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As the world progresses in technology and ways of living, the Bible continues to unveil what was without understanding before, and bring the knowledge of the truth today. Both the Old Testament and the New Testament have undergone many changes over the centuries up to the present generation.

The translations and transliterations of the Bible were more accurate and updated that made the scriptures well interpreted today than before. The error and or intentions made by influential people and religious groups to promote their own belief and understanding of the Scriptures have been unveiled or exposed and there is no more hidden regarding their manipulation.

The problem that arises after centuries is that people are already rooted in their manipulation and to break this bond totally is next to impossible except if God will act on it.

Not all Paul’s work was his and some are in suspicion by New Testament scholars. Considered authentic by most scholars are First Thessalonians, Galatians, First Corinthians, Philippians, Philemon, Second Corinthians, and Romans.  Even the Revelation to John was not included in the original New Testament and was only added in the latter part of the fourth century.

The revelation of Peter almost made it first before the revelation of John but nothing much mentioned by Peter about Jesus. So, to make a point Jesus’ new covenant does not include the Book of Revelation. If it did, Jesus would have said it when he was still here on earth. 

The Book of Revelation according to Harvard University Gazette news 2009/12—The Revelation was “squeezed into the canon in the fourth century,” said Pagels and barely made it into the 27 book lineup. Over the centuries, it continued to draw the ire of critics, from theologian Martin Luther to author D. H. Lawrence—December 7, 2009.

Revelation to John appears to be a collection of separate units composed by unknown authors who live during the last quarter of the 1st century, though it purports to have been written by an individual named—who calls himself “the servant of Jesus—at Patmos, in the Aegean sea. Aug 29, 2020. Britannica.com

Some churches of the East still reject the Revelation, the last books accepted into the Christian biblical canon, and to the present day. Book of Revelation—Wikipedia

The majority of Protestant Christians talk about it but the majority in the Christian world do not even care about it; if they do, they should have been converted to evangelicals’ long time ago. The Bible, in general, has three divisions the covenant of God- Old Testament, the covenant of Jesus Christ- New Testament, and the Revelation to John.  From creation to judgment, from the beginning and the end, it was and it will be God the Father who is all in all.

So far the King James Bible 1611 has the highest honor among the earliest version of the Bible due to little changes they made from the original. The first 40 printed copies of King James Version or King James Bible with English translation in the Christian Bible for the Church of England was ordered by King James VI of Scotland aka King James I of England or king of Great Britain The Bible was completed and published in 1611.

Several books that were discovered later believe to make the changes for almost all the versions of the Bible and still many believe that the King James Version is the greatest English translation ever produced.

Since the onset of many versions of the Bible, some even carry their ministry’s name to show ownership. We become a judge when we disagree with this trend and it shouldn’t be, God is the only judge when it pertains to His Word. We should not judge the cover of the book whether it belongs to different denominations or to the version we grew up with. I believe we can still hold on to our faith and not to judge its contents but how they interpret it.

We have so many divisions in the Christian religion and yet we also have one thing in common.  Christians always talk about trials, challenges, persecutions, salvations, and Jesus becomes the center of worship. Jesus’ name becomes excessively used that it becomes an idol. When you said that Jesus is my life, it becomes exclusivist and takes away the truth and rights of the Father of His ownership of His Spirit.

Are we the persecutors or the persecuted?  Are we true Christians? Or are we the Progressive Christians or are we the Modern Christian?  Why are there many Christians that are judgmental?  Who are we today and what are we?  Is the truth made us confused or our error in embracing the understanding of men?  Adam was created perfect, but because of disobedience, everyone turns to be the perfect imperfection of God created beings,  although we are not directly created, we are the by-products of those creations.

Self-awareness is very important in knowing ourselves that will eventually develop to spiritual growth to maturity and acceptance of who we are. John 13:12-15—the disciples of Jesus know him as a teacher and Jesus was very aware of it. So, Jesus knew himself very well that he is a teacher.  When somebody asks you if you are a Christian, and by heart, you know you are.  What will be your answer?  Did the person that asks you has doubt because he can see that you are doing different (good or bad) from other Christians? One thing we have to be careful of is to misrepresent ourselves.

Progressive Christianity represents a post-modern theological approach and is not necessarily synonymous with progressive politics. It developed out of the Liberal Christianity of the modern era, which was rooted in enlightenment thinking—Wikipedia

Bishop Joseph

Bishop Joseph Vitug, Ph.D., Bishop Emeritus

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