Historical Revisionism of a Personal Flavor

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“The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment.”
–Proverbs 12:19

historical revisionism

In historiography, the term historical revisionism identifies the re-interpretation of the historical record. It usually means challenging the orthodox (established, accepted or traditional) views held by professional scholars about a historical event, introducing contrary evidence, or reinterpreting the motivations and decisions of the people involved.

On more than one occasion over the past fifteen years, cases of historical revisionism OF A PERSONAL NATURE have occurred, became known and were (briefly) addressed.

In one case, it was a woman who desired a seemingly trivial aspect of her wedding changed.

In another, a person who grew up as a freckled, red-haired child desired to be known as having grown up as blond (the person sported light blond hair throughout adulthood).

In still another instance, someone with a VERY MILD speech defect (which only manifested itself at odd times) of a previously-indeterminate nature wanted those around her to believe that she had suffered, as a child, a great trauma which directly led to her impediment.

Finally, there was the person who told a story about some folks who, at one point, used to be his neighbor.  At some point, details of the story changed to those which were much more fantastic.

In all of these cases, the history of the matter was changed to reflect a story which was NOW desired of the person telling it.

In all of these cases, only those who had personal knowledge of the changed events were acquainted with the truth of the matter.

BUT, in all of the instances cited, the nature of the fact(s) which were changed seemed (to those who knew what really had happened) to be very MINOR.

And so the question arises: “If these details were so small, so trivial, why go to the trouble of changing them?”

Why undertake a bit of PERSONAL historical revisionism?  IF someone changes or tries to justify some wrong they committed in the past, that seems far easier to understand than if someone changes something which appears to be so inconsequential.

Perhaps the case most natural to understand was the man who changed the details about the people who were once his neighbor: the changed information given NOW made the story much more interesting and focused more attention on the storyteller.

But the others are not as easily explained.  Several possible answers have been offered over the years:

  1. Maybe the person wanted to reinvent themselves?
  2. It wasn’t like they lied.  If anything, it was only a little white lie. It’s no big deal.
  3. Maybe they thought the new version was more exciting or more like who they are now OR who they THINK they are now OR who they are trying to be?

One speculation which seemed to satisfy was “I guess those details meant a WHOLE LOT MORE to the person who changed them than they did to everyone else who was there.”

“These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.”
–Proverbs 6:16-19

DOES the reader know of anyone who has changed trivial, seemingly unimportant, details about some part of their past?

DOES the reader wonder if changing the facts of a story of a personal nature might make it easier for that person to change the facts of a less personal story?

It is not YET too late: there is still time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.

DOES the reader believe he is saved?

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DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?

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THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

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[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: January 27, 2020.]

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