There is much confusion and much division over this topic, and God is not pleased.
Do not read any farther without answering the following questions:
1) Was there a need to translate the original Bible into English for all the English speaking people?
2) Was God present to make sure that His Word was translated into English EXACTLY as He wanted it to be translated?
IF you answered “NO” to either of these questions, you might as well skip this Chapter and just go onto the next. For you will not believe what the Spirit of Truth has revealed to me concerning this topic. But if you answered “NO” to either question and you have a teachable spirit, then continue to read this Chapter, who knows, because you have a teachable spirit, the Spirit may reveal to you this Truth.
How many arguments over which version of the Bible is best? How many disputes? How many Christian brothers and sisters have divided over this topic? Do you think God approves of this?
How much confusion has this caused? Have you ever been to a Bible Study and you tried to read along with someone who was reading from a different version than you are reading from? Who is the author of confusion?
God is not the author of confusion, so that leaves the devil, satan is the author of confusion. Sit in a Bible Study and there are 10 different versions, each believing there version is the correct version of the Bible. Which then is the correct version? They all can’t be right when each one teaches things that are contrary to the others.
How can we have the same mind, if there are so many different versions of the Bible, which do NOT teach the same things? With a little bit of common sense, and a little bit of thought it is easy to figure out, that we should only have one version, so that all can be reading the same words, the same version. So the question is, which version?
Tell me, how many of God’s children have died protecting the NIV? How many Saints have died protecting other versions? How many people have died to bring about the NIV?
Now tell me how many of God’s children gave up their lives to protect the King James Version? Hundreds? Maybe thousands? How many people have died, so that the King James Bible could even exist? Many.
So we have the King James Version today because of all the Saints who have willingly spilled their blood to have it come about, and to protect it once it did. WERE THEY WRONG TO DO SO?
i mean if the King James Version (KJV) is so wrong, why was satan so adamant to try to destroy it? Why did satan try so hard to get rid of the KJV Bible? Why didn’t satan succeed? Why were our brothers and sisters in the Lord willing to die for that KJV Bible, when it is apparent that satan tried everything in his power to get rid of the KJV Bible. Yet we still have it to this very day, and there are a few who will make sure it is still present at the time of Christ’s Return?
DID THEY ALL DIE IN VAIN? Or did they die for the Word of God? Who is the god of this world?
Know you not that we are in the Last Days? Yes we are in the Last Days, and what do we see. We see satan still trying to stamp out the King James Bible, all the while creating new versions of the Bible.
You see satan realized, he will never be allowed to destroy the Word of God, the King James Bible. So he does the next best thing, cause people not to read it. He effectually does this by having people call other versions the Word of God, which degrades the King James Bible that so many of our brothers and sisters in the Lord have died for.
Satan is the god of this world, and we are living in the Last Days, which version of the Bible is growing leaps and bounds, with hardly any opposition at all? Which version of the Bible, has many Saints died for and the world has tried to extinguish, and even today with this last days generation are still trying to get rid of? Other versions of the Bible are thriving, while the KJV is shrinking. Tell me in the last days, when men will be lovers of themselves, and are selfish, and unloving, will the True Word of God thrive or will it decline?
It is going to get worse and worse, not better. We live in satan’s world right now, for he is the god of this world. We are living in the last days, where people will not want to hear the Truth, but want to have their ears tickled. And the version, the King James Version, which many of our Christian brothers and sisters have died for, is even now being pushed out of existence, to make room, for the thriving other versions. This should make you question, why is the world so readily willing to accept New versions of the Bible and disregard the King James Version?
Well a big reason, is this generation thinks the King James Version of the Bible is WRONG, that it was not interpreted correctly, that it is too confusing and this generation thinks we need a new version, one that is updated, compared with new documents, and re-interpreted by the Scholars of this generation. Isn’t “This Generation” those of the last days? Isn’t this generation accurately described in this verse:
And you want a version made by the people that live in these last days? Leave it to the Last Days Generation to discard what has worked for the English speaking people for 400 plus years to desire a NEW version for the last day generation Christians. Think about that. 1978 is when 40 people decided that the King James Version was wrong, and needed to be done away with, so that these 19789 people can come up with their own version of the original Hebrew and Greek manuscripts, making void the King James Bible which so many has died for, under the name of Jesus Christ. And now have a NEW version the NIV.
The King James Version was called “The Word of God” for over 400 years. Did God interpret it wrong? Did God allow a corrupt Bible to exist for over 400 years? Did God protect and preserve the KJV Bible for nothing, if it is indeed NOT the Word of God?
i assure you, that when the Original Hebrew and Greek was being translated into English, THAT GOD WAS THERE, to make sure that it was translated EXACTLY as He (GOD) wanted it to be. People in 1978 believed the KJV wasn’t good enough, that it was not interpreted as it should have been, the people in 1978 took it upon themselves to make a New Translation. True, at the time, they were not intentionally trying to exclude the KJV, nor to push it out of the world, but what they failed to realize is, by coming up with an NEW version makes the others OLD. These 40 people created their own “Word of God” not intentionally, mind you, but they did it none-the-less.
Please do not misunderstand me. i am in no way whatsoever saying that the NIV or other versions are wrong or sinful, nor am i saying it is wrong to read them. Any book that can bring a person to Christ is not a bad book.
We see in Luke 9:49-50 that there were people who were casting out demons in Jesus name yet they were not followers of Christ, and Jesus said forbid them not. And Paul says in Philippians 1:15-18 that some preach Christ for selfish reasons, but Paul is thankful for even that because Christ is preached. So then if a particular version can bring a person to Christ it is not to be forbidden.
However, to call other versions “The Word of God” is indeed incorrect. The NIV is not the “Word of God”. The NIV is 40 people’s interpretation of what they believe is the Truth. Not saying that they are wrong or right, only saying that of a Truth, the NIV is indeed the interpretation of those 40 people who decided to re-interpret the Bible. i will tell you the Truth, In 1978 God was not there, His hand was not involved to re-interpret what He already interpreted in 1611.
If God was there in 1978 to correctly interpret the Word of God, that would mean HE was not there in 1611 when the Bible was being translated into English. BECAUSE if He was, then God makes mistakes? What? Think about it, If God was there when the Word of God was being interpreted into English, then He is there in 1978 to re-interpret again as if, how He did it in the beginning was incorrect, and therefore was in need of a New Translation because the first was wrong. Then He makes mistakes, God forbid. Maybe, just maybe God did not make any mistakes, and when the English Bible first came about He was there to make sure it was correct. Then in 1978, Forty people felt that the King James Version was outdated, wrong, or whatever else, and they, the 40 people decided to translate a version for themselves. This is then their interpretation, it is not the actual Words of God.
Why would God in 1978 re-interpret what He has already interpreted? He wouldn’t, when God does something it is right the first time.
Again, i am not saying that the NIV is wrong, i am only saying it is not the Word of God. So if someone, who is a babe in Christ reads the NIV or other versions then so be it, there is no harm, if those versions can bring a person to the Lord Jesus Christ. However once a person is Saved and they desire to learn the “Word of God” they need to always compare what they are reading with the King James Version as indeed the “Word of God” to the English speaking people. The very version that God brought about, and protected and preserved, and countless deaths to defend it, and satan who tried in all his might to exterminate it and could not do so, The Word of God, and that Word to the English speaking people of the world is the King James Version.
Tell me what is to stop me right now from gathering 100 people to come up with yet another version of the Bible, based on what the 100 people interpret the Hebrew and Greek and other manuscripts to mean? NOTHING!!!
1978 was a long time ago, it is now 2012 so it is time for a New updated version, Surely God will re-re-interpret it, He will be with us 100 people to come up with another (ANOTHER) version, then people will believe this NEW 2012 version and then the NIV will be cast out and people will start calling our version (the 100 people and myself) The Word of God. God forbid. How is that scenario any different from those 40 people coming up with their version in 1978 called the NIV?
Just because people call something the Word of God doesn’t make it so. For the English speaking people the Word of God was, is, and will be the King James Version. So if you are going to study the Word, then us the King James Version which God interpreted and not men.
The danger with believing other translations as being the Word of God, is it can absolutely cause you to miss the mark if you do so. For example:
So then it is pretty important to know what His Commandment is pretty strong, you are commanded to do it, it is not optional, but commanded, expected to be obeyed.
This is very important, this is teaching us that what the Apostles tells us to do are Commandments from Jesus. However other versions change the word commandment to either the words “Instructions” or “orders” which changes the seriousness of the word Commandments. Are instruction, commandments?
By changing one word, can change the meaning of the entire verse. Different versions causes confusion. IF everyone only had one version, then where would the confusion be? As it is now we have so many different versions of the Bible, so many different denominations, that to dome together in one mind is almost impossible to do with so many divisions in the Church.
Are you aware that God is a Genius, and is all knowing? Are you aware that God tests us? Did you know He made the King James Bible for the English speaking people in such a way, to weed out those who truly desire to learn His Word. The King James Bible was written in such a way that it would be difficult to understand at the first, so that the Holy Ghost can reveal a little Truth at a time. The King James was written so that the more you read it, the more He will grant you to understand it. The more you read it, the more you understand. He, in His infinite wisdom, designed it to be that way.
Those who read it and say “It is too hard to understand” and they never pick it up again, tell me how much did they desire to learn His Word?
Those who read the Bible through once, and think it is far to confusing, never to read it again, are they not the same. Those who truly desire, those who truly seek, these are they that shall find the Truth. When i was a kid i read the entire King James Bible 3 times, but it wasn’t until the 4th time that God started revealing things to me.
God made the King James Version EXACTLY as He wanted it to be made, through His infinite knowledge to test people to see if they Truly have a desire to learn His Word. Those who come up with NEW versions, are trying to take this testing away from God. They may be innocently trying t make it easier for people to understand, But Truth be told, If God wanted it easier to understand, does He not have the power to make it easier to understand when it was being interpreted into English in the first place? Yes, He could have but didn’t. The King James Version is EXACTLY as God wanted it to be, it is the Word of God to the English speaking people, and many have died defending it, writing it, preserving it, hiding it, preaching it, protecting it. Can any other version say the same? Choose wisely which version you will study as the Word of God, you life may depend on it as well.
There are many who view the NIV or some other version of the Bible as the Word of God, just because they do so does not mean that it is. Did you know there is a Ghetto version of the Bible, where women are called B*tches and prostitutes are called Ho’s and the entire version is in street talk, this version made it easier for those who live by the street, to understand the Bible in their own English language. Is the Ghetto Bible the Word of God? No, it is not, it is a version that helps those in the Ghetto to better understand the Bible.
The NIV was a translation to help people better understand, it was made for those who did not want to take the time to understand the Word of God, which is the King James Version for all English speaking people. Is the NIV the Word of God? No, it is no different then why the Ghetto Bible was created, to reach people who would not understand in their everyday language, the NIV was created for the same reason. The problem is if those in the Ghetto start saying their version is the Word of God, and every man should have a B*tch, and then they will believe their Ghetto version over the King James Version, and guess what? They too will claim their version was inspired by God and they too will claim their version is the Word of God. Therein lies the confusion.
For the English speaking nation there is only one Word of God, that is the King James Version. Other versions were created only to make it easier for beginners, babes on milk. i could right now create my own version of the Bible, is it then the Word of God or is it my translation? 40 people can translate the Bible to make it easier to understand, and call it the NIV, is it the Word of God? No, not any more than if i choose 50 people and come up with yet another translation of the Bible.
Leave it to the last days generation to come up with their own versions, then turn around and call it their own versions, then turn around and call it the Word of God.
But i have not failed to warn you the dangers of other versions, they are great to get you started into the Word, but if you want the Truth and you want to know the True Path, stick to what God has protected for over 400 years and will continue to do so until there is only one language on the planet. If you want to trust 40 people’s interpretation of what they believe the Bible should say, then put your trust in man and see what happens. But God has blessed, protected, authorized, sanctioned, and put His Name on the King James Bible, which is indeed the Word of God given to all the English speaking people in the world.