Sadly, however, it is a question for which there is no logical answer.Due to the prevailing environment against criticism, he felt it unwise to profess his beliefs openly and felt that printing it in England would be too dangerous.Among these changes was the unceremonious discardal of the verse of 1 John 5:7 as the fabricated insertion that it is.
However, as I would later find out, this verse is now universally recognized as being a later "insertion" of the Church and all recent versions of the Bible, such as the Revised Standard Version the New Revised Standard Version, the New American Standard Bible, the New English Bible, the Phillips Modern English Bible ..
have all unceremoniously expunged this verse from their pages. The scripture translator Benjamin Wilson gives the following explanation for this action in his "Emphatic Diaglott." Mr.
The three witnesses have been established in our Greek Testaments by the prudence of Erasmus; the honest bigotry of the Complutensian editors; the typographical fraud, or error, of Robert Stephens in the placing of a crotchet and the deliberate falsehood, or strange misapprehension, of Theodore Beza." "Decline and fall of the Roman Empire," IV, Gibbon, p. Edward Gibbon was defended in his findings by his contemporary, the brilliant British scholar Richard Porson who also proceeded to publish devastatingly conclusive proof that the verse of 1 John 5:7 was only first inserted by the Church into the Bible in the year 400C. Peake's Commentary on the Bible says "The famous interpolation after 'three witnesses' is not printed even in RSVn, and rightly. Latin text, it entered the Vulgate and finally the NT of Erasmus." It was only the horrors of the great inquisitions which held back Sir Isaac Newton from openly revealing these facts to all: "In all the vehement universal and lasting controversy about the Trinity in Jerome's time and both before and long enough after it, the text of the 'three in heaven' was never once thought of.
It cites the heavenly testimony of the Father, the logos, and the Holy Spirit, but is never used in the early Trinitarian controversies. It is now in everybody's mouth and accounted the main text for the business and would assuredly have been so too with them, had it been in their books Let them make good sense of it who are able. If it be said that we are not to determine what is scripture and what not by our private judgments, I confess it in places not controverted, but in disputed places I love to take up with what I can best understand.
Such comparatively unimportant matters as the description of Jesus (pbuh) riding an ass (or was it a "colt", or was it an "ass and a colt"?
see point 42 in the table of section 2.2) into Jerusalem are spoken about in great details since they are the fulfillment of a prophesy.156 According to Newton, this verse first appeared for in the third edition of Erasmus's (1466-1536) New Testament.For all of the above reasons, we find that when thirty two biblical scholars backed by fifty cooperating Christian denominations got together to compile the Revised Standard Version of the Bible based upon the most ancient Biblical manuscripts available to them today, they made some very extensive changes.It is therefore evidently spurious." Others, such as the late Dr. Armstrong argued that this verse was added to the Latin Vulgate edition of the Bible during the heat of the controversy between Rome, Arius, and God's people.Whatever the reason, this verse is now universally recognized as an insertion and discarded. No credible Biblical scholar on this earth will claim that the Bible was written by Jesus himself.