Debunking the So-Called Biblical Mandela Effects

Updated on November 19, 2017

What Is the Mandela Effect

I'd like to start off by briefly explaining what the, "Mandela Effect," is, before going into the issues involved with the alleged "Biblical changes."

The "Mandela Effect," is a theory that there are parallel universes that cross over one another. The theory goes into the belief that as these universes collide, slight variations are produced in words, places, and even specific names of people. It's said that this causes large numbers of people to have alternative memories. The reason it's called the "Mandela Effect," is because there are thousands of people who believe that Nelson Mandela died in the early 1980's, when he in-fact passed away in 2013. Many believe that the death of Mandela sparked the entire theory.

The term "The Mandela Effect," was coined by a woman named Fiona Broome, who openly practices necromancy.

Necromancy defined:

the supposed practice of communicating with the dead, especially in order to predict the future.

  • witchcraft, sorcery, or black magic in general.

This should be the first red-flag for anyone who actually follows the masses in believing that it's actually true.

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 1 John 4:1

The interesting issue with this particular theory is that there are literally millions of people who believe that it is true. This includes a large number of Christians. My concern is based on the fact that, when this so-called, "effect," was first being discussed most of the examples were silly little "possible" changes that involved books, stores, products, and movies. Today there are actually websites that are entirely dedicated to documenting these memory-flawed "changes." There are also many that focus just on alleged "Biblical changes."

Examples of some of the so-called "Mandela Effects:"

  1. Some believe that Oscar Meyer changed to "Oscar Mayer"
  2. The Monopoly man does not have a monocle over his eye
  3. The tip of Picachu's tail is black and it didn't use to be.
  4. Reddi Whip is now "Reddi Wip"
  5. McDonalds used to be called, "MacDonalds."

Each one of these examples involves minute details that can easily be overlooked. I have personally heard a few people talking about the "Reddi Wip," example, and I couldn't help but wonder how the world could possibly go on now that the delicious whip cream that almost everybody loves, is missing a letter! Whatever shall we do? I mean seriously, what implications will whip cream have on all of our lives? As for "MacDonalds," I tend to believe that people heard it pronounced that way, and simply assumed that that the spelling was changed when someone pointed out the error. I lived very near to a McDonald's growing up, and it's always been "McDonald's."

Many times, we as people tend to ignore the small details involved with certain things unless another person points something out. Only then do we take notice. I believe that every example of the alleged "Mandela effect," falls in line with this fact.


Invisible Ships Phenomenon

I heard about this "phenomenon,' many years ago, and until today, I had no idea that there are several New-Age books that speak about it. I personally am not interested at all in how they use it. For the sake of making a point, I'll share a bit about the "Invisible Ships Phenomenon."

There are several variations of this account. I'm just going to focus one one variation, as they all contain the same theme. The story goes along the lines of this:

When Columbus arrived at the coast of South America, the native people, who daily fished the sea waters, did not see the giant ships approaching. As the ships drew closer and closer, the fishermen continued fishing and going about their daily work, because their minds couldn't register the sheer size of the ships, which were much larger than their small, familiar canoes. When the ships were right off the coast, one man suddenly saw them and pointed them out to the rest of the fishermen. Only after he pointed out the ships, were the others able to see them.

I'm sure that the New Age "gurus" use this as an example to show that there are things beyond our perception that can only be seen when pointed out by someone who has far greater perceptive abilities. (Such as the authors who want people to think more highly of them than they actually are.)

I'm using this example to say that, simply because we fail to notice small details in a word or a product, that does not mean that it magically changed.

We read thousands of words every day, and the majority of the time most of us aren't thinking, "I wonder how the name of this product is spelled." The "Mandela effect," is nothing more than lack of attention to detail.

Isaiah 11:6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.
Isaiah 11:6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. | Source

The Deception Behind the Mandela Effect Theory

The "Mandela Effect," started off as a theory that products, names of people, and events that we remember, were suddenly altered through mysterious multi-universes crossing over each other.

The theory itself certainly expanded mysteriously. Within a very short amount of time thousands believed that it was true. I've even heard people say that the effect is caused by "time travelers who are purposely altering our history."

This all started off as a rather entertaining theory, but I've never seen or heard of one purported change that warrented any solid credit.

Over time, the theory crossed the line of being about simple worldly matters, and went right into God's word.

This is dangerous, and I personally believe that it is part of the end-times deception. If people can convince others that the Bible is changing, how can we trust even one word contained within the pages? If we can't trust God's word, then how can we have any faith at all? The mere implication of doubting God's written word would sow enough doubt to cause a person to even disbelieve that God Himself is real. If we begin to go in that direction, we lose faith in the almighty powerful God who called us to be faithful. God sustains everything. When we look outside, we can see His sustaining power in His creation itself. Knowing that this is true, how can anyone believe that HE cannot sustain His written word?

Out of all the so-called "Biblical changes," caused they this phenomenon, one of the most widespread involves this verse from the book of Isaiah:

The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. Isaiah 11:6

I've personally read through the Bible from cover to cover several times. I feel that I can safely say that, without a doubt even if a person has read it 100 times, small details can be overlooked. I recognized this fact back before all of the "Mandela Effect," nonsense began.

Many times, I've heard people referencing particular verses and saying that they've changed, when in fact they were not considering the different versions that say exactly the same things. A lot of the time, different Bible versions use word variations that convey the same meaning. I personally find this very edifying when doing verse comparisons.

Using the same verse from Isaiah chapter 11, with a few different versions the words "lion and lamb," are clearly part of the passage, and always have been.

God's Word Translation:

Wolves will live with lambs. Leopards will lie down with goats. Calves, young lions, and year-old lambs will be together, and little children will lead them.

American Standard Version:

And the wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.

Most of us are familiar with paintings, both old and more contemporary, that depict a lion laying down with a lamb. The fact is, simply because a painting depicts a portion of a message, which is often the case, it does not mean that the verse has been altered. The fact is, those who think a verse has been "Mandella Effectively," altered simply haven't been paying attention.

Eight Verses That Christians Quote That Have Never Been In The Bible

There are several examples of "Bible verses," that we've all heard throughout our lives, that are not actually in the Bible, and never have been.

Here are a few examples.

  1. God wants you to be happy.
  2. God helps those who help themselves.
  3. This too shall pass.
  4. If you work hard, you'll be successful.
  5. Just follow your heart and you can do anything
  6. Cleanliness is next to godliness.
  7. Money is the root of evil.
  8. Money, cometh thou unto me now.

There are several more scriptures that I've personally heard others quote that are not actually Bible verses.

Not too long ago, I had a discussion with a person who truly believed that the Bible had been altered due to the "Mandela Effect." There was nothing I could say to convince him that he was wrong. He told me that he knew the Bible very well. So, I asked him to do me a favor, and look up the verse, "Hezekiah 17:21." As he opened his Bible and began looking for the chapter and verse, I watched and waited patiently. He spent over a minute flipping through the chapters so that he could address the verse. When he couldn't find the book of Hezekiah, he quickly began to look at the front pages of the bible where all the books are listed so he could go directly to the chapter. That's when he discovered that there is actually no such chapter, I'm quite certain the point that we can simply be mistaken, was proven.

Just because we think something is a certain way, doesn't mean that it actually is.

Jesus once asked, "when the Son of man cometh, shall He find faith on the Earth?"

I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? Luke 18:8

With all of the seeds of doubt being planted these days, this question is one we should all ask ourselves. "Are we going to trust God or are we going to put our faith in men?"

God's word tells us that it is preserved, and God is not the author of confusion. He is not going to allow His word to be altered. Don't allow seeds of doubt to be planted in your heart. If we doubt one part of God's word, how can we believe any of it?

Stand strong in the truth.

The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever. Psalms 12:6-7

The Lion and the Lamb (Mandela Effect Debunked)


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      4 weeks ago


      A passage I am sure i have seen doesn't appear

      Man should live to 70 by strength of will alone.

      As, for the Qur'an most people in the US Europe don't know the Qur'an well enough to make such claims. But, I have heard such claims from Muslims. I don't believe its a conspiracy just two universes that are nearly identical combing.

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      Bill E. 

      6 weeks ago

      One or two people with the memory of my grandmother who has Alzheimer's one one thing. Hundreds of thousands of people have a "bad memory" is something else. I really wish this article were true. Unfortunately, it it no. The Mandela Effect is a real thing.

      Have you ever heard someone say "He is as strong as a unicorn"? Of course not! Then why did the KJV recently get changed to this instead of ox? That well-known phrase comes from the Bible. This is unfortunately just one of many examples.

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      7 weeks ago

      I can provide proof to anyone interested. They did not get everything

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      2 months ago

      I understand your argument, and I want to agree with you, but there are some things that are disturbing. Romans 8:24 says 'hope' will save a person. No it won't. It won't and never has. The original word was faith. Faith is what saves man. It's like saying, 'I (hope) my car starts in the morning because it was cold outside last night" versus "I'm going to put my key in the ignition and I have (faith) that my car Will start'. Revelations chapters 18 and 19 warn against making changes to scripture, which means that it's possible for biblical wording to be altered. There are other changes equally disturbing but I won't list them. Im worried that people who are new Christians or who don't know scripture very well may read passages like Romans 8:24 listed above, and be horribly deceived. What would this deceit mean for their eternal destiny? Things are contradictory, so we really need to stay close to the Lord.

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      R Guzman 

      2 months ago

      I vividly remember seeing “Shultz” in the corner of Peanuts comics. Now it’s “Shulz”? That looks so off to me. It’s not because of the pronunciation. I can still see it in my head. Also, I would like to share one that I have not read about anywhere, it’s a personal experience. I remember learning in school about the rabbit in the ear of the Mandela statue. I looked it up recently and this discovery was made in 2014 or 2013. I was in the graduating class of 2010.

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      2 months ago

      I compared the first 5 verses that were allegedly changed supernaturally with our 150 year old family bible. In all of the 5 verses, the alleged changed verses matched up identically to the 150 year old bible. Therefore, there were no changes. The changes came in later translations. Therefore, anyone younger that 150 would think changes had been made because they only remember the newer translations.

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      Michael Manson 

      2 months ago

      First of all how about you just take a look at the Last Supper painting and tell me it looks right to you.

      Since when was Moses depicted with horns?

      Since when is Jesus depicted so feminine?

      There's so much that has changed and it's wrong.

      I grew up in a Christian household and was in and out of church until I was 30. Im 36 now. I have extensive knowledge of the Bible and many other religious transcripts and I can tell you a lot of things have changed. I'm not talking mistranslation either.

      Part of the problem with people and whatever is going on is that so many are closed minded and blind to reality. Religion is a control system as is the government, schools, and many other things. People would rather put blind faith in a God you've never seen than even consider the Mandela Effect or any of the other things going on. It's sad actually.

      You believe in a being that created this place that you've never seen. You believe that all these people in the Old Testament lived hundreds of years but people generally don't make it to 100 now even with all the technology. You believe that people talked to snakes! We're crazy though? Come on now lmao.

      Seriously people wake up. Stop using religion as a crutch and stop letting society tell you things can't be a certain way. I don't dismiss God as there's a very real possibility there is one. I'm also not gonna let myself be told what's what without seeing for myself.

      FYI, I grew up a Christian, studied Theology, Psychology, and Computer Science. I'm not an expert but I'm well educated on these matters.

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      3 months ago

      Touching on the wineskins argument - I have only ever seen 'wineskin' and I use the KJV. I have never seen 'bottles'. It probably depends on the printing company perhaps? Maybe they decided to switch up some words?

      Also to respond to your response Betty - I agree, it sounds like a ploy to put doubt into the minds of believers. But then again, that's what God said would happen... so I guess we can expect this kind of deception to take place. We just need to be on guard and most importantly have a personal relationship with Jesus and receive the Holy Spirit - because He will guide us.

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      Jocelyn J 

      3 months ago

      I agree that the vast majority of "Mandela Effects" can be attributed to poor memory. However, there are a few that I really have a hard time dismissing. I grew up attending a conservative Baptist church. I distinctly remember my pastor explaining what "wineskins" meant. I remember this happening 3 or 4 times over the last 20 or 30 years. My pastor only uses the KJV. Why would he have to explain to the congregation the meaning of "wineskins" when the KJV only refers to new "bottles"? Same experience with the "Sanhedrin". I remember the term being explained to me in my church that only uses the KJV, yet it's not in the KJV.

      I was introduced to the Mandela Effect when a friend asked me to spell "Berenstain Bears", which I then spelled as "Berenstein". I was surprised about the spelling, but not convinced that I wasn't just mistaken. I googled the topic, and read several articles about it. As I was reading the comments on one of the articles, I was intrigued by one person's story. She said she was from Germany and moved to America as a child. She remembers reading the Berenstain Bears and wondering if the "ein" at the end was pronounced "een" or "ine" because she wasn't yet familiar with that combination of letters in English. She explains in her comment that if it had been spelled "ain" there wouldn't have been that question because she had learned how to pronounce that combination.

      To me, situations like that hold a lot more weight than people misremembering song lyrics and movie quotes. She has a personal memory that she can't explain. Just like my "wineskin" memory.

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      3 months ago

      The big one I hear about from people is wineskins has changed to wine bottles in the KJV. Have you tried to debunk this?

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      4 months ago

      I am the egg man

      They are the egg men

      I am the walrus

      Goo goo g'joob

      I'm not a Beatles fan but I know it was coo coo cachoo

      Denial is not a river in Egypt

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      4 months ago

      Ignorance is bliss. I have a photographic memory. and one person making a mistake is one thing but hundreds of thousands remembering at the same way. Your high lady.

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      6 months ago

      6 members in the Village People now not 5. Army Man

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      6 months ago

      This isn't about Fiona Broome! Maybe she's nutbag crazy, or worships the devil for all I know... but she didn't CREATE the "Mandela Effect"...she was simply the first person to give it a name. Eyewitness testimony is very unreliable, because our memories aren't nearly as clear as we think they are! And people have been misquoted for centuries. Throw in some urban myth, simple typos, and (the greatest fuel for the fire!) the Internet. Many Mandela Effects can be explained in these ways. I'd say most. But I don't think all.. For Bible folk, do you know Jesus says to bring his doubters before him, and "slay them while I watch"? Well, he does! I definitely didn't recall that.. Also, many people distinctly remember "wineskins" where it now says "bottles". I personally don't know the book well enough to say either way. But people who studied the scriptures can point out many other items they feel have somehow changed. There are far too many non-Biblical examples to list...and again, many can be explained.

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      Betty A F 

      9 months ago from Florida

      Hi Shizette, You bring up a very good point. The entire theory started with groups of people who claim to remember his death taking place in the 1980's. The theory went on from there to include all kinds of other things that people claim have changed. I personally took notice when I started seeing a lot of people claiming that there were changes within the Bible. I found those claims to be easily disputed. All of the same religions that you mentioned are here in the USA as well. I have never heard anyone make claims that Koran has changed, or other religious documents. To me, the claim of Biblical changes is just a ploy to instill doubt into the hearts of believers.

      Thank you so much for your response.

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      9 months ago

      I totally agree with Jason. Also, I'm South African and I had never heard of the Mandela effect... and I also hadn't heard of people saying he had really died in the 1980's... but then again South Africa is a country with deep 'sangoma' (witchcraft) roots, although there are many other religions as well, including Christianity, Hinduism and Islamism.

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      10 months ago

      I think it is a simple memory trick that we all fall for cause we accept the outcome how we want to. No one accepts it as an effect unless first affected by it. So it should be the Mandela Affect if you ask me. What Christians need to understand is that if they decide whole heartily to believe two time frames exist, does the trinity apply to both. It is not stated in the written word any where that we have seperate universes or that two even exist. I am pretty sure that our savior Christ would have warned us of such a thing, although he warns us of the worlds view and false teaching which very well exist. If anyone claiming to be of belief in God denies anything within the bible, denies Gods existence itself. There is plenty of things already out there in the world that argue upon the existence of God/Son/Holy spirit so to add an alternate universe that exist where the funerals, books, restaurant names, movies and other items are in different form than what is remembered to anyones perception seems a bit too far. I admit my memory is flawed when something arises that doesn't seem correct. I remember the movie army of darkness when it came out me and by brothers loved it. We rewatched it 10 yrs later and we all were confused that the scene when the deadites attack the castle wasn't playing hells bells by acdc during the action,.. We all remembered that. Even friends and other family members. I just think it was something we all discussed to make it cooler at the time as kids, so the idea visualized in memory was stronger than the actual discussion.

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      Betty A F 

      11 months ago from Florida

      I totally agree with you about Fiona Broome. The reason I made mention of her, is that the name originated with her.

      She is a necromancer and in debunking the "Biblical Changes," that I've heard several people talking about, most Christians should know that the only person in the bible who contacted the dead was King Saul. He went to the "witch of Endor," in order to speak to Samuel, who had passed away. Doing this didn't turn out too well for him.

      There really is so much that even science can't explain. There certainly is more to creation than meets the eye. Even the Bible speaks of "worlds," and a "third heaven," in 1 Cor 2:12. However, I wouldn't tie anything to the Mandela Effect, plus the bible was written thousands of years before the phrase was coined.

      Thank you much for reading and for your thoughtful response.

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      Jason B Truth 

      11 months ago from United States of America

      In addition to my previous comment, Betty, my advice to everyone is to stay away from Fiona Broome. She is not playing with a full deck.

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      Jason B Truth 

      11 months ago from United States of America

      Well, Betty? I have to admit one thing. When I first heard about the Mandela Effect on YouTube, I was always one to poke fun at these people who believed in it. However, I did see an episode of "Through The Wormhole" in which Morgan Freeman interviewed a group of scientists who support this theory that alternate dimensions do exist and that we do have cosmic doppelgangers, for a lack of a better term, in those alternate dimensions. However, here is my take on it. Until these scientists can actually come up with conclusive evidence that these alternate dimensions and our cosmic doppelgangers do exist, the Mandela Effect is and will continue to be nothing more than just a theory. Part of me does not want it to be true, because one of the scientists that Morgan Freeman interviewed talked about the dangers it could cause us all. Then again, part of me would find it fascinating if it were true, because then I could possibly one day wake up in one of these alternate dimensions and find myself living the life of a multi-billionaire. I would like that.

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      Betty A F 

      11 months ago from Florida

      Hi Kari, it is an interesting subject. I've met a few people who take it far too seriously. If you do a Youtube search on the subject, there are literally thousands of videos about it. I always thought it would fade out, but then I started meeting people who were making the "Biblical changes," claims, and that's when I started taking it more seriously, and countering the claims.

      Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you have a great day.

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      Kari Poulsen 

      11 months ago from Ohio

      Betty, I had never heard of the Mandela effect. It's interesting, but I agree it's probably a lack of paying attention.

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      Betty A F 

      11 months ago from Florida

      Hi Setank Setunk, That is funny! I hadn't heard of that specific one. lol

      Thank you for reading and commenting.

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      Betty A F 

      11 months ago from Florida

      Ashutosh Joshi, Most of the claims people make about "changes," do to the Mandela Effect, are easily debunked.

      hank you for reading and commenting.

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      Setank Setunk 

      12 months ago

      My favorite is Donuts instead of Doughnuts. What else but a Temporal Convergence could create such chaos: LOL.

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      Ashutosh Joshi 

      12 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you for coming up with this hub. A decent effort to debunk the utter bs called Mandela Effect. " ...attention to details" as you rightly put it, that obviously fade or distort with time.


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