Marcion’s Prayer

Brothers and Sisters, I ran across this article which is so pertinent to the recent lessons and study of the revised Word of God that I have sent to you. I have inserted nothing except an explanation of the acronym, “NIV.”

Is the Lord's Prayer in Your Bible?
By David W. Daniels

A century after Christ there was a man named Marcion. He pretended to be a Christian, but his beliefs did not match the Bible. He did not believe in God the Father and God the Son (the Lord Jesus Christ). He taught people that there was an evil “creator/warrior god” of the Old Testament, and a nice, “good-guy god” of the New Testament.

But the Bible is clear about the Godhead. So Marcion decided to take the gospel of Luke and remove what he didn't like. One passage he changed was the Lord's Prayer, found in Luke 11:2-4. The words in bold are the words Marcion took out:

“And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, [Our] Father [which art in heaven], Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. [Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth]. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; [but deliver us from evil]. – Luke 11:2-4

Even a satanist or other occultist can pray Marcion's prayer, because it leaves out the Father in heaven. People can fill in the blank as they wish. “Father” is a term used by Buddhists, occultists, and even satanists. But there is only one “Father which art in heaven.”

Get out an NIV [New International Version] or other so-called “modern” version. There, in Luke 11, is Marcion's mutilated prayer! When the Alexandrian “scholars” were making their own perversion of the Scriptures, they ended up using Marcion's words, not the Lord's.

If that is in your Bible, what else is in there?


RT – Perhaps a better question would be, “What has been removed?” Praise the Lord for His mercy and patience with men who change His Holy Word!

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