I just posted this on Ruth’s blog, http://gulliblestravelsdma.wordpress.com/, but I feel this would be a good start for the History of Christianity starting with the Bible. A blogger on Ruth’s site was telling her Christians had been deceived by Paul and should only believe what Jesus “wrote”. It was rather comical to see Ruth having to point out to this guy that to our knowledge, Jesus wrote nothing, at least not in the bible. To add enforcement to Ruth’s comments (which she did not need) I provided some FYI that probably 98% of all Christians do not know.
Ken aka kcchief1 writes “AND we’re not even sure what Jesus said. 8 NT scriptures attributed to Jesus have already been removed from many modern day bibles because over the past 100 years we have found older manuscripts which do not have these verses. A majority of modern bible scholars have determined these scriptures were added at a later date probably by redactors . Bibles which still publish these scriptures at least provide footnotes to this effect. BTW the missing “Red Letter” scriptures are : Mt 17:21, 18:11, 23:14, Mk 7:16, 9:44, 9:46, 11:26, Lk 17:36
In addition you have entire stories not found in older manuscripts. Mk 16:9-20 the “Ascension Story” Lk 24:3,6,9,12,36,40, 51 & 52 have been termed dubious and unlikely as they do not appear in earlier and more reliable manuscripts. Also John 8:1-11 “The Woman caught in adultry” for the same reasons.”
I was still teaching Sunday School when someone in my class pointed out that a scripture was missing from their bible. I thought they had been mistaken but when they called out the scripture, sure enough, it was missing from many of the other’s bibles including my own. That’s when I went home and googled it and found the information I have provided above.
I happen to think this should be pretty serious stuff to a Christian. It does seem to bother some and others just act like “deer caught in the headlights” 🙂
Your thoughts ?