Christian Scholars Recognize Contradictions in the Bible (part 2 of 7): Examples of Interpolation


Some examples of the interpolations in the Bible, as mentioned by Christian scholars.

In John 3:16 – AV(KJV) we read:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life..”
[…] this fabrication “begotten” has now been unceremoniously excised by these most eminent of Bible revisers.  However, humanity did not have to wait 2000 years for this revelation.
In Maryam(19):88-98 of the noble Quran we read:
“And they say ‘God Most Compassionate has begotten a son!’  Indeed you have put forth a thing most monstrous!  The skies are ready to burst (at such a claim), and the earth to split asunder, and the mountains to fall down in utter ruin.  That they should ascribe a son to the Most Compassionate.  But it is not befitting [the majesty of] the Most Compassionate that He should beget a son.  Not one of the beings in the heavens and the earth but must come to the Most Compassionate as a slave.  He has taken account of all of them and has numbered them all exactly.  And every one of them will come to him singly on the day of judgment.  On those who believe and work deeds of righteousness, will God most gracious bestow love.  Verily, We have made this [Quran] easy in your tongue [O Muhammad] that you might deliver glad tidings to those who seek refuge [in God] and warn with it a people who are contentious.  And how many a generation before them have we destroyed!  Can you find a single one of them or hear from them so much as a whisper?”
In 1st Epistle of John 5:7 (King James Version) we find:
“For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost, and these three are one.”
As we have already seen in section, this verse is the closest approximation to what the Church calls the holy Trinity.  However, as seen in that section, this cornerstone of the Christian faith has also been scrapped from the RSV by the same thirty two Christian scholars of the highest eminence backed by fifty cooperating Christian denominations, once again all according to the “most ancient manuscripts.”  And once again, we find that the noble Quran revealed this truth over fourteen hundred years ago:
O people of the book!  commit no excesses in your religion: nor say of God aught but the truth.  Christ Jesus the son of Mary was (no more than) a Messenger of God, and his Word, which he bestowed upon Mary, and a spirit preceding from him so believe in God and his messengers.  Say not “Three” desist It will be better for you for God is one God Glory be to him Far exalted is he above having a son.  To him belong all things in the heavens and the earth.  And enough is God as a disposer of affairs.” (Quran 4:171)
Prior to 1952 all versions of the Bible made mention of one of the most miraculous events associated with the prophet Jesus peace be upon him, that of his ascension into heaven:
“So then the lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God” (Mark 16:19)
…and once again in Luke:
“While he blessed them, he parted from them, and was carried up into heaven.  And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy.” (Luke 24:51-52)
In the 1952 RSV Mark 16 ends at verse 8 and the rest is relegated in small print to a footnote (more on this later).  Similarly, in the commentary on the verses of Luke 24, we are told in the footnotes of the NRSV Bible “Other ancient authorities lack “and was carried up into heaven’“ and “Other ancient authorities lack ‘and worshipped him.’”  Thus, we see that the verse of Luke in it’s original form only said:
“While he blessed them, he parted from them. And they returned to Jerusalem with great joy.”
It took centuries of “inspired correction” to give us Luke 24:51-52 in their current form.
As another example, in Luke 24:1-7 we read:
“Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulcher, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.  And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulcher.  And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.  And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?  He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spoke unto you when he was yet in Galilee, saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.”
Once again, in reference to verse 5, the footnotes say: “Other ancient authorities lack ‘He is not here but has risen’”
The examples are far too numerous to list here, however, you are encouraged to obtain a copy of the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible for yourself and scan through the four gospels.  You shall be hard pressed to find even two consecutive pages that do not contain the words “Other ancient authorities lack…” or “Other ancient authorities add…” etc.  in the footnotes.

By Misha’al ibn Abdullah (taken from the Book: What Did Jesus Really Say?)


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