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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.

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.

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)


Betty A F (author) from Florida on July 22, 2019:

I will check that out. I still believe that it's all part of the great deception.

Thank you for the info on Staveley. I will watch the video.

thunder bear courage on July 06, 2019:

There are really large Mandela Effects. Like New Zealand used to be north of Australia. Also, the Panama Canal used to run east to west, now it runs north to south. These are not tiny details. THIS IS NOT FLAWED MEMORY!!! Your theory is bullcrap. Go watch Brian S. Staveley's videos on YouTube. By the way, he has video proof of the Mandela Effect, with Ed McMahon being a Publisher's Clearing House spokesman.

Steven Erickson on April 05, 2019:

To whom it may concern.

I've been studying the Bible in the Hebrew and Greek languages in-depth for 26 years. I have written down passages in my Bible that near the passes that I just read to emphasize things. I am 100% sure that there are changes in my Bible. Luckily I've been studying the word for such a long time that I know what the Bible says. And as sure as I know my own name I know the Bible has super naturally been changing. Anyone that cannot see this has never studied the Bible before. And by now it's too late for them. My sheep know my voice. And I will send a salmon in the land not only for bread alone but for hearing of the word of God. There are many passages in the Bible that talk about what's going on. If you don't believe in Supernatural events. There are many in the Bible. Throwing staffs down that turn into snakes. Either you believe it or you don't. The fact is that we are living in the last days and this is a demonic saying that is happening. Prepare yourselves bye asking the Lord into your heart. Repent and stay close to the father through the name of Jesus Christ. This is no joke. Do your homework and search out the truth.

Bear with a Testimony of Truth PROOF! on February 03, 2019:

I have an interesting Testimony that needs explaining. As a young boy I was accused (being as young as 4) TMNT 1989 came out accused being racist. How if I was 4 and Family fought for black people & know about persecution being Irish. So Mandela died based on a Book only found in Africa teaching Africans English, read it. I had to write letters as essays in First, Second, & Third grades George Bush after 9/11 made speech on youtube him saying "Mandela is dead". It gets better I always found Sidbad Funny (Clean and good acting skills.) So First Kid, ask to invite some people who were black accusing me of being racist, but I invited them and giving money to a black guy. Again Kazaam, I said Sinbad sure, accused of being racist. Shaq w/Shazam was a big issue because I can not listen to cRap.but play Bob Marley, Santana, Nat King Cole, many black/color people not CRap. Well that is why I argued against it Mentioning the Fact Kazaam had no beep bop BS. So, Space Jam I was going to accused of that same B.S. If I don't see Shaq dispute the fact of Craping, I was considered a racist. I wanted to see Space Jam...One teacher was going to say that "race card" He was a Christian and God told him to stop or I was going to take over the class. I confronted, when I grew up, people about scriptures being misinterpreted, missread, so, KJV would have said "wineskins" came from Greek. & A friend of mine also thought it said Lion with Lamb...That never changed... It always said Wolf with Lamb...because my dad is a real wolf, and he taught me some scripture. Something is wrong. Because I have see things and know things that will disrupt Christianity. I can prove this...I want to...The track "this was your life" I can show you I speak the truth & God is trying to prevent me from getting a snake. I am a Snake Charmer. I have power beyond any humans thinking. There is a problem. I stopped a lot of the B.S. by cursing the planet. Read Charisma Magazine article about a friend of John Paul Jackson. Prophecy Timeline is destroyed. Jackson told his friend there is nothing people can do. I did not see "A Why?" I might have destroyed it. Want to see Mandela Effect in progress? I can show you...Tell God...to stop holding me back...give me an 8 foot python, in public if you choose...I will show you , look up "Brigham circle" a Christian said a teenager kicked over a bus. They called him Crazy. I'll show you it is real. My testimony is true. Will you help, no? You are a coward.

ral on January 09, 2019:

Thank you your interest in effect differences seen to KJV . I read down thru comments and see not much defense of those as myself that have studied scripture over half a century ,,.. A Christian Man of God . I have been in study the effect phenomenon many years now and just for the record these bgan late January 2016 & id state this ,,that the changes are real ,,supernatural,, spoken of by God that this would happen in prophecy as an end time event and is allowed by but in my opinion not caused by God . . . Trespasses ,,On Earth ,,Judge not lest ye be judged ,, Crush the head of the serpent rather than bruise ,,,,etc..etc.. Why the warning write His Word on the Heart ?. Why the warning do not remove or change Gods Written Word in Rev. ? And lastly Amos ,,, a famine will happen Not food . The Written Word of God will not be found . Tnx R.R.D.

Joanne on December 08, 2018:

Hi again, I just wanted to add that I feel it's something we need to take notice of it as it's a sign that big changes are ahead. I am keen to find out which verses people think have been changed as this in itself may hold some insight to times ahead. So thank you for your article :)

Joanne Danielle Gibson on December 08, 2018:

Hi I too am unsure what the reason behind the Mandela effect is but one thing I do know is that the film Forest Gump's line "Life is like a box of chocolates " in one that noone in there right mind can deny has changed ..Even Tom Hanks has said he remembers he said life is like a box of chocolates and surely he cant be wrong! I have the video from when it first came out and he now says" life WAS lie a box of chocolates"!!??? That for me is proof SOMETHING is going on ...but what I don't know . xxx

Julie on November 28, 2018:

I just recently discovered these Mandela Bible effects and I find the whole thing confusing. Not the so called changes themselves which I find fascinating but don't necessarily believe because I always read the NIV so can't say one way or the other regarding the KJV.

But what I find the MOST fascinating are the people involved. The ones saying people denying the changes are the work of Satan and the ones saying the people advocating these are changes say they are the work of Satan. Both accuse the other of being evil. This is being echoed in the political arena as well. Democrats accuse the Republicans of being the evil ones and vice versa. I sincerely believe God is trying to teach us to love each other no matter what. And clearly we are failing miserably.

Ultimately what I believe is the idea that Satan could change the Word of God is utterly preposterous. However the idea that Satan could confuse the hell out us (pun intended) and make us fight about whether or not God's Word is true doesn't seem so far fetched. Satan is whispering in both sides' ears "It's not real." And why just the KJV? Easy. It's the most understood version of the Bible. Most read more modern versions. I've always been told the NIV is the most reliable. Maybe we're actually having a Mandela effect about the Mandela effect.

What I do know if accusing others of evildoing just breeds hatred. Jesus told me to love. That's what I will choose to do no matter what.

peace on October 17, 2018:


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.

Bill E. on October 01, 2018:

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.

ev on September 21, 2018:

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

Lisa on September 12, 2018:

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.

Sue on September 02, 2018:

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.

Laura on August 06, 2018:

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

Todd on July 12, 2018:

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

Todd on July 12, 2018:

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.

Santhosh on April 30, 2018:

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

Betty A F (author) from Florida on February 07, 2018:

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.

Shizette on February 07, 2018:

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.

Jcr3ws on December 30, 2017:

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.

Betty A F (author) from Florida on November 28, 2017:

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.

Jason B Truth from United States of America on November 27, 2017:

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.

Jason B Truth from United States of America on November 26, 2017:

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.

Betty A F (author) from Florida on November 23, 2017:

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.

Kari Poulsen from Ohio on November 21, 2017:

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

Betty A F (author) from Florida on November 20, 2017:

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

Thank you for reading and commenting.

Betty A F (author) from Florida on November 20, 2017:

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

hank you for reading and commenting.

Setank Setunk on November 19, 2017:

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

Ashutosh Joshi from New Delhi, India on November 19, 2017:

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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