The Bible is in Crisis

Before last night, I did not believe in the Mandela Effect. I thought people believe wrongly because they have faulty memory. Now I know better.

It is scary to know that something in your posession can change without your knowing it. Especially when it comes to the Bible. Compared to other versions of the Bible, the King James Version, being the most studied Bible version, is found to have the most changes as you can see from the following examples. I have picked only seven examples to show you.

  • Luke 17:34 reads:

    I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. (King James Version)

    I say to you: in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. (Douay-Rheims Bible)

    I tell you, two will be seated on the same couch that night. The one will be taken, and the other will be left behind.
    (International Standard Version)

    I tell you, on that night there will be two in one bed; one will be taken and the other will be left. (New American Standard Bible)

    I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. (New International Version)

    I say to you, in that night, two shall be in one bed; one shall be taken captive and the other shall be left. (Aramaic Bible in Plain English)

    I tell you, on that night two will be in one bed: One will be taken and the other will be left. (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

  • Luke 17:35 reads:

    Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left. (King James Version)

    Two women shall be grinding together: the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left: two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be keft. (Douay-Rheims Bible)

    Two women will be grinding grain together. The one will be taken, and the other will be left behind. (International Standard Version)

    There will be two women grinding at the same place; one will be taken and the other will be left. (New American Standard Bible)

    Two women will be grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left. (New International Version)

    Two women shall be grinding meal together; one shall be led away captive and the other shall be left. (Aramaic Bible in Plain English)

    Two women will be grinding grain together: One will be taken and the other left. (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

  • 1 Corinthians 13:1 reads:

    Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. (King James Version)

    If I speak with the tongues of men, and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. (Douay-Rheims Bible)

    If I speak in the languages of humans and angels but have no love, I have become a reverberating gong or a clashing cymbal. (International Standard Version)

    If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. (New American Standard Bible)

    If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. (New International Version)

    If I shall speak with every human and Angelic language and have no love in me, I shall be clanging brass or a noise-making cymbal. (Aramaic Bible in Plain English)

    If I speak human or angelic languages but do not have love, I am a sounding gong or a clanging cymbal. (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

  • Romans 12:12 reads:

    Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
    (King James Version)

    Rejoicing in hope. Patient in tribulation. Instant in prayer. (Douay-Rheims Bible)

    Be joyful in hope, patient in trouble, and persistent in prayer. (International Standard Version)

    rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, (New American Standard Bible)

    And the gospel must first be preached to all nations. (New International Version)

    Be rejoicing in your hope. Bear your afflictions bravely. Be persistent in prayer. (Aramaic Bible in Plain English)

    Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer. (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

  • Mark 13:10 reads:

    And the gospel must first be published among all nations. (King James Version)

    And unto all nations the gospel must first be preached. (Douay-Rheims Bible)

    But first, the gospel must be proclaimed to all nations. (International Standard Version)

    The gospel must first be preached to all the nations. (New American Standard Bible)

    And the gospel must first be preached to all nations. (New International Version)

    But first my gospel is going to be preached in all the nations. (Aramaic Bible in Plain English)

    And the good news must first be proclaimed to all nations.(Holman Christian Standard Bible)

  • Matthew 2:17 reads:

    Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, (King James Version)

    Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremias the prophet, saying: (Douay-Rheims Bible)

    Then what was declared by the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled when he said, (International Standard Version)

    Then what had been spoken through Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled, (New American Standard Bible)

    Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled, (New International Version)

    Then the thing was fulfilled which was spoken by Jeremiah the Prophet which says, (Aramaic Bible in Plain English)

    Then what was spoken through Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled, (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

  • 2 Timothy 2:23 reads:

    But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes. (King James Version)

    And avoid foolish and unlearned questions, knowing that they beget strifes. (Douay-Rheims Bible)

    Do not have anything to do with foolish and stupid discussions, because you know they breed arguments. (International Standard Version)

    But refuse foolish and ignorant speculations, knowing that they produce quarrels. (New American Standard Bible)

    Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. (New International Version)

    Abstain from the disputes of fools who are without instruction, for you know that they generate conflict. (Aramaic Bible in Plain English)

    But reject foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they breed quarrels. (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

There are bound to be many more changes in the various versions and translations of the Bible in the days to come; the changes will have far-reaching consequences. There will come a time when we can no longer quote Jesus’ true words from the Bible. Not only will this cause confusion and division among Christians, but this will also make it very difficult for Christians to spread Jesus’ words. In addition, God’s adversary will be able to deceive and mislead Christians who are not familiar with the Bible. Worst of all, the Bible will cease to be a trustworthy reference.

The Bible is in crisis. As Christians, we should be aware that God’s adversary is doing his best to wreak havoc in the world with his lies and tricks of deception. We should bear in mind that in this physical world nothing is out of his reach. And we should always call upon Jesus Christ for help whenever we are in doubt.

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