New Age Bible Versions by Dr. G.A. Riplinger
Some folks think they know something the rest of us don't know. For example, some folks think they know that our founding fathers really meant the 1st Amendment's reference of freedom of religion actually means freedom from religion, specifically Christianity. And some folks think they know better what the New Testament apostles and Old Testament scribes and prophets meant to say regarding the deity of Jesus and any notion of absolute moral standards.
These know-it-alls had a name 2000 years ago. They were called Gnostics. They still are, only today's neo-Gnostics try to hide themselves under the makeup of liberal denominations and mega-churches, all the while endorsing the fundamental doctrines of that 16th Century Gnostic revival called Rationalism, which is really Humanism, which is identified with Darwinism, moral relativism and socialism. Check it out for yourself. If you won't read Dr. Riplinger's book, Google various 1st thru 4th Century Gnostic teachers and writers, all working in and around Alexandria, Egypt. Start with Carpocrates then look up Philo, Basilides, Clement, Origen and especially Arius.
Note those things these men had in common, like loose [if any] moral standards and especially a belief in a less than divine Christ. Gnostic denied the deity of Jesus and looked to Him merely as a great teacher. And since they considered only that which is spiritual to really matter, what men and women did in and with their physical bodies did not, thus making morality a relative thing. Sound familiar? Note too that Alexandria was the center of Gnostic teaching and writing for several centuries, especially during the 4th Century in which those Alexandrian manuscripts on which all modern bibles are based were supposedly written.
Note the tremendous difference in select words and verses found in both the KJV and these modern bibles. Note especially those words and verses that have been deleted from or changed in these modern bibles and ask yourself if the KJV doesn't do a better job of reproving Gnostic doctrines.
Dr. Riplinger also does a wonderful job establishing the link between Gnostics and other pagans of the past with today's New Age supporters. If you have a mind, open it then read New Age Bible Versions.
This is a fantastic book that I highly recommend to everyone. Over the summer I interned with a Los Angeles DUI attorney and when it was quiet we would frequently have discussions on morals, ethics and the role religion plays when it comes to those topics. The lawyer I worked with was actually the person who pointed me to this book and while I don't agree with all of Riplinger's beliefs and statements, it certainly makes for an interesting and different point of view. As an aspiring attorney and current law student, I enjoy reading many different opinions and thoughts on a single topic so I can take in all sides and angles of the story. If you are a scholar of the Bible or know someone who enjoys theology, I would highly recommend this book.
-Whitney, UCLA Law Student