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TANATA is devoted to discussing the paradoxes and the mysteries of life, among which is the paradox of the coexistence of good and evil. “God is love,” John tells us. Evil exists, we would suggest, not because God is detached or unconcerned, but because free will exists which is required for true, unforced love to exist. Still, it is painfully hard to reconcile this paradox. We believe that all evil one day will be judged and destroyed, until then we must pray.

DANIEL 7:13-14

13 “I was watching in the night visions, and behold, One like the Son of Man, coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought Him near before Him.

14 Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom the one which shall not be destroyed.

REVELATION 1:7

7 Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.

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Jul182008

« Gray: The Bible is Neither Inerrant ... nor Untampered With »

Bible Researcher Says Bible Errors Due to Racist Editing; Confusion, Deception Swirl Around Solomon, Bathsheba, the Queen of Sheba, Jesus, Mary Magdalene and Mary and John Mark of Cyrene (Libya) …

by JANET DEVLIN

JULY 18, 2008 — First-century unauthorized editing of the original New Testament gospel manuscripts accounts for the puzzling scriptural passage involving a woman named Mary and a man named John at the foot of Jesus’ cross, says a Bible researcher and writer, who has identified racism as the source of these and other “confusing errors and contradictions” which plague the New Testament gospels. “The real mother and son named Mary and John, of Cyrene (Libya), have been replaced,” says Randall Carter Gray, “and clearly because they were African.”

“At the heart of this cosmic drama involving good and evil is racism — and this passage is the equivalent of the holy grail,” says Gray, admitting he hates “that term.”

“World domination has everything to do with white supremacy,” Gray added. “Notable Africans in the Bible, and Jesus’ best friends, no less, would be seen as obstacles.”

Gray pointedly alludes to this “odd scene” in John’s Gospel when a dying Jesus instructs his mother, presumably, and a disciple named John to behold and embrace one another in a new mother-and-son relationship. Gray claims the mystery and puzzlement over John 19:25-27, which “still stumps Bible scholars today,” cannot be solved without first admitting “the Bible has errors, big ones, and many, most or all are due to tampering to hide African John Mark.”

“Shrewd enemies of Christianity have clearly made these changes, to hide John Mark, or St. Mark, and his mother Mary, because of their African nationality and the very strong likelihood that they were Jesus’ best friends.”

Why this and other tamperings in all four gospels have been performed is “profoundly significant,” the writer says, “with our being able to identify Jesus, I guess when all of this wraps up, on the line.”

The former daily newspaper religion writer and editor said John Mark and his mother Mary “almost certainly hosted the last supper” in their home with an upper room, having been refugees, though people of wealth, Gray said. He says the pair is also missing in Leonardo Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper,” which accounts for “more errors by suberfuge and deception.”

“Three verses, two in John’s Gospel and one in Acts (1.12,14),” says Gray, “unlock the mystery.” John 19:27 tells us that Jesus’ mother Mary, presumably, and the apostle John, the son of Zebedee, presumably, “leave that very hour from the cross for John’s home in Galilee, in Capernaum, after Jesus’ instructions to them to behold one another.” But, as Gray points out, John somehow apparently “makes it all the way back to Jerusalem” from Capernaum, some 200 miles away, in time to visit the empty tomb of Jesus with Peter on the day of Jesus’ resurrection.

And, he adds, “We see Zebedee’s John, ‘the disciple whom Jesus loved’ in Galilee cavorting with his old buddies, fishing, in John’s final chapter — while the Virgin Mary, for whom John is supposed to be caring, is nowhere around. “But the kicker,” Gray said, “comes in Acts 1:12-14, when we see the Virgin Mary in Jerusalem for Jesus’ ascension, and she is being attended to by all of her “real sons,” Jesus’ half-brothers, among whom would have been James, the eventual head of the church in Jerusalem.

“Mary didn’t need a new son, nor a new nephew, which Zebedee’s John very likely was by virtue of Mary being the sister of Salome, the mother of John and James, the sons of Zebedee and of thunder.”

The writer said the “strange scene at Golgotha,” when Jesus refers to his mother not as mother, but merely “woman,” has long been “a thorn, a mystery, but not without a clue: “Jesus simply isn’t speaking to his mother Mary and the apostle John, the son of Zebedee.” The real pair are found in Acts 12.12, Gray said. It is their home to which Peter runs after escaping from Herod’s prison.

“So, if anybody wants to know … of course the Bible, the New Testament, has errors,” Gray acknowledged, “but they are all intentional errors, or edits, alterations, tamperings. As creation has been corrupted, so has God’s holy word been.”

Gray strengthens his case by referencing “the obscuring of another mother and son,” Bathsheba, of Ethiopia, and her son Solomon. Incredibly, he said, “these alterations ultimately were also meant to hide Jesus’ racial identity. “The David-Bathsheba-Solomon saga, appearing in the Hebrew Scriptures, was recorded nearly a millennium before the birth of Jesus,” Gray said, pointing out that “Bathsheba is curiously missing from the genealogy of Jesus in the first chapter of Matthew, though her husband’s name, Uriah, is listed.” In most manuscripts, the removal of Bathsheba’s name in the genealogy is apparent and leaves an awkward gap. But why? Because it was imperative that Solomon, the son of David, not be seen as the forerunner of Jesus, who was also called the son of David … for racial reasons.

“The hiding of all of these African folks and their kin must have messianic implications … with this master-race nonsense about to be foisted upon us once again by the Europeans and American Nazis,” namely the administration, he said. “Grandpa (Prescott) Bush was a Nazi big time … didn’t you know that? I, therefore, don’t think Mr. Bush is a Christian at all — and, I suspect he will betray Israel, as Judas betrayed Jesus.”

Gray’s popular blog “TANATA: Things (often) Are Not As They Appear” can be accessed at http://tanata.squarespace.com.

Reader Comments (1)

i think it is fair to say that the so called "bible researcher" that came up with this post is wrong. It's funny that Bush was mentioned as a Nazi and the article stated he would betray Isreal. Looks like it was our first black president that turned his back on Isreal.

Why does race get brought up into Christianity? Race is just a word with no meaning. I've met blacks, whites, and other mixtures of skin pigments that have hearts of gold and I have also met many that have hard hearts. It is sin that causes all of this and trying to discuss whether Jesus and his closest friends and family are black or white truly gets away from the Gospel. Besides, most of the people in those times were of middle eastern descent which wouldn't make them white or black.
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