Dear BG, YOu missed my point. I believe that …
Comment posted Lifestyle of Kerala Syrian Christians by George Mathew.
YOu missed my point.
I believe that the Bible is inspired by God and written by the hand of man. Since it is written by the hand of man it has inconsistencies. and limitations.
Some take every word of the Bible as the truth in all ways, some take the spirit of what the Bible says. Anything that contradicts the core, ie. ‘ Love your enemy, do good that hates you’ is against the spirit of the Bible. This is the key sentence to judge by.
Yes! the Bible may have been altered (intentionally or unintentionally) ever so slightly but the spirit of it has not changed. It is now established that the book of Isaiah that we have today and what was circulating 2000 years ago is almost identical. Isaiah contains the great prophesy ‘… unto us a son is born, unto us a child is given and he shall be called Eternal God, Evelasting father…..’
We Nasranis don’t have to worry much about Bible alterations – intentional or unintentional. We gave the world the Bible and we gave the world Christianity. From the practical point of view, there is no difference between what we gave and what is circulating now. Our instinct, heart and guts tells us this.
But a tribesman from Vietnam may think that the words in the Bible have been subsequently altered by people since it was written. He is entirely new to the Bible and hence this apprehension. To such a tribesman (either living in the natural or concrete jungle) we have to witness in person and explain. As a Nasrani, it is your responsibilty, more than a gentile christian. You know well that the Gospel of Matthew as read by our very early forefathers and what is now circulating is practically the same.
Anyone who rejects the Bible on the grounds that it has been manipulated is just finding a reason to set the Book aside. Read the Bible and best of all listen to a Jew read the N.T.
I always talk about Jews because they are key to many good things.
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