Biblical Error -The Need For Messengers ...Uncensored...??
A disturbingly large number of people in the world
today believe the Bible to be literally true, the very word of
God, absolutely verbatim, as it were. I was reminded of this some weeks ago
when I endured yet another doorstep visit from local Jehovah’s Witnesses
keen to convert me to their version of ‘The Truth’. I enlightened them about
the excesses of Jehovah’s people. They seemed unfamiliar with the
Numbers. They did not then ‘stand upon the order of their going’.
Indeed, much of the Creationist movement in the United
States is driven by ‘folks’ who believe that the Bible
error. Such people could well have made the difference in the 2004
presidential election which returned a supposedly staunch, evangelical
Christian to the White House, someone whose life was turned around when he
came to ’know Jesus’.
Over 40% of Americans are reported to attend church on
a Sunday, which would make them one of the most God-fearing societies on
earth. Other aspects of American society cast doubt on the value of this
statistic. Nonetheless, there is now a vocal school of thought which is
promoting the belief that the Bible is without error, even if the same
cannot be said about this same high profile Christian.
This was brought home to me a couple of days ago when
Jenny returned from a doctor’s appointment with a six month old copy of the
New Zealand magazine Investigate which she had found in the waiting
room. She read out to me a letter to the editor from a contributor in
Vienna, Hans Weichelbaum. He complained that his arguments had been either
ignored or misrepresented. His original contribution and this subsequent
letter had arisen because the author and owner of Investigate, Ian
Wishart, was promulgating the view that the Old Testament
devoid of error. In this edition, March 2005, the Editor replied to this
letter and reiterated his claim at some length in a full article
Questions - A Viennese Waltz on whether you can believe in the
I had written to Ian Wishart myself some years earlier
about my evidence, both for prophecy and intelligent design. The long
personal reply I received was essentially a lecture on how Jesus died for
all our sins. He hardly referred to a word I had written. Nor did
Investigate publish any of my letter. So I could sympathise with Dr.
Weichelbaum who, by strange coincidence, like me, has a Doctorate in
As Jenny read on, I became more and more irritated.
How could any thinking, educated man claim that the Old Testament
devoid of error?
As a result of reading this article, I wrote to Ian
Wishart as follows:
I find your position that the Old Testament is
‘without error’ incomprehensible. You appear to believe that to admit to its
error is to also accept that God cannot communicate accurately with mankind.
I have no doubt of God’s ability to communicate accurately with certain men
through the ages, be it through some of the Old Testament prophets,
through Christ, or through Mohammed, and even through men who predated any
of these. What I do not accept is the ability of man to transfer this
inspiration into written form and transfer it, free of ‘improvements’ even
over decades, let alone centuries.
There is one very clear example of an error in
transmission. It surprises me that no one has ever bothered to correct the
world’s oldest ‘typo’at the end of the Second
Book of Chronicles in
the Old Testament at 2 Chronicles 36. Chapter 23 ends with the
words ‘Let him go up’. At this point, it is not clear whether the
original monk was caught short, stopped for his tea or was suddenly called
to his Maker.
The next book of the Old Testament, Ezra,
in effect goes back to the start of Chapter 22 of 2 Chronicles 36.
There is a ‘carriage return’, new page, new section, and
36,22 becomes Ezra 1,1. And in
Ezra 1,3, it then becomes
clear where ‘he’ is to ‘go up to’. The last sentence in the Second Book
of Chronicles should end with the words ‘Jerusalem which is Judah’.
I am indebted to Thomas Paine for first drawing this
early typo to my attention in his book The Age of Reason. This is a
book which catalogues the manifold errors to be found in both the Old
Testament and the New. However, as he only wrote in 1795, perhaps
it is early days yet for the idea of biblical errors to get around to
You really should read what he says. He does believe
in the existence of God. But unlike you, he did not accept that God could
become as trivial and insignificant a creature as man, through some kind of
How much of it are you really familiar with? Have you
never read any Biblical criticism? Or is it, as with the Jehovah’s
Witnesses, only carefully selected highlights which are read to the
faithful? ‘Behold a virgin will conceive’ or ‘Unto us a son is
born’ or ‘Wonderful counsellor, the mighty God, the everlasting
father, the Prince of Peace’? The words are so memorable to us, so
ingrained in our culture, but is there really any evidence they really refer
to Christ. The context would tend to deny this. What does the Old
Testament actually say? Is there not some confusion over the virgin who
conceives (Isaiah 7,14)? Is it Mary or the prophetess (Isaiah 8,3)?
And is the name of the child Immanuel to be Maher-shalal-hashbaz or, as it
is later claimed in the New Testament and Christian tradition for
this particular prophecy, Jesus?
‘Unto us a child is born’ - In fact, one would
have thought Isaiah 9,6 would be little short of blasphemous to the
Jews - a child who shall be a mighty god. Consider the subsequent
words ‘... of the increase of his government and peace there shall
be no end upon the throne of David’. How on earth could that, in any
shape or form, refer to Christ? Where is the evidence of the
his government and peace’ anywhere on earth, especially in Jerusalem,
the throne of David?
As for Biblical truth, what kind of god is it that you
worship? Have you ever read the account of the valiant deeds of the precious
Moses in Numbers 31, 13? Having returned from a slaughter and pillage
expedition, not only sanctioned but indeed at the behest of Jehovah, the
heads of the Israelite army, in their hour of triumph find themselves
admonished for not having slaughtered enough. After all, they had only
killed all of the men of Midian. Clearly Moses had forgotten his Sixth
Commandment - Exodus 20, 13 - Thou shalt not kill!
His experience of
the burning bush must not have made such an impression on him, after all.
Maybe the tablets had got broken and he had a poor memory or perhaps it was
a different God who had said that! He asks……
15. Have you saved all the women alive?.......
17. Now therefore kill every male among the little ones and kill every woman
that hath known man by lying with him.
18. But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him,
keep alive for yourselves.
How do you or your god justify that? The
justification, as given in Numbers 31,16, is that the Midians were
the cause of the self-proclaimed ‘Chosen People’ straying from the ways of
Jehovah. So the Midians all had to be slaughtered. But like everyone else,
the Chosen People could surely choose for themselves. Why should others be
punished for the free choices of the Chosen? Sound any bells with the
sacrifice of the lamb?
Incidentally, have you heard of
John Martin, the
Victorian painter? His paintings tended to dwell on the theme of the Wrath
of God - Belshazzar’s Feast, the
Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah,
The Flood, The Destruction of Ninevah and of course his final
Paintings. His painting of a self-evident Old Testament
error hangs in the Freemason’s Hall in London. It seems appropriate, for
theirs is indeed a house of error. Any god will do, as long as you swear
your Masonic oaths of allegiance on whatever god this is. If you progress
through the higher ranks of Freemasonry, you eventually reach the 33rd degree, the Order of the Holy Royal Arch. In that ritual, you
finally learn the sacred name for God - Jahbulon. Would that be the unholy
trinity of Jehovah, Baal and Amon?
The painting to which I am referring here is
Commanding the Sun to Stand Still. It is based on the text of
10,12. What an amazing feat for Joshua to perform! The sun stood still over Gibeon and the moon in the Valley of Ajalon. This time it was the Amorites
who were delivered up by Jehovah to the tender mercies of the children of
Israel. But mass slaughter takes time, so the sun stood still for a whole
day so that their worthy task could be brought to completion, that is if
Joshua 10,13 is to be believed. One can sympathise. Mass slaughter in
the dark must be difficult; some might escape the wrath of Jehovah. If
Joshua is not to be believed, then your proposition falls. The
Testament does contain error. (John Martin himself did not accept
that God could be the vicious, unjust, biased, evil monster portrayed
in so much of the Old Testament.)
Clearly whoever wrote that piece in
Joshua did not understand
the rules of planetary motion. But in 1609, Kepler’s elucidations of the
laws of the planets made sleepless nights a thing of the past. Science had
finally proved that there was an intricate order in the heavens. All was not
chaos, after all. Kepler demonstrated, from his own observations and those
of Tycho Brahe, that not only did the earth and the other planets revolve
around the sun, but the path described by the each planet was that of an
ellipse, with the sun at one principal focus. Kepler then went on to work
out his other two laws of planetary motion. Kepler’s faith in both science
and God was vindicated.
But I am reminded that it was with the same
intransigence as you show that the Catholic priests and cardinals of the
Inquisition imposed their version of ‘truth’. Not long afterwards in 1633,
they forced Galileo to retract his belief in this ‘erroneous science’. He
was made to admit that it is indeed the sun which moves round the earth. But
his confession changed nothing. It merely saved his life. Contrary to
appearances, the earth still moved around the sun, not vice versa.
God, as their creator, had known the laws of the
planets all along, one can only suppose. It was only man who was slow to
understand. So the error of the sun and moon standing still in Gibeon is
man’s error - not God’s. But it is an error in the Old Testament, no
less. It is a falsehood. Neither the sun nor the moon stood still over
Gibeon or Ajalon, or anywhere else. As for either earth or sun standing
still, can you imagine the forces which the tiniest deviation in the earth’s
orbit would unleash upon mankind? The rest of the Book of Joshua
is a tale of unmitigated evil. The walls of Jericho came down, thanks to
Jehovah and the priests and their trumpet rituals. The worthy Israelites
hurtle in and, as usual, slaughter everything that moves in the city, bar
the prostitute who first helped their advance guard of spies. What a tale of
valour and righteous living! Do you never wonder about the real nature of
the god you profess to worship?
There is evidence that Christ was indeed sent by God
to give a new Testament, but this is not exactly the ‘New’ Testament
we have today. That volume has been heavily corrupted by St. Paul. He should
surely be celebrated as the first marketing executive in history. In the PR
calendar, St. Paul’s Day... (25th January Date added
13th Oct 2012 - That date - 25th Jan in 2010 became very significant in
March 2010, but I did not realise it was St Paul's day until on 16th
September, 2012, looking for a calendar for 1882 (ref NZH edition numbers)
my old Victorian Book of Common Preyer (1859) fell open at the Conversion of
St Paul - more 'book finding' . See
A Tale of Two Daniels ) St Paul's day should be a public holiday, in recognition of his
unique contribution to the profession of hype and lies. With a brilliant
insight, he realised that ‘salvation’ had much more ‘sales appeal’ than the
idea of personal responsibility and God’s judgement. It is to Paul that we
really owe the concept of salvation and the death of the lamb for the sins
of the world. You are not a Christian, but a Paulian. Not satisfied with
this gross error, the Christians went even further. The man who had been
sent to turn men to God was turned by these same men into God. The Council
of Nicea dotted the ‘i’s and crossed the ‘t’s in 325 AD. So the triune god
was born, the Holy Trinity of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
Is it just a coincidence that The Koran speaks
so much of God’s Judgement, much more so than does The Bible? In
fact, the teachings of the New Testament and the Koran have much in
common, bar two things. First, there is no salvation in the Koran.
Every man and woman is held accountable for his or her own deeds. It is a
much more moral precept than the vicarious sacrifice of the innocent man/god
for the sins of all mankind. Secondly, ‘God is One’ is thundered
again and again and again in the Koran. So, did God send Christ to
correct the errors of the Jews, if indeed Numbers, Joshua, etc
be considered to be ‘right living’ according to Jehovah? Perhaps He got
tired of all the burnt offerings, if Isaiah 1, 11-15 is anything to
go by. And did He in turn send Mohammed to correct the errors of the
Christians who had succeeded in turning Christ into God, a god who ‘died for
their manifold sins and wickedness’?
In the course of time, the revelations to Mohammed
were also corrupted. Strangely, the Koran even recounts the fable of
the virgin birth of Jesus, but sets it under a palm tree, rather than in the
Bethlehem stable. Not to be outdone, the Koran then invokes an extra
miracle. The baby, barely an hour old, proclaims his purpose in coming into
the world and foretells his eventual fate. He is compelled to do this in
order to defend his virgin mother’s virtue.
But man seems unable to free himself from the concept
that his sins can be forgiven through rituals involving the sacrifice of
others. The Old Testament hangs heavy with the stench of burnt offerings,
despite the admonitions which come at the very start of Isaiah. Clearly God
has the measure of man and his hypocrisy.
Was this insistence on sacrifice another error of the
Jews which caused God to send Christ? If so, it was to no avail, because the
man who came to show men the error of their ways became instead the ultimate
sacrifice. This was the pure man without sin, not tainted even by sex, let
alone killing, who was to be sacrificed for the expiation of the many. The
sins of the many, past, present and future inhabitants of the earth would be
forgiven ‘en block’. The concept really is quite astonishing in its utter
lack of morality. It has certainly done little in the past two millennia to
improve the behaviour of man. Perhaps it has done the opposite. However
black your sins, you could always ‘truly repent’.
And if in time God did send Mohammed to correct the
errors of the Christians, with their new found symbolic sacrifice of their
triune God, He was to be disappointed there too. For the Moslems proved
themselves unwilling to forego their ritual sacrifices for the new
revelation. Halal slaughter has much in common with Kosher.
For in that, the Moslems are far closer to the Old Testament than
they are to the New Testament. The same animal is taboo - the pig. Even today
in New Zealand, all cattle are slaughtered with maximum cruelty in the
halal way. Who cares about the suffering of animals bleeding to death,
as long as the killing has a ritual purity to satisfy the lucrative export
trade to the Islamic world? By chance, or was it design, that my waste water
treatment job has been for the past eight years in this particular field of
mass slaughter. That job has helped in no small measure to confirm the truth
Mary, Daughter of Elohim.
The climax of the Haj occurs with the Eid el
Adha, the feast of the sacrifice. Disasters at Christmas 1988 and Eid
el Adha in 1990 were the two key events that led us to begin our
deciphering of the Alpha and Omega Codes. As for throwing stones at the
devil at Mina, it is much easier than resisting the devil in your personal,
home or professional life.
There is no easy way out. Sacrifices are the currency
of priests, not the currency of God. They are the ultimate flexible friend,
your theological credit card. In time though, you pay the full price
As for ‘Thou shalt not commit adultery’ we have
the fine examples of David and Solomon. Abraham merely hands over his wife
to Pharaoh, as his ‘sister’, to save his skin. But this has all been
explained to me by the devout as “things were different then”! John Martin
was no more convinced of its truth than am I.
Too much of the Old Testament conveys the
message that it is acceptable to Jehovah, indeed a duty, to slaughter in the
name of a god. Perhaps we do not have the full text of the Ten Commandments.
Should the sixth commandment not have said Thou shalt not kill
(Israelites)? Then the slaughter in the later Books of Moses
would not be seen as Jehovah contradicting himself. Perhaps it might have
appeared too partisan to spell it out. It was just how it came to operate. I
am reminded of George Orwell’s inspired book Animal Farm
and the way the ‘rules’
were changed later on in the revolution as the Pigs assumed more and more
the position of the usurped farmer. ‘All animals are equal’
into ‘All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than
others.’ The original edict ‘No animal shall sleep in a bed’
amended by the addition of the words ‘with sheets’.
The edict of ‘Go forth and slaughter’
message which is totally alien to the New Testament, although that
has not prevented Christians doing precisely that through the ages.
Unwittingly or not, perhaps they used the Old Testament examples for
Today the Koran is likewise misused to claim
that the will of Allah is for good Muslims to kill in the name of Islam. ‘Jihad’
used to mean ‘struggle’. But the struggle which it was, and is ever more so,
is for the decent to live an honest life in a world progressively more
decadent and evil. It was this struggle to live a worthy life which in time
would bring the reward of the glories of heaven, rather than the punishment
of the torments of hell. Now Jihad means ‘killing others’ - back to
forth and slaughter’, but with the bonus of ‘a short cut to paradise
guaranteed’. Once again, false priests make false promises like Heaven,
with its seventy plus virgins for those who die for Allah. But it would be
interesting to know where precisely in the Koran this particular
promise is to be found. Given the carnage which is Iraq today, one begins to
wonder if there is not now something of a shortage of virgins in Paradise.
( Some years after a censored version of this article
was published in the NZ magazine Uncensored a Danish cartoon caused uproar
in the Muslim world with almost those very words.) Or perhaps the balance is maintained through the numbers of innocent women
and children who are also slaughtered? I suspect the original words which
came to Mohammed referred more to the laying down of one’s own life for
truth and justice, not the indiscriminate slaughter of others.
In the past, neither Islam, through the lands of North
Africa to Spain, nor the Catholic Church in Central and South America has
hesitated to spread the faith through the edge of the sword. It has been
reported that George W. Bush, in one of his ‘religious experiences’, was
told by God to invade Afghanistan and then Iraq. It is not clear whether
this message came through a tame priest, priestess or pastor, or direct from
‘on high’. Either way, this ‘god’ appears to bear an uncanny resemblance to
the god of the Old Testament - ‘Go forth and slaughter’ - in
the name of Freedom, of course. Is that the same god in new clothes?
Thomas Cranmer, the Archbishop of Canterbury, said so
well in his Preface to the first ever edition of the English Book
of Common Prayer in 1549, 'There was never anything by the wit of man
so well devised or so surely established which in continuance of time hath
not been corrupted.' He was referring to the ‘commonly called divine
service’ as then to be found in the infant Church of England. But his words
apply equally well to the versions we now have of the Old Testament,
the New Testament and the Koran. Even worse is what men do,
supposedly in the names of these Books.
Are we seriously to believe that all of these
contradictory books, Old Testament, New Testament and Koran,
are the unadulterated word of God, when commonsense should cause us to want
to separate the wheat from the chaff? There are elements of original
inspiration to be found in each of these Books, but much else beside, much
of it wrong, or at best misleading.
I have not a shred of doubt that God exists. He has
warned mankind for millennia. On every occasion, man has corrupted the words
of His messengers, over time. Even the corrupted, weakened words are ignored
by the masses today. It is clear we live in the End Times. Thou shalt not
steal, kill, covet, lust after.......Is there anything left which makes
modern life worth living? How can anyone turn an honest profit?
But God did not cease to communicate with man after
the death of Moses or of the prophets, after the death of Christ or the
apostles, or after the death of Mohammed. God has inspired men over the
intervening centuries. In music, Handel springs to mind.
was written in exactly three weeks, not by picking out his notes on a
harpsichord either! In art, the works of John Martin are paramount. William
Blake is another artist who stands out. In literature, many novels have
strange elements of inspiration. There is Jonathan Swift’s
Travels of 1726 and Morgan Robertson’s 1898 novel
tells the story of the loss of the Titanic, then 14 years in the
future. Bram Stoker’s 1903 novel The Jewel of Seven Stars is not
without significance. Then there are also more recent novels which appear to
have strong elements of inspiration, such as The Nostradamus Inheritance
(Raymond Leonard), The Hammer of God (Arthur C. Clark),
and The Hermes Fall (John Baxter). ( For more
on inspired books see
Inspiration ) Nor should the many inspired hymn writers and
composers of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries be forgotten. The 20th
century contributed few and probably the 21st will continue the decline. (
For inspired Hymns see our
Voice of God
The Source of Intelligence, whether known as God,
Allah or Elohim, still attempts to communicate with men today, but it is a
losing battle. Money talks today to a greater extent than ever before and
men prefer to listen to that. And women are in no way behind in this regard;
they may even be out in front. Two thousand years after Christ died, many
things which are now happening in the world today would suggest that we have
finally come to the End Times. We owe so much to the gospel of greed and the
world of market forces. It is indeed a true Gospel for the End Times.
I dare you to publish this, and then counter my
arguments in print, if you can. But you would not want too many Christians
to read The Age of Reason. They might begin to wonder about the real
nature of their Holy Book. Horror of horrors! They might even begin to think
for themselves! It is not just cosy stories of Christmas or the tragedy of
Easter. For that is all most people know of the Bible, even so-called
I expect you to take the easy way out and just ignore
this letter. That will not correct the errors in the Bible, but at least
fewer people will be made aware of the extent of them.
c May, 2004
Edited 13th October, 2012 9:53pm Knowing.