About Westcott and Hort? Did There Occult Associations Taint New Bible Translations?

This is a question for people interested in the background of byzantine vs. alexandrian text discussion. Are most all scholars and proponents of the alexandrian text involved in esoteric, gnostic, mysticism in some way? What is the interest in this particular alexandrian text? Here is some interestin... show more This is a question for people interested in the background of byzantine vs. alexandrian text discussion. Are most all scholars and proponents of the alexandrian text involved in esoteric, gnostic, mysticism in some way? What is the interest in this particular alexandrian text?

Here is some interestin background on Westcott and Hort:


"The beliefs and agenda of Westcott and Hort can be gleaned by reading their personal correspondence preserved in their biographies. While they were deciding what does and does not belong in their revision of the Greek New Testament, they were involved in:

Worship of the Virgin (Mariolatry).

Necromancy (spiritualism – calling up the dead in séances).

Speaking with ghosts (devils).

The Bible forbids all three activities. Worship of the Virgin violates both the First and Second of the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20). Necromancy, witchcraft, and consulting with familiar spirits are forbidden in Deuteronomy 18:10-12.

HERMES CLUB AND GHOSTLY GUILD

In 1845, as a Cambridge undergraduate, Westcott organized the Hermes Club. Hermes is the Greek god of magic, the Lord of death, cunning and trickery. According to Greek mythology, Hermes was a gifted speaker and a scribe.

Westcott’s friend, Madame Blavatsky, a key founder of the New Age Movement, wrote, Satan and Hermes are all one, in her book, THE SECRET DOCTRINE. She didn’t even pretend to be a Christian, she was a Luciferian.

In the 1850s Westcott, Hort and Benson (a future Archbishop of Canterbury) founded the Ghost Club (also known as the Ghostly Guild). It promoted channeling by which spirits speak through a medium.

As Gail Riplinger so aptly points out in her book, NEW AGE BIBLE VERSIONS, The bitter fountain which springs forth from the new bible versions flows from the devils who seduced the scribes.

Now the Spirit speaketh expressly that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils (1 Timothy 4:1)

The modern translations (RSV, ASV, NASB, NIV, NEV and even the NKJV) have one thing in common. They tend to agree against the KJV in omitting hundreds of words, phrases and entire verses.

These omitted words are not always archaic (old) words no longer used in Modern English. The omitted words are words like God (omitted 66 times in the New King James Version alone, and even more in other modern versions).

God is not an archaic word. Neither is Christ, blood, virgin or other frequently omitted words. As Gail Riplinger points out in her book, New Age Bible Versions: An Exhaustive Documentation of the Message, Men & Manuscripts Moving Mankind to the Antichrist's One World Religion, these changes are theological in nature. "
Update: * But in addition, Rupert Murdoch owns the copyrights to the New International Version. He also owns the rights to the satanic bible.

* In regards to Hermes. Hermeneutics as an aside is used by the majority of theologians
Update 2: It basically boils down to a lessening of the divinity and authority of Jesus Christ. Oldest does not mean accurate, correct? What influence did the Gnostics of Alexandria have on the particular alexandrian text. There is a modern day preference to the Gnostic way of thought on the biblical scriptures. In this... show more It basically boils down to a lessening of the divinity and authority of Jesus Christ. Oldest does not mean accurate, correct? What influence did the Gnostics of Alexandria have on the particular alexandrian text. There is a modern day preference to the Gnostic way of thought on the biblical scriptures. In this way, you would then bring in to thought the gospels of Thomas and others which were not canonized. This preference for 'Gnostic' text would obviously be favored by men who are of an 'Occult' way or preference. This is the point of bring into discussion Westcott and Horts 'Occult' associations. It is contrary to the very scripts they promoted. If I was an occultist, I would favor a 'Gnostic' text over one that gives Christ full divinity in the Godhead
Update 3: @www.bible-reviews.com Level of academic stewardship and scholarship does not equate with Holy, Divine, Spirit, God-Filled inspiration of translation. I would assert that someone who had doctoral degree in accounting and finance handle your estate, but by the way, by this persons own admission in correspondence,... show more @www.bible-reviews.com Level of academic stewardship and scholarship does not equate with Holy, Divine, Spirit, God-Filled inspiration of translation. I would assert that someone who had doctoral degree in accounting and finance handle your estate, but by the way, by this persons own admission in correspondence, this person had previously served 6 years in jail for fraud and racquetering. Would you feel confident in this person handling your finances? Of course not. Scholarly reputation I am sure would not morally obligate anyone to not being (pun) truthfully dishonest in their work. Especially, as you state that WE do not have high degrees in Koine greek and they do. I do not trust an occultist translator of a bible.
Update 4: @Paul .. Of course in scholarly work in mathematics, Pythagoras presents no concern. However, what if he were a baby sitter? What that present an ethical dilema. Maybe not for some, but for most it would. The occult back ground of these to reknowned scholars of Koine Greek is a "Conflict of Interest" with... show more @Paul .. Of course in scholarly work in mathematics, Pythagoras presents no concern. However, what if he were a baby sitter? What that present an ethical dilema. Maybe not for some, but for most it would. The occult back ground of these to reknowned scholars of Koine Greek is a "Conflict of Interest" with translating the word of God, as we all suppose it to be. If we do not suppose to be the inerrant word of God, then it matters not. However, these scholars covet these ancient religious manuscripts in such a way that leads me to believe that there is a point of contention to all these biblical scripts, from Genesis to Revelatons. Just my non-scholars divinely inspired intuition
Update 5: The background of Westcott and Hort is revelant because of their association with occultism and the revelance of the Gnostic ideology and their influence on the Alexandrian text. Their scholarly work on translating that text may be correct, but their is a slant towards favoring those texts because of the Gnostic... show more The background of Westcott and Hort is revelant because of their association with occultism and the revelance of the Gnostic ideology and their influence on the Alexandrian text. Their scholarly work on translating that text may be correct, but their is a slant towards favoring those texts because of the Gnostic opinions on the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Epistles.
Update 6: And because the Alexandrian text is a "more ancient" text, and because these reknowned scholars in Koine greek are proficient in their work, obviously this would present a more "authorative" translation than translations done using the other text. Older does not mean correct.
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