posted on Jul, 4 2013 @ 07:00 PM
Lucifer be an example of the disinformation the OP was thinking about. In the Bible, there is no angelic being called Lucifer. There was a foreign
king who, in a polemic, was compared to the daystar (the planet Venus) as someone who aspires to divinity but ultimately dies, as the daystar
disappears when the sun rises. Mystical Jewish literature connected the daystar with Satan, but that connection was never made in the canonical
literature as far as I know. In the Septuagint, the Greek name for the daystar was used, Heosphoros. That was translated literally into the Latin
Lucifer. In time, it lots its original significance, and the Lucifer=Satan connection was cemented. Throw in the Revelation story about a third of the
stars falling, fiddle with the timeline, and you have an entire angelic rebellion. Thus grew up the mythology of Satan as a fallen angel. Even though
Satan clearly has access to Heaven (Job), and the daystar does not, they are the same entity in most people's minds. Milton's poem was just that
good, I guess.
I would say, in this case, translations that continue to use the Latin word "Lucifer" are misleading the reader, in order to support a tradition
that is not supported by the text. This is actually fairly common--dubious passages or translations are kept in the body of the text out of a sense of
tradition, and the correct interpretation is footnoted or ignored. Have you heard "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone?" It's in the
wrong place in the Bible, and may not be Biblical at all. The Trinity? The phrase "Father, Son, and Holy Spirit" is in there, and belief in the
Trinity is ancient, but the only verse that says they are actually a Triune God was a marginal note that someone accidentally copied into the text.
Snake handling? That was tacked on to the end of Mark after someone lost the last page. What the Hell? There isn't one, there's just a grave, a
valley, and an allegorical lake of fire. In the Old Testament, "Lord" is almost always the wrong word, and so is "God," sometimes. They don't
want you to know that one person was running around worshipping Shaddai while another person was running around worshipping Yahweh (even though a
major plot point in Exodus is the revelation that Shaddai and Yahweh are one and the same--early Unitarian Universalism, in a way).
Other than maybe the hell thing, I wouldn't say any of these originated as disinformation. There's a reasonable explanation for each one, usually
having to do with translation issues and access to texts. They continue because people are accustomed to them. People like the idea that their
religious forebears were always monotheists, that evildoers will be punished, etc. When Church elites try to change comfortable old ideas, the people