Why does God allow his word to be distorted?

2021.09.27 02:43 sniperandgarfunkel Why does God allow his word to be distorted?

Jesus said that he is the truth and that the spirit will guide you into all truth.
However years after Jesus' death, we see that:

  1. The Gospel message has already been misunderstood and or tampered with. For example the Ebionites believed Jesus wasn't God, believed Paul was a arch-heretic, and relied on a proto-gospel version of Matthew. Marcionite Christians used a truncated version of Luke and believed in two gods. Gnostic Christians believed Jesus became God's son at his baptism. Gnostics considered the Gospels of Mary, Judas, Philip, and Truth authentic. And within these examples is large diversity of thinking and beliefs. All of these groups believed they were the true Christians. Which creates a sub question: how do we know that the canon and narrative we have today was the by coincidence the 'most fit' to survive Christianity's evolution? We don't have the original manuscripts and scholars have observed that there were editor errors which changed punctuations, paragraphs, and omitted whole pages. We can't say with complete confidence what exactly the original content read.
  2. The Gospels themselves have been changed. For example, Mark 16:9-20 and the woman at the well story was added later. Also, one resurrection account details the disciples returning to Galilee, while another Gospel states that Jesus commanded them to stay in Jerusalem. This is an irreconcilable contradiction.
Today we find that:
  1. some (particularly American evangelical) Christians still labor under misinformation and disinformation, raveling themselves up in conspiracy theories and believe misinformation purported by popular Christian media. Self-identifying Christians stormed the capitol building and lose their jobs for refusing to take the vaccine, believing the bible forbids them to do it (I'm not interested in a political discussion).
  2. Denominations disagree on major points including salvation.
  3. Two people who self-identify as Christians and pray to God for wisdom on a particular subject can 'receive' completely different and contradictory answers.
Yes, Jesus and Paul warned that false teachers would come and distort the Gospel, but why did God allow false teachers in the first place?
I don't think the free will argument is appropriate here.
Sure, its a somewhat reasonable explanation for human malevolence, but if all scripture is God-breathed, God is truth, and Jesus is the logos, or the word, why would he allow the word to be corrupted. Wouldn't that by extension make him corrupt?
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I almost didn't buy the book due to the comments (and maybe something is coming that I have yet to hear that makes it awful) so this post is mainly for encouragement if you are a new reader like I was this last week 😂
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2021.09.27 02:43 Mid-FunctioningAutie Limited cooking keto diet tips? Also questions.

So I started nearly two weeks ago and I'm limited in what I can eat because I can't really cook. It's a lot of fast food (McDonald's bunless burgers) and TV dinners (Atkins/Healthy Choice), keto snacks, cheese, lunchmeat, canned chicken, egg whites, meal replacement bars/shake powder, and keto "milk"/"yogurt"/"ice cream". Is this safe?
I'm aware most of this is far from ideal, but I'd like to know if there's any beginner's traps to avoid, like certain brands/foods known to be deceitful about their carbs.
For example, I've been using Best Foods mayonaise packets and found out the 0 carbs thing is not true, and that Duke's supposedly is much closer to truly 0 carb. These hidden carbs are probably everywhere so is there a list of brands to avoid and ones to trust? I can't find the exact carb information for every product with accuracy, random carb sites often provide conflicting information...
For the sake of simplicity I'm tempted to just adhere to Slim Fast's keto diet plan and products exclusively (plus one Atkins meal). That seems a lot more restrictive and I don't even know if that'll actually lead to better weight loss results despite its pseudo "guarantees". I'm more concerned with keeping weight off, it's easy to lose it as everyone knows since it's probably mostly water weight early on (years back I lost over 60 lbs in a month on just a reduced carb diet, gained it all back and then some), so with that in mind such a diet wouldn't even work long term so I still need to know how to eat under these circumstances in the healthiest, most sustainable way.
One last question; assuming you need to limit to 20 carbs (I know some people can do 50), will 21 carbs actually kick you out of ketosis? Will 20.5?
TLDR: Is Slim Fast/Atkins foods and bunless McDonald's burgers safe? What's a sustainable keto diet without cooking look like? Any lists of trusted brands to avoid hidden carbs? Will 20.5 carbs kick you out of ketosis?
Thanks for the help.
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I made an enormous mistake.
I sold Taming Water the weapon for Rinwell, and I cannot craft the sequels because of it.
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Am I completely screwed? Is there no way to rebuy sold weapons?
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