When Eve had her first chat with the Devil, he laid out his plan: “Yea, hath God said?” And doubt has been his main objective for all the succeeding centuries.
This temptation has plagued man ever since. Right off, Cain doubted that God meant what He said and thought he knew better than God what to sacrifice.
Noah’s neighbors had strayed so far into doubt that they scoffed at God’s promise of a fatal flood. Lot’s relatives in Sodom reacted the same.
The whole purpose of Hebrews 11 is to chronicle the history of faith, the opposite of doubt. When we trace today’s culture of doubt it leads to a monstrous deception literally right under our noses. The church has failed to notice a modern plot against God’s words.
Earliest recorded history describes how God devised to have His words written down. In the innermost sanctum of the tabernacle where God placed His name was a box with His law inside. And He guaranteed accurate copies were preserved during all the wars of Israel’s history.
Even today, few honest historians dispute the purity of modern copies of the Old Testament scriptures.
So, Satan focused his bazooka of doubt on the New Testament writings. His first ploy was to burn all the Bibles in the world and kill as many believers as possible in the process. God’s counter attack was the invention of the printing press.
So, did Satan capitulate? Not his style! But do we know what his plan B was? Unfortunately he has been hugely successful in executing it literally right under our noses in the modern Bibles almost universally adopted by the church.
When you come to trust someone, you do so based on his history. We call it reputation. His family, his schooling, his religion, his associates, his employment, maybe his criminal record or military service, all color our trust in him.
But, when it comes to the Bible, we just believe the “scholars” and assume all versions have the same history, the same reputation. Modern research techniques have discovered otherwise.
Hints have been there all along. Do we know why Acts 8:37 is missing in some Bibles? Do we understand the meaning of the footnote about Mark 16:9-20 that it is not included in the “best manuscripts?”
When questioned, we fall back to the excuse: “Well, the scholars must be right.” But then, where is our faith? Do we trust God’s words or the scholars? WARNING: anything that gets our faith away from God’s words has to be from the same creature that tempted Eve.
Don’t we have to ask ourselves: “Is Mark 16:9-20 God’s words or not?” And does that help our faith —or not? So, how do we answer these questions? We must ask: “What is the history, or reputation, of this book labeled ‘HOLY BIBLE?’” And the sly author of doubt has stirred up a lot of smoke and mirrors around the answer.
Basically, there are two streams of history behind the Bibles that we have today. One is a consistent history of reliable people and thousands of accurate copies and translations.
The other is a murky stream of obscure manuscripts promoted by a counterfeit “church.” Characters of suspicious reputation pepper the landscape. Attempts to find a consistent thread of Truth are sabotaged by contradictions and omissions in the few available manuscripts.
Author David W. Daniels has traced these two streams to their source and detailed his research in a series of books and YouTube vlogs. One stream is faith-ful; the other is doubt-ful. God has preserved His words as Jesus promised in Matt 24:35. Daniels proves which stream you can really trust.
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