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Were any changes made to the Bible? Didn’t God say not to add to the Bible?

Sounds like there was many changes and stuff added all the time.  Does our Lord not say that nothing whatsoever should be changed in the bible? Or there will be punishment? Was there that kind of change? How would we this day and age know if something or maybe a lot was changed past these many years? It could be added or already in there wrote by dis-believers? I pray not.   I love your timeline web. I could not stop reading. I am a true believer in our Lord Jesus. I need a lot of work to understand better.  I have a lot of trouble remembering what I read and learn. Tina.

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The Prophet Moses and the Ten Commandments

Hi Tina: The Bible is a collection of small books which is why it’s called the Bible. The word Bible is a form of the Latin word Bible or group of books. There are two verses in the Bible where the WRITER commands that the book he wrote should not be changed.    Both of those verses apply to only that book of the Bible not the Bible as a whole since The Bible as we know it did not exist when those books were written.

In Deuteronomy 4:2 Moses commands that no words should be added or changed in Deuteronomy.   In Revelation (also the last book contained in the Bible) John makes a similar statement.  After John wrote Revelation, he then wrote the letters we know as 1st, 2nd and 3rd John.

So even John wrote more of the Bible after writing Revelation. Since these separate books were all compiled into one “Book” known as the Bible, with Revelation at the end,  people have confusedly thought John’s statement refers to the whole Bible, not the Book of Revelation.

However, none of this means a man can add to the Bible.  While man must not add or change the Bible, from the time of Moses God did add to His word through inspired men.  (If He hadn’t we would have a much shorter Bible.) The men who wrote these books are known to be prophetic and inspired.  Their words have been carefully kept throughout the years through God’s miraculous hand.  Multiple copies are kept and compared.

When copied, men carefully reviewed them to be sure they were accurately copied. The other changes you are referring to are twofold.  First – which books are going to be included in the Bible.  That has changed over time as inspired men have discussed which writings are true historically and doctrinally and which are not.  That’s how we got a set of books known as The Apocrypha which at one time were included in the King James Bible but since have been removed. The second set of changes refers to the translations from the original languages each of the books was written in, into English (or Spanish or Russian or whatever.)   Men worked together to translate the Bible from it’s original languages (Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic) into the languages we understand today.  Again their work is reviewed, and cross-checked to be sure it is true to the original meaning. The Bible, the inspired word of God, is available to people like you and me because of these translations.


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10 thoughts on “Were any changes made to the Bible? Didn’t God say not to add to the Bible?

  1. And yet, here it stands. There are so many different bibles, in which the very words were changed since the original. You’ve got the Hebrew Bible, the Greek, The Catholic, the Mormon, the pentecostal, the evangelistic, the baptist, and many others.

    I’ve read a few of them. And so much is changed in each bible and so much added. For instance, in the king James version the passage of [ Exodus 22:18] says:

    Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.

    When the it originally says, do not suffer a poisoner to live.

    1. I suggest reading the original greek/hebrew or at least using a site that shows the key hebrew words and their various meanings.

      1. I suggest reading the King James Bible, compare it to any other Bible and you’ll see why it is the best translation. For instance Matthew 24:36 in the KJV says: “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.”
        The New Life Version says “But no one knows the day or the hour. No! Not even the angels in heaven know. The Son does not know. Only the Father knows.”
        The New International Version says: “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,[a] but only the Father”
        The ESV says ““But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son,[a] but the Father only. ”
        They all add to the Bible, and as Tina rightly pointed out, no one should add to the Bible – Revelation 22:19 “And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”
        Don’t read the Hebrew don’t read the Greek, it’s a waste of time, people who were professionally trained already translated the Hebrew/Greek into the King James Version. This Bible is the perfect word of God and I recommend you as a fellow child of Christ to start (if you do not already) reading the KJV. God bless and goodnight.

        1. Here’s a list of further changes to the Bible

    2. The Baptist Bible? Evangelistic? Pentecostal? I’ve studied the Word of God for 50 years. These don’t exist.

  2. if there are no changes in the bible why are we not worshiping the creator as the israelites do and in christianity we all have all diverse of worshiping

    1. Christians do worship the creator, but you can only understand this if you understand the doctrine of the trinity.

  3. I have read many of the questions discussed on this site and all are good questions. However, I saw none of the questions that should be asked. Why has no one inquired into the”lost gospels” that were destroyed by the council of the 3rd Caesar when they were charged to make a collection for the masses? The bible says that nothing should be added to or taken away, that all were needed to receive the truth. Historically proven scrolls have been found that were written during the time period of Jesus, as well as gospels written before and after. They have undergone extensive authenticity tests and have been proven real. Why hasn’t this raised any sort of unrest with in the Christian community. I am a believer in my Lord and savior, Jesus Christ. I guess I just feel like I’ve been lied to my whole life. Please,I don’t mean to offend or upset anyone, I just want to know, am I the only person that feels this way. I will leave this in closing: The Gospel of Judas. Look into may change your opinion of Judas and his role in Christ’s life..Also, The Gospel of Mary Magdalene..she was more that just a follower of much more so that I also believe that Christ does have an earthly bloodline by birth of his child.

      Just in case anyone would like to do their own research.

    2. You may find more arguments pro and con as to the authenticity of the Gospel of Mary in this article

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