I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book:
If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book. –Revelation 22:18-19
This is a serious warning, most would agree. You can take the time to study what various scholars think about this warning by having a look here.
John, the writer of this warning, makes it clear that tampering with the bible isn’t recommended. If you’ve read the prior posting on this blog, before this one, you’ll see that it offers details about the Conservative Bible Project, which is essentially a rewrite of the entire bible from the conservative perspective. The attempt at this is aimed at removing what is considered a “liberal bias” within the word of God.
This project was not completed, thankfully; still enough of it was completed that the entire New Testament was rewritten as well as much of the Old Testament. Yes, this is scandalous and horrific, and difficult to believe. I hadn’t been aware of this until I stumbled across Padre Steve’s take on the matter.
I believe we’re told frequently that false prophets and teachers will appear in the last days, and that trickery and attempts at deluding the followers of Christ will be many; I think this is clearly yet another one of these. I think it’s important to pay attention to whom this trickery is emanating from… the conservative religious right are attempting to nullify the message of the gospel because of its “socialistic, liberal bent.” (Heaven forbid (eyeroll) ).
We can’t have Jesus sounding as if He were in favor of socialism, now can we? The very fact that the words of Jesus Christ cannot be misconstrued as having a very liberal twist is the unmistakable irony for Republicans and Conservatives alike. It appears it is easier to deny Christ’s own words and maul & maim the bible rather than admit to the truth and change one’s behavior to that which more resembles Jesus Christ.
We are watching some very dangerous practices eek their way out right in front of our very eyes, brothers and sisters, and they are coming from those who claim to be Christian. They are coming from similar kinds of believers who say that President Obama is the antichrist and that voting for a liberal will see you in hell.
My advice is this:
Don’t get too closely attached to any political label or position wherein you find yourself identifying more as a Republican/Conservative instead of as a CHRISTIAN (which really should make you INDEPENDENT of these political positions if you’re wise, imo). You can find yourself deluded and tricked by the very people in whom you upheld and trusted, and that would be very sad indeed.
Let’s not minimize what has occurred here and how serious it is. John said not to add or take away from the words within the book of Revelation, and thus potentially the words of the entire Holy Bible. He said the punishment for doing so would not be pleasant. No matter how one may try to justify it, that is exactly what was done by the Conservative Bible Project. I would not want to be in their shoes, having rewritten much of the bible from the slant of their favored politics, adding to and taking much of it away to suit them.
Gotquestions.org discusses the topic of the various translations of the bible here. There are so many translations over the years, but what these people have done is different from that.
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