Interesting article about the Mandela Effect. I don't see a big difference between stuff and possessions, other than being surprised to see what I consider to be a borderline slang term in the KJV (the English language may have changed over the centuries). In cases like this, there are numerous considerations: which sounds more natural, which preserves the original author's "voice," whether the use of one term would hurt the Scripture's reputation, etc.
As to bottles vs. skins: it's frequently but not always better to substitute a more-familiar term. For instance, 1 Peter 1:22 commands us to "love one another with a pure heart," but in other cultures, the seat of emotions may not be the blood-pumping organ, but the stomach or the liver. So in these cultures, Peter would command readers to "love one another with a pure liver."
However, in other cases, it may be better to preserve the literal meaning, but explain it. For instance, most educated translators would not consider it apropriate for John to say of Jesus in John 1:29, "Behold! The Chicken of God," simply because the culture sacrifices chickens. In these translations, it would be better to include a picture of a lamb and an explanation that lambs, like chickens, are used for sacrifices. In the case of wine bottle vs. skins, I would lean towards skins (perhaps in part because that's what I heard growing up). Old glass bottles can still withstand the pressure of fermenting beverages, unlike old, brittle skins that would burst. And the concept of a wineskin isn't that difficult to explain to an outsider. So I think it would make more sense to use wineskin in this case.
Thank you for your prayers; despite quite a number of difficulties this morning, the conference has gone quite well so far. PTL!
I keep up with your blog and am generally aware of many of the themes/stories you follow. In my limited understanding, the Mandela Effect is more related to confabulation and the limitations of human memory. The either/or nature of the Mandela effect is often and only related to events that can be in the collective consciousness, and it is deeply connected not to linguistic differences but simply syntax or spelling differences. In short, the Mandela Effect is pseudoscience. I’d suggest further research on this and coming to your own conclusions.
That said, CERN is a strange place still. The shiva statue there is really suggestive, nobody really knows what they are doing there, and its hard to imagine a science program of that magnitude not being in someone’s security interest in some way. (I’m guessing the UN funds, which is more bad news.) It’s a place worthy of some digging around to be sure. I would love to find a credible source on what is happening at this place, haven’t found one as of yet.
Despite CERN/Mandela Effect, I think there is a very real thing happening with our language and memory currently. We are finding out how malleable the word can be, especially with the manipulation of screens, addition of words into dictionaries, etc. If Babel taught us anything, we should remember the importance of language as a key element of God’s plan. The gift of tongues reminds us that God is not bound to specific linguistic barriers, he is after all, God. So I think you’re right to pick up on stuff like this when it comes forward.
Brother, I value your work and source many of these things you track on my own as well. I would love to sit down and talk soon more, or be a resource. I have read and researched along many of the same lines your blog follows, and I have done so for about 12 years now. Keep up the good work...
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Here is a partial list of the changes to your King James Bible. Check the KJV only.
1. Isaiah 11:6 from lamb to wolf.
2.Matthew 6:9-13 trespasses and trespassers to debts and debtors.
3. Matthew 9:17 from wineskins to bottles.
4. Mark 2:22 from wineskins to bottles.
5. Luke 17:31 from possessions to stuff.
Friends, I cannot explain these Bible changes except for CERN and the Mandela effect.