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The Bible: Truth, Alterations & Discernment


The Inspired Word of God

I believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God. However, an honest study of the subject of the manuscripts upon which our translations are built leads one to the conclusion that there have been alterations. As those who know the topic are aware, there are many variations in the “New Testament” manuscripts that are available. While some may minimize the changes as just copy errors and the like, it is clear to me that theology was affected by the changes. The scattered changes of similar themes appears to indicate intent. It angers me that our Creator’s communication has been altered. However, we are fortunate that we are the point in history where there are enough older manuscripts now available that the alterations are clear, well documented and have been corrected in many of the translations from the twentieth century. When these changes are lined up and put in the proper perspective, I believe the facts speak for themselves and the false doctrines are laid naked before us.

Even with alterations, the Bible is still a powerful reflection of God’s truth. It is a hologram in that every facet reflects the greater whole, so alterations will not fit in with the overall image. As you come to understand the hologram, the places where it is damaged become clearer. There is a great deal of evidence in the historical record to help sort out this issue. Consider the following quote from Josh McDowell’s "Evidence That Demands A Verdict", pg 50.

Sir David Dalrymple was wondering about the preponderance of Scripture in early writing when someone asked him, ‘Suppose that the New Testament had been destroyed, and every copy of it lost by the end of the third century, could it have been collected together again from the writings of the Fathers of the second and third centuries?’

After a great deal of investigation Dalrymple concluded:  ‘Look at those books. You remember the question about the New Testament and the Fathers? That question roused my curiosity, and as I possessed all the existing works of the Fathers of the second and third centuries, I commenced to search, and up to the time I have found the entire New Testament, except eleven verses.’

The alterations to the New Testament are limited and now well documented, so don’t discount the whole book just because darkness has managed to tarnish some translations and copies of this great light! It does appear that God has preserved the original and kept it hidden until our time as evidenced by the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Sinaitic and other manuscripts.

One of the earliest and most widely accepted Bible translations is the King James Version (KJV), completed in Great Britain in 1611. This is also called the Authorized Version. It is based upon a Greek text known as the Textus Receptus or ‘Received Text’ which is based largely upon Byzantine type Greek manuscripts. This Greek text was translated by the Roman Catholic scholar Erasmus in 1516 and Robert Stephens in 1550.

Several centuries later a new Greek text called the Revised Version was produced from 1881 to 1885 by B.F.Westcott and F.J.A.Hort. It is based upon the Sinaitic and Vatican manuscripts, particularly the Vaticanus. Archeology clearly indicates that these are older manuscripts and one would thereby logically assume that they are more accurate. Yet, some would argue that the King James translation is more accurate even though it is based upon much later translations. It is very interesting that the earlier manuscripts generally have less words and phrases than are found in the ‘Received Text’. From the point of view of the King James supporters, they view the differences in the earlier manuscripts as “omissions”. If the older manuscripts are indeed more accurate, then the differences in the King James version are additions. Which is more realistic, that the King James preserved the original and archeology has since found only the alterations or time has brought the older and earlier versions to light and proved there were changes to King James?

The final test is which fits the overall theology of the Bible better? Which fits the hologram and which damages it? Let’s review some of the more glaring changes and then we will focus on the theology of the Holy Trinity and the question of Christ’s deity.


Selection of Altered Verses in the Bible


NIV
KJV
Notes
Matt 18:10-11
See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.
Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.
The addition changes the message.
Is the addition meant to help justify "original sin"?
Matt 20:16
So the last will be first, and the first will be last.
So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.
Changes the meaning of the parable.
Matt 26:28
This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

Mark 11:25-26
And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.
And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.
Added threat.
Mark 14:24
This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many, ...
... This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many.

Mark 15:28

And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered with the transgressors.
Added note of fulfillment of  Isa 53:12
Mark 16:9-20
[The most reliable early manuscripts and other ancient witnesses do not have Mark 16:9-20.]
When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven demons. ...
He said to them, Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; ...
What was the original ending to Mark?

Luke 1:28
The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you."
And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.
Elevates Mary
Luke 9:53-56
but the people there did not welcome him, ... When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them? But Jesus turned and rebuked them, and they went to another village.
And they did not receive him, ... And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.
Question of our power -
Changes from disciples being able to call for destruction & lesson of when to use power
 to
Jesus alone being able.
Luke 17:3
... If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him.
Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.

Luke 21:36
Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.
Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
Having strength & understanding to make right decisions
vs
hoping to be judged worthy.
Luke 23:42
Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom."
And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.
Alter or fix confession?
John 3:15
that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.
That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
Added threat to those who do not believe.
John 5:4
[omitted w/ footnote saying found in:
"Some less important manuscripts..."]
For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.
Attempt to justify miraculous  healing sites?
John 6:47
I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
Changes focus from the God the Father to Jesus and attempts to make them both the subject of Jesus' teaching on the Father.
John 7:53-8:11
[The earliest and most reliable manuscripts and other ancient witnesses do not have John 7:53-8:11.]
... He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. ... Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

John 9:4
As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.
I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
We are part of the team vs it is Jesus alone.
John 12:47
As for the person who hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge him. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save it.
And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.
The importance of doing the commandments
vs
belief alone.
Acts 8:36-38
“Look, here is water. Why shouldn’t I be baptized?” And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him.
... See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.
Create or affect conditions of baptism?
Rom 1:16
I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

1 Cor 2:6
We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, ...
Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: ...
"Perfect" makes it sound beyond reach of average man vs a process of maturing.
1 Cor 5:7
Get rid of the old yeast that you may be a new batch without yeast - as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.
Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:

Eph 3:9
and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things.
And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:

Col 1:14
in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

2 Tim 3:17
so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
"Perfect" makes it sound beyond reach of average man.
Rev 14:12
This calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints who obey God’s commandments and remain faithful to Jesus.
Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

Rev 22:19
And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.
And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
A clear translation error which some people run with.


Verses Altered to Support the Holy Trinity Concept


NIV
KJV
Notes
1 John 5:7-8
For there are three that testify: the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.
For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.
This is the so-called
trinity proof text.
NIV Footnote
"... the addition is not found in any Greek manuscript or NT translation prior to the 16th century."
[For more depth, see Letter to a Friend 14 Nov 1690 by Sir Isaac Newton - "An historical account of two notable corruptions of Scripture". (+1 Tim 3:16)]
Matt  3:16-17
As soon as Jesus was baptized, ... the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased."
And Jesus, when he was baptized ... the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
At the transfiguration of Christ,
if God the Father manifested as Jesus, why would He not identify Himself as such, instead of calling him "Son"?
Matt 12:17-18
This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:
Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations.
[Quoting Isa 42:1]
That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,
Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my Spirit upon him, and he shall shhew judgment to the Gentiles. [Quoting Isa 42:1]
The Sinaiticus has
"... whom I have chosen; my beloved in whom my soul took delight: ..."
Isa 42:1 in the KJV:
"... in whom my soul delighteth; ..."
The English phrase "well pleased" when referring the the Beloved Son, Jesus, is used 6 times in the New Testament of the KJV and 5 times in the NIV. The only difference is the verse above. The other 5 are: Mt 3:17, 17:5; Mk 1:11; Lk 3:22 & 2 Pet 1:17.
For all 6 verses in the KJV, the Greek behind the phrase "well pleased" is the word eudokeo repeated twice.

In the Old Testament, the English phrase "well pleased" does not appear in the NIV and appears in only one place in the KJV:
Isaiah 42:21 "The Lord is well pleased for his righteousness' sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honourable." KJV
"It pleased the Lord for the sake of righteousness to make his law great and glorious." NIV

The Hebrew behind the phrase "well pleased" in Isa 42:21 is chaphets and this word is repeated twice!
The Hebrew behind "soul delighteth" in the KJV of Isa 42:1 does not include a word that is repeated twice.

If Isaiah 24:21 is a Messianic reference, then it must be a reference to the living law, Jesus.
This verse makes sense in a Messianic context only. For how could the law be made great and glorious (Rom 8:3)?
Only by bringing to the world the living example of the law written in the heart and mind.

It is interesting that "well pleased" maps to the end of Isaiah 42 and "chosen one" maps to the start of Isaiah 42.
When the KJV translates the quote of Isaiah 42:1 in Mt 12:18 as "well pleased", it obscures the real connection to Isaiah 24:21.
(I wonder if the Greek behind the KJV of Mt 12:18 is different from the Greek behind the Sinaiticus version.)
It would appear that this alternate translation in the KJV has the effect of weakening the connection of Jesus to the law
and to the image of him as the one who lived in total compliance with the spirit of the law.
It also weakens the connection to certain promises about him that will be explained later.
Matt 24:36
No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

Mark 12:32
No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
If Jesus is the same person as the Father, how can he not know?
Luke 9:35
A voice came from the cloud, saying, "This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him."
And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.
Chosen Son
vs
Only Son
The passage above occurred at the "transfiguration", when Christ revealed his power to two of his apostles.
If Jesus were the same person as the Father, why would he not just declare something like "I am the Father come to be with you."
Instead, the Father spoke from a cloud that appeared and blessed His Son, quoting from three areas of scripture [NKJV fn]:

Ps 2:7 "He said to me, 'You are my Son; today I have become your Father [or have begotten you].'"
Isaiah 42:1 "Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him and
and he will bring justice to the nations."
Deut 18:15 "The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers. You must listen to him."

These quoted passages make very clear that the Chosen One is a different person from the Father and that he is one of us,
that is, he is a fellow created being.

One may argue if "chosen" is a faithful translation of the Greek behind Luke 9:35,
but certainly "chosen" is a faithful translation of the Hebrew behind Isaiah 42:1!

NIV footnote to Luke 9:35: "whom I have chosen. Or "the Chosen One," related to a Palestinian Jewish title found in Dead Sea Scrolls literature, and possibly echoing Isa 42:1. See 23:35. have chosen. Parallel to 'love' (Mt 17:5; see 2Pe 1:17)."

Finally, God the Father has provided three "witnesses" of scripture to Jesus being the anointed or chosen son of God.
So also in the unaltered version of 1 John 5:7 (NIV),
God the Father has provided three divine witnesses (greater than the legally required two human witnesses of Dt 17:6) [NAB fn]
as to this son of God, Jesus, being the anointed son of God.
Luke 23:35
The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, 'He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Christ of God, the Chosen One.'
And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them derided him, saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, the chosen of God.
The Greek for "Chosen" is eklektos which means "chosen, elect".
The same word is used in Mt 20:16 & 22:14.
Acts 7:59
While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit."
And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.
"God" was inserted by the translator. It is not in the Greek.
Eph 1:3
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
God and Jesus are separate persons.
Eph 3:9
and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things.
And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:
"by Jesus Christ" is not in the Sinaiticus.
1 Tim 3:16
Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great: He appeared in a body, was vindicated by the Spirit, ...
And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit ...
The word "God" is not used in the Sinaiticus.
Translated as "Who".
[Greek in KJV was altered. See Letter to a Friend 14 Nov 1690 by Sir Isaac Newton - "An historical account of two notable corruptions of Scripture". (+1 Jn 5:7)]
Rev 6:16-17
They called to the mountains and the rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?"
And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
One or Two persons?

The pronoun is not in the Greek and depends upon the translator.
Rev 14:1
Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads.
And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.
One or Two persons?

The phrase "his name and" appears in the Sinaiticus.





RSV, NRSV, NAB, ASV,
Translation of Sinaiticus by
Rev. W.B. Godbey
NKJV
Other translations are listing under the version they follow.


  For at least the following cases shown above,
the words inspired by our Creator have clearly and intentionally been altered:

1 John 5:7,
1 Tim 3:16, Acts 8:36-38, John 5:4 & the end of the Gospel of Mark (Mk 16:9-20)

For the rest of the differences, clearly theological bias influenced the translation.

The changes to the text should make clear the effort made by the church in power at the time
to alter the text to support the concept of the Holy Trinity, which they created.
It seems clear this was not the only bias affecting the translation.




Reminder of Who Jesus Is

Jesus is not the same person as God the Father Almighty.
They are of one mind, in the same way Jesus wants us to be one with him (Jn 17).

The Father created the son, therefore the son had a beginning.

Jesus is the anointed one.

One what? - Son of God!

There are many sons of God -

Jesus was chosen, anointed, by God for this job.

The original Bible makes clear that Jesus is:

a Son of God,
the only son of God begotten directly by God into this world,
the Christ (Greek) = the Messiah (Hebrew) = the anointed one,
the one who has been delegated authority by the Father
to be Lord and King over us children of God
until we mature to be sons and daughters of the Most High.




The Holy Trinity Concept is Not Biblical

The Sons of God web page shows that the original version of the Bible (before KJV) is consistent in speaking of God the Father and Jesus the Messiah as separate persons. God the Father created the son, so the son had a beginning. As a separate and distinct person from the Father, if Jesus is to be Lord over us then this raises an issue of delegation of authority. It is interesting that when we look up references to Jesus' authority, we find many places where it states that his power and authority is given or delegated from the Father (Ps 2 & 45; Isa 9:6-7; Mt 25:31-36, 28:18; Mk 2:10-11; Jn 5:24-30, 17:11; Eph 1:18-22; Php 2:9; Col 1:19, 2:9; Heb 1:4, 2:9; 1 Pet 3:22; Rev 5:12). If Jesus were actually the same person as the Father, then why would delegation be an issue?  So we see that these two themes are consistent.

The concept of the holy trinity tries to make Jesus into the only son of God. Jesus is the only Messiah. If Jesus is the anointed or chosen son, then this implies that there are other sons. The Sons of God web page also makes clear that there are indeed other sons of God and that all children of God are expected to mature to be sons and daugthers of the Most High. So Jesus is not the only son of God but he is the only begotten of the Father. This theme also is consistent with a non-trinity view of our Lord Jesus.

Another theme that is relevant to this discussion is the resurrection of our Lord and exactly how that was done. It may seem shocking, but the son did not raise himself from the dead. Many places in scripture make clear that the Father raised the Son by the power of the Holy Spirit (Rom 4:24, 8:11; 2 Cor 4:14; Gal 1:1; Eph 1:20; Col 2:12; 1 Thess 1:10; Heb 13:20; 1 Pet 1:21). If the Messiah were the same person as the Father, would he not raise himself? I see the fact that the Word makes a point that the Father raised the son is also consistent with a non-trinity view of our Lord Jesus.

Considering that Jesus comes in the Name of the Lord (YHWH) thereby representing the Father, one might expect that worship should actually be directed toward God the Father, the Almighty. This is the case in the following references: Mt 4:10; Heb 13:15; Rev 4:9, 14:7, 19:10, 22:9 and most clearly in 1 Pet 1:17-21. This thinking also supports the Father and the Son being two separate and distinct beings.

Further, the author of Hebrews speaks of Jesus being promoted in 1:3-4 & 2:9 because of what he accomplished on the cross. This is also consistent with Jesus being a created son who is maturing and being an example for us. This does not make sense if the Son is some dimension of God the Father, for how and why would the Father, who is the author and source of all power, promote himself? Also, how can Jesus truly be an example to us unless he was also created by the Father (Heb 2:16-17).

As we see here, various themes in the Bible are consistent, as different facets of the hologram reflect the whole image. We are all divine in that we were all made in God’s image, so part of us reflects that light. Jesus exemplifies the best that we can be. Jesus is divine, but he is not the Supreme Creator of the universe (though he had a role in creating or recreating our world). The biblical themes reviewed here are consitent with a non-Trinity view of Jesus, one that sees our Messiah as a fellow created being, our brother, who has been anointed, chosen, by the Father, by the Almighty, to be our God, Lord, Judge, King & Teacher.

Given this understanding and the evidence presented, it should be clear that the above changes to the King James Version of the Bible are not consistent with the overall message from our Father. These changes were an intentional effort to alter the Bible to support the false theology of the Holy Trinity and to elevate Jesus to be the same as God, to change Jesus into God the Father Almighty. This is not the Jesus the apostles taught (2 Corin 11:4). This intention and agenda can be seen in the blatant alteration of 1 John 5:7, the multiple times references to two people were changed to be one person, making the Chosen Son sound like the only son, and the effort to weaken the connection to the law so as to obscure the original promise of the Messiah. Upon reflection, it appears that these changes are too clever, sinister and insightful for the human minds involved in the changes, so perhaps they are mere pawns to the true mastermind of these changes, Satan.

Sir Isaac Newton, the great scholar and physicist, also cared very deeply for the Word of God. He created a lot of writing on the Bible and prophecy. He also spent a great deal of time researching manuscripts and investigating the integrity of God's Word. In a letter to a friend dated 14 Nov 1690 entitled "An historical account of two notable corruptions of Scripture", he records the following concerning the effort by the Catholic scholar Erasmus to accurately translate the Bible to English. Refering to 1 John 5:7,

When Lee upon Erasmus's putting forth his second edition fell foule upon him for leaving out the testimony
of the three in heaven, Erasmus answered that he had consulted more then seven Greek Manuscripts & found
it wanting in them all, & that if he could have found it but in any one manuscript he would have followed that
in favour of the Latine. Hence notice was sent to Erasmus out of England that it was in a manuscript there;
& thereupon to avoyd their calumnies (as he saith) he printed it in his following editions notwithstanding that
he suspected that manuscript to be a new one corrected by the latine. But since upon enquiry I cannot learn
that they in England ever heard of any such manuscript but from Erasmus, & since he was only told of such
a manuscript in the time of the controversy between him & Lee & never saw it himself: I cannot forbear to
suspect that it was nothing but a trick upon him by some of the Popish Clergy, to try if he would make good
what he had offered of printing the testimony of the three in heaven by the authority of any one greek copy,
& thereby to get it into his edition. Greek manuscripts of the scriptures are things of value & do not use to be
thrown away, & such a manuscript for the testimony of the three in heaven would have made a greater noise
then the rest have done against it. Let those who have such a manuscript at length tell us where it is.

The Correspondence of Isaac Newton, Volume III 1688-1694
Edited by H.W. Turnbull, F.R.S. Cambridge 1961
358 NEWTON TO A FRIEND 14 November 1690
"An historical account of two notable corruptions of Scripture, in a Letter to a Friend." pp. 100-101

If the trinity concept is biblically sound, why would the Roman Church find it necessary to alter scripture to support their view?


Since the King James Version of the Bible has clearly been altered,
these changes being footnoted in many modern translations,
one should exercise great caution when using the King James Bible.
It is not as reliable as other translations.
These changes are important because they do affect theology
and how one understands God’s word.
However, for what is correct it is still useful because
sometimes it can be more accurate in translation and
Strong's concordance is tied to this version, so we will always need it.


At this point in history, the record appears clear of the effort to alter the King James Version of the Bible to support the Holy Trinity concept. This agenda is clear; however, the pattern of changes above suggest other theological influences (such as the issue of our potential personal power). It would take a lot more research than has been presented here to sift out all the intentions of this agenda, so I hope this work will support and continue the effort to undercover what has been hidden for too long.

Finally, let us focus on the original promise for a Messiah and the reason God made this promise to raise up such a person. It is such a powerful statement of exactly who and what this special son of God is, that it is no wonder the Roman church wanted to divorce from the law and make the Bible sound like the law no longer applies.

When the people of Israel were at the base of the mountain where they received the Ten Commandments and the Law, they were so afraid of and could not handle the presence and glory of the Lord God that happened at the top of the mountain, which did not come close to the glory and majesty of the throne in heaven (Rev 7), nor could they even handle just the glow from Moses when he came down from the mountain, so in Exodus 20:19 the people themselves asked that God Almighty not speak to them directly when they said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God Speak to us or we will die”.

It is my understanding that they would die due to their sin and personal shame, known instantly when in the presence of the glory of the Lord. God calls us to be without sin, to be priests, bread without leaven. Only those who strive earnestly with all their heart to meet that calling, such as Moses or those High Priests who have kept their vows, could survive even the mountain top or the “Shekinah Glory”, let alone the glory of the heavenly throne.

The Israelites’ request for a Mediator was answered by God in Deut 18:15 when He said He would send a “prophet like me from among your own brothers. You must listen to him.” (NIV). In the very next verse, God emphasizes the reason he is making this promise of a Messiah is because they “asked of the Lord”, “Let us not hear the voice of the Lord our God nor see this great fire anymore, or we will die.” Further, God said in the next verse “What they say is good.” For the Lord himself is well aware of the affect of his presence to those who are not ready.

So here was born the request, which God had already anticipated, for a special “prophet” to act as mediator between themselves and the presence of the Almighty. The very heart of this request by the Israelites is for a person who is not the Father so that they don’t have to be in the presence of the glory of the Father. No one could look at the face of God and live, so they needed another person they could look at. Even then it was challenging enough, as Moses covered his face, but we in Christ through his example and the power of the Holy Spirit are called to a higher standard of the priesthood so that we may view the reflection of God’s glory in each other through unveiled eyes (2 Cor 3).

This request by the people of Israel for a Mediator (Ex 20:19) was turned into a promise from God to deliver exactly what they asked for (Deut 18:15), and then later God delivered in the person of Jesus the Christ. The Lord God Almighty certified all this and that Jesus is the fulfillment of that promise at the transfiguration of his glorious son by simply saying, “Listen to him” (Luke 9:35). The NIV footnote to Ex 20:19 states, “See Heb 12:19-20. Israel requested a mediator to stand between them and God, a role fulfilled by Moses and subsequently by priests, prophets and kings – and ultimately by Jesus Christ”.

“Listen to him” is said in a context that says to me, “Yes, children I know that it is not me speaking directly to you but through him, your elder brother; nonetheless, listen to him!” If Jesus had actually been revealed that he is some form or dimension of the Father, why would we need to be admonished to listen to him? Knowing that scripture reveals that he is made like us in every way (Heb 2:17) and that he is a fellow created being and thereby our brother (Heb 2:17), knowing that sibling rivalry can arise, it then makes perfect sense to admonish us to listen to him, the chosen one, the anointed one. Don’t be like the jealous brother Lucifer who wanted to be the anointed one, or like Joseph’s brothers, or like Ishmael. The Lord God Almighty says listen to your brother Jesus because he is the anointed of the Father! He is the ONLY mediator between us and the Father (1 Tim 2:5)!

This whole story of the request, promise and delivery of a mediator, the Messiah, who is not the Father so that the Israelites would not be in the direct presence of the Father, completely undercuts any support for the “Holy Trinity” view of our Lord and Savior, that he is either the same person or the same god as the Father. It also undercuts any theology of an easy path to remain in the presence of God. This emphasizes the importance of living a life called out from sin before you are ready to approach the throne.

I imagine that when Satan gets people to believe in the “Trinity” view of the Chosen Son, he is laughing because he is just proving that we don’t even remember what we asked for, nor the original promise of God for the Messiah and its purpose, even though it is right there in the Word of God.

Jesus passed the test of a true prophet in that his words have come to pass (Deut 18:21-22), such as saying the temple in Jerusalem would be completely torn down, the sign of Jonah, and of coarse, every time he said walk, see or be healed and the person did so. It is interesting to note that the 3 days of the sign of Jonah was the only sign to be given to the Pharisees. Jonah tried to run from the Word of God rather than stand on God’s truth. When he was not willing to stand for God, he experienced 3 days in the belly of the beast. The Pharisees did not stand on God’s truth, were admonished by Jesus, and the sign for them was 3. Will you take warning from the 3 days of the sign of Jonah, the man who wanted to run from God’s truth? Will you take warning from the sign of 3 in 1 beast, and stand now for God against the “Holy Trinity” concept of the 3 in 1?

There is a verse in chapter 42 of Isaiah, the chapter twice pointed to by the heavenly endorsements of the Son of God, which seem like it is written to the generation just before the return of Christ. It seems like it is waiting there to call out to the generation that will face the theological conflicts described here, the one that will need the scriptural support that has been hidden in the law and revealed here:

Which of you will listen to this or pay close attention in time to come? (Isaiah 42:23 NIV)

Letting go of the concept of the “Holy Trinity” can be challenging and may cause some theological stress. For those who don’t know the law well, and specifically the sacrificial system, this may raise serious questions concerning the role of Jesus’ blood and our salvation. When you know the law well and understand the true role of Jesus’ blood as complete payment for our sin in the context of the spirit of the Daily Sacrifice and know his active role as our High Priest in the heavenly sanctuary, the fact that he is a fellow created being fits perfectly fine with the way in which his blood actually cleanses us from our sins (Heb 9:14). This is explained in the following links:

Principles of My Ideal Church or Temple
(Summary statements of key principles, see #11)
Suggested Liturgy for Communion
(Another summary of key ideas)
Sacrifice, The Sanctuary & Salvation
(Detailed theological support)

It is time for the true church of God to shed the Pagan trinity view of Jesus and “put to death” the false and vile trinity concept of God’s son and see him clearly as he is, as the fellow created being who has been anointed and chosen by the Almighty to be the one and only mediator between the Father and us, and this is at our own request, for we have feared the direct presence of the Almighty knowing the depravity of our own souls.

Beloved, tighten your “belt of truth” (Eph 6:14) and come out of spiritual “Babylon”! (Isa 48:20; Rev 14:8, 18)


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First Posted: 11/27/05
Last Updated:  11/27/07