph, was the son of Jacob. Luke says Joseph’s father was Heli (3:23)

In Matthew 26, Jesus tells his disciples, “All that take up the sword shall perish with the sword”; but in Luke’s account, Jesus told his disciples to sell their garments if they must in order to buy swords. (22:36). The disciples even went on to say they had two swords. Jesus replied, “It is enough

Time and space do not permit numerous other contradictions, copy errors and false prophecies to be highlighted. Suffice to say, the “word of God” (so called) is loaded with all of them.

It must be noted that a clear biblical contradiction is just that – a contradiction. Any attempt to explain it away only makes it worse, because an “explanation” merely provides another (modern) interpretation of an ancient text, which itself cannot be verified. The N.T. writers are dead and “God” has yet to answer to these small examples of how his “inspired” word appears to be more the errors of imagination than supernatural revelation concerning real life events.

One final problem that must be noted concerning the bible and the media is that the media routinely lies. News outlets are notorious for concocting, fabricating and editing major news events. The business of the mainstream media is obfuscation of truthfulness. Not investigating, revealing and reporting it. This is widely known.

Just imagine attempting to match a prophecy (however absurd) with a news report, where certain details appear to correspond. Now imagine if the facts in the news report were altered. (edited) On the one hand there are biblical prophecies and narratives that have been altered or fabricated; and on the other, there are news events that have been altered or fabricated.

Disgraced News Anchor, Brian Williams

The infallibility of the bible and the integrity of the mainstream media are both of themselves, mere assumptions, with a weak foundation in realism; and by that token, it is hopelessly futile to believe that humanity can learn the world in which we live by using either of these tools, either separately or as a unit.

Perhaps the time is now at hand where humanity initiates a more hands on approach to learning about ourselves and the world in which we live. It will soon come to pass that we will fully discover that neither the bible nor the mainstream media are credible sources for truth.

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