Eyes wide open

EyesOpen

You have heard it is said that the Christian Bible is the infallible, inerrant word of God [Elohiym].

But is this true?

I know this an audacious question. Some may think it’s downright blasphemous. It has definitely made me uncomfortable. However, I have learned that when I embrace discomfort and ask the hard questions with an open mind, I am able to see things I did not previously have eyes to see.

Before you get offended and vow never to visit this blog again, please consider praying a sincere prayer asking the LORD [YHVH] if He will reveal something to you through this post. If His answer is “yes,” then I hope you will join me in reading the Bible with eyes wide open!

Are you ready?

First and foremost, please understand, I am putting the Christian Bible on trial, not the word of YHVH. For me, these two are very different. Allow me to explain.

If you open your Bible to Mark 16, the end of verse 8 might have a discreet annotation like the following from the NIV

Mark 16:8

Or perhaps your Bible includes an inconspicuous footnote (c), like the NKJV.

Mark 16:9-20 footnote

Screenshots from Biblegateway.com

If your reaction is like mine, you’re appalled! If you’re like me, you probably want to know why 11 verses were added to end of Mark’s gospel. And these 11 verses aren’t merely inconsequential. These verses are loaded with content that is core to the Christian faith.

Mark 16:9-20

  • Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene after his resurrection (verse 9-11)
  • Jesus appears to two unnamed disciples (verses 12-13)
  • Jesus appears to his 11 disciples and commissions them to preach the gospel (verses 14-18)
  • Jesus ascends to heaven and sits at the right hand of God (verses 19-20)

This is just one of many examples!

Unbelievable, right!?

I discovered the Mark 16:9-20 insertion when I started examining the fine print of my Bible, reading every footnote during my studies. This practice was triggered when I learned God’s name [YHVH] was replaced with the title “LORD” over 6,500 times. [Please read Why we use God’s name: YHVH]

Tetragrammaton

I started paying close attention to the fine print of footnotes and annotations that are on practically every page of the Bible. I know some may be thinking that translation errors on a project of this magnitude are expected (human error). And I agree, we should give the translators some latitude. However, issues like removing God’s name 6,500+ times and adding 11 verses to the text, are too incredulous to dismiss as minor translation snafus.

So, the question is Why? What is the motive? Is there a hidden agenda?

I do not have the answer to these questions. I do not know why these flagrant fouls were made to the original text. I can only speculate why the translators and scribes tried to conceal the name of YHVH. I can only suspect why liberty was taken to violate the word of YHVH. There is only one thing I am certain of concerning this matter…

The all-knowing, all-seeing YHVH knew this would happen.

This is why He warned…


Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the YHVH your Elohiym that I give you.
Deuteronomy 4:2

and


Every word of Elohiym is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.
Proverbs 30:5-6

And one more…


I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, Elohiym will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, Elohiym will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.
Revelation 22:18-19

Proverbs 30:5-6 says every word of Elohiym is flawless. YHVH championed man to be His scribe, recording His holy instructions because it is our very life. YHVH does not need us to play editor-in-chief. He does not need us to embellish or diminish His words.

Yes, I do believe YHVH’s word is perfect and holy. I do believe the original manuscripts contain His infallible, inerrant truth. However, translators have blatantly tampered with YHVH’s word. Therefore, I have concluded that the Bible–although profitable for reproof, correction and instruction–is fallible and errant. I have resolved to examine the fine print and ask the hard questions. I have resolved to read the Bible with eyes wide open and embrace discomfort to discover truth.

Won’t you do the same?