May 4, 2017
The Mandela Effect
There is a theory going around that reality has shifted and many of the things we remember as being true are not true in this reality, but were before the reality shift.
This has been called the Mandela Effect since many say they recall Nelson Mandela dying back in 1980.
Some sincerely believe that this reality shift has happened whereas others think it is just false memories that people have. For instance, we know that many people think there are many things in the Bible that are not really there, such as “money is the root of all evil.”
On the other hand, there are things that astute Bible students remember as being there that are no longer there.
For instance students are reporting that Isaiah 11:6 used to say:
“Then the Lion shall lay down with the Lamb and the bear shall eat grass like the ox, and the child shall play on the hole of the asp and nothing shall hurt nor destroy in all My Holy Mountain.”
But now in all King James Bibles it read:
“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.”
There is now nowhere in the Bible that speaks of the lion and the lamb together. Instead of lion it is now wolf.
This is one that got me thinking as I do not recall reading about the wolf and the lamb.
Many in the past have memorized the Lord’s Prayer as follows:
“Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done ON earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES AS WE FORGIVE THEM WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.” Matthew 6:9–13
But now it reads:
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done IN earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
AND FORGIVE US OUR DEBTS, AS WE FORGIVE OUR DEBTORS.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. Matthew 6:9–13
There are two changes that have occurred according to some students. They say it used to read “ON earth” but now it reads “IN earth.”
It used to read
“Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”
But now it reads:
“And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.”
Unfortunately, I never memorized the verses in question so I can just go by my reading memory but it really seems like the verses have changed, though our reading comprehension and memory does indeed play tricks on us.
Some religious people are really upset over what they remember and believe the devil is altering scripture to deceive us.
Below is a link to a site that gives 20 examples of the Mandela Effect. I’ll just mention a couple
We remember the show called “Sex In the City.” Wrong. It is “Sex and the City.”
We remember that Darth Vader said. “Luke, I am Your Father.” Wrong. All records now have him saying, “No, I am your father.”
From Snow white we remember the queen saying, “Mirror, mirror on the wall.” Wrong. Now it is, “Magic mirror on the wall.”
Check out this link and tell me what you think. Is reality changing or not?
Explaining the Mandela Effect
So, do I think we are in an altered universe where reality has changed?
I must admit that after seeing some examples people have posted that the idea did seem to be a possibility. The supposed changing of Isaiah from the lion and the lamb to the wolf and the lamb gave me pause.
On the other hand, it is common for people to attribute quotes to the Bible that are not there, or quote with an alternative wording that still teaches the truth.
Isaiah 11:6 tells us that a number of animals will dwell in peace together including the wolf, the leopard, the kid (a goat), the calf, the fatling, and, of course, the lion and the lamb.
Popular culture just changed the order to the lion and the lamb as this portrayed a more impacting image. This association of the lion and the lamb began over 200 years ago and just became one of those phrases that stuck in public consciousness.
So how about the Lord’s Prayer? Why do many remember, “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive them who trespass against us,” instead of “forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors,” as it is actually worded in the King James?
The answer is quite simple in that the prayer using the word “trespass” originated from an alternative translation originally used in the Anglican Book of Common Prayer, published in 1662. This translation became known as the “traditional” Lord’s prayer and has been used in most churches since that time, even though the wording is different in the King James.
It is interesting that some of the changes claimed for the Mandela Effect are not remembered by me and others as changes.
For instance, it is claimed that which now reads as “Neither do men put new wine into old bottles” used to read “wineskins” instead of “bottles.”
My memory tells me that it read “bottles” in the King James when I was younger. The reason that people think it was wineskins is that all modern translations render it wineskins instead of bottles. Most Bible quotations we hear today are from other versions than the King James, so most people have heard this verse quoted using wineskins rather than bottles.
Many remember OSCAR MAYER as being spelled OSCAR MEYER, but my wife says she distinctly remembers that MAYER is accurate.
Others though such as “Mirror Mirror” rather than “Magic Mirror” are false public memories that certainly gives one pause.
So, do I discount this reality shift idea completely?
No. I do not discount anything completely, as anything is possible.
I listen to Coast to Coast radio regularly and listeners call in now and then with reality shift stories. They’ll recall traveling home from work and spotting landmarks that were not there before, or maybe people in the office that were never there before. Some people claim to recall living in a totally different reality than they are in now.
While I think Shakespeare was right that there are more things in heaven and earth than we dream of I tend to go with what makes the most sense until I see something that proves otherwise.
It is a fact that people hear what they want to hear and remember what they want to remember. Often in my life I have had people quote words that I was supposed to have said but I did not say at all. We know that not all memory is accurate and this causes some interesting tricks to be played on us.
On the other hand, many insist that their memories are not false but real. Is there another explanation other than human error to explain this?
Actually there is.
Whenever we come to a fork in the road and face a difficult decision we often wonder what would have happened if we chose the other path, the other marriage partner, the other job etc.
This alternate choice creates waves of creative energy in the ethers that actually play out to some degree. In the spirit world we can review our lives in a reality similar to the Holodeck in Star Trek and examine how our lives would have played out if we had decided differently. One can also examine the earth’s history and see how things would have played out differently if different decisions were made.
We not only visit the spirit world between lives, but also the mental part of ourselves returns there during sleep. During our visits we can obtain access to there alternate realities if desired.
So, what happens is that sometimes a person retains some memory of an alternative history that he obtained from the spirit world which he associates with past events in his current life.
Now this does not discount the fact that plain human error that does occur with our memories, but it does explain why some have vivid past memories that have not occurred in our present reality.
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