Friday, August 25, 2017

"Master, master, we perish" - Suspicion of Sincerity and Passion of the Vatican


Suspicion of Sincerity and Passion of the Vatican

It is strange that the Vatican does not have original documents of the Gospels, the letters written by Paul, etc.

The Vatican or the early Christian church in Rome was attacked severely sometimes by the Roman authority before the Roman Empire adopted Christianity as its state religion.  But original documents  or early copies of them must have been able to be hidden and preserved by leaders or members of the church.

The manuscripts of the New Testament that are handled as standards to prove correctness and truthfulness of the contents and words of the New Testament are those manually copied in the 4th century.
The Codex Vaticanus (The Vatican, Bibl. Vat., Vat. gr. 1209; no. B or 03 Gregory-Aland, δ 1 von Soden) is one of the oldest extant manuscripts of the Greek Bible (Old and New Testament), one of the four great uncial codices.[1] The Codex is named after its place of conservation in the Vatican Library, where it has been kept since at least the 15th century.[2] It is written on 759 leaves of vellum in uncial letters and has been dated palaeographically to the 4th century. 
The manuscript became known to Western scholars as a result of correspondence between Erasmus and the prefects of the Vatican Library. Portions of the codex were collated by several scholars, but numerous errors were made during this process. The Codex's relationship to the Latin Vulgate was unclear and scholars were initially unaware of the Codex's value.[5] This changed in the 19th century when transcriptions of the full codex were completed.[1] It was at that point that scholars realised the text differed significantly from the Textus Receptus. 
Most current scholars consider the Codex Vaticanus to be one of the best Greek texts of the New Testament,[3] with the Codex Sinaiticus as its only competitor. Until the discovery by Tischendorf of the Sinaiticus text, the Codex was unrivaled.[7] It was extensively used by Westcott and Hort in their edition of The New Testament in the Original Greek in 1881.[3] The most widely sold editions of the Greek New Testament are largely based on the text of the Codex Vaticanus.
Generally speaking, the Gospels tell who Christ Jesus was and what He did.  But the Vatican established its foundation by preaching teaching of God or God Himself in addition to its thrology, although they eventually regarded Christ Jesus as God.  And, the Vatican did not encourage people to read the Gospels.  Only church leaders and elites of the society in the Roman Empire and the post-Roman Europe could read and write, so that most of European Christians before the invention of the printing technology by Gutenberg and translation of Greek or Latin Gospels into local European languages by Martin Luther, etc. since around 1500 did not even read the Bible.

The Vatican does not have original Gospels or copies of them made in the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd century, and it did not encourage people to read the Gospels through the Middle Ages.  Put extremely, it raises the suspicion of authenticity, sincerity and passion of the Vatican to propagate Christianity in these 2000 years.

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Luk 8:24 And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm.
Luk 8:25 And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.