Why The Bible Is Not Inspired By God

Contributed by John Bedson

“Everything is not what it seems” - Selena Gomez

Introduction
 
For twenty years as a Christadelphian I believed and taught the “Foundation” statement of the Birmingham Amended Statement of Faith (BASF):

“That the book currently known as the Bible, consisting of the Scriptures of Moses, the prophets, and the apostles, is the only source of knowledge concerning God and His purposes at present extant or available in the earth, and that the same were wholly given by inspiration of God in the writers, and are consequently without error in all parts of them, except such as may be due to errors of transcription or translation.”

However as time passed I came to realize that this “foundation” statement did not correctly and adequately define what the Bible is. This note offers an alternative way to understand the Bible.




What Is The Bible?
 
When we open the Bible at the first page and read: “In the beginning God created the Heaven and the Earth……” it is not unreasonable to ask:

Who wrote this?

Is it true?

Is it inspired by God?

The answer to the first question cannot be known because the author or authors of the first five books of the Bible (the Pentateuch) are anonymous. They are traditionally believed to have been written by Moses. However Moses himself never claimed authorship of those books and nowhere in the Bible is that claim made by anyone else. According to the Bible “The Law” was given by Moses (John1:17) but it is silent as to who wrote the first five books which are mostly history and not “The Law”. Moses is invariably spoken of in the third person, which would not be the case if he were the author. The Bible does not tell us who wrote the historical parts of the Pentateuch.

The answers to the second and third questions are not as easy as they appear. Yes it is included in our Bible, but the BASF foundation statement has specifically told us that many sections of the Bible are NOT inspired by God because of “errors of transcription or translation.”

For example in the King James Version of 1 John 5:7 we read:
"For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one."

Christadelphians reject this passage and often omit it in public readings of the King James Version of the Bible. All modern versions of the Bible leave it out and even the official Latin Text (a revision of the Vulgate) of the Roman Catholic Church do not include it in their “Bible.”

The reason why they unanimously refuse to accept this section of the Bible as being inspired by God is because it is considered to be an “error of transcription.” Erasmus, the compiler of the “Textus Receptus”, on which the King James Version was based, noticed that the passage was not found in any of the Greek manuscripts at his disposal and refused to include it until presented with a manuscript containing it, while still suspecting, as is now agreed, that the verse was a forgery.

Erasmus held in his hands a copy of 1 John 5:7, written in an ancient manuscript, in the original Greek language and script, which supported his Trinitarian belief, but he only included it in his Bible under protest, because he did not believe that section was genuine. The Christadelphians agree with his judgment and warn us in their foundation statement that we must be wary of these sorts of “errors” in other parts of the Bible.

So even if a section of the Bible is written in the original language and script, in an ancient manuscript, the BASF quite rightly expects us to use our own critical judgment to decide whether or not it should be included in our Bible.

Which Parts Of The Bible Are Inspired By God?

"All Scripture is given by inspiration of God" (2 Tim. 3: 16) but according to the BASF “All Scripture” is something different to the Bible that the Christadelphians carry to their meetings. The foundation statement is emphatic that “errors” abound in our Bibles because of faulty or fraudulent transcription or translation.

In the same chapter Timothy is told by Paul that the way that he should distinguish between this truth and error is by reading and interpreting the scriptures according to Paul’s way of thinking: “Thou hast fully known my doctrine …….. continue thou in the things which thou hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them.” (2 Tim. 10-14). In other words, studying the Scriptures is not sufficient, because the reader could be misled or misunderstand, as indeed was happening in Paul’s time (2 Tim. 3:1-9). According to the apostle, someone reliable has to tell the reader what the words of Scripture mean before they read them, otherwise they may not make sense of the Scriptures and come to believe in lies. Presumably it must also be necessary for someone reliable to tell the reader what is and what is NOT Scripture.

“I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in my name, saying I have dreamed, I have dreamed” (Jeremiah 23:25) tells us that some prophecy given in the name of God was fraudulent and some of it was included in the Scriptures. For example the words “I have dreamed, I have dreamed” are definitely fraudulent and not inspired by God even though they are part of a (false) prophecy that is included in the Bible.

"For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost" (2 Peter 1: 21) tells us that sections of prophecy were given by God, but it does not tell us which prophecies are genuine and which are erroneous or fraudulent.

“How do ye say, We are wise, and the law of the LORD is with us? But, behold, the false pen of the scribes hath wrought falsely” (Jeremiah 8:8) warns us that believers can be misled by scribes who forged false sections of Scripture (“the law of the Lord”).

The Bible itself also warns us of serious mistakes and muddle within its own content. For example Matthew 27:9 alerts us to the fact that a section of the book of Zechariah (probably the final six chapters) including Zechariah 11:13 was written by Jeremiah, before Zechariah was even born.

I could multiply examples like this a hundredfold but as this is a short note I do not have the space. However I have perhaps said enough to make my point. We would be wrong to accept everything in the Bible as literal truth or as “inspired” by a Supreme Being when both the Bible itself and the Christadelphian BASF tell us that this is not true.

Books That Have Been Lost From The Bible

Another important fact that should be considered is that many of the original books of the Bible are now lost and no longer constitute part of the modern Bible as we know it.

For example in Numbers 21: 14 it is stated, "Wherefore it is said in the Book of the Wars of the Lord………." The famous account of the sun and moon's standing still for Joshua is related "Is not this written in the Book of Jasher?" (Josh. 10: 13). David's Lament over Jonathan and Saul, in 2 Samuel 1: 17-27, is quoted with the reference, "Behold, it is written in the Book of Jasher." This Book of Jasher is several other times quoted, as is the “Book of the Wars of the Lord.” After all that is told of Solomon down to the time of his death, it is stated, "Now the rest of the acts of Solomon, and all that he did, and his wisdom, are they not written in the book of the “Acts of Solomon?" (1 Kings 11: 41)

There are repeated references to, and quotations from the Book of the “Chronicles of the Kings of Judah” (e.g., 1 Kings 15: 7, 23); and the Book of the “Chronicles of the Kings of Israel” (e.g., 2 Kings, 14: 15, 28). “The History of Samuel the Seer”, “The History of Nathan the Prophet”, “The History of Gad the Seer” are all referred to in 1 Chron. 29: 29. In another verse we have references to “The Book of Nathan the Prophet”, and “The Prophecy of Ahijah”, and “The Visions of Iddo the Seer” (2 Chron. 9: 29 ). We are referred to “The Histories of Shemaiah the Prophet” and of “Iddo the Seer”, concerning genealogies (2 Chron. 12: 15). And we are told that "the rest of the acts of Ahijah, and his ways, and his sayings, are written in “The story of the prophet Iddo" (2 Chron. 13: 22 ). Also, "Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, first and last, behold, they are written in the book of Jehu, ... who is mentioned in the book of the kings of Israel" (2 Chron. 20:34 ). “The Acts of the Kings of Israel” (2 Chron. 33: 18) is a work lost to posterity, as is also "The Sayings of the Seers" (2 Chron. 33:19). In the New Testament the “Book of Enoch” is extensively quoted (Jude 14, 15) (quoted from Enoch 2:1). However this missing book of the Bible is NOT lost. It is included in the canon of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and portions of its ancient manuscript were discovered amongst the Dead Sea Scrolls which are at least two thousand one hundred and fifty years old! – But it is NOT in our Bible. Jude 9 quotes from the “Assumption of Moses” book as if it were Scripture, but it is not in our Bible and we only have an incomplete copy with large parts missing.

Books That Should Be Removed From The Bible

It is well known that a great many other apocryphal (spurious - doubtful) books have been removed from the Bible in antiquity and a few hundred others were considered for inclusion and rejected by the Jewish religious leaders or by the Early Church Fathers. Some of the apocryphal books remain in the Septuagint Bible. Some books that remain in our Bible slipped through the net and are obviously apocryphal. For example almost all scholars, theologians and most Christadelphians would agree that the Book of Esther cannot possibly be part of Scripture as it is full of historical inaccuracies and contributes nothing to our understanding of God’s purpose. The Dead Sea Scrolls contain examples of every book of the Old Testament but NOT Esther. It was not part of the Bible of the Essenes. The Song of Solomon is another book that makes no sense being included in our Bible and the Book of Revelation appears to be some sort of Jewish/Christian apocalypse work that is incomprehensible to everyone including the Christadelphians who rarely attempt to expound its meaning.

The Bible Of Jesus And The Apostles

Jesus was born into a hybrid, multiethnic, Roman, Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic culture. Several very different Bibles existed in his time. For example there were the Hebrew Masoretic texts used in the temple, the Targums which were Aramaic translations of the Hebrew, the Greek Septuagint from Alexandria and the Dead Sea Scrolls of the Essenes. However the majority of Old Testament quotations in the Greek New Testament are from the Greek Septuagint Old Testament, primarily from Psalms, Isaiah, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Deuteronomy, and the Book of the Twelve which were the prophets. For example, when Jesus read Isaiah (61:1-2) in the synagogue at Nazareth (Luke 4:16-19), he used the language of the Greek Septuagint as his Bible. The early Christian Churches also referred to the Septuagint as their source of Scripture.

So when the Apostle Paul wrote in the Greek language to Timothy "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God" (2 Tim. 3: 16) he was speaking about the “Scripture” of the Greek Septuagint. When Peter wrote in Greek “Prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost" (2 Peter 1: 21) he meant the prophecies contained in the Greek Septuagint. Why would the early Christians, who were mostly Gentiles, use the Hebrew or Aramaic Bible when they could not understand those languages? They spoke Greek and so they used the Greek Septuagint Bible.

It is hardly surprising that Christ and his apostles preferred the Greek Septuagint version of the Scriptures because the Hebrew Masoretic texts and their canon were written, preserved and authorized by the Scribes and Pharisees who were the deadly enemies of Christ and the early Church and they were the people who instigated the crucifixion of Jesus and the persecution of the early Christians. Christ said of these people in Matthew 23: “But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in………therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation……………….Woe unto you, ye blind guides…..which strain at a gnat and swallow a camel……….for ye are like whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but within are full of dead men’s bones and uncleanness……….within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity…….ye are the children of them which killed the prophets…..ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?..... Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute from city to city.”

Would you want those crooks to write your Bible? Would you trust them to decide which books were included and excluded from its canon? Would you consider them to be reliable scribes to guard against “errors of transcription or translation”? Do you think that they were honest enough to be trusted with your eternal salvation by composing your Bible? Or would you prefer to use the Bible of Christ and the Apostles?

The bad news is that the Old Testament of your Bible and of all modern translations is the one that came from the scribes and Pharisees. You have a version translated from the Hebrew Masoretic texts. Your New Testament came from the Pagan Roman Emperor Constantine and his murderous henchmen.

You have thirty nine books in your Old Testament, but guess what? Christ and his Apostles had forty nine books in their Old Testament, which both Paul and Peter claim to be inspired by God! For example Hebrews 11:35 appears to be a general quotation from 2 Maccabees 7 which was part of Paul’s Bible but you will not find it anywhere in your Old Testament.

Chaos And Confusion

So what are we to make of all this? The Christadelphian Statement of Faith tells us that the Bible contains errors and the Bible itself says the same thing. Jeremiah warns of false scribes misleading the faithful. We have shown that the false scribes who gave us our Old Testament were the ones who killed Jesus and persecuted the Early Church. Christ called them “blind guides” and said that they “shut up the kingdom of heaven against men.” Yet these are the people that the Christadelphians have trusted to give them a reliable Old Testament which they hope is “inspired by God” and will help them to attain eternal life in the Kingdom of God. The whole thing is about as crazy as handing over your retirement savings to Bernard Madoff or the Mafia to provide you with a secure and happy future!

The apostle Paul told Timothy that you can only understand the Scriptures if someone reliable explains their meaning and sorts out the truth and error. We have learned that some parts of the Bible need to be removed because they are spurious and the Christadelphians have done just that with 1 John 5:7. Many books of the Bible have already been removed, or were excluded before they could be added to the Bible. A large number of books of the Bible, which were source material for historical parts of the Bible and books of the prophets, have been lost thousands of years ago and we have little or no idea what was in them, even though the Bible urges us to read them. One book (Enoch) was written before the birth of Christ, is found among the Dead Sea Scrolls, prophesies the coming of Christ and is quoted by the Bible but is excluded from the Bible! Different Christian religions and sects include and exclude different books from the Bible.

Which Scripture Is Inspired?

"All Scripture is given by inspiration of God" (2 Tim. 3: 16) but how are we to know what is or is not, or was or was not “Scripture”? For a Christadelphian to hold up the Bible and claim that it is “inspired by God” is absurd. The Scriptures are not fixed, but rather they are something that changes and evolves. Books, passages and sections enter and leave the Bible over time. Abraham had no Bible. Moses perhaps had a short Bible. Jeremiah had a longer Bible. By Christ’s time the Bible would have filled an entire library, although some of the books were already lost and some were hidden in Dead Sea caves. By the time of the Emperor Constantine in the third century AD they had so much Bible that they were burning hundreds of its books because it was too much for anyone to read and it was driving them crazy trying to make sense of it all.

Little wonder that the BASF writes about “errors of transcription and translation”! The printing press had not been invented back then and those poor guys had to write it all out by hand thousands of times over and over again. They must have made millions of mistakes over the thousands of years in which they worked, writing and copying it all out by hand. The Bible claims that the original Scripture was inspired by God, but it does not explain what constitutes Scripture. Nowhere does it claim that the scribes were empowered by the Holy Spirit to not make any mistakes in transcription or translation or that the Holy Spirit guided them as to what material should be included in the holy canon of the Bible and what should be excluded. On the contrary, Jeremiah is emphatic that false scribes writing The Law of The Lord can mislead the faithful. We would be foolish to ignore his warning.

The Old Testament Does Not Claim To Be Inspired

In fact the Old Testament never claims that the Holy Spirit “inspired” anyone to write history. That is a novel Christian idea that would be foreign to anyone living before Christ. If you could go back in time and tell the people who wrote the historical parts of the Bible that they were inspired to write by God, they would almost certainly stone you to death for blasphemy! They understood that they were writing history and like all good historians of their time they were making a good story better by using invention, embellishment, borrowing other peoples’ historical stories and by using poetic license. It did not matter to them that much or all of what they wrote was not true because in the ancient world historians were story tellers. History to them was what Hollywood or computer games are to us today. It was entertainment in a boring world.

We do not imagine that Harry Potter is a real person who can perform magic just because we have seen the films or read the books. We understand that J K Rowling is telling us a story (which is not true) with an acceptable moral and ethical theme of good triumphing over evil. The people who wrote the historical parts of the Bible were the J K Rowling equivalents of their day. They were inventing stories with a moral message.

The Christadelphian Mistake

Christadelphians think that they are being “fundamentalists” by believing the literal truth of every word of the nonsense contained in the book of Genesis and the rest of the modern Bible, about God creating the world in six days, a talking snake, Noah’s ark etc. But if the people who wrote those words could come back and speak to us they would say “Are you nuts? We borrowed those stories from the Chaldean creation epics that we read during the Jewish exile in Babylon and stitched them onto the start of another scroll that contained stories about Abraham. It made the Abraham story better because it set him in a historical context and an ethical background of God opposing evil.”

A real Christadelphian “fundamentalist” would understand the “fundamentals” of how history was composed in the ancient world and believe the literal truth of what actually happened. What actually happened was that those stories were NOT true! Things never happened that way at all! But that does not matter because they were not written as true stories. They were written for a very different purpose. They WERE written and that IS true. It is true that they were written and it is true that they are great stories. Just like it is true that J K Rowling wrote some great stories about the evil Voldemort being vanquished by the morally upright Harry Potter. It is true that she wrote those stories and their moral message is true. Good people should triumph over wickedness. That is true. But the actual stories are fiction, just like large parts of the Bible are fiction. But that does not matter; in fact it is completely irrelevant to the main issue and purpose of the stories. If the reader can get the moral message from the story, the writer has accomplished everything that he set out to achieve.

The writer of Genesis did not have the faintest idea as to how the world and living organisms came to exist. He knew nothing about evolution or genetics or the DNA helix. He was stuck way back in the Bronze Age and he did not even have iron tools. So he made up his creation stories or borrowed them from the Chaldeans. What else was he expected to do? But what he did do and what is true, is that he wrote some of the most widely read and brilliant stories ever composed by a human. That IS true. In that sense Genesis and all of the Biblical history Is true, even if none of it never happened or did not happen in the way described.

The Truth

Christadelphians claim to have “The Truth” but in reality what they do is impose their modern day Western preconceptions on some ancient writings that worked in a completely different manner to modern writings. They then spend huge amounts of time and effort trying to defend the historical accuracy of those documents and seeking to explain away the hundreds of contradictions. But they have set themselves a thankless task because that is not how those documents worked. The original writers were writing entertainment with a moral message.

Let us embrace the fascinating stories that these people composed and endorse their moral message. Enjoy the fanciful, self-contradictory history for the entertainment that it was intended to be. Reject the ethical content that does not comply with modern, enlightened human morality. Ignore the contrived, scheming writings of an ex-Pharisee control-freak like the apostle Paul. Accept the teachings of Christ when they coincide with decent human behaviour and standards of morality, but reject his bad tempered, burning in hell, judgment, eternal damnation outbursts as criminally minded, paranoid fantasizing.

Conclusion

The Bible has much to offer us if we accept it for what it is and how it really works. But we must also face the reality that the idea of it conferring eternal salvation on someone who is stupid enough to actually believe what it says is as barmy as believing that the words of J K Rowling will raise us from the dead. Harry Potter could perform magic in the printed word and in the special effects department of Warner Brothers movie studios. Likewise, Jesus Christ can perform miracles in the printed words of the English Bible. But those miracles have never lifted off the scrolls and pages on which they were written. They did not translate into the real world in which people lived and they never will. Harry Potter, the Koran, the Book of Mormon, the promises of Bernard Madoff, Nigerian email scams and the Bible were all written in their entirety by humans; just as humans wrote all of the other books and writings in the world. Accept them for what they are and keep your money in your pocket. Do not invest in other people’s fantasies.

Israel Does NOT Fulfill Bible Prophecy

 
Dr John Thomas
1805-1871
By expounding Bible prophecy, the founder of the Christadelphian movement, Doctor John Thomas, predicted that hundreds of historical things would happen, including the return of Christ in 1866. Almost none of those things, including the return of Christ, came true. Even the very small number of things that did come true all happened approximately one hundred and fifty years ago, causing the majority of Christadelphians today to accept that he was also mistaken about the things that he did get right, because quite obviously that was NOT the time of the end and therefore it was mere coincidence that some things did work out as he predicted.


Few Christadelphians today would advance those predictions as evidence of the accuracy of Bible prophecy or of Dr Thomas's talent to predict the future. They accept that those historical events had nothing to do with Bible prophecy and that God did not predict the exploits of Napoleon, or the Sultan of Turkey, or any of the other eighteenth and nineteenth century events in exquisite detail as expounded by John Thomas.


Dr Thomas made so many errors that in the various republications of his works, successive publishers have been obliged to clean them up by removing entire sections so that future readers will be unable form their own judgment about the Doctor's inaccuracy in expounding scripture. For example in the preface to the 1924 edition of Elpis Israel, Christadelphian magazine editor CC Walker wrote:


"From pages 388, 446 and 448, some erroneous anticipations that the efflux of time has manifested concerning the end of the age, have been omitted as a matter of course".


Every time that work gets republished more material gets thrown out by editors of the Christadelphian magazine. In the forward to the latest (2000) version it is written:


"The third part of the book deals with prophecy in relation to world affairs. Here understanding was influenced by an expectation of the Lord’s early advent, which proved premature, and much that has now to be treated with reserve derived from this outlook".


In fact the works of Dr John Thomas, the founder of Christadelphianism, are so riddled with mistakes that very few young Christadelphians have ever seen or read them. They have been replaced by more recent works by modern Christadelphian writers.


However there is one prediction of Dr Thomas that partly came true, even if most of it was not fulfilled by the events of history. I quote from "Elpis Israel":


"There is, then, a partial and primary restoration of Jews before the manifestation, which is to serve as the nucleus, or basis, of future operations in the restoration of the rest of the tribes after he has appeared in the kingdom. The pre-adventual colonization of Palestine will be on purely political principles; and the Jewish colonists will return in unbelief of the Messiahship of Jesus, and of the truth as it is in him. They will emigrate thither as agriculturists and traders, in the hope of ultimately establishing their commonwealth, but more immediately of getting rich in silver and gold by commerce with India, and in cattle and goods by their industry at home under the efficient protection of the British power."


Is Israel a modern miracle, or a historical co-incidence?
Approximately one hundred years after these words were published, part of this prediction came true when in May 1948 the State of Israel was established in Palestine.


For twenty years, following my baptism into the Christadelphian faith I gave hundreds of Christadelphian lectures declaring my conviction that in modern Israel we had witnessed a miracle and that therefore the Bible was authentic. Then in late 1985 I realized to my horror that I had been seriously mistaken. I came to the following conclusions:


1. That the prediction of Dr Thomas about the Jews returning to Palestine was altogether different to the way that the events surrounding the creation of modern Israel happened. Therefore he did not really predict that event, because most of his prediction was falsified by the actual events. He merely made a lucky guess which was fulfilled by a coincidence, not by the hand of God.


2. That the Biblical prophecies that Dr Thomas referred to in making his prediction also did not in any way accurately predict the events surrounding the creation of modern Israel. Not only were they highly contradictory of each other, but they predicted something entirely different that actually did partially happen during the Iron Age, approximately two and a half thousand years before modern Israel came into existence. Those Biblical prophets certainly did not envisage or predict a second fulfilment of their prophecies twenty five centuries after their own deaths.


3. That for a person to seek to distort the content and meaning of both the original Bible prophecies and the words of Dr John Thomas to refer to modern Israel, is to be opportunistically,  intellectually dishonest. It's rather like the believers in the predictions of Nostradamus claiming that his writings predicted the rise of Hitler, the death of Princess Dianna and the 911 destruction of the Twin Towers. No they did not. There was a partial and incomplete coincidence between his predictions and those events in history. But it is not intellectually honest to claim that the former presaged the latter. To proclaim such a thing to the general public is nothing short of fraudulent behaviour.


Dr Thomas's Prediction About Israel


I want to explain to you in more detail how and why I came to the above conclusions. First let us consider the predictions of Dr Thomas. Notice in the Elpis Israel quote above:


"They (Jews) will emigrate thither ....... in the hope of ultimately establishing their commonwealth".


Dr Thomas did not predict the establishment of the State of Israel; he merely predicted an influx of Jews into Palestine.Notice also the last phrase of the Elpis Israel quote


".... under the efficient protection of the British power".


At the time Dr Thomas wrote those words in 1848, Britain, not America, was the World super-power. Palestine was governed by Turkey, who would never tolerate a migration of Jews to Palestine. In the twentieth century, World War I ended control of Palestine by the Turks and the country came under British rule. To secure help from the Zionists, the British issued the Balfour Declaration in 1917, which endorsed Palestine as a national home for Jewish people. But the policy backfired and only served to alienate the Arabs.


During the period of British mandate (1922-1948), the Jewish population grew from 50,000 to 600,000 people. In 1939 the British terminated their support for Zionism in order to win the support of Arab nations for the war against Germany and the axis powers. The Jews in Palestine immediately started a program of violent terrorism against the British occupying power, which was partly suspended during the Second World War. At the conclusion of the war the Jewish terrorist campaign against both the British and the Palestinians was restarted with a vengeance and large numbers of British troops were killed by the Jews. The British sought to pacify the Arabs by severely restricting Jewish migration and even turned Jewish migration ships away from Palestine and back to Europe, including to Germany where the Nazi holocaust against the Jews had recently been terminated.


So Dr Thomas was quite wrong when he predicted that the Jews would return under the efficient protection of the British power. The British did all that they could to prevent the Jews from returning and even executed many of those that did return as punishment for terrorist atrocities. The British created an arms embargo to prevent weapons from being imported by the Jews to defend themselves against Arab attack. In fact the British did everything in their power to destroy the Jewish attempt to create a homeland in Israel. At the United Nations vote in 1947 to decide if Israel would be established, the British did NOT vote in favour and instead abstained.  


On 14 May 1948, to further pacify the Arabs, the British abandoned Palestine at a few days notice and allowed the Arab nations of Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Iraq to invade the Jewish controlled areas of Palestine. The British authorities assumed that the Jews would be annihilated within days. However the Arabs betrayed each other and amid the confusion they were repelled by the new Israeli State.The Christadelphians proclaimed the whole thing to be a miracle and as a young person growing up in a Christadelphian family I believed the untruth.


In fact the closer we look at the matter, the more we come to realize that Dr Thomas and the Christadelphians were in error about the whole thing; which strengthens my contention that the events surrounding the creation of the State of Israel were coincidental to Bible prophecy and in no way a fulfilment of those writings.


Dr Thomas in Elpis Israel predicted that the Jews would live in "a land of unwalled villages, whose inhabitants are at rest, and dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls" under the protection of "Moab" and"Tarshish" - that he wrongly identified as Britain. Instead, the Jews created their own nation of Israel despite the British; they have built hundreds of miles of high walls to keep out Arab terrorists and after suffering numerous attacks and suicide bombings they most certainly cannot be considered to have been dwelling "safely."  


In Elpis Israel Dr Thomas predicted that Britain would also occupy Egypt, Ethiopia and Saudi Arabia along with Palestine at the "Time of the End", together with a great deal of other nonsense. None of it has come true and it obviously never will because Britain is now a bankrupt, toothless old lion of a country.


In reality, the past one and a half centuries have proved that almost the entire collection of predictions by Dr Thomas were as false as his mistaken prediction that Christ would return in 1866. Israel was re-established, but in an entirely different way to that predicted by Dr Thomas. Therefore it is intellectually dishonest to ignore his multitude of mistaken predictions and instead focus on the one that did happen.


It was not cause and effect. It was coincidence and the proof that it was coincidence is the fact that the hundreds of other Dr Thomas predictions were false. In fact Elpis Israel was an entire catalogue of mistaken predictions except for the Israel one which partly came true more by luck than judgement. Yes it was a sensational co-incidence, but no more than the sensational prediction by Nostradamus of the rise of Hitler.   


The Original Bible Prophecies


It is also intellectually dishonest for Christadelphians to claim that Biblical prophets such as Isaiah, Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Zechariah and others predicted the establishment of the nation of Israel in modern times. They did no such thing and those prophets would be shocked to learn that their writings were so misused by a religious sect two and a half millennia after they were written.


Those predictions were written during the Middle East Iron Age at a time when many of the Jews had been exiled from their land into Babylonia, which was the dominant superpower of the day. To encourage the Jews in their despair, Israelite prophets predicted that they would eventually return to their land; rebuild their homes and their temple. It is inconceivable that those prophets ever imagined a repeat of history two and a half thousand years later. There is no hint whatsoever in those predictions that they have a dual nature in which they will be fulfilled twice. It is fraudulently opportunistic to nowadays claim that those predictions meant something that the original writers never intended. Even if we concede (which I do not) that God inspired the writings, there still remains no indication of any sort that God intended a dual nature to their fulfilment. To do that is to force a meaning into those ancient texts which was never there in the first place in order to twist them to pretend that they predicted events since 1948. That is deceit.


Christadelphian Deception


No one knows better than me that it was and is a deceit, because no Christadelphian is guiltier of that manipulation of the truth than me: John Bedson. I wrote, published and paid for the full colour booklet "The Destiny of Israel and the Future of the World" when the CMPA were still publishing in back and white. I wrote, produced and financed the 16mm film "The Miracle of Israel" for the Christadelphians in the nineteen eighties that was sold and used all around the World. I produced and paid for the million full colour leaflets that advertised that film. I gave hundreds of Christadelphian lectures about Israel being a fulfilment of Bible prophecy. I stood on the stage of the Birmingham Town Hall with Christadelphian Brother John Allfree and we lectured thousands of Christadelphians and others about Bible prophecy and modern day events.


When I produced those aids and prepared those lectures I was constantly perplexed by the contradictory nature of the source material in the Bible prophecies. I had to selectively pick out the Bible verses that suited my purpose and ignore the hundreds of verses that contradicted my thesis. I knew full well that there was no indication of a second fulfilment of those prophecies. But because of my naive conviction that Christadelphianism was the one true faith, I concealed the truth from the public and from the Christadelphians who listened to, read and watched my work. I rejoiced in the praise for my work and the adoration of Christadelphians for my intellectual prowess in expounding those mysteries.


But I tell you now, with shame and deep humility in my heart, that deep down I knew that I was lying. I did think that I was telling you the truth at the time; but I also knew that I was concealing a mountain of problems with those original texts that did not really support what I was claiming.


I know that current prominent Christadelphians know that what I am saying is the truth and that they are also concealing the truth form you. Because those prophecies have not altered since I left the Christadelphian fellowship in 1985. They know as well as me that those prophecies are a mixed up jumble of often contradictory predictions and that nowhere do they indicate a second fulfillment of their words in modern times.


I lied to you then and prominent Christadelphians are lying to you now. In their minds they think that they are telling the truth. But they know that they are picking the Bible verses that suit their purpose and ignoring the inconvenient others.

That is how I know that Bible prophets did not predict modern Israel. Because I was one of the many Christadelphian crooks who fooled you into believing this lie. Poor, deluded, Iron Age prophets pretended to predict this nonsense and people like me and all of the other prominent Christadelphian brethren, including Dr Thomas fooled, you into thinking that we could interpret it for you.

Please forgive us and realise that modern Israel has nothing whatsoever to do with the predictions of those ancient Israelite madmen. We prominent Christadelphian speaking brethren can offer you nothing to prove or support the validity of this Christadelphian religion. You need to do what I did in 1985 and face up to the awful reality that the Christadelphian faith it is one big mistake.

Why Dr John Thomas Was Wrong

"Here and there throughout American society you meet men filled with an enthusiastic, almost fierce spirituality such as cannot be found in Europe. From time to time strange sects arise which strive to open extraordinary roads to eternal happiness. Forms of religious madness are very common there" - Alexis de Tocqueville


Dr John Thomas
1805-1871
As a child nurtured in the Christadelphian faith from my mother's womb my infant mind was steeped in Christadelphian myth and legend from an early age. My father would tell me the bedtime story of how the founder of Christadelphianism, the brave Dr John Thomas at the age of twenty eight in 1832 was nearly shipwrecked aboard the Marquis of Wellesley ship while en route to America. He made a vow to God that if his life was spared he would devote himself to discovering the truth about religion. God saved the good doctor from his distress and upon reaching New York he set about reading his Bible. He soon discovered The Truth that humans had lost for nineteen hundred years and published his findings in his book "Elpis Israel" in which he also predicted the return of the Jews to Palestine. He later explained every word and phrase of the Biblical book of Revelation in intricate detail in his three volume work "Eureka". Dr Thomas was a man "raised up by God for this great work" I was told and my young, impressionable mind believed every word, not realising that I was being indoctrinated into a religion that made about as much sense as Flat Earth Theory. I read “Elpis Israel”, “Eureka”, “Faith in the Last Days”, “Exposition of Daniel” and “Christendom Astray” when I was eleven and I made up my mind that baptism was a primary goal in my life.

It was twenty years later that my dearly beloved and greatly missed friend, brother John Allfree gave me a very old copy of the five volume work "Horae Apocaliptica" by a writer named Eliot. It is a preterist exposition of the Biblical book of Revelation. The book was published prior to Dr Thomas's work Eureka. In Eureka Dr Thomas frequently heaps fiery scorn and derision on Elliot and his work, so I was interested to read this work that I thought would be junk. Imagine therefore my shock when I discovered that practically 80% of Eureka had been lifted out of Hoare Apocaliptica! Eureka was NOT an original work at all; Dr Thomas had plagiarised Elliot's work mercilessly and passed it off to the Christadelphians as an original.

Further investigation convinced me that much of "Elpis Israel", "Anatolia", "The Exposition of Daniel" and practically everything else that Dr Thomas wrote had been taken from other writer's work but not acknowledged by him. Even most of the doctrinal material and the prediction that the Jews would return to Palestine was NOT original work. He was simply lashing together other people's material and publishing it as his own ideas. The man that I had venerated as someone "raised up by God" to rediscover The Truth was a charlatan as bad as any corrupt American TV evangelist in our own times.

It would take me many hundreds of pages to thoroughly expose Dr Thomas's plagiarism in full and as I have disposed of all my religious books it is now an impossible task for me. But I strongly recommend that others take up the task of repeating the work that I undertook in the early Nineteen Eighties. I would have written it all down then, but I got so far and gave up in disgust that I had been hoodwinked by Dr Thomas for so long. However it would be unfair to leave this subject without at least one illustration of what I mean, so I submit the following as a tiny fraction of the material that is available.

"Anatolia is original throughout" wrote Doctor Thomas in the introduction to that work. Let us test that statement by comparing the following quotations from "Anatolia" with another work published forty years earlier in 1814 by Granville Penn entitled "The Prophecy of Ezekiel concerning Gog":

Dr John Thomas in "Anatolia":
"The question as to what nations are signified by Rosh, Meshekh, and Thuval has long since been determined by the learned. The celebrated Bochart, about the year 1640 observed in his elaborate researches into sacred geography, that ROS, Ros, [the Hebrew word is omitted] is the most ancient form under which history makes mention of the name of RUSSIA; and he contended that Rosh and Meshekh probably denote the nations of Muscovy and Russia. 'It is credible,' says he, 'that from Rosh and Meshekh (that is the Rhossi and Moschi) of whom Ezekiel speaks, descended the Russians and Muscovites, nations of the greatest celebrity in European-Scythia.' We have indeed ample and positive testimony that the Russian nation was called Ros by the Greeks in the earliest period in which we find it mentioned, as Ethnos de oi Ros Schnthichon, peri ton archtoon Towron; that is, the Rosh are a Scythian nation bordering on the northern Taurus! and their own historians say, 'It is related that the Russians (whom the Greeks call Ros, and sometimes Rosos, Rosos) derived their name from Ros, a valiant man who delivered his nation from the yoke of its tyrants.'" p. 65

Granville Penn in "The Prophecy of Ezekiel Concerning Gog":
"If we next enquire what nations are signified by those three proper names we shall find that this question also has been long determined by the learned. The celebrated Bochart, about the year 1640, observed in his elaborate researches into sacred geography that ROS, Ros, is the most ancient form under which history makes mention of the name of RUSSIA; and he contended that the two first of those names properly denote the nations of Russia and Muscovy. 'It is credible,' says he, 'that from Rosh and Mesech (that is the Rhossi and Moschi) of whom Ezekiel speaks, descended the Russians and Muscovites, nations of the greatest celebrity in European-Scythia.' We have indeed ample and positive testimony that the Russian nation was called Ros by the Greeks in the earliest period in which we find it mentioned. Ethnos de oi Ros Schnthichon, peri ton archtoon Towron. 'The Ros are a Scythian nation bordering on the northern Taurus.' This testimony is given by Cedrenus, Zonarus, Leo Grammaticus, and Tzetzes; and their own historians thus report, 'It is related that the Russians (whom the Greeks call Ros, ROS, and sometimes Rosos, Rosos) derived their name from Ros, a valiant man who delivered his nation from the yoke of their tyrants.'" p. 19

John Thomas:
"And thus the three denominations, Rosh, Meshekh, and Thuval, united in the prophecy point out, with equal capacity and conciseness, those widely extended regions, which, at the present day, we denominate collectively THE RUSSIAN EMPIRE." p. 66

Granville Penn:
"And thus the THREE DENOMINATIONS united in the prophecy point out, with equal capacity and conciseness, those widely extended regions, which, at the present day, we denominate collectively THE RUSSIAN EMPIRE." p. 22

John Thomas:
"Since the name of Scythae, or Magog, is to be considered not by itself, but in geographical connection with Galatae, or Gomer, we have only to enquire, whether any geographical affinity is really ascribed by the Greeks to the Scythae and Galatae? and to ascertain to what regions of the earth those names so associated, were applied. If we can discover these two points we ought thereby to have discovered specifically the Magog of the prophecy, which is to be associated with the region, or people, of Gomer." - p. 67

Granville Penn:
"But, since the name of Scythae (i.e. Magog,) is here to be considered, not by itself, but in geographical connection with GALATAE, or GOMER, we have only to enquire, whether any geographical affinity is really ascribed by the Greeks to the Scythae and Galatae? and to ascertain, to what regions of the earth, those names, so associated, were applied. If we can discover these two points, we ought thereby to have discovered specifically the Magogue of the prophecy, which would be able to associate to themselves the region, or people of Gomer." - p. 41.

John Thomas:
"From the Hebrew Scripture we learn that Magog and Gomer were the names of two of the sons of Japhet; and it is to ancient Hebrew authority alone that we can resort to ascertain where, according to the common repute of the Israelites, the nation which descended from those two heads of families, and which long retained the proper names of those heads, were spread and established. Josephus says, 'That Japhet, etc., etc.' [and so on, with a quotation from Josephus, the same as given by G. Penn.] It only therefore remains for us to ascertain which were the nations that the Greeks at the time of Josephus called Scythae, and which they then called Galatae; and to observe whether the geographical affinities of these nations are such as answer to those which are plainly required by the prophecy for Magog and Gomer."

Granville Penn:"We know from the Hebrew Scriptures that these are the names of two sons of Japhet! and it is to ancient Hebrew authority alone that we can resort, to learn where, according to the common repute of the Hebrew people, the nations which descended from those two heads of families, and which long retained the proper names of those heads, were spread and established. Josephus is the earliest Hebrew authority of weight and learning, to which we can address ourselves; and he distinctly informs us, 'That Japhet, etc., etc. [The quotation following being ANATOLIA] Scythae and which they styled Galatae; and to observe whether the geographical affinities of these nations are such as answer to those which are plainly required by the prophecy of Magog and Gomer."

Does that look as if "Anatolia" is "original throughout" as Dr Thomas claimed? I leave you to judge for yourself. Much of the "Anatolia" material was also lifted from "Dissertations on the Prophecies" by Bishop Thomas Newton. For example the paraphrase of Daniel 11 found in Anatolia is very similar to a paraphrase of the same chapter in Newton's work.

Christadelphian brother Alan Eyre has published two excellent books exposing the lie that Dr Thomas "rediscovered The Truth" about Bible teaching. For example in the preface to "The Protestors" one time editor of the Christadelphian magazine brother FT Pearce wrote:
"It is a matter of great encouragement to us, whose religious views are regarded as unorthodox by our contemporaries, to find that in a number of cases where major doctrines are concerned, these early believers had come to the same conclusions as ourselves." In his Introduction to the same work brother Alan wrote: "The writer, once naively and unquestioningly accepting a popular view that Dr. John Thomas "discovered", as if from a void, the totality of Bible truth as believed by Christadelphians, was amazed to discover source after source which showed that this was at least a serious misrepresentation"....... "The nineteenth century, however, was one in which few intellectual debts were acknowledged."

So not only do we find that the founder of Christadelphianism stole his ideas about prophetic interpretation from previous writers, but it is evident that his "rediscovery of The Truth" is "at least a serious misrepresentation" as brother Eyre diplomatically words it.

It is simply not true that Dr Thomas arrived in America in 1832 and fulfilled his pledge to God made on the sinking Marquis of Wellesley and rediscovered The Truth by studying his Bible. What actually happened was that he arrived as a young man twenty eight years of age and threw himself with vigour into the American "Restorationism" movement. Wikipedia explains it thus:

"In the United States, Restorationism, sometimes called Christian primitivism, refers to the belief held by various religious movements that pristine or original Christianity should be restored, while usually claiming to be the source of that restoration. Such groups teach that this is necessary because Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant Christians introduced defects into Christian faith and practice, or have lost a vital element of genuine Christianity. Specifically, restorationism applies to the Restoration Movement and numerous other movements that originated in the eastern United States and Canada and grew rapidly in the early and mid 19th century."

Soon after his arrival in America Dr Thomas joined the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement which was one of the most prominent of dozens of different sects all competing to "rediscover The Truth" at that time. They advocated a total return to the faith of the apostolic churches, as found in the New Testament. They took no denominational title, calling themselves only by Scripture names, such as "Disciples", "Brethren", (now you know why you Christadelphians call each other "brethren and sisters) and "Christians". Mr. Thomas Campbell and his son Alexander were prominent advocates of this restoration of apostolic ways. Another leading member of that group was Mr. Walter Scott, whose acquaintance Dr. Thomas made soon after his arrival, the result being that he was baptized by Mr. Scott in 1837. Dr Thomas wrote to Alexander Campbell of his baptism:
"I am a Christian, and glory in the name, and am jealous of the honours and privileges and immunities attached to it; so much so that I am not content to share them with the innumerable pretenders to the title in the Protestant and Papal sections of the kingdom of anti-Christ. Bro. W. Scott can testify that I believed the Gospel, and obeyed it before witnesses".

During the course of the next ten years Dr Thomas continued to mix with a wide variety of different sects within the American Restorationism movement including the Millerites who later split and became the Jehovah's Witnesses. Please understand that these different sects believed in a very wide variety of different religious doctrines including all of the doctrines that Dr Thomas later formulated into the Christadelphian religion and they also rejected all of the doctrines that Dr Thomas rejected. You can truly make the Bible prove whatever you want it to prove and those people did exactly that. Every Christian belief and unbelief was promoted at one time or another by one or more of the groups, but not of course all at the same time in one sect. The different sects all competed and fought with each other like cat and dogs and castigated each other in the most virulent of language. Each claimed to hold "The Truth" and accused the others of apostasy and heresy.

After a decade of this madness Dr Thomas selected from this mêlée the beliefs and unbeliefs that suited his particular slant on the scriptures and baptised himself for a second time, saying of his previous baptism and beliefs:
"We confess that the whole matter was a mistake, and as such make this public abjuration thereof. ...... Having been immersed into an erroneous system....... I abjure the whole transaction in which I once firmly thought I had once believed the one only true Gospel of Christ".

This was sixteen years after the shipwreck incident. The man that the Christadelphians claim was raised up by God to rediscover the Truth had spent all that time going around in circles trying to discover the Truth. He had only "discovered" the Truth by stitching together different bits and pieces of the American Restorationism movement into something that suited his frame of mind. One hundred and forty years later brother Alan Eyre called it a "serious misrepresentation" to claim that he had rediscovered the Truth and the editor of The Christadelphian magazine agreed with him!

Do you really think that a God who created the entire Universe would let the rediscovery of the Gospel happen in such a crazy mixed up and deceitful way? Where were the angels and the power of the Holy Spirit in all this? Would it not have been helpful for them to have put a bit of effort into reviving the Truth instead of sitting back and watching Dr Thomas run around the American Restorationism movement like a headless chicken getting baptised and re-baptised as he constantly changed his mind about what he believed? How does all this compare to the conversion of Saul/Paul, or the work of John the Baptist or the calling of Peter? It does not compare at all! In my opinion Dr John Thomas the founder of the Christadelphians was a fraud and a liar like any of the current day American TV evangelists who are either inside or outside of jail. To quote the words of Dr Thomas himself: "Pride and ambition were the leading characteristics of my early manhood". - I could not agree more!

But wait - there is more. Soon after Dr Thomas had decided to start his own religion he and his daughter dumped his sick wife Ellen (who was suffering from tuberculosis) in Richmond, Virginia and sailed off to Britain in 1848. He then applied for fellowship at the Church of the Disciples in London which was one of approximately a hundred churches affiliated to the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement in Britain. In other words he joined the very church that he had rejected a few months previously and did not tell them that he had baptised himself into a different religion. He did this because he wanted to tour Britain poaching their members to join his new faith.

Dr Thomas wrote of this: "Having made his arrangements accordingly, I arrived in London, June 28th, 1848; and in July following I received an invitation to visit Nottingham, and to deliver a course of lectures upon the times, in connection with the prophetic word. The interest created during his short stay was great and encouraging, and became the occasion of invitation to visit other towns and cities also. During this tour I visited Derby, Belper, Lincoln, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Paisley, and addressed thousands of the people. who heard me gladly". - No mention of the fact that he was masquerading as a member of the Church of the Disciples in order to convert their members to Christadelphianism. In his defence Dr Thomas claimed that he had only rejected many of the doctrines of the Church of the Disciples and not the Church itself. This was doublespeak to hide the fact that he was blatantly lying to them.

One of the Disciples wrote in a magazine at the time:

“We have heard through the medium of some of the Second Advent proclaimers that Mr. John Thomas, M.D., from Richmond, Virginia, is on his way to England, if he has not already landed. We feel justified in stating to the brethren, and to our readers, that Mr. Thomas, in his magazine, some time ago, publicly abjured all connection with the Churches of the Reformation in the United States, more especially with brother Campbell and his associates. He not only renounced what he had learned from them, but also what he taught whilst among them, as being altogether erroneous. He has also been re-baptised, or baptised for the first time, into what he calls the hope of Israel; so that he has discovered not only that the baptism of all others of our brethren is faulty, but that his own also which he received some years ago from the hands of brother Walter Scott, and for which he has pleaded so strenuously, has no foundation in truth.”

For a fuller account of how Dr Thomas attempted to trick his way back into the Disciples Church in London see "Dr Thomas his life and work" by Robert Roberts Chapter 31.

This action caused a row with the elders of the Church of the Disciples who later threw Dr Thomas out of their fellowship but not before he had caused numerous splits amongst their own churches. These splinter groups formed much of the core of the new Christadelphian religion being formed by Dr Thomas and Robert Roberts. One of the elders of the Church of the disciples later commented about this subterfuge: "Thus we were deceived by the founder of Christadelphianism, in order to aid its introduction into churches in this country". Brother Robert Roberts who was aware of all this, wrote of Dr Thomas in his biography: "The part of friends has been rather to hide than expose infirmity. Gratitude threw the ample fold of protection over what may have been deemed the faults of an otherwise great and noble and extraordinary character." In other words he covered up the lies of Dr Thomas. One wonders what else was concealed by Robert Roberts.

Contrary to Christadelphian myth, Dr Thomas continued to evolve his new religion after the publication of Elpis Israel. That book was primarily devoted to the exposition of Bible prophecy and much of the detail relating to doctrine was skipped over. The changing views of its founder caused many splinters and splits within the new group. For example when Dr Thomas stated that the saints would be raised in mortal bodies at the resurrection, a breakaway group that he called "The Dowieties" formed in Britain and another group in America whom he named "Benjamites" - presumably after the leaders of the groups. They started a magazine called "The Gospel Banner" and in Sep 1867 they complained in their magazine about the nasty-minded manner in which Dr Thomas reviled them. To give you a flavour of the unpleasant character of the founder of the Christadelphians, here are some of his words that they quoted:

"We have a great many speculators in the faith on this side of the Atlantic, who profess to be the Ecclesia, mere theorists, who are a sort of amalgam, made up of a little Storrism, a little Adventism, a little Campbellism, and a hodge-podge of traditions, of which water, pork, alcohol, tobacco, salt, leaven, raisins, and the everlasting nigger, are the prolific head-centers." ... "They would rather be notorious for abomination than not notorious at all." ... "The Benjamin Mark Paper is a truly blood-thirsty and diabolical sheet." ... "His own selfishness has been the god of his idolatry; and to gratify this such a man will slander, lie, steal, or play the hypocrite, if it will only pay." ... "They have thought that their new paper might be their old, dirty, and blood-thirsty banner, new revised ... for editing at other people's risk, little Ben has discovered, pays better than printing on his own hook." ... These dishonest, mean-spirited traitors to good faith sought excuse and justification in the devil's law of incorporation." ... "I have put you in possession of these details that the real friends in Britain may know by what sort of natural brute beasts I am assisted." ... "I have hitherto taken no notice of him, nor his confederate, the ex-theatrical candle snuffer, being too much occupied with the Apocalypse." ... "We Christadelphians in America are a distinct generation from the so-called Benjamites - we are strong in the faith and unspoiled by accursed crotchets, which, when blended with it, make it ineffectual and generative of knaves and hypocrites."

This sort of disgusting language is sprinkled liberally throughout Dr Thomas's works, causing in the year 2000 the then editor of the Christadelphian magazine to write this note in a new edition of Elpis Israel: "At the time when it was written, frank speech expressed in robust language was indulged in without offence, and in this matter the book reflects its age. The forthrightness of the writer is seen in the vigour of his words and modern readers must make some allowance for this".

I can think of no better way to persuade Christadelphians to leave their religion, or to dissuade others from joining than by encouraging them to read the book in its entirety. It is bad tempered rambling nonsense from start to finish. Dr Thomas even claims that the Earth was inhabited by a race of alien angels before Adam and other rubbish that would cause modern day Christadelphians to cringe if they ever read it.

Let us continue to consider the writings of Doctor Thomas in this quotation from "Elpis Israel":

"The Judgment upon Ireland has been sitting since 1786. That crisis was the beginning of a retribution of seventy-five years. This period is called 'THE END' ......... After 1864 Ireland and the rest of the world will enter upon a new era, in which peace, righteousness, and blessedness will reign in the midst of the nations."

Not only did Christ not return in 1864 but Sinn Féin and later the IRA wrought terrorism and havoc in Ireland and the British mainland for over a hundred years after 1864.

Or this from Dr Thomas:

"My conviction is that the judgment upon Babylon will be announced as about to set; and that the ancient of days and the saints will meet in the air and among the clouds, in the common A.D. 1866, or 1290 years from A.D. 606."

This from Dr Thomas in "Anatolia":

"My conviction is that the judgment upon Babylon will be announced as about to set; and that the ancient of days and the saints will meet in the air and among the clouds, in the common A.D. 1866, or 1290 years from A.D. 606." ............... "But in a few years, that is, about 1866, when the 1335 years terminate, he will 'arise to his inheritance' in the Kingdom of God". ............. "How highly important is this exhortation now, seeing that in about a dozen years the resurrection will have transpired, and no further invitation to inherit it be presented to the world. The glory that shall follow is great for the approved (the Christadelphians). The world is theirs, when all nations come and do homage before the Prince of Israel, because His judgments are made manifest. But before they can have 'power over the nations,' they must bind the strong that rule them. This is their mission at the end of the 1335 years: 'To execute vengeance upon the nations, and punishment upon the peoples; to bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; to execute upon them the judgment written; this honour have all his saints.' From A.D. 1866 to A.D. 1911, a period of over forty years, they will be engaged in this work and in the organizing the world upon new and better principles."

Not only did Dr Thomas erroneously and repeatedly state that Christ would return in 1866 but he also said that "the approved" (Christadelphians) would execute vengeance on the nations for forty years up until 1911.

Elsewhere Dr Thomas elaborates in detail how his immortal immoral Christadelphians will steal and plunder from the mortal population of the world:

"The estates of all the misers of this present evil world will be turned to righteous and beneficent account by and bye, in the hands of Jesus and His brethren. Only when that time comes they won't have to wait the death of the misers. They will take possession, and turn the owners adrift, in most cases into the grave." ... "All the earth will learn at the cost of much blood and treasure......"

This from Dr Thomas writing in "Elpis Israel":

"The sword only, can prepare the way for this. Mankind must be made to lick the dust like a serpent, before they will consent to change their creeds for eternal truth. Judgment will bring them to reason"............. "Nothing but violence in the beginning, in order to punish and crush the tyrants, can prepare the way for the amelioration of society. This is the order, as I shall show, which God has ordained as preliminary to the setting up of His kingdom."

This from Robert Roberts the first editor of the Christadelphian magazine and close friend of Dr Thomas:

"He (Christ) will enter into conflict with the world, drive Gentile power from every throne, and establish His kingdom under the whole heaven. Christadelphian operations will then be transferred from the arena of debate to that of military coercion."

More detail of this Christadelphian instigated genocide is given by Robert Roberts in Christendom Astray lecture 15:

"God Himself will operate in visible judgment upon the nations of the earth.......... a divine manifestation in the person of the Son of Man accompanied by sweeping judgments of fire and sword which will destroy large masses of mankind.......... The vengeance in relation to mankind will be destruction to the majority, and discipline to the remnant. Multitudes will perish by war and pestilence; multitudes more will fall victims to the fire which will descend............... The earth's population will be greatly thinned; its reprobate elements expurgated, leaving a residue composed of the meek and submissive, and well–disposed of mankind, who will constitute the willing subjects of Messiah's kingdom........ The saints co–operate with Christ in executing the judgments written. ...........It will be their privilege "to execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people.......Thus it is obvious that in the closing judgment–scenes of this dispensation, the saints will be associated with the Lord Jesus in destroying the political, ecclesiastical, and social systems.............. This is a work of devastation ................ will involve much destruction of life, ....... Widespread will be the desolations produced; bloody and scathing the judgments ministered at the hands of Jesus and the saints. (Christadelphians)"

The corruption of the various American TV evangelists who are currently languishing in US jails is eclipsed by the evil that the founders of Christadelphianism proposed to unleash on the World. They were planning to kill and maim millions, perhaps billions of humanity in a forty year Holy Spirit empowered orgy of death and violence ending in 1911. The one hundred million deaths in the two World wars and the work of Hitler and Stalin seem tame by comparison with what Dr Thomas and Robert Roberts were planning. In their paranoia they imagined that the result of this great work would be to "Leave a residue composed of the meek and submissive, and well–disposed of mankind, who will constitute the willing subjects of Messiah's kingdom". - What planet were they on? Did they really think that such a plan would succeed? A reign of terror more horrific than The Great Terror of the French revolution, worse than the purges of Stalinist Russia, more brutal that Hitler's Final Solution, more awful than the Killing Fields of Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge reign of death? What would the relatives of those who were killed think about Christ's Christadelphian Kingdom? They would NEVER forgive the Christadelphians and their leaders for inflicting such pain and suffering on the world.

Little wonder that the nations were predicted to rise up at the end of the millennium in one final act of rebellion against Christ. It would be the equivalent of the Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto rising up against their Nazi tormentors and murderers in a last but futile gesture of defiance and desperation against their evil rulers.

But of course none of this will ever happen. Dr Thomas was 100% wrong about Christ returning in 1886. He was wrong about Ireland, he was wrong about the Christadelphian forty year reign of terror, he was wrong about the Kingdom and he was wrong about everything else. I again urge you to read Elpis Israel. Practically everything that the doctor predicted in that book did NOT come true. Moreover it is obvious that the events that he foretold that did happen were merely the result of coincidence. Even Christadelphians who read the book and see the endless detail about events in the Nineteenth Century, which Dr Thomas called "The Last Days", must surely realise that the Bible could not possibly have been so obsessed with Nineteenth Century history and then completely miss out all of the next century without a word!

The modern day TV evangelist tricksters daily predict that we are in the "End Times" and that the return of Christ is imminent. They have no more idea what is going on than Doctor John Thomas. They are continuing the long tradition of American Revisionists and snake oil salesmen of which the founder of the Christadelphians was but a minor participant. We are continuing the long tradition of the naive and gullible who buy the books, purchase the snake oil, submit to baptism and put money on the collection plates. We think that we are so smart being able to throw Bible verses around to prove our case and to defend our position. Everyone else in all of the other denominations thinks exactly the same way. We think that they are mistaken while they think that we are mistaken. No one has the brains to realise that this all proves only one thing - that we are ALL mistaken.

It must be obvious that this man that the Christadelphians claim was raised up by God to rediscover the Truth was clueless when it came to interpreting Bible prophecy correctly. But again I ask - what did God think that he was doing as he watched all this insanity unfold? Was it too much to ask that he use the Holy Spirit to nudge Dr Thomas in the right direction so that his chosen people would not be led completely up the garden path by erroneous teaching?

And as we now know how brainless, paranoid and psychopathic Dr Thomas and Robert Roberts were when it came to expounding Bible prophecy, what assurance can we have that their writings about other Biblical matters were any more correct than their mistaken ramblings about Bible prophecy? What is the difference? The difference is that we can prove by the passage of time that Dr Thomas was unable to expound Bible prophecy but we can't prove that he was mistaken about the doctrinal matters. We have to hope that he was as accurate about expounding the Gospel as he was inaccurate about expounding Bible prophecy.

But what guarantee do we have that Dr Thomas selected exactly the right mix of the many thousands of different beliefs and unbeliefs doing the rounds of the Nineteenth Century American Restorationism movement in order to rediscover the Truth? You really can make the Bible prove whatever you want it to prove and then dig your heels in and defend your position. But the same can be done with thousands of other beliefs about the Bible, many of them completely contradictory to each other. Don't kid yourself that you are smart enough to spot the genuine article amongst the thousands of flaws. And what if all those beliefs are flaws? What if there is no genuine article? Do you have the nerve to shout "A plague on all your houses" to the different peddlers of Christianity and to turn around and walk away?

That’s exactly what I did and it was the best decision of my entire life. Leaving the Christadelphians meant leaving a tyranny of lies, deception and fraud. If you are a Christadelphian and you genuinely seek “The Truth” I recommend that your first step to discovering truth is to write a letter of resignation to the Arranging Brethren of your Ecclesia. Free your mind from Christadelphian subterfuge and seek genuine truth wherever it may be found.