Let me ask you a few questions to kick this off. They may not make any sense now, but they will later.
Question 1: Do you remember Jiffy peanut butter?
Question 2: Did you read the children’s books the Berenstain Bears or the Berenstein Bears?
Question 3: Does the Bible say that “the lion shall lie down with the lamb”?
Last week I fell down another Fundagelical rabbit hole and found a slew of conspiracy theories about how the words of the King James Bible were being altered to undermine our faith in God’s word.
Welcome to the wonderful world of the Mandela Effect. According to RationalWiki, “The Mandela effect is, depending on who you ask, either a weird phenomenon where large groups of people misremember the exact same given thing in the exact same way, or the pseudoscientific belief that some differences between one’s memories and the real world are caused by changes to past events in the timeline”
The phenomenon was named after Nelson Mandela because so many people were surprised to find out that he didn’t die in prison, as they remember, but was still alive and was released from prison. People claimed to remember watching his funeral on TV or reading about it in the newspapers sometime in the 1980s. Mandela was released in 1988 and died in 2013.
Memory is a tricky thing. So, when many people misremember the same thing, it is called the Mandela effect. Back to the three questions above, there has never been a Jiffy peanut butter; it’s always been called Jif. If you remember Jiffy, you are experiencing the Mandela effect.
If you remember reading the Berenstein Bears, you are experiencing the Mandela effect. Go check it out here.
As for the lion and the lamb, it’s not in the Bible. Go ahead, read Isaiah 11:6. It says, “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.”
Most of us can shrug off these faulty memories. However, conspiracy nuts can’t. (Put on your tinfoil hats boys and girls were going in.) One explanation for the Mandela effect is CERN’s use of the Large Hadron Collider is causing parallel universes to collapse and collide into each other. In some other universe, there was Jif peanut butter, and that universe has collided with ours and altered the timeline. Now our Jiffy peanut butter has been re-written into Jif! People who remember Jiffy just remember the universe before it collided with that other universe.
Other conspiracy nuts promote a more sinister motive: time travel! CERN has figured out how to travel in time, and agents are re-writing history! If I could time travel, I’d probably pick something big like pointing out an iceberg to the watchman on Titanic, but I guess some people are satisfied with changing the name of a third rate peanut butter brand.
When Fundagelicals get ahold of this stuff, they go for broke. It’s SATAN! or more specifically, Satanists.
Satan’s minions are either using black magic to change words in the King James Bible, or they are using time travel to change it. There is a whole website devoted to these changes. At http://mandelabiblechanges.com/ one article called “The Bible is Being Supernaturally Rewritten to Fit the New One World Religion” says, “The purpose of the Bible being changed, is to make it fit everyone’s belief system, in order to usher in the antichrist One World Religion. This phenomenon has been coined the “Mandela Effect,” the Quantum Effect Bible Changes” or the “Bible Effect.”
In case you aren’t aware of this phenomenon, the Bible changes are due to the Mandela Effect, which is a supernatural phenomenon attributed to either satanic magic or to the CERN Quantum computer (the Large Haldron [sic] Collider) manipulating matter through technology. Satan knows that he has to rewrite the Bible incrementally, so no one will notice. It’s been going on for at least a couple of years now, and there are thousands of Bible changes.
Satan knows that the preachers in the churches will be deceived, and they will start teaching the new Bible to their congregations. After all, these preachers who refuse to open their eyes and see the prophetic events happening all around them, and keep up with new technological milestones, could not possibly believe that the words in the Bible are being changed by a computer.“
I guess it couldn’t be that I read a verse that has several animals listed in it and remembered it wrong, especially since “lion” and “lamb” are usually connected together as names of Jesus. Nope, its got to be a convoluted explanation involving CERN, Satanist, black magic, and time travel. (By the way, in case you haven’t noticed, in that last sentence, I remember living in a universe where the Oxford comma was the preferred grammatical form.)
Here’s a shout out to my Philosophy professor I remember a guy named William of Occam (Ockham in in a parallel universe) who said: “when you have two competing theories that make exactly the same predictions, the simpler one is, the better.”
I chose faulty memory. I can’t even remember where I left my cup of coffee this morning. I don’t need colliding universes or time traveling Satanist to explain why I can’t find it. I just pour another cup.
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Aren’t these the same people who preach the sovereignty of G*d and the inerrancy of God’s word?