About the Author
Welcome to Original-Bible.com.
The purpose of this website is to discuss the history of the Bible, and demonstrate that it is a human document. It is interesting, inspiring, and valuable certainly, but unworthy to be looked upon as the foundation of moral or intellectual reasoning - an attitude which causes so many problems.
I hope that my criticism of the Bible is of a kind that encourages people to hold on to elements of the Bible, and of Christian faith that are constructive and positive.
Though I myself am agnostic, rather than a believer in the doctrines of any kind of Christianity, I have at times in my life been greatly touched and inspired by elements of Christian teaching. I hope that by shedding light on the human origins of the Bible texts this site will enable more people view the Bible realistically, with its complex and human history rather than be blighted by the irrational and superstitious attitudes that many in our culture are caught up in.
In ancient times there was a Christian group called the Marcionites, whose Bible contained a much shorter version of the epistles of Paul. For a long time the traditional church has said that the differences between the two versions of the epistles of Paul arose because sections of text had been removed from the Marcionite copies; however, a number of scholars and historians have re-examined this issue and concluded that the Marcionite version of the epistles of Paul were actually much closer to the original texts, and that the traditional version has had numerous passages added to it. A discussion of the evidence on which such conclusions are based can be found in the articles on this site. Many of the most troubling and illogical aspects of the writings commonly attributed to Paul are found only in those inserted passages (pre-determinism for example in Romans 9, and many other topics too).
Through the careful study of ancient sources it is possible to identify many passages and books in the Bible that are not authentic. Once such texts have been identified and removed, the teachings that remain are not only more authentic from a historical perspective; but, also more logical, self-consistent, and positive.
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