Outtakes (1 John 1:1-3)

The song was familiar but there were subtle differences. There was a change in the wording of one of the phrases, the drum fill added an extra high hat, and the instrumental solo was an organ instead of a guitar. 

I was listening to an outtake.

Whether in a movie or musical recording, outtakes are performances that were filmed or recorded but ultimately not used. A blooper reel is one humorous example for video productions. For musical recordings, it is usually a take where a mistake was made or the recording did not have the final approval of the artists or producers. 

Special compilations, readily available through social media, have showcased numerous musical outtakes from famous artists and musicians. It provides a unique and fascinating opportunity to see how a song may evolve to the final product. Sometimes, musical themes develop with each outtake until the final product is showcased in the finished well-known recording. Thus, what sounds like a perfect recording is often the result of painstaking hours of editing and reworking. 

Some critics of the Bible and Christianity claim the Bible has undergone numerous revisions to bolster the claim that Jesus Christ is truly God. In essence, they were stating that the early Gospels and letters of the New Testament written by Paul, Peter, and other disciples of Jesus were outtakes, and the Bible was revised over time to support the divine narrative. Some pundits even aver the early Church fathers did not believe Jesus was divine; it was only a theme that developed over hundreds of years, brought to completion at the Council at Nicea in 325 A.D. when an unequivocal statement affirming the divinity of Jesus Christ was written and issued. Before this, there were numerous versions of the Bible, some in conflict with one another. 

What many critics fail to mention is the Council at Nicea was simply reaffirming what the Bible had stated hundreds of years earlier. All of the Books of the New Testament were written within sixty years after the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. All of the authors were eyewitnesses to the living Jesus after His resurrection. 

We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning, whom we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is the Word of life. This one who is life itself was revealed to us, and we have seen him. And now we testify and proclaim to you that he is the one who is eternal life. He was with the Father, and then he was revealed to us. We proclaim to you what we ourselves have actually seen and heard so that you may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.

1 John 1:1-3 (NLT)

This letter from the Apostle John is one of the last letters written in the New Testament. John was one of Jesus’ closest disciples, one of the original twelve Apostles. He walked and lived with Him for three years, witnessing countless miracles. He saw Him tortured and crucified on the Cross. He was an eye-witness to His glorious Resurrection and fellowshipped with Him for forty days until He ascended and returned to heaven to God, His Father. No one questioned the authenticity of John’s testimony and his writings. In this opening passage in this letter, John is unequivocally stating that Jesus is God. 

God directed men, moved by His Holy Spirit, to record His teachings. God does not make mistakes. The Bible is not the sum of numerous outtakes. It is the infallible and inerrant Word of God.

Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.

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