Debunking the So-Called Biblical Mandela Effects
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.
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:"
- Some believe that Oscar Meyer changed to "Oscar Mayer"
- The Monopoly man does not have a monocle over his eye
- The tip of Picachu's tail is black and it didn't use to be.
- Reddi Whip is now "Reddi Wip"
- 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.
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.
- God wants you to be happy.
- God helps those who help themselves.
- This too shall pass.
- If you work hard, you'll be successful.
- Just follow your heart and you can do anything
- Cleanliness is next to godliness.
- Money is the root of evil.
- 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