Remember, the Bible is a mental thing, not a category that can hold any number of things, or edits. Reflecting upon the ocean analogy, an ocean can
still be called an ocean if the fish are dying, oil slicks abound and the polar caps are melting. But the Bible can not be called the same thing if
it's so corrupted. It would be a different piece of work. Refer to my above post for why the Bible (or any work of literature, actually) is different
from a physical thing and how changes (esp. many of them) really do affect the whole. Then reflect upon the first paragraph in my opening statement,
on how humans filter everything. Hopefully, it's clear how two dynamic sources can easily result in something not given by God.
A change in the Bible, if from God
via communion, is a warranted change, I concede that. However, what I do not concede is the premise that
every change in the Bible was delivered from God. Free will puts the possibility to very low chances. The number of authors puts the possibility to
very low chances. The number centuries the Bible has been edited puts the possibility to very low chances. So I give it very very and very low chances
of being a product of God's guidance. But, hey, we're debating about the Bible here and that implicitly involves faith, so I should also show that
Biblical revisions left God out.
I'll say it straight: God gives sometimes when you don't ask and sometimes when you do ask. It's a matter of faith whether it happened or not.
Stumpy and I can not logically prove that something was or was not divinely inspired.
But if the entire Bible was faithfully written, then why, in revision, do the following discrepancies exist? (Please remember that God did not create
Everything, as we agree. Maybe everything, but we're still actors on that stage.)
1. Criteria for gender revisionism:
A set of norms for gender revisionism that says nothing of specifically asking God for advice. It reads almost like a secular translation key. See
these Norms for Revision, by Cardinal Joesphy Ratzinger.(1) Asking God for advice is pretty important if the whole Bible is to be by God. I doubt
something so important would be left to chance, or worse, left out.
Why is there a conflict between the Liturgiam authenticam, the authentic Liturgy from the Vactican, no less, and the Neo-Vulgate, from the United
States Conference of Catholic Bishops.(2) These are documents coming from two heavy weight institutions who pray to God all the time. If both are
faithful than why is this happening?
Apocrypha writings, often not included in Protestant Bibles, were included in the original King James Bible. But they exist in the Roman Catholic and
Orthodox editions. These writings are also known as "deuterocanonical" books and "pseudoepigrapha". Apocrypha refers to writings entirely outside
of the bible and are not considered to be inspired (like the Gospel of Thomas, etc.). Why are they in some Bibles but not others? Something, or
someone, got left out.
In all three cases there is an explicit lack of faith (or asking) and zeal to change the Bible. One can only imagine how frequently "errors",
meaning changes not given by God, can occur over many centuries.
Now I'll address a more secular point about changing not destroying. Changing does destroy, especially when it adds up. In a small part, Stumpy has
already agreed with me; let me clearly point out: " ... physical form of the Bible does not matter
... It could be written in sticks and
stones.", yet, "changing a 'thou' to a 'you' is [a] minor change.
." (italics mine) Obviously, in the mental sphere, changing the content
is exactly that, a change. These changes add up and result in a different piece of work. From reviewing the above three examples we should note that
revisionism has not referred to God in all cases, that the Bible has been revised many times and Biblical institutions, who pray a lot, do not agree
with other, as brothers and sisters should. With any confusion of responsibility, biblical edits should rest solely with Man, and the number and
duration of edits therefore result in a Bible by Man and through Man. Whew!
(1) Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, The National Catholic Reporter: www.cin.org...
(2) Adoremus, Vol. VII, No. 6: September 2001, online edition (www.adoremus.org...