False Scriptures

Not everything in our English Bibles is scripture.  Some of it masquerades as Scripture and causes many to be deceived, even among those who claim to have discernment yet will not let their beliefs be challenged.  We’re going to examine most of the examples that I know of (all of which are in the New Testament).  Some of these false scriptures are additions to the text, others are changes to the text, and still others are both changes and additions to the text.

The first false scripture we’re going to look at is found in Matthew 28:19, which claims that Jesus commanded the disciples to baptise all nations “in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit”.  It should be noted that this alleged command was never followed.  Instead, the disciples baptized everyone only in the name of Jesus, and nobody was rebuked or corrected.  According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, under Church History, the passage originally read “Go and make disciples of all nations in my name.”  It doesn’t even mention baptism!  This would explain why Jesus never appeared to any of them in a vision concerning their disobedience to the command to baptize people in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit:  There wasn’t one!  The evidence shows that the passage was changed some time after the founding of the Catholic Church.  Trinitarians changed this passage at some point to try to prove their view of the nature of God and force it as true Christian doctrine.

The next passage to be examined is 1st John 5:7.  The King James Version reads “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.”  Leave it to the Trinitarians to add to the Word of God to “clarify” what the Bible teaches about the nature of God.  Of the next verse says “And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.”  The Trinitarians were careful to change the passages in such a way that would not cause a contradiction.  To the best of my knowledge, the KJV is the only version of the Bible to state this.  But the other translations, like the NIV, say “For there are three that testify:  the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.”  If the Trinity is so “clearly taught” as the Trinitarians claim, then why change two passages of scripture to clearly teach it?  Isn’t it clear enough without changing it?  Note that the validity of the Trinity is beyond the scope of this article.  Besides, according to the true Scriptures, acknowledging Jesus as being the Son of God (as well as being God in the flesh) is all that is truly required.

John 7:53-8:11 was added to the scripture.  The evidence for this is from the fact that none of the earliest manuscripts (or other witness accounts) mention the account in these verses.  The account is about a woman who was allegedly caught in adultery and brought to Jesus to test him.  What Jesus did is inconsistent with what he usually does and what God’s Law (which Jesus himself gave through Moses) commands be done.  In every other case, Jesus teaches the Law and rebukes the Pharisees for elevating human tradition at the expense of the Law.  Yet in this one instance, Jesus failed to teach the Law as he did every other time.  In other words, he failed this test by what he said and did!  Remember, the Pharisees were testing Jesus to try to find a legitimate charge against him (a perjury trap) because they hated his teachings.  Reading the text carefully, we notice that there’s zero mention of any witnesses, which are required if someone is going to be executed for a crime.  Neither is there any mention of the man who committed adultery with her.  And the Law requires both to be put to death (or only the man if the woman called for help).  The response Jesus gave according to this account is “let he who is without sin cast the first stone.”  And everyone accepted that answer.  This shows just how ignorant of the Law the people who wrote this passage were.  This answer would have led to Jesus getting executed for teaching what is contrary to the Law, and he would not have been the perfect sacrifice to atone for our sins.

Mark 16:9-20 is yet another passage added to scripture.  This passage contains a lot of promises for those who believe in Jesus, but none of these are found anywhere else except in this one section of Mark.  There is nothing inconsistent in what is said here, and in fact many of the things that are claimed to be signs that follow whoever believes actually did happen.  There’s just no evidence (yet) that this exact passage was ever recorded, which means that the signs listed may not actually be what Jesus promised.

Acts 21:25 has been changed by the writers of the King James Bible and reads “As touching the Gentiles which believe, we have written and concluded that they observe no such thing, save only that they keep themselves from things offered to idols, and from blood, and from strangled, and from fornication.”  The “no such thing” part is referring to God’s Law, contradicting what was concluded in Acts 15:19-21 that the Gentiles keep only 4 rules at first and learn the rest as they attend synagogue.  The passage, if translated correctly, would read “As touching the Gentiles which believe, we have written and concluded that they keep themselves from things offered to idols, and from blood, and from strangled, and from fornication.”  The disciples never taught people to disobey God’s Law.  On the contrary, they taught people to obey it.  All passages that are interpreted as allowing disobedience to God’s commandments are twisted, taken out of context, or both.  And those who hold to such teachings refuse to allow their teachings to be examined.