Greetings to all who are curious about the Mandela Effect...
Firstly, a disclaimer of sorts, regarding intellectual honesty, credulity, critical inquiry & pseudo-skepticism. I've been a member of this site for
a long time, and over the years I've learned a few things about the way things happen on the internet, and on ATS in particular. Here in this
twisting, turning, fascinating & strange rabbit hole/ global terminus of unusual information that we know (& love) as ATS, occasionally there appears
evidence of a concerted, deliberate, persistant, dogged & haranguing scourge known as
. The reasons for this are many and varied, but when encountered,
the critical mind must weigh not only the balance of the subject matter being targeted by the pseudo-skeptic crowds (who tend to 'mob' a thread or
topic in defined 'packs' over a period of time) - but one must also weigh whether the aggressive stance of a group of apparent pseudo-skeptics towards
the criticism of a topic/person is in fact intellectually dishonest. Can you trust the 'crowd' which is persistently, doggedly, unceasingly
haranguing those thread participants who believe in the reality of a phenomeon, do you go along with the flow for fear of standing out, or do you
engage your critical thinking & discern that there is a definite element of possibility
concerning the potential reality of a phenomenon,
particularly if the science which would permit such to occur is in fact at the event horizon of our present best scientific knowledge & theories?
This is really, really important. We can all agree that something like the Mandela Effect would seem remarkably improbable, especially so if you
haven't experienced it - but our best scientific knowledge DOES
provide for the potential reality of the phenomenon as being something which
occurs at the quantum level, connected to the Many Worlds theory perhaps, bizarre enough that it manifests as inexplicable macro-events which have a
real and contiguous effect on the psychology of the people experiencing & describing the effect, coherently & in large groups, ascribing to the same
'alternative' macro-events in a statistically highly improbable manner. All that is required in assessing the claims of those who experience these
effects, and the claims they have made, is intellectual honesty & scientific agnosticism
. Until we as a race have fully explored & developed
our understanding of the phenomenonally strange world of sub-quantum physics, and all that the effects we witness there entail, scientific agnosticism
& intellectual honesty demand that we conclude that a claimed Mandela Effect macro-event, is treated as both potentially real, and potentially unreal.
With all that said, here is the Mandela Effect that appears to demonstrate a very convincing 'bleed-through' of a Bible verse which has been changed,
according to the memory of a number of well-versed Christians, myself included.
We are looking at Proverbs 26:10
, as it appears in two separate but well-known translations of the Bible; the King James version, and
the New International version. Now it's important to note that the King James version came first, back in the middle ages, and the New International
version was derived hierarchically from the King James version, in the twentieth century. The apparent change which can be seen here is more sinister
than tha changes which have previously been reported as occurring, principally because the context of the verse has ENTIRELY changed, and the meaning
of the verse has ENTIRELY changed - with quite significant theological ramifications.
First, the New International version - recall this was derived from the King James version:
Like an archer who wounds at random
is one who hires a fool or any passer-by.
Now this is as I & many others remember it - the meaning is clear, the metaphorical lesson intended is obvious. It makes sense.
Second, the King James version, from which the above verse was allegedly derived:
The great God that formed all things both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors.
Do you see the contradiction? It is flagrant. The NIV meaning couldn't possibly have been derived from the extant King James meaning, not in a
thousand translations would any translator perceive the sequence of interpretation which led to the apparent change from one meaning to another. The
entire context is changed; the actual meaning of the words is totally changed - and worryingly, the LESSON is changed.
The King James version is not only different to that which is remembered by many Christians - the theological ramifications are significant, and
what this might tell us about the possible ultimate purpose of the Mandela Effect is highly disconcerting..
If the King James version is taken as authoritative for the communication of the lessons whihc the Bible as it is commonly known seeks to convey, then
there is a statement in the Bible which contradicts absolutely the majority of all other lessons which have been derived from other passages over the
course of hundreds, thousands of years. Yes, there are elements of confusion in Scripture which are well known & have been discussed many times.
However, this is found in the most commonly known 'wisdom book' of the entire canon. In the King James version, we are told, unequivocally (there is
no shade of 'possible interpretation' here) that God rewards foolish and/or wicked people. That is NOT Biblical, in any way, shape or form. It is an
entire theme of Christian doctrine, that people are to turn away from foolishness and/or wicked behaviour, specifically BECAUSE it displeases God.
How therefore could the original writer have countenanced making such a blatantly theologically errant statement, in a book purported to be a
collection of wise sayings connected to the theme of Judaic interpretation of a God who asks them to turn awaqy from foolishness & sinfulness? It is
utterly absurd, and to my mind it is yet another notch on the staff which adds up to proof that something highly aberrant is taking place in our
reality. What is more, that strange, aberrant phenomenon is now actively altering the theological doctrine of one of the most impactful
spiritual traditions ever to have existed
Does this mean that the subtle changes (to iconic features of our cultural identity, such as movies, books & the lives of celebrities) we have been
witnessing, were somehow caused as a dry run for the attempt to actually alter an entire spiritual tradition, and by so doing spreading falsehood
concerning the nature & character of God? I think it does. I believe this, because if it were so, then it would be a MAJOR effect which could be
considered the most impactful Mandela Effect of them all. Also, these effects which have been noted in regards to Scripture, have been staggered in
their discovery - the apparent changes have not occurred simultaneously; this is a 'frog in a pot' situation, in terms of motive. Little by little,
changes are being applied, people are getting used to not trusting their memory, or are having severe doubts over the validity of their spiritual
faith & heritage. This could escalate to become an EXISTENTIAL CRISIS for many Christians, in time.
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