What did Jesus really say?
"Then woe to those who write the book with their own hands and then say: 'This is from Allah', to traffic with it for a miserable price. Woe to them for what their hands do write and for the gain they make thereby"
The noble Qur'an Al-Bakarah(2):79
"And when there came to them a messenger from Allah, Confirming what was with them, a party of the people of the book threw away the book of Allah behind their backs as if (it had been something) they did not know"
The noble Qur'an Al-Bakarah(2):101
"Ye shall not add unto the word which I (God) command you, neither shall ye diminish [ought] from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you."Deuteronomy 4:2
Let us start from the beginning.
No Biblical scholar on this earth will claim that the Bible was
written by Jesus himself. They all agree that the Bible was written
after the departure of Jesus peace be upon him by his followers.
Dr. W Graham Scroggie of the Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, a
prestigious Christian evangelical mission, says:
"..Yes, the Bible is human, although some out of zeal which is not according to knowledge, have denied this. Those books have passed through the minds of men, are written in the language of men, were penned by the hands of men and bear in their style the characteristics of men...."
"It is Human, Yet Divine," W Graham Scroggie,
Another Christian scholar, Kenneth Cragg, the
Bishop of Jerusalem, says:
"...Not so the New testament...There is condensation and editing; there is choice reproduction and witness. The Gospels have come through the mind of the church behind the authors. They represent experience and history..."
"The Call of the Minaret," Kenneth Cragg,
"It is well known that the primitive Christian Gospel was initially transmitted by word of mouth and that this oral tradition resulted in variant reporting of word and deed. It is equally true that when the Christian record was committed to writing it continued to be the subject of verbal variation. Involuntary and intentional, at the hands of scribes and editors"
Peake's Commentary on the Bible, p. 633
"Yet, as a matter of fact, every book of the New Testament with the exception of the four great Epistles of St. Paul is at present more or less the subject of controversy, and interpolations are asserted even in these."
Encyclopaedia Brittanica, 12th Ed. Vol. 3, p. 643
Dr. Lobegott Friedrich Konstantin Von Tischendorf,
one of the most adamant conservative Christian defenders of the
Trinity was himself driven to admit that:
"[the New Testament had] in many passages undergone such serious modification of meaning as to leave us in painful uncertainty as to what the Apostles had actually written"
Secrets of Mount Sinai, James Bentley, p. 117
After listing many examples of contradictory
in the Bible, Dr. Frederic Kenyon says:
"Besides the larger discrepancies, such as these, there is scarcely a verse in which there is not some variation of phrase in some copies [of the ancient manuscripts from which the Bible has been collected]. No one can say that these additions or omissions or alterations are matters of mere indifference"
Our Bible and the Ancient Manuscripts, Dr. Frederic
Kenyon, Eyre and Spottiswoode, p. 3
Throughout this book you will find countless other
similar quotations from some of Christendom's leading scholars.
Let us suffice with these for now.
Christians are, in general, good and decent people,
and the stronger their convictions the more decent they are. This
is attested to in the noble Qur'an:
"...and nearest among them (men) in love to the believers will you find those who say 'we are Christians': because amongst these are men devoted to learning and men who have renounced the world, and they are not arrogant. And when they listen to the revelation received by the messenger (Muhammad), you will see their eyes overflowing with tears for they recognize the truth: They pray: 'Our Lord! we believe; write us down among the witnesses'."
The noble Qur'an, Al-Maidah(5):82-83.
All biblical "versions" of the Bible prior
to the revised version of 1881 were dependent upon the "Ancient
Copies" (those dating between five to six hundred years after
Jesus). The revisers of the Revised Standard Version (RSV) 1952
were the first biblical scholars to have access to the "MOST
ancient copies" which date fully three to four hundred years
after Christ. It is only logical for us to concur that the closer
a document is to the source the more authentic it is. Let us see
what is the opinion of Christendom with regard to the most revised
version of the Bible (revised in 1952 and then again in 1971):
"The finest version which has been produced
in the present century" - (Church of England newspaper)
"A completely fresh translation by scholars
of the highest eminence" - (Times literary supplement)
"The well loved characteristics of the authorized
version combined with a new accuracy of translation" - (Life
"The most accurate and close rendering of
the original" - (The Times)
The publishers themselves (Collins) mention on page 10 of their notes:
"This Bible (RSV) is the product of thirty
two scholars assisted by an advisory committee representing fifty
Let us see what these thirty two
Christian scholars of the highest eminence backed by fifty
cooperating Christian denominations have to say about the Authorized
Version (AV), or as it is better known, the King James Version
(KJV). In the preface of the RSV 1971 we find the following:
"...Yet the King James Version has GRAVE
They go on to caution us that:
"...That these defects are SO MANY AND SO
SERIOUS as to call for revision"
The Jehovah's Witnesses in their "AWAKE"
Magazine dated 8th September 1957 published the following
headline: "50,000 Errors in the Bible"
wherein they say "..there are probably 50,000 errors in
the Bible...errors which have crept into the Bible text...50,000
such serious errors..." After all of this, however, they
go on to say: "...as a whole the Bible is accurate."
Let us have a look at only a very few of these errors.
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.."
But as seen in section 188.8.131.52, 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 Qur'an we read:
"And they say 'Allah 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 servant.
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 Allah most gracious bestow love. Verily, We have made this
[Qur'an] easy in your tongue [O Muhammad] that you might deliver
glad tidings to those who seek refuge [in Allah] 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
"For there are three that bear record in
heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost, and these three
As we have already seen in section 184.108.40.206, 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 Qur'an
revealed this truth over fourteen hundred years ago:
"O people of the book! commit no excesses in your religion: nor say of Allah aught but the truth. Christ Jesus the son of Mary was (no more than) a Messenger of Allah, and his Word, which he bestowed upon Mary, and a spirit preceding from him so believe in Allah and his messengers. Say not "Three" desist It will be better for you for Allah 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 Allah as a disposer of affairs."
The noble Qur'an, Al-Nissa(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"
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."
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 spake 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'" Also, please read entries 16 and
17 in the table in section 2.2.
The examples are far too numerous to list here,
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
Let us now talk about the alleged authors of the
New Testament. We will note that every Gospel begins with the
introduction "According to....." such as "The Gospel
according to Saint Matthew," "The Gospel according to
Saint Luke," "The Gospel according to Saint Mark,"
"The Gospel according to Saint John." The obvious conclusion
for the average man on the street is that these people are known
to be the authors of the books attributed to them. This, however
is not the case. Why? Because not one of the vaunted four thousand
copies existent carries it's author's signature. It has just been
assumed that they were the authors. Recent discoveries, however,
refute this belief. Even the internal evidence proves that, for
instance, Matthew did not write the Gospel attributed to him:
"...And as Jesus passed forth thence, HE (Jesus) saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and HE (Jesus) saith unto HIM (Matthew), follow ME (Jesus) and HE (Matthew) arose, and followed HIM (Jesus)."
It does not take a rocket scientist to see that
Jesus nor Matthew wrote this verse of "Matthew." Such
evidence can be found in many places throughout the New Testament.
Although many people have hypothesized that it is possible that
an author sometimes may write in the third person, still, in light
of the rest of the evidence that we shall see throughout this
book, there is simply too much evidence against this hypothesis.
This observation is by no means limited to the New
Testament. There is even proof that at least parts of Deuteronomy
were neither written by God nor by Moses. This can
be seen in Deuteronomy 34:5-10 where we read
"So Moses....DIED... and he (God Almighty)
BURIED HIM (Moses)... He was 120 years old WHEN HE DIED... and
there arose not a prophet SINCE in Israel like unto Moses...."
Did Moses write his own obituary?
Joshua also speaks in detail about his own death
in Joshua 24:29-33. The evidence overwhelmingly supports the current
recognition that most of the books of the Bible were not written
by their supposed authors.
The authors of the RSV by Collins say that the author
of "Kings" is "Unknown." If they knew it to
be the word of God they would have undoubtedly attributed it to
him. Rather, they have chosen to honestly say "Author....Unknown."
But if the author is unknown then why attribute it to God? How
can it then be claimed to have been "inspired"? Continuing,
we read that the book of Isaiah is "Mainly credited to Isaiah.
Parts may have been written by others." Ecclesiastics: "Author.
Doubtful, but commonly assigned to Solomon."
Ruth: "Author. Not definitely known, perhaps Samuel."
and on and on.
Let us have a slightly more detailed look at only
one book of the New Testament:
"The author of the Book of Hebrews is unknown. Martin Luther suggested that Apollos was the author...Tertullian said that Hebrews was a letter of Barnabas...Adolf Harnack and J. Rendel Harris speculated that it was written by Priscilla (or Prisca). William Ramsey suggested that it was done by Philip. However, the traditional position is that the Apostle Paul wrote Hebrews...Eusebius believed that Paul wrote it, but Origen was not positive of Pauline authorship."
From the introduction to the King James Bible, New
revised and updated sixth edition, the Hebrew/Greek Key Study,
Red Letter Edition
Is this how we define "inspired by God"?
As seen in chapter one, St. Paul and his church after
him, were responsible of making wholesale changes to the religion
of Jesus (pbuh) after his departure and were further responsible
for mounting a massive campaign of death and torture of all Christians
who refused to renounce the teachings of the apostles in favor
of the Pauline doctrines. All but the Gospels acceptable to the
Pauline faith were then systematically destroyed or re-written.
Rev. Charles Anderson Scott has the following to say:
"It is highly probable that not one of the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) was in existence in the form which we have it, prior to the death of Paul. And were the documents to be taken in strict order of chronology, the Pauline Epistles would come before the synoptic Gospels."
History of Christianity in the Light of Modern
Rev. Charles Anderson Scott, p.338
This statement is further confirmed by Prof. Brandon:
"The earliest Christian writings that have been preserved for us are the letters of the apostle Paul"
"Religions in Ancient History," S.G.F.
Brandon, p. 228.
In the latter part of the second century, Dionysius,
Bishop of Corinth says:
"As the brethren desired me to write
I did so, and these the apostles of the devil have filled with
tares (undesirable elements), exchanging some things and adding
others, for whom there is a woe reserved. It is not therefore,
a matter of wonder if some have also attempted to adulterate the
sacred writings of the Lord, since they have attempted the same
in other works that are not to be compared with these."
The Qur'an confirms this with the words:
"Then woe to those who write the book (of Allah/God) with their own hands and then say: 'This is from Allah', to traffic with it for a miserable price. Woe to them for what their hands do write and for the gain they make thereby"
The noble Qur'an Al-Bakarah(2):79
Victor Tununensis, a sixth century African Bishop
related in his Chronicle (566 AD) that when Messala was consul
at Costantinople (506 AD), he "censored and corrected"
the Gentile Gospels written by persons considered illiterate by
the Emperor Anastasius. The implication was that they were altered
to conform to sixth century Christianity which differed from the
Christianity of previous centuries (The Dead Sea Scrolls, the
Gospel of Barnabas, and the New Testament,
by M. A. Yusseff, p. 81)
These "corrections" were by no means confined to the first centuries after Christ. Sir Higgins says:
"It is impossible to deny that the Bendictine Monks of St. Maur, as far as Latin and Greek language went, were very learned and talented, as well as numerous body of men. In Cleland's 'Life of Lanfranc, Archbishop of Canterbury', is the following passage: 'Lanfranc, a Benedictine Monk, Archbishop of Canterbury, having found the Scriptures much corrupted by copyists, applied himself to correct them, as also the writings of the fathers, agreeably to the orthodox faith, secundum fidem orthodoxam."
History of Christianity in the light of Modern
In other words, the Christian scriptures were
in order to conform to the doctrines of the eleventh and twelfth
centuries and even the writings of the early church fathers were
"corrected" so that the changes would not be discovered.
Sir Higgins goes on to say:
"The same Protestant divine has this remarkable
passage: 'Impartiality exacts from me the confession, that the
orthodox have in some places altered the Gospels."
The author then goes on to demonstrate how a massive
effort was undertaken in Costantinople, Rome, Canterbury, and
the Christian world in general in order to "correct"
the Gospels and destroy all manuscripts before this period.
Theodore Zahan, illustrated the bitter conflicts
within the established churches in Articles of the Apostolic
Creed. He points out that the Roman Catholics accuse the Greek
Orthodox Church of remodeling the text of the holy scriptures
by additions and omissions with both good as well as evil intentions.
The Greek Orthodox, on the other hand, accuse the Roman Catholics
of straying in many places very far away from the original text.
In spite of their differences, they both join forces to condemn
the non-conformist Christians of deviating from "the true
way" and condemn them as heretics. The heretics in turn condemn
the Catholics for having "recoined the truth like forgers."
The author concludes "Do not facts support these accusations?"
"And from those who said: "We are Christians," We took their Covenant, but they forgot a good part of the message which was sent to them. Therefore We have stirred up enmity and hatred among them till the Day of Resurrection, and Allah will inform them of what they used to do. O people of the Scripture! Now has Our messenger (Muhammad) come to you, explaining to you much of that which you used to hide in the Scripture, and forgiving much. Indeed, there has come to you a light from Allah and a plain Scripture. Wherewith Allah guides him who seeks His good pleasure unto paths of peace. He brings them out of darkness by His will into light, and guides them to a straight path. They indeed have disbelieved who say: Lo! Allah is the Messiah, son of Mary. Say: Who then has the least power against Allah, if He had willed to destroy the Messiah son of Mary, and his mother and everyone on earth? And to Allah belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth and all that is between them. He creates what He will. And Allah is Able to do all things. The Jews and Christians say: We are sons of Allah and His loved ones. Say; Why then does He punish you for your sins? No, you are but mortals of His creating. He forgives whom He will, and punishes whom He will. And to Allah belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth and all that is between them, and unto Him is the return (of all). O people of the Scripture! Now has Our messenger (Muhammad) come unto you to make things plain after a break in (the series of) the messengers, lest you should say: There came not unto us a messenger of cheer nor any Warner. Now has a messenger of cheer and a Warner come unto you. And Allah is Able to do all things."
The noble Qur'an, Al-Maidah(5):14-19
St. Augustine himself, a man
acknowledged and looked up to by both Protestants and Catholics
alike, professed that there were secret doctrines in the Christian
religion and that
"there were many things true in the Christian
religion which it was not convenient for the vulgar to know, and
that some things were false, but convenient for the vulgar to
believe in them."
Sir Higgins admits:
"It is not unfair to suppose that in these withheld
truths we have part of the modern Christian mysteries,
and I think it will hardly be denied that the church, whose highest
authorities held such doctrines, would not scruple to retouch
the sacred writings" (The Dead Sea Scrolls, the Gospel of
Barnabas, and the New Testament, M.
A. Yusseff, p.83)
Even the epistles attributed to Paul were not written
by him. After years of research, Catholics and Protestants alike
agree that of the thirteen epistles attributed to Paul only seven
are genuinely his. They are: Romans, 1, 2 Corinthians, Galatians,
Philipians, Philemon, and 1 Thessalonians.
Christian sect are not even agreed on the definition
of what exactly is an "inspired" book of God. The Protestants
are taught that there are 66 truly "inspired" books
in the Bible, while the Catholics have been taught that there
are 73 truly "inspired" books, not to mention the many
other sects and their "newer" books, such as the Mormons,
etc. As we shall see shortly, the very first Christians, for many
generations, did not follow either the 66 books of the Protestants,
nor the 73 books of the Catholics. Quite
the opposite, they believed in books that were, many generations
later, "recognized" to be fabrications and apocrypha
by a more enlightened age than that of the apostles.
Well, where do all of these Bibles come from and
why the difficulty in defining what is a truly "inspired"
word of God? They come from the "ancient manuscripts"
(also known as MSS). The Christian world today boasts of an excess
of 24,000 "ancient manuscripts" of the Bible dating
all the way back to the fourth century after Christ (But not back
to Christ or the apostles themselves). In other words, we have
with us gospels which date back to the century when the Trinitarians
took over the Christian Church. All manuscripts from before this
period have strangely perished. All Bibles in existence today
are compiled from these "ancient manuscripts." Any scholar
of the Bible will tell us that no two ancient manuscripts are
People today generally believe that there is only
ONE Bible, and ONE version of any given verse of the Bible. This
is far from true. All Bibles in our possession today (Such as
the KJV, the NRSV, the NAB, NIV,...etc.) are the result of extensive
cutting and pasting from these various manuscripts with no single
one being the definitive reference. There are countless
cases where a paragraph shows up in one "ancient manuscript"
but is totally missing from many others. For instance, Mark 16:8-20
(twelve whole verses) is completely missing from the most ancient
manuscripts available today (such as the Sinaitic Manuscript,
the Vatican #1209 and the Armenian version) but shows up in more
recent "ancient manuscripts." There are also
many documented cases where even geographical locations are completely
different from one ancient manuscript to the next. For instance,
in the "Samaritan Pentateuch manuscript,"
Deuteronomy 27:4 speaks of "mount Gerizim," while in
the "Hebrew manuscript" the exact same verse
speaks of "mount Ebal."
From Deuteronomy 27:12-13 we can see that these are two distinctly
different locations. Similarly, Luke 4:44 in some "ancient
manuscripts" mentions "Synagogues of Judea," others
mention "Synagogues of Galilee." This is only a sampling,
a comprehensive listing would require a book of it's own.
There are countless examples in the Bible where
of a questionable nature are included in the text without any
disclaimer telling the reader that many scholars and translators
have serious reservations as to their authenticity. The King James
Version of the Bible (Also known as the "Authorized Version"),
the one in the hands of the majority of Christendom today, is
one of the most notorious in this regard. It gives the reader
absolutely no clue as to the questionable nature of such verses.
However, more recent translations of the Bible are now beginning
to be a little more honest and forthcoming in this regard. For
example, the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, by Oxford
Press, has adopted an extremely subtle system of bracketing the
most glaring examples of such questionable verses with double
square brackets ([[ ]]). It is highly unlikely that the casual
reader will realize the true function these brackets serve. They
are there to tell the informed reader that the enclosed verses
are of a highly questionable nature. Examples of this are the
story of the "woman taken in adultery" in John 8:1-11,
as well as Mark 16:9-20 (Jesus' resurrection and return), and
Luke 23:34 (which, interestingly enough, is there to confirm the
prophesy of Isaiah 53:12).....and so forth.
For example, with regard to John 8:1-11, the
of this Bible say in very small print at the bottom of the page:
"The most ancient authorities lack 7.53-8.11;
other authorities add the passage here or after 7.36 or after
21.25 or after Luke 21.38 with variations of text; some mark the
text as doubtful." (emphasis added).
With regard to Mark 16:9-20, we are, strangely
given a choice of how we would like the Gospel of Mark
to end. The commentators have supplied both a "short ending"
and a "long ending." Thus, we are given a choice
of what we would prefer to be the "inspired word of God".
Once again, at the end of this Gospel in very small text, the
"Some of the most ancient
authorities bring the book to a close at the end of verse 8. One
authority concludes the book with the shorter ending; others include
the shorter ending and then continue with verses 9-20. In most
authorities, verses 9-20 follow immediately after verse 8, though
in some of these authorities the passage is marked as being doubtful."
Peake's Commentary on the Bible records;
"It is now generally agreed that 9-20 are
not an original part of Mk. They are not found in the oldest MSS,
and indeed were apparently not in the copies used by Mt. and Lk.
A 10th-cent. Armenian MS ascribes the passage to Aristion, the
presbyter mentioned by Papias (ap.Eus.HE III, xxxix, 15)."
"Indeed an Armenian translation of St. Mark has quite recently been discovered, in which the last twelve verses of St. Mark are ascribed to Ariston, who is otherwise known as one of the earliest of the Christian Fathers; and it is quite possible that this tradition is correct"
Our Bible and the Ancient Manuscripts, F. Kenyon,
Eyre and Spottiswoode, pp. 7-8
Even at that, these verses are noted as having been
narrated differently in different "authorities." For
example, verse 14 is claimed by the commentators to have the following
words added on to them in some "ancient authorities":
"and they excused themselves saying 'This
age of lawlessness and unbelief is under Satan, who does not allow
the truth and power of God to prevail over the unclean things
of the spirits. Therefore, reveal your righteousness now' - thus
they spoke to Christ and Christ replied to them 'The term of years
of Satan's power has been fulfilled, but other terrible things
draw near. And for those who have sinned I was handed over to
death, that they may return to the truth and sin no more, that
they may inherit the spiritual and imperishable glory of the
that is in heaven'.".
Dr. Lobegott Friedrich Konstantin Von Tischendorf
was one of the most eminent
conservative biblical scholars of the nineteenth century. He was
also one of the staunchest most adamant defenders of the "Trinity"
history has known. One of his greatest lifelong achievements was
the discovery of the oldest known Biblical manuscript know to
mankind, the "Codex Sinaiticus,"
from Saint Catherine's Monastery
in Mount Sinai. One of the most devastating discoveries made from
the study of this fourth century manuscript was that the gospel
of Mark originally ended at verses 16:8 and not at verse 16:20
as it does today. In other words, the last 12 verses (Mark 16:9
through Mark 16:20) were "injected" by the church into
the Bible sometime after the 4th century. Clement of Alexandria
and Origen never quoted these verses. Later on, it was also discovered
that the said 12 verses, wherein lies the account of "the
resurrection of Jesus," do not appear in codices Syriacus,
Vaticanus and Bobiensis. Originally, the "Gospel of Mark"
contained no mention of the "resurrection of Jesus"
(Mark 16:9-20). At least four hundred years (if not more)
after the departure of Jesus, the Church received divine "inspiration"
to add the story of the resurrection to the end of this Gospel.
The author of "Codex Sinaiticus"
had no doubt that the Gospel of Mark came to an end at Mark 16:8,
to emphasize this point we find that immediately following this
verse he brings the text to a close with a fine artistic squiggle
and the words "The Gospel according to Mark." Tischendorf
was a staunch conservative Christian and as such he managed to
casually brush this discrepancy aside since in his estimation
the fact that Mark was not an apostle nor an eye witness to the
ministry of Jesus made his account secondary to those of the apostles
such as Matthew and John. However, as seen elsewhere in this book,
the majority of Christian scholars today recognize the writings
of Paul to be the oldest of the writings of the Bible. These are
closely followed by the "Gospel of Mark" and the "Gospels
of Matthew and Luke" are almost universally recognized to
have been based upon the "Gospel of Mark." This discovery
was the result of centuries of detailed and painstaking studies
by these Christian scholars and the details can not be repeated
here. Suffice it to say that most reputable Christian scholars
today recognize this as a basic indisputable fact.
Today, the translators and publishers of our modern
Bibles are beginning to be a little more forthright and honest
with their readers. Although they may not simply openly admit
that these twelve verses were forgeries of the Church and not
the word of God, still, at least they are beginning to draw the
reader's attention to the fact that there are two "versions"
of the "Gospel of Mark" and then leave the reader to
decide what to make of these two "versions."
Now the question becomes "if the Church has
tampered with the Gospel of Mark, then did they stop there or
is there more to this story?. As it happens, Tischendorf
also discovered that the "Gospel of John" has been heavily
reworked by the Church over the ages. For example,
- It was found that the verses starting from John 7:53 to 8:11 (the story of the woman taken in adultery) are not to be found in the most ancient copies of the Bible available to Christianity today, specifically, codices Sinaiticus or Vaticanus.
- It was also found that John 21:25 was a later insertion, and that a verse from the gospel of Luke (24:12) that speaks of Peter discovering an empty tomb of Jesus is not to be found in the ancient manuscripts.
(For more on this topic please read 'Secrets of Mount
Sinai' by James Bentley, Doubleday, NY, 1985).
Much of the discoveries of Dr. Tischendorf
regarding the continuous and unrelenting tampering with the text
of the Bible over the ages has been verified by twentieth century
science. For example, a study of the Codex Sinaiticus
under ultraviolet light has revealed that the "Gospel of
John" originally ended at verse 21:24 and was followed by
a small tail piece and then the words "The Gospel according
to John." However, some time later, a completely different
"inspired" individual took pen in hand, erased the text
following verse 24, and then added in the "inspired"
text of John 21:25 which we find in our Bibles today.
The evidence of tampering goes on and on. For
in the Codex Sinaiticus
the "lord's prayer" of Luke 11:2-4
differs substantially from the version which has reached us through
the agency of centuries of "inspired" correction. Luke
11:2-4 in this most ancient of all Christian manuscripts reads:
"Father, Hallowed by thy name, Thy kingdom
come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so upon earth. Give us day
by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, as we ourselves
also forgive everyone that is indebted to us. And bring us not
Further, the "Codex Vaticanus,"
is another ancient manuscript held by the scholars of Christianity
in the same reverent standing as the Codex Sinaiticus.
These two fourth century codices are together considered the most
ancient copies of the Bible available today. In the codex Vaticanus
we can find a version of Luke 11:2-4 even shorter than that of
Codex Sinaiticus. In this version even the words "Thy
will be done, as in heaven, so upon earth." are not to
Well, what has been the official Church position
regarding these "discrepancies"? How did the Church
decide to handle this situation? Did they call upon all of the
foremost scholars of Christian literature to come together in
a mass conference in order to jointly study the most ancient Christian
manuscripts available to the Church and come to a common agreement
as to what was the true original word of God? No!
Well then, did they immediately expend every effort
to make mass copies of the original manuscripts and send them
out to the Christian world so that they could make their own decisions
as to what truly was the original unchanged word of God? Once
So what did they do? Let us ask Rev. Dr. George L.
Robertson. In his book "Where did we get our Bible? he writes:
"Of the MSS. of Holy Scripture in Greek still existing there are said to be several thousand of varying worth ... Three or four in particular of these old, faded out, and unattractive documents constitute the most ancient and the most precious treasures of the Christian Church, and are therefore of special interest." First in Rev. Richardson's list is the "Codex Vaticanus" of which he says: "This is probably the most ancient of all Greek MSS. now known to exist. It is designated as Codex 'B.' In 1448, Pope Nicholas V brought it to Rome where it has lain practically ever since, being guarded assiduously by papal officials in the Vatican Library. It's history is brief: Erasmus in 1533 knew of its existence, but neither he nor any of his successors were permitted to study it... becoming quite inaccessible to scholars, till Tischendorf in 1843, after months of delay, was finally allowed to see it for six hours. Another specialist, named de Muralt in 1844 was likewise given an aggravating glimpse of it for nine hours. The story of how Dr. Tregelles in 1845 was allowed by the authorities (all unconscious to themselves) to secure it page by page through memorizing the text, is a fascinating one. Dr. Tregelles did it. He was permitted to study the MS. continuously for a long time, but not to touch it or to take notes. Indeed, every day as he entered the room where the precious document was guarded, his pockets were searched and pen, paper and ink were taken from him, if he carried such accessories with him. The permission to enter, however, was repeated, until he finally had carried away with him and annotated in his room most of the principle variant readings of this most ancient text. Often, however, in the process, if the papal authorities observed he was becoming too much absorbed in any one section, they would snatch the MS. away from him and direct his attention to another leaf. Eventually they discovered that Tregelles had practically stolen the text, and that the Biblical world knew the secrets of their historic MS. Accordingly, Pope Pius IX ordered that it should be photographed and published; and it was, in five volumes which appeared in 1857. But the work was very unsatisfactorily done. About that time Tischendorf made a third attempt to gain access to and examine it. He succeeded, and later issued the text of the first twenty pages. Finally in 1889-90, with papal permission, the entire text was photographed and issued in facsimile, and published so that a copy of the expensive quartos was obtainable by, and is now in the possession of all the principle libraries in the biblical world."
"Where did we get our Bible?", Rev. Dr.
George L. Robertson. Harper and Brothers Publishers, pp.110-112
What were all of the Popes afraid of? What was the
Vatican as a whole afraid of? Why was the concept of releasing
the text of their most ancient copy of the Bible to the general
public so terrifying to them? Why did they feel it necessary to
bury the most ancient copies of the inspired word of God in a
dark corner of the Vatican never to be seen by outside eyes? Why?
What about all of the thousands upon thousands of other manuscripts
which to this day remain buried in the darkest depths of the Vatican
vaults never to be seen or studied by the general masses of
"[And remember] When God took a Covenant from those who were given the Scripture: You shall make it known and clear to mankind, and you shall not to hide it; but they flung it behind their backs, and purchased with it a miserable gain! How evil was that which they purchased!"
The noble Qur'an, A'al-Umran(3):187
"Say: 'O people of the Book! exceed not in your religion the bounds [of what is proper], trespassing beyond the truth, nor follow the vain desires of people who went astray in times gone by, who misled many, and strayed [themselves] from the straight path.'"
The noble Qur'an, Al-Maida(5):77
Returning to our study of some of the "discrepancies"
to be found between our modern Bibles and between the most ancient
copies of the Bible available to the chosen few, we find that
the verse of Luke 24:51 contains Luke's alleged account of the
final parting of Jesus (pbuh) and how he was "raised up into
heaven." However, as seen in previous pages, in the Codex
Sinaiticus and other ancient
manuscripts the words "and was carried up into heaven"
are completely missing. The verse only says:
"And it came to pass, while he blessed them,
he was parted from them."
C.S.C. Williams observed, if this omission were
"there is no reference at all to the Ascension in the
original text of the Gospel."
Some other "inspired" modification of the Church to Codex Sinaiticus and our modern Bibles:
- Matthew 17:21 is missing in Codex Sinaiticus.
- In our modern Bibles, Mark 1:1 reads "The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God;" however, in this most ancient of all Christian manuscripts, this verse only reads "The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ" Strangely, the very words which are most grating to the Muslim's Qur'an, "the Son of God," are completely missing. Isn't that interesting?
- The words of Jesus in Luke 9:55-56 are missing.
- The original text of Matthew 8:2 as found in Codex Sinaiticus tells us that a leper asked Jesus to heal him and Jesus "angrily put forth [his] hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean." In our modern Bibles, the word "angrily" is strangely absent.
- Luke 22:44 in Codex Sinaiticus and our modern Bibles claim that an angel appeared before Jesus, strengthening him. In Codex Vaticanus, this angel is strangely absent. If Jesus was the "Son of God" then obviously it would be highly inappropriate for him to need an angel to strengthen him. This verse, then, must have been a scribal mistake. Right?
- The alleged words of Jesus on the cross "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do" (Luke 23:34) were originally present in the Codex Sinaiticus but was later erased from the text by another editor. Bearing in mind how the Church regarded and treated the Jews in the middle ages, can we think of any reason why this verse might have stood in the way of official Church policy and their "inquisitions"?
- John 5:4 is missing from Codex Sinaiticus.
- In Mark chapter 9, the words "Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched." are again missing.
- In Matt. 5:22, the words "without cause" are missing in both the codex Vaticanus and Sinaiticus.
- Matt. 21:7 in our modern Bibles reads "And [the disciples] brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set [Jesus] thereon." In the original manuscripts, this verse read "and they set [Jesus] upon them," However, the picture of Jesus being placed upon two animals at the same time and being asked to ride them at once was objectionable to some, so this verse was changed to "and they set [Jesus] upon him" (which "him"?). Soon after, the English translation completely avoided this problem by translating it as "thereon."
- In Mark 6:11, our modern Bibles contain the words "Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city." However, these words are not to be found in either of these two most ancient of Christian Biblical manuscripts, having been introduced into the text centuries later.
- The words of Matthew 6:13 "For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever." Are not to be found in these two most ancient manuscripts as well as many others. The parallel passages in Luke are also defective.
- Matthew 27:35 in our modern Bibles contains the words "that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots." This passage, once again, is not found according to Rev. Merrill in any Biblical uncial manuscript dating before the ninth century.
- 1 Timothy 3:16 originally read "And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: which was manifest in the flesh.." This was then later (as seen previously), ever so subtly changed to "And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh…." Thus, the doctrine of the "incarnation" was born.
"And the chief priests and all the council sought for witness against Jesus to put him to death; and found none. For many bare false witness against him, but their witness agreed not together. And there arose certain, and bare false witness against him, saying, We heard him say, I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands. But neither so did their witness agree together."
Christian scholars have known, recognized, and
the many and varied contradictions to be found in the Bible for
centuries now. These contradictions are a direct result of the
continuous and unrelenting attempts to correct, fix, and amend
the Bible in order to make a given doctrine "clear"
to the reader. It is the masses who have been kept in the dark
in this regard. There is extensive historical and scriptural evidence
to be found in the books of the Bible which support this conclusion.
Many detailed examples have been presented in this and other chapters
of this book. As shown above, some Christian scholars estimate
the errors in the Bible to be in the range of 48,800.
This is why it has become necessary for the Church to demand "blind
faith" from the masses.
Matthew is now recognized as not being the author
of Matthew (read for example Matthew 9:9). John is also recognized
as not being the author of John (read for example John 21:24)....
and on and on. These Christian scholars (not Muslims) have even
gone so far as to attempt to identify the original documents from
which these books were originally derived, such as J, P, Y,
section 2.3) . For centuries now, the Qur'an has been bearing
witness that the previous books of God had been modified by the
hands of the unscrupulous few. Even now when Christians and their
universities themselves recognize this to be a historical fact
they still do not bother to tell the masses. Some of these Conservative
scholars, such as Mr. F.F. Bruce, appear to have completely given
up on refuting the proof of distortion and have now resorted to
"spiritualizing" the Bible and telling people in effect
that the teachings of the Bible are useful anyway even if we don't
even know who the inspired authors are.
Others will adamantly refuse to believe that anyone has changed the word of God or that the Bible contains any conflictions whatsoever no matter how much evidence is presented. They are willing to either:
1) Explain it away using abstraction to explain the "true" meanings of the verses presented, or
2) Explain it based upon assumptions of their own not contained in the Bible, or
3) Claim that these matters are all insignificant and that the words remain the inspiration of God even if we don't know who the "inspired" authors were and their narrations contradict one another.
Even at that, they don't attempt to explain all
the contradictions presented. As we have seen in the previous
chapter, they have developed a system where in one paragraph they
manage to reduce many thousands of discrepancies to "only
a handful which are at all important," and even before reaching
the end of the paragraph, even this "handful" is quickly
brushed away as being "only apparent discrepancies."
The problem in many cases is that it is human nature
when given a choice between two matters, to take the simpler of
the two, sometimes even against one's better judgment. This is
indeed how many people lose their life savings to people who tell
them that they will invest it for them in a "sure thing,"
or people who encourage others to participate in lotteries. We
would not expect that our land would grow fruit without our having
to lavish upon it months of back breaking work. We would not expect
that a large company would be willing to pay us a handsome weekly
paycheck without our actually doing some useful work for them,
however, when it comes to the ultimate reward and the ultimate
prize, the Paradise of the Lord of creation, now we are told that
it is no longer necessary to work for the ultimate prize.
Paul has made salvation a very easy commodity
to come by in Christianity. They only have to "believe."
No actual work is required. No one has to work for their
salvation (Romans 3:28, etc.). Paul has brought for them the "sure
thing" and the short cut to salvation. The commandments of
Jesus (pbuh) which he himself observed faithfully and fully up
until the crucifixion, are all discarded by Paul as old, decaying,
and ready to vanish away (Hebrews 8:13, etc.). The fact that Jesus
(pbuh) himself told his followers that observing the commandments
and selling their belongings shall make them "perfect"
is forgotten (Matthew 19:16-21). The fact that Jesus (pbuh) himself
commanded his followers to keep the commandments until the end
of time is also forgotten (Matthew 5:17-19). All they need is
"faith." They have already been saved. The commandments
are merely "extra."
In this chapter I have presented a table containing
only a small sampling of the many and varied contradictions between
the verses of the Bible. These are only some of the very simple
and obvious examples known today. Other more serious ones require
comparisons of many passages with each other (see for example
sections 5.2, 5.4 and 5.5) or with historical or scientific knowledge.
The reader is encouraged to investigate these examples and to
try to analyze the excuses given for them objectively.
Please do not accept any and all attempts to justify these
without first analyzing them carefully. When someone tells you
that something was a scribal error then remember that the transmitters
of even the Old Testament claim that every word
and every letter was faithfully counted
and recorded and thus, it would be impossible
for unintentional errors to creep in. This claim by itself
should refute all excuses.
For instance, the contradiction between Matthew 17:13
and John 1:21 (point 16 below) is explained by Mr. J as: "John
is answering the question directly and literally, he is not Elijah,
he is John the son of Zechariah.... John was not interested in
promoting all kind of speculation about his identity, but to focus
attention upon the one he had been sent to prepare the way for."
So, if Joe is a vice principal, and someone asks the principal
"Is Joe the vice principal?" and the Principal says
"yes," then it is OK for Joe to say "I am not the
vice principal" because he is "talking within the
context that he is Joe" and he wants to "focus
attention" on the principal?
Does this sound logical? These apologists' arguments
are usually presented with such confidence that people don't bother
to analyze them or look any further. The Jews acceptance of Jesus
as the Messiah hinges on John admitting he is Elias (Mark 9:12).
If John does not admit to being Elias then Jesus' (pbuh) whole
message will lose credibility. Is this how John "focuses
attention" on Jesus?
It is inconceivable to think that John, peace be
upon him, a prophet of God, would intentionally lie especially
in a matter that can totally nullify Jesus' whole message. It
is also inconceivable that a prophet of God would remain a prophet
of God for many years before the coming of Jesus (pbuh), fulfilling
many prophesies, but neither know that he was sent by God, nor
be informed by God that He sent him.
The Qur'an tells us that if the word of God were
ever to be tampered with by the hands of mankind then it will
be easy to detect this tampering by the contradictions which will
inevitably result. We read
"Do they not consider the Qur'an (with care)? Had it been from other than Allah, they would have surely found therein much discrepancy."
The noble Qur'an, Al-Nissa(4):82.
Even the Bible itself gives the same criteria
for discovering such modifications,
"For many bare false witness against him(Jesus), but their witness agreed not together."
"And it came to pass, when moses had made an end of writing the words of this law in a book, until they were finished, That Moses commanded the Levites(Jews), which bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD, saying, Take this book of the law, and put it in the side of the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, that it may be there for a witness against thee. For I know thy rebellion, and thy stiff neck: behold, while I am yet alive with you this day, ye have been rebellious against the LORD; and how much more after my death? Gather unto me all the elders of your tribes, and your officers, that I may speak these words in their ears, and call heaven and earth to record against them. For I know that after my death ye will utterly corrupt [yourselves], and turn aside from the way which I have commanded you; and evil will befall you in the latter days; because ye will do evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger through the work of your hands."
"How can you say we (the Jews) are wise and the law of the Lord is with us, when in fact the false pen of the scribes has made it into a lie?"
Jeremiah 8:8 (Revised Standard Version)
"And because of their (the Jews) breaking their covenant, We have cursed them and made hard their hearts. They change words from their places and have abandoned a good part of the message that was sent to them. And you will not cease to discover deceit in them, except a few of them. But forgive them and overlook (their misdeed). Verily! Allah loves the kindly."
The noble Qur'an, Al-Maidah(5):13.
"O Messenger!(Muhammad) Do not be grieved by those who vie with one another in the race to disbelief, of such as say with their mouths: "We believe" but their hearts believe not, and of the Jews: of them are those who listen eagerly to lies -listener to others who have not come to you. They change the words from their places; they say: If you are given this then take it, but if you are not given this then beware! He whom Allah dooms unto sin, you (by your efforts) will avail him naught against Allah. Those are they for whom the will of Allah is that He cleanse not their hearts; for them there is a disgrace in this world, and in the Hereafter a great torment."
The noble Qur'an, Al-Maidah(5):41.
For countless ages, the only book of history
to Christians and Jews was the Old Testament. When someone wanted
to know what happened in the past, they would go back and study
the Old Testament to find the answer. New theories about history
literally lived and died by their conformance to what the Old
Testament taught. Then the discrepancies began to be noticed.
Once mankind began to study the Old Testament in
detail, comparing the various passages which referred to the same
topic in order to obtain as much detail as possible, they began
to notice conflicting accounts of many matters as well as other
problems. For instance, in the eleventh century, it was noticed
that the list of Edomite kings in Genesis 36 names kings who lived
long after Moses was dead Then people began to notice
such statements as "to this day" something is
true, which implies that the author was looking back at these
matters through history and has seen that they have endured.
After this, it was noticed that in the beginning
verses of the OT manuscripts, Deuteronomy says: "These
are the words that Moses spoke to the children of
Israel across the Jordan...." They noticed that
the words "across the Jordan" refers to people who are
on the opposite side of the Jordan river to the author. But the
alleged author, Moses himself, was never supposed to have been
in Israel in his life.
It was also noticed that Moses speaks
in detail in Deuteronomy 34:5-10 about how he died and where he
was buried. Moses also calls himself the most humble man on earth
in Numbers 12:3 (would the most humble man on earth call himself
the most humble man on earth?). In Deuteronomy 34:10 we read "And
there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses."
This also implies that the author was looking back at Moses through
history a long time after Moses's death. Now the flood gates were
opened and countless other discrepancies began to show up.
In the beginning, it was claimed that Moses
wrote the Pentateuch (Five "books of Moses")
and anyone contesting this fact would be severely punished or
worse. However, when these matters started to become well known,
it became necessary to find explanations. For example, the first
explanation presented for the verses referring to the death of
Moses was that Moses (pbuh) had written his books, but that later
prophets, as well as "inspired" scribes (who could also
be considered prophets), had later on added on a couple of lines
here and there. In this manner the text remained 100% the "inspiration"
of God. This explanation, however, did not stand up to scrutiny
because the style and literary characteristics of the verses are
the same throughout. For instance, the verses which describe the
death and burial of Moses exhibit the same literary characteristics
as the verses before and after them.
After this, the trend became to explain any and all
discrepancies through abstraction and elaborate interpretations,
or through the introduction of additional narrative details that
did not appear in the biblical text. Around this time, a startling
new discovery was made. It was noticed that the stories in the
five books of Moses were made up of doublets. A doublet
is a case of one story being told twice. Even in the English
of the Bible, the doublets are noticeable. These doublets have
been masterfully intertwined so that they become one narrative.
For example, there are doublets of the creation of
the world, the covenant between God and Abraham,
the naming of Isaac, Abraham's claim that his wife
Sarah was his sister, the story of Jacob's journey
to Mesopotamia, Jacob's revelation at Beth-El,...etc. In many
cases these doublets actually contradict one another. The apologists
once again jumped up with an explanation in hand. They claimed
that the doublets were complementary and not contradictory. It
was claimed that they came to teach us a lesson by their "apparent"
contradiction. However, this claim did not hold water for long.
The reason is that not long after, it was discovered that when
the doublets were separated into two separate accounts, each account
was almost always consistent about the name of the deity that
it used. One would always refer to God as Yahweh/Jehovah. This
document was called "J." The other always referred to
Him as Elohiym(God). It was called "E." There were various
other literary characteristics which were then found to be common
to one group or the other. It became obvious that someone had
taken two separate accounts of the ministry of Moses
(pbuh), cut them up, and then woven them together quite masterfully
so that their actions would not be discovered until countless
Once this startling discovery was made, the Old
was once again placed under the scrutiny of scholars and it was
discovered that the Pentateuch was not made up
of two major source documents but FOUR.
It was discovered that some stories were not only doublets, but
triplets. Additional literary characteristics were identified
for these documents. The third source was called P (for Priestly),
and the fourth D (for Deuteronomy). In the end it was concluded
that the first four "books of Moses" were
the result of the merging of three separate accounts which were
called J, E, and P, and the book of Deuteronomy was found to be
a separate account which was called D. The person (or persons)
who collected and intertwined these sources was called "The
"D (DEUTERONOMIST). The designation of one of the principle literary sources or strata of the PENTATEUCH. The Deuteronomist was the editor or compiler of this source, which is roughly coextensive with the book of Deuteronomy"
The Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible, Abingdon
Press, Vol. 1, p. 756
"E (ELOHIST). One of the principle narrative sources or strata of the PENTATEUCH. The term is derived from a Hebrew word for 'God' ... the use of which is characteristic of this source"
The Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible, Abingdon
Press, Vol. 2, p. 1
"J. One of the principle narrative sources or strata of the PENTATEUCH. The symbol is derived from the personal name of God, Jehovah ... the use of which is characteristic of this source. It is commonly regarded as Judahite in origin, and somewhat earlier than E (tenth-ninth centuries B.C.)"
The Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible, Abingdon
Press, Vol. 2, p. 777
"P. The designation of the so-called Priestly source of the PENTATEUCH. To this source are assigned most of the liturgical, genealogical, legal, and technical materials, connected by a bare minimum of narrative. The Priestly narrative is usually dated after the captivity, in the sixth or fifth century B.C."
The Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible, Abingdon
Press, Vol. 3, p. 617
"The critical analysis of the Hexateuch [the five 'books of moses' plus the book of Joshua] is the result of more than a century of profound study of the documents by the greatest critics of the age. There has been a steady advance until the present position of agreement has been reached, in which Jew and Christian, Roman Catholic and Protestant, Rationalistic and Evangelical scholars, Reformed and Lutheran, Presbyterian and Episcopal, Unitarian, Methodist, and Baptist all concur. The analysis of the Hexateuch into several distinct original documents is a purely literary question in which no article of faith is involved. Whoever in these times, in the discussion of the literary phenomena of the Hexateuch appeals to the ignorance or prejudice of the multitude as if they were any peril to faith in these processes of Higher Criticism, risks his reputation for scholarship by so doing. There are no Hebrew professors on the continent of Europe, so far as I know, who deny the literary analysis of the Pentateuch into the four great documents"
Who wrote the Bible, Washington Gladden, Boston:
Houghton, pp. 57-58
What exactly does the author mean by the statement
"Whoever in these times, in the discussion of the literary
phenomena of the Hexateuch appeals to the ignorance or prejudice
of the multitude as if they were any peril to faith in these processes
of Higher Criticism, risks his reputation for scholarship by so
doing" ? Well, he is referring to the practices of men
who have a regrettable formula for selling their books which is
based upon backing the reader into a corner and then giving them
only one way to save their faith. For example, they would say
words to the effect "Either the Bible is 100% the inspired,
unchanged, and undisputed word of God or else it is the greatest
hoax ever foisted upon mankind from the beginning of time."
Such authors only allow their readers to accept one extreme or
the other. In effect, they are telling their readers "either
you accept every word and every syllable as undying inspired truth
or else renounce Jesus and become a pagan."
However, the truth lies at neither extreme. Allah
Almighty tells us in the Qur'an:
"O people of the book! Do not go to extremes in your religion: nor say of Allah aught but the truth."
The noble Qur'an, Al-Nissah(4):171
The fact that we recognize that mankind has tampered
with the Bible does not mean that God, at one point in time, did
not send down a revelation upon prophet Moses, or
that He did not send down a revelation upon prophet Jesus (peace
be upon them both). It only means that "thou shalt love
the Lord thy God … with all thy mind, …" Mark
12:30. The fact that we wish to sift out the words of man from
the book of God and only follow the words of God is not by any
stretch of the imagination an abandonment of God or Jesus. Quite
the contrary, anyone who is not willing to do their utmost in
protecting the words of God from the tampering fingers of mankind
has indeed forsaken the very first commandment of God.
"For almost two millennia the Pentateuch buted to Moses as author by both Jewish and Christian tradition. Although significant questions about his authorship were raised along the way, it was not until the eighteenth century that the question was seriously broached. Today, it is commonplace that he did not write the Pentateuch, but as we shall see the formation of these books is still shrouded in mystery."
The New Jerome Biblical Commentary, p. 4
Grolier's encyclopedia, under the heading "Divisions of the Old Testament" states:
"The Pentateuch is based on four principal
sources. The oldest, J, was perhaps written in Judah, the southern
kingdom, about 950 BC. Between 900 and 750, another version from
Israel, the northern kingdom, was woven in; this is called EPHRAIM
(E). In the 7th century BC, Deuteronomy, or most of it (D), was
compiled. About 550 BC, during the exile, the final edition of
the Torah added a priestly source (P), some parts of which are
Encarta's Encyclopedia says:
"Pentateuch (Greek penta, "five";
teuch, "book"), collectively, first five books of the
Old Testament, that is, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and
Deuteronomy. The term was used by the Christian theologian Origen
to denote what the Jews of his time called the "Five-Fifths
of Torah (teaching)." Pentateuch is the translation of the
Hebrew term for this concept. The Torah is the holiest and most
beloved of the sacred writings of the Jews. "The Five Books
of Moses," as a designation of the Pentateuch,
was first used in the Western church by St. Jerome and the Christian
theologian Tyrannius Rufinus. The Mosaic authorship of the work
is not directly affirmed in the books themselves, but it became
tacitly accepted by Christian orthodoxy. The Pentateuch includes
various textual strata of writings, notably the Yahwist (J, which
refers to God as Jahwe-modern Jehovah-or Yahweh) and the Elohist
(E, which refers to God as Elohiym). The Hebrew priest and reformer
Ezra, whose work is associated with another textual component
of the Pentateuch known as the Priestly stratum (P), gave impetus
to observance of the regulations of the Pentateuch."
Let us have a look at an example of these doublets
from Genesis 6:5 to 8:22. The Jehovah(J) text is in regular type,
the Priestly(P) is in bold:
Genesis 6:5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
Genesis 6:6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
Genesis 6:7 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.
Genesis 6:8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
Genesis 6:9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.
Genesis 6:10 And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
Genesis 6:11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.
Genesis 6:12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
Genesis 6:13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
Genesis 6:14 Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.
Genesis 6:15 And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits.
Genesis 6:16 A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it.
Genesis 6:17 And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die.
Genesis 6:18 But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons' wives with thee.
Genesis 6:19 And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female.
Genesis 6:20 Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive.
Genesis 6:21 And take thou unto thee of all food that is eaten, and thou shalt gather it to thee; and it shall be for food for thee, and for them.
Genesis 6:22 Thus did Noah; according to all that
God commanded him, so did he.
Genesis 7:1 And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.
Genesis 7:2 Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female.
Genesis 7:3 Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.
Genesis 7:4 For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.
Genesis 7:5 And Noah did according unto all that the LORD commanded him.
Genesis 7:6 And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth.
Genesis 7:7 And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood.
Genesis 7:8 Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth,
Genesis 7:9 There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah.
Genesis 7:10 And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth.
Genesis 7:11 In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.
Genesis 7:12 And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.
Genesis 7:13 In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah's wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark;
Genesis 7:14 They, and every beast after his kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind, and every fowl after his kind, every bird of every sort.
Genesis 7:15 And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life.
Genesis 7:16 And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in.
Genesis 7:17 And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth.
Genesis 7:18 And the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters.
Genesis 7:19 And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered.
Genesis 7:20 Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered.
Genesis 7:21 And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man:
Genesis 7:22 All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died.
Genesis 7:23 And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.
Genesis 7:24 And the waters prevailed upon the
earth an hundred and fifty days.
Genesis 8:1 And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters asswaged;
Genesis 8:2 The fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained;
Genesis 8:3 And the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated.
Genesis 8:4 And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.
Genesis 8:5 And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month: in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, were the tops of the mountains seen.
Genesis 8:6 And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made:
Genesis 8:7 And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth.
Genesis 8:8 Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground;
Genesis 8:9 But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth: then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark.
Genesis 8:10 And he stayed yet other seven days; and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark;
Genesis 8:11 And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf pluckt off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth.
Genesis 8:12 And he stayed yet other seven days; and sent forth the dove; which returned not again unto him any more.
Genesis 8:13 And it came to pass in the six hundredth and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from off the earth: and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and, behold, the face of the ground was dry.
Genesis 8:14 And in the second month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, was the earth dried.
Genesis 8:15 And God spake unto Noah, saying,
Genesis 8:16 Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons' wives with thee.
Genesis 8:17 Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, of all flesh, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth; that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth.
Genesis 8:18 And Noah went forth, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him:
Genesis 8:19 Every beast, every creeping thing, and every fowl, and whatsoever creepeth upon the earth, after their kinds, went forth out of the ark.
Genesis 8:20 And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
Genesis 8:21 And the LORD smelled a sweet savor; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.
Genesis 8:22 While the earth remaineth, seedtime
and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day
and night shall not cease
Richard Elliot Friedman is a professor in the
of California, San Diego. He earned his Doctorate in Hebrew Bible
at Harvard University. He is one of many scholars who have attempted
to critically study these "source" documents of the
"five books of Moses" in order to arrive
at the identity of the authors, the time period when each was
written, the motives for writing each narrative, and other information.
In his book "Who Wrote the Bible," Prof. Friedman presents
strong evidence that each "source document" was written
by a person or persons who, while on the face of it seem to narrate
the same stories, in actuality had distinctly different goals
they wished to achieve.
According to Mr. Friedman's research, each source
emphasizes a certain branch of the Jews, their nobility, birth
right, and closeness to God. Sometimes at the price of other branches
of the Jews. For instance, J was written by descendants of Judah,
E came from descendants of Israel, and P was written by a priest
from the descendants of Aaron. According to Mr. Friedman,
the P (Priestly) source seems to be particularly interested in
priests, their lineage, their being the only ones who are allowed
to sacrifice to God, the importance of sacrifice to God, and the
surprising absence of all stories wherein anyone not of their
lineage made a sacrifice that was accepted by God (for instance
the sacrifice of the sons of Adam is missing from this
narrative). It also contains stories of how all those who attempted
to make sacrifices to God without the agency of an Aaronid priest
were killed by God.
The author goes on to show how in J and E we can
find similar emphasis on one tribe of the Jews over the other.
For instance, on pages 64-65 he shows how both the J and E documents
attempt to give the birthright of Jacob to their own
forefathers. He also shows how in the E version, Joseph is saved
by his brother Ruben (the firstborn of Israel), while in the J
version it is Judah who saves him. The author presents countless
other proofs of these claims.
The JE texts magnify prophet Moses. They
depict Aaron as having fashioned the golden calf.
They also describe Aaron and his sister Meriam as having criticized
Moses and having been chastised by God himself for this. They
regularly have God saying "and Yahweh said unto Moses....."
On the other hand, the P document (written by Aaronid priests),
usually states: "and Yahweh said unto Moses and unto
Aaron......" In this document, the staff Moses used
to perform his miracles is called "Aaron's staff."
In the P document Aaron is also named as the firstborn
brother of Moses. Also, as mentioned previously, in the P text
no mention is made of any sacrifices to God whatsoever until the
last chapter of Exodus wherein we find the story of Aaron's sacrifice
when he was consecrated as high priest. After that, all sacrifices
are performed by Aaron and his sons. In other words, the author
of P gives no precedence for sacrifice for anyone other than an
Aaronid priest. There are even a couple of places in this document
which denigrate Moses (pbuh). They depicts Moses (pbuh) as sinning
and Aaron suffering for Moses' sin.
Well, what about the rest of the Old Testament? Are
the remaining books of the Old Testament known to have been preserved
from change since the time of their first writing and truly to
be the words of the claimed authors? No! Once again, Groliers
encyclopedia tells us:
".....Joshua tells of a thorough conquest
of Canaan, but Judges contains traditions of the Hebrew tribes
in the period before the monarchy that reveal the conquest as
partial. The books of Samuel are about the founding of the monarchy
under Saul and David and contain a magnificent early source for
the life of David, probably written about 961-22 BC. All
the above books have been extensively edited by writers who shared
the theology of the D source."
Yale Professor Harold Bloom is the author of the
book "Book Of J" His book goes to prove that the author
of Pentateuch was not prophet Moses
(pbuh), rather, he believes that the Pentateuch, especially the
oldest stories of Bible such as stories of Adam and
Eve, Noah, Joseph and even Moses were the works of a
woman, probably a descendant of King David in
10th century BC. Harold Bloom says that the "second-rate
plagiarists" later formed scriptures out of her scripts.
Prof. Richard Friedman has also suggested that a
woman contributed the OT which was later formally shaped as part
of The Holy Bible. Though other scholars believe it was the work
of a group of scholars and Jewish traditions. US NEWS & WORLD
REPORT, Dec 10, 1990.
The famous 19th century French scholar, Alfred Loisy
"To explain the divinity of the sources,
the Papal Commission of Biblical Studies declared, in a memorable
decree, that moses had secretaries. The secretaries of Moses!
A brilliant discovery, to be sure!"
Indeed, we can even find Jesus (pbuh) himself bearing
witness in the Bible against the Jews that they had changed the
commands and doctrines of God and substituted them with their
own doctrines. He says:
"Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees (learned Jews), which were of Jerusalem, saying, Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread. But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death. But ye say, Whosoever shall say to [his] father or [his] mother, [It is] a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; And honour not his father or his mother, [he shall be free]. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition. [Ye] hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with [their] lips; but their heart is far from me But in vain they do worship me, teaching [for] doctrines the commandments of men."
He also says: "Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in moses' seat: All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, [that] observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay [them] on men's shoulders; but they [themselves] will not move them with one of their fingers. But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments. And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, [even] Christ; and all ye are brethren. And call no [man] your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, [even] Christ. But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted. But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in [yourselves], neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves. Woe unto you, [ye] blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor! [Ye] fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold? ... [Ye] fools and blind ... Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier [matters] of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. [Ye] blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. [Thou] blind Pharisee, cleanse first that [which is] within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead [men's] bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous, And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets. Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. [Ye] serpents, [ye] generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?"
There is much more which could be said about these
matters, however, we will leave it up to the interested student
to consult Prof. Friedman's book and make up their own minds.
Fourteen hundred years ago, back when it was a blasphemy of the
highest order punishable by death and worse to dare allege that
the books of the Bible were not 100% the inspired words of God,
the Qur'an was sent down upon Muhammad (pbuh) by God Almighty
with the claim that "the people of the Book" had changed
the book of God. Muhammad (pbuh) further affirmed that he was
sent with the true religion of God which was sent down upon Moses
and Jesus (peace be upon them all). The Christians responded that
Muslims were ignorant savages who had concocted their own religion
by copying Christianity (just as the Jews before them had claimed
that the Christians had plagiarized Judaism). I invite the reader
to judge for themselves where the truth lies.
Is all of this restricted to the Old Testament? No!
Christian scholars today call the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and
Luke, the "Synoptic" (One eyed) Gospels. This is because
they all seem to have had access to a common source document they
were working from when they wrote their Gospels. This source document
is called 'Q'. Now they are beginning
to recognize that the alleged authors are not the true authors
(see sections 2.1, and 2.2). Similarly, countless verses of the
Gospel of John, as well as other historical discrepancies, also
go to show that John did not write the Gospel of John.
"Of the Jews are those who change words from their places and say: 'We hear (your words O Muhammad) and disobey; hear you as one who hears not' and 'give us concession' with a twist of their tongues and as a mockery of religion(Islam). But if only they had said: 'We hear and we obey' and 'Do make us understand' it would have been better for them and more upright. But Allah has cursed them for their disbelief, so they believe not, except a few."
The noble Qur'an, Al-Nissa(4):46.
"Do you covet that they will believe in you when [in fact] a party of them used to hear the Word of Allah (the Torah) then they would distort it knowingly after they had understood it?"
The noble Qur'an, Al-Bakarah(2):75
"Then woe to those who write the book (of God) with their own hands and then say: 'This is from Allah', to traffic with it for a miserable price. Woe to them for what their hands do write and for the gain they make thereby"
The noble Qur'an Al-Bakarah(2):79
Adi ibn Hatim al-Tai'i was a Christian who embraced
Islam during the time of Muhammad (pbuh). One day, the verse of
the Qur'an, Al-Tawba(9):30-31 was recited before him: "And
the Jews said: Ezra is the son of Allah, and the Christians said:
The Messiah is the son of Allah. That is their saying with their
[own] mouths. They imitate the saying of those who disbelieved
of old. Allah's curse be upon them. How deluded are they! They
took their rabbis and their monks as lords besides Allah, and
the Messiah son of Mary, but they were not commanded but to worship
One God. There is no God but Him. Be He Glorified from all that
they associate with Him!" When Adi heard this verse,
he commented: "O messenger of Allah, we did not worship them."
The prophet Muhammad (pbuh) replied: "Did they not make
matters lawful and unlawful for you?" (He was referring
to the power the monks and Rabbis gave themselves because of their
claimed divine inspiration to change laws and regulations). Adi
replied "Yes, they did!". Muhammad (pbuh) said: "That,
then, is the worshipping of them in association with Allah."
If we were to ask a Christian layman: "Where
did the Bible in your hands come from?," they would more
than likely tell us "from God!"
If you were now to ask him: "How do you know
it is from God? He will reply, "He inspired it to many people
who then wrote it down and preserved it for us."
If we now ask: "Are all of these inspired people
prophets?" He will answer: "No, they include both prophets
and other faultless 'saints', etc.."
"So these prophets and 'saints' signed their
names to these documents?" we would ask. They would respond
"No. But the Church knows who wrote them, and when they were
written, and has irrefutable proof regarding this matter."
If we were to now ask: "would it be possible
for any unscrupulous person who had access to the Bible in the
past to modify it's books?" They would reply: "Of course
not! The church has told us that even the much older Old Testament
was preserved with such diligent guardianship that they even counted
and recorded every single word and every single letter in it.
Thus, the church has justly reassured us that these words never
have, and never could be, changed by mankind, even by scribal
error or by accident."
"Let us now ask a different question" we
would continue. "Are the 'New and Old Testaments' in your
hands today the same "New and Old Testaments" available
to the apostles of Jesus (pbuh) till the present day?" They
would answer "Of course! There has always been only one Bible!"
This is the general gist of any such conversation
that is held between a Muslim and a Christian layman regarding
their Bible, it's composition and preservation. However, if we
were to ask their SCHOLARS the same set of questions we
would be amazed to find a tremendous chasm in the responses supplied
by the Christian laypeople as compared to their own Christian
scholars. If we were to go to a Western library and look up the
history of the Bible as recorded by their own eminent Christian
scholars throughout the ages, we would find that they tell us
that the books of the "New Testament" in our possession
today were not officially approved into the New Testament "canon"
of "inspired" books until many centuries after
the departure of Jesus. Tens of generations of Christians
literally lived and died after the departure of Jesus (pbuh) never
having known nor seen such a "New Testament" or "Bible"
as the one in our possession today.
After the departure of Jesus (pbuh), the apostles
and many other people began to write "gospels." Each
one of these authors would travel to other lands and be followed
by a number of people who would adopt this man's gospel as his
"Bible." Now, even the unscrupulous began to write "gospels"
and to claim they were from a given apostle or that they themselves
were receiving divine inspiration. Many new and innovative teachings
began now to be introduced into the religion of Jesus (pbuh).
Enmity, hatred and war began to break out between these groups.
Each person claimed that they alone held the "true"
Gospel of Jesus (pbuh) and no one else. Their beliefs now ran
the gamut, from those who believed Jesus (pbuh) to be a mortal
messenger of God and nothing more, to those who claimed partial
divinity for Jesus (pbuh), to those who claimed Jesus (pbuh) to
be a true god, but independent of God himself, to those who called
for a "Trinity," to those who claimed that Mary (pbuh)
too was a god, to those who believed in two gods, one good and
the other evil. This is when the war of the gospels began.
Everyone now cursed and damned everyone else.
sects butchered one-another right and left. There were more great
debates and councils than you could shake a stick at. However,
none of these groups had sufficient might to totally dominate
and silence the others for good. They needed an undefeatable ally,
so they began to look to the Roman empire for support. The Roman
empire was a pagan empire, however, it was the dominant "superpower"
of the time. Anyone who could enlist it's aid would have an
ally at their side and would themselves be undefeatable. On the
Roman side, Emperor Constantine was greatly
troubled by the swelling ranks of his Christian subjects and the
great division among their ranks which did not bode well for the
continued stability of his empire.
Most of these fringe sects now began to fade into
insignificance and the matter was now left between those who believed
in the Unity of God and those who believed in a "Trinity."
The Roman empire's support fluctuated between these two groups
for a long time until the Trinitarian's finally gained the upper
hand and all but wiped the Unitarians off the face of the earth.
They selected and collected the "truly inspired" gospels
into one volume which later became the "New Testament."
They burned all other gospels. Many sweeping campaigns if "Inquisition"
were launched. Everyone found possessing any of these "false"
Gospels was put to death and his Gospel burned.
This state of affairs continued for many centuries
and many people were convicted of heresy and burned to death at
the stake for a great variety of reasons. Yet others had their
land and property confiscated and were imprisoned. Physical torture
was casually used in order to extract a confession of guilt which
would then be used to justify a verdict of death by burning. Some
of the methods used to extract a confession of guilt were the
stretching of limbs on the rack, burning with live coals, and
the strappado (a vertical rack). Denial of the charges without
counterproof or refusal to confess resulted in the most severe
punishments such as life imprisonment or execution and total
of property. The number of those who fell victim to these inquisitions
are far to numerous to list here. Examples of these people include
the philosopher Giordano Bruno, Galileo, Joan of Arc, and the
religious order of knights called the Templars among countless
hundreds of thousands of others. If the Trinitarians did not have
the power to burn these people at the stake during their lifetime,
then they would exhume their bodies after their death and burn
them after their death (e.g. John Wycliffe). In the end, over
twelve million people were put to death by the Church inquisitions
(Apology for Muhammad and the Qur'an, John Davenport).
The inquisitions reached their height around the
middle of the fifteenth century in a massive and vicious persecution
campaign the major targets of which were the Marranos (converts
from Judaism) and Moriscos (converts from Islam), many of whom
were suspected of secretly adhering to their original faiths.
When things began to quiet down a little, the victor's historians
and philosophers wrote their history books explaining how they
managed to overcome the wicked, to defeat the blasphemers, and
to burn the devils, sorcerers, and witches at the stake. These
are the books which have had the greatest influence on the Western
history books we have in our hands today.
Whenever a scholar of Christianity would stumble
upon the truth and begin to write about it his works would invariably
be destroyed (e.g. Sir Isaac Newton,
the 16th century Spaniard Michael Servetus, etc.). In all cases,
it was recognized that there was no need to disprove the author's
evidence or refute it, rather, it was sufficient to muzzle the
opposition, burn their books, extract a confession from them under
duress, and expel them from society or kill them.
Even the Popes themselves would sometimes recognize
the falsehood of the "Trinity" and the fact that it
was a later fabrication of mankind. One of these popes, Honorius,
was officially cursed forty eight years after his death by the
Synod which was held in Istanbul in 680 C.E.
Sometimes it is an individual's own silence which
proves to be the most deafening proclamation. As we saw in the
previous chapters, for the period of a century and more the only
"Scriptures" used by the first Jewish followers of Jesus
were the Greek Septuagint translations (commonly
designated LXX) of the Hebrew Old Testament, "the Law and
the Prophets", supplemented by various Jewish apocrypha and
the Sibylline Oracles (150 BC to AD 180);
these were the only "authorities" appealed to by the
early "Church Fathers" when preaching their new faith.
Nowhere do they quote the books which we know today as the "New
Naturally, if the "history" of the Trinitarian
Church regarding their chosen Gospels and what are claimed to
be the inspired writings of Jesus' first Apostles were true, and
these writings had indeed been accepted as authoritative at that
time, then they would have been the most precious and potent documents
of preaching for their doctrine. Undoubtedly, they would have
spoken of nothing else, but would have quoted them and appealed
to their authority at every turn as they have been doing through
the centuries since. But, for some 150 years, little or nothing
besides the Old Testament and these Oracles were known or quoted.
As said by the great critic, Solomon Reinach,
"With the exception of Papias, who speaks of a narrative by Mark, and a collection of sayings of Jesus, no Christian writer of the first half of the second century (i.e., up to 150 C.E.) quotes the Gospels or their reputed authors."
Orpheus, Reinach, p. 218
But let us back up a little and study how and when
the "inspired" books of the Bible were incorporated
into the Christian "canon" of the Bible. We have already
given a brief introduction in section 1.2.5 onwards of how the
current Gospels of the Bible were introduced as "authentic."
Let us now have a very brief look at some of the details. The
following was obtained from the book "Izhar ul Haqq"
among other references:
In the city of Nicea
Iznik, Turkey), in the year 325 AD, a great conference of Christian
theologians and religious scholars was convened under the order
of the Emperor Constantine to examine and define
the status of these countless Christian Gospels. After a thorough
investigation it was decided that the Epistle of Jude was genuine
and believable. The rest of our current books of the Bible were
declared doubtful. This was explicitly mentioned by Saint Jerome
in the introduction to his book. St. Jerome, of course, was a
Christian scholar and a great philosopher. He was born in 340
AD He translated the Bible into Latin. He was a famous bibliographer
and wrote many books on the Bible. Before the year 325 C.E., it
is known that the Gospel of Barnabas
was accepted as canonical in the churches of Alexandria. It is
known to have been circulated in the first two centuries after
Christ (pbuh) from the writings of Irenaeus
(130-200AD). After this council, four Gospels were selected out
of a minimum of three hundred available and the rest, including
the Gospel of Barnabas, were ordered utterly destroyed. All Gospels
written in Hebrew were also ordered destroyed.
In the year 364 AD, another council was held in
for the same purpose. This conference of Christian scholars and
theologians not only confirmed the decision of the council of
Nicea regarding the authenticity of
the Epistle of Jude but also declared that the following six books
must also be added to the list of genuine and believable books:
The Book of Esther, The Epistle Of James, The Second Epistle of
Peter, The Second and Third Epistles of John, The Epistle of Paul
to the Hebrews. This conference pronounced their decision to the
public. The book of Revelations, however, remained out of the
list of the acknowledged books in both the councils.
In 397 another great conference was held called the
Council of Carthage. Augustine,
the celebrated Christian scholar, was among the one hundred and
twenty six learned participants. The members of this council confirmed
the decisions of the two previous Councils and also added the
following books to the list of the divine books: The Book of the
Songs of Solomon, The Book of Tobit, The Book of
Baruch, Ecclesiasticus, and The First and Second Books of Maccabees.
At the same time the members of this council decided
that the book of Baruch was a part of the book of Jeremiah because
Baruch was the deputy of Jeremiah. Therefore they did not include
the name of this book separately in the list.
Three more conferences were held after this in Trullo,
Florence and Trent (1545-63). The members
of these meetings confirmed the decision of the Council of Carthage.
The last two councils, however, wrote the name of the book of
After these councils nearly all the books which had
previously been doubtful among Christians were now included in
the list of acknowledged books.
The status of these books remained unchanged until
the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century. The
Protestants repudiated the decisions of the councils and declared
that there are only 66 truly "inspired" books of God,
and not 73 as claimed by the Catholics. The following books were
to be rejected: The Book of Baruch, The Book of Tobit, The Letter
of Jude, The Songs of Solomon, Ecclesiasticus, and
The First and Second Books of Maccabees. They excluded these books
from the list of acknowledged books.
The Protestants also rejected the decision of their
forbears regarding some chapters of the book of Esther. This book
consists of 16 chapters. They decided that the first nine chapters
and three verses from chapter ten were to be rejected. They based
their decision on the following six reasons:
1 These works were considered to be false even in
the original Hebrew and Chaldaean languages which were no longer
2 The Jews did not acknowledge them as revealed
3 All the Christians have not acknowledged them as
4 Jerome said that these books were not reliable
and were insufficient to prove and support the doctrines of the
5 Klaus has openly said that these books were recited
but not in every place.
6 Eusebius specifically said in section 22 of his
fourth book that these books have been tampered with, and changed.
In particular the Second Book of Maccabees.
It now becomes apparent that books which had been
lost in the original and which only existed in translation were
erroneously acknowledged by thousands of theologians as divine
revelation. This state of affairs leads a non-Christian reader
to distrust the unanimous decisions of Christian scholars of both
the Catholic and the Protestant persuasions. The followers of
Catholic faith still believe in these books in blind pursuance
of their forebears.
It is a prerequisite of believing in a certain book
as divinely revealed that it is proved through infallible arguments
that the book in question was revealed through a prophet and that
it has been conveyed to us precisely in the same order without
any change through an uninterrupted chain of narrators. It is
not at all sufficient to attribute a book to a certain prophet
on the basis of suppositions and conjectures. Unsupported assertions
made by one or a few sects of people should not be, and cannot
be, accepted in this connection.
We have already seen how Catholic and Protestant
scholars differ on the question of the authenticity of some of
these books. There are yet more books of the Bible which have
been rejected by Christians. They include the Book of Revelation,
the Book of Genesis, the Book of Ascension, the Book of Mysteries,
the Book of Testament and the Book of Confession which are all
ascribed to the Prophet Moses. Similarly a fourth
Book of Ezra is claimed to be from the Prophet Ezra and a book
concerning Isaiah's ascension and revelation are ascribed to him.
In addition to the known book of Jeremiah, there is another book
attributed to him. There are numerous sayings which are claimed
to be from the Prophet Habakkuk. There are many songs which are
said to be from the Prophet Solomon. There are more
than 70 books, other than the present ones, of the new Testament,
which are ascribed to Jesus, Mary, the apostles, and their disciples.
In this day and age, some Christian scholars are even making the
case for the authenticity of the Gospel of Thomas as the "fifth"
Gospel (see "The Five Gospels,"
written over six years by 24 Christian scholars from some of the
USA and Canada's most prestigious universities)
The Christians of this age have claimed that these
books are false and forgeries. The Greek Church, Catholic church
and the Protestant Church are unanimous on this point. Similarly
the Greek Church claims that the third book of Ezra is a part
of the Old Testament and believes it to have been written by the
Prophet Ezra while the Protestant and Catholic Churches have declared
it false and fabricated.
Groliers encyclopedia says under the heading "New Testament, canon":
"The process by which the canon of the New
Testament was formed began in the 2d century, probably with a
collection of ten letters of Paul. Toward the end of that century,
Irenaeus argued for the unique authority of the portion of the
Canon called the Gospels. Acceptance of the other books came gradually.
The church in Egypt used more than the present 27 books,
and the Syriac-speaking churches fewer. The question of
an official canon became urgent during the 4th century. It was
mainly through the influence of Athanasius, bishop
of Alexandria, and because Jerome included the 27 books in his
Latin version of the Bible called the Vulgate, that the present
canon came to be accepted.."
Notice, as mentioned in the previous chapters, how
the writings of Paul were the first to be accepted by the Trinitarian
church. All other gospels were then either accepted or destroyed
based upon their conformance to the teachings of Paul.
As mentioned previously, Lobegott Friedrich Konstantin Von Tischendorf was one of the most eminent conservative Biblical scholars of the nineteenth century. One of his greatest lifelong achievements was his discovery of one of the oldest known Biblical manuscripts know to mankind, the "Codex Sinaiticus," with the monks of Saint Catherine's Monastery in Mount Sinai. In this oldest known copy of the Bible known to humanity we find contained two gospels which would later be discarded by a more enlightened generation. They are "The Epistle of Barnabas" (not to be confused with the Gospel of Barnabas), and "The Shepherd of Hermas." Today, of course, neither of these two books is to be found in our modern Bibles. As also seen in section 1.2, many later "insertions" of the church were exposed through the study of this manuscript. However, following in the tradition of true conservative Christian scholars before him, Tischendorf managed to apply 12,000 "corrections" to this manuscript's 110,000 lines before he was through "transcribing" it (see "secrets of Mount Sinai", James Bentley, Doubleday, NY, 1986, p. 95)
We have already seen in chapter one how "St.
Paul" all but totally obliterated the religion of Jesus (pbuh)
based upon the authority of his alleged "visions". We
then saw how his teachings were based more upon his personal philosophy
and beliefs than any attempt to cite words or actions of Jesus
(pbuh) himself (e.g. Galatians 2). We further saw how his followers
slaughtered all Christians who would not forsake the teachings
of the apostles for his teachings and how he was later made the
"majority author" of the Bible and countless authentic
gospels were burned and labeled apocrypha by his followers. Remember,
"St. Paul" is claimed to be the author of Romans, 1
and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Phillippians, Colossians,
1 and 2 Thessalonians, 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, and Hebrews.
"All the evidence indicates that the words of Jesus were authoritative in the Church from the first, and this makes it the more remarkable that such scanty attention is paid to the words or works of Jesus in the earliest Christian writings, Paul's letters, the later Epistles, Hebrews, Revelation, and even Acts have little to report about them... Papias (ca. AD 130), the first person to actually name a written gospel, illustrates the point. Even though he defends Mark's gospel (Euseb. Hist. III.xxxix.15-16), and had himself appended a collection of Jesus tradition to his 'Interpretation of the Oracles of the Lord' (Euseb. Hist. III.xxxix.2-3), his own clear preference was for the oral tradition concerning Jesus, and the glimpses that Eusebius provides of Papias' Jesus tradition give no hint of his dependence on Mark. Neither do the more frequent citations of Jesus in the APOSTOLIC FATHERS, largely 'synoptic' in character show much dependence on our written gospels"
The Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible,
Volume, p. 137
The Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible contains
much more revealing information in this regard, far too much to
reproduce here. The reader is strongly encouraged to locate a
copy in their local library and read the details.
The popularly accepted dates for the authorship of
the current books of the Bible are approximately as follows:
Approx. AD Event / Document
30 Crucifixion (Ascension) of Jesus
50 First Epistle of Paul
62 Last Epistle of Paul
65-70 Mark's Gospel
70 Epistle to Hebrews
80 Luke's Gospel
85-90 Matthew's Gospel
90-100 John's Gospel and First Epistle
100 I & II Timothy and Titus
Uncertainty about James I & II, Peter, John and
Jude does not allow historians to estimate their origin dates.
(See "The Early Church And The New Testament," Irene
Allen, 1953). We begin to see the degree to which our current
religion of "Christianity" is based more on the teachings
and writings of Paul than anything else. The Gospels which are
popularly believed to have been written first were in actuality
written long after the writings of Paul. Now Christian scholars
are even beginning to uncover extensive evidence that these Gospels
were not even written by their claimed authors. The more Christian
scholars study the Bible, the more it becomes painfully apparent
that what is popularly referred to today as "Christianity"
should more appropriately be named "Paulanity."
As mentioned in section 2.1, even when a book is
claimed to be truly "inspired" we still find that the
Church cannot say with 100% assuredness who wrote this "inspired"
book. As mentioned there, the authors
of the RSV Bible by Collins say that the author of "Kings"
is "Unknown," the book of Isaiah is "Mainly credited
to Isaiah. Parts may have been written by others." Ecclesiastics:
"Author. Doubtful, but commonly assigned to Solomon."
Ruth: "Author. Not definitely known, perhaps Samuel."
and on and on. Is this how a truly unbiased mind defines "inspired
by God"? You be the judge.
"Verily, those who conceal that which Allah has sent down of the Book and purchase a small gain therewith, they eat into their bellies nothing but fire. Allah will not speak to them on the Day of Resurrection, nor will He purify them, and theirs will be a painful torment. Those are they who purchase error at the price of guidance, and torment at the price of pardon. What boldness (they show) for the Fire!"
The noble Qur'an, Al-Baqarah(2):174-175