Are There Forgeries in the Bible?

Ancient Bible translators often made changes based on the theology of their time

There is little doubt among reputable Bible scholars that the Bible, a book purported to contain “eternal truths,” was actually authored by men who did not always tell the truth. Let me offer some examples: (A version of this article has also been posted on WatchtowerWatch.com. I suggest that you check it out there as well. You will also note on the site that I have posted other articles as well.)

  • Scholars know that Moses did not write the first five books of the Bible, but that’s what is recorded in the Bible.
  • We also know that Daniel didn’t write the book bearing his name. Nor was it written at the time and place the author claimed.
  • Solomon didn’t write Ecclesiastes. In fact, whoever actually wrote the book did it 600 years after he claimed to have written it.

In the New Testament (the “Greek Scriptures”) we also know:

  • The “three letters” known as 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus were credited as written by the Apostle Paul. Reviewing the evidence, we know that is not the case. Bible scholars also know that Paul did not write 1 Corinthians 14:34-35.

So why would the actual writer want us to think he was Paul? How do we know it wasn’t Paul? [Read more...]

The Hebrew Bible–It’s Not What You Think It Is

The Hebrew Bible

What most people know about the Old Testament—the Hebrew Bible—is not so. They know much that ain’t so because they live in a world in which references to it are many, giving them a false sense of familiarity. And, they also know too little because more often than not, they allow others to read it for them through the filtering lens of a specific theology, creating many misconceptions.

The Hebrew Bible is not a book. It wasn’t produced by a single author in one time and place. It’s a small library of books composed and edited over a thousand years by people responding to a wide range of issues and historical circumstances. Because it’s not a book (the name “Bible” comes from the plural Greek form ta biblia, meaning “the books“), it does not have a uniform style or message. [Read more...]

Marilyn & Malala–Victims of Religious Bigotry

Marilyn

When I first heard the news report about Taliban gunmen shooting a 15-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl, I thought about my sister Marilyn. Both Marilyn and Malala Yousafzai were victims of religious bigotry. While Malala will survive, my sister died after she was violently attacked. Even though the details are different, if their stories can be presented to the world community as examples of how outdated religious dogma breeds ignorance and fosters crimes against women, they may spark positive changes.

Malala was born in a rural valley in Pakistan at a time when the Taliban ruled the area. Even at an early age, she was acutely aware that girls were treated as second class citizens by a fanatical religious group enforcing an out-of-date religious dogma which strictly forbids any education for girls. [Read more...]

Who Is Barbara Anderson?

Barbara Anderson

I have a new hero and her name is Barbara Anderson. In addition to being a prolific writer, she is a tenacious investigative reporter, a meticulous researcher and a modern-day vigilante fighting for truth and justice. She is unrelenting when it comes to helping victims of child molestation, exposing policies that protect pedophiles and reporting acts of religious tyranny.

Barbara is not at all unlike John Galt, Ayn Rand’s mythical hero, in Atlas Shrugged. In Rand’s story, Galt is a principled counterpoint to a failed society with out-of-touch leaders, who embrace unjust policies.

Barbara Anderson

Rand does not introduce her hero in the first part of the book, but promotes him by continually asking, “Who is John Galt?” Toward the end of the story, Galt appears and delivers a scathing manifesto condemning the inept society that he has abandoned.

Today, I can hear Barbara’s Galt-like voice condemning the Watchtower Society with, “You have heard it said that this is an age of moral crisis. You have said it yourself, half in fear, half in hope that my words have no meaning. You cry out that man’s sins are destroying the world and you curse people unwilling to practice the beliefs you promote. Since belief, to you, consists of sacrifice of this life for a promised better life in a new world, you have squandered precious life now. In the name of a return to a theocracy, you have sacrificed all those evils which you hold up as the cause of the world’s plight. You sacrifice justice because you don’t want to bring reproach upon a God you believe directs your activity. You sacrifice individual thinking skills for top-down group think with no accountability for your poor decisions. You sacrifice reason for faith. You sacrifice self-esteem for protection of failed church policy. You sacrifice happiness for a ‘Let us wait on Jehovah. He’ll resolve the problem in His own due time’ mantra.”
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