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Which Bible should you use?

Original article from http://www.biblevslies.com/topics/bible.htm

To help you answer that question, here are a few helpful steps.

Understand that the question of which Bible to use and trust is a very important one (Psalm 138:2 even says that the words of God are more important than the name of God). The moment you believe that the KJV has errors, all versions are accurate (despite the major variations between versions that will be shown below), or that God did not perfectly preserve his words in English, is the moment that your faith in the Bible and God has been lessened—your foundation has weakened.

Romans 10:17 "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."

I Corinthians 3:11
“For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”

Psalm 11:3 “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?”

The NASV, the NIV, the ESV, and all other such versions are nothing more than an attempt by the devil to undermine who Jesus Christ is and what he did. Jesus Christ is our foundation. Any doctrine, philosophy, or Bible version that weakens, convolutes, or denies doctrines such as: the Deity of Christ, Virgin Birth, and salvation through Christ’s blood are anti-Christ.

STEP 2: The second step in answering this question is to realize that there are major differences in the KJV as compared to all other versions out there (and in all differences the KJV falls on the side that gives the most glory to Christ, while all other versions detract from who Christ was and what he did). For example:

The KJV upholds the Deity of Christ in I Tim. 3:16:

KJV: "... God was manifest in the flesh..."
ESV: "... He was manifested in the flesh..."
NASV: "... He who was revealed in the flesh..."
NIV: "... He appeared in a body..."

Versions other than the KJV also leave out references to the Deity in a number of other passages including I John 5:7:

KJV: “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word [Jesus according to I John 1], and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.”
NASV: “For there are three that testify:”
… please compare any other version you wish and note the difference.

Most other versions also go along with the satanic and liberal idea that Christ was an illegitimate bastard child.
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Luke 2:33:

KJV: "And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him."
NASV: "And his father and mother were amazed at the things which were being said about Him."

Also read Col. 1:14 where other versions downplay the importance of Christ’s shed blood:

KJV: "In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:"
NASV: "In whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins."

Other versions simply do not care to mention every word of God. Look at Luke 4:4:

KJV: "And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God."
NASV: "And Jesus answered him, “It is written, “MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE.”

I’m curious to know just what Jesus is saying in Luke 4 in the NASV. Does he mean bread should be served with spaghetti and meatballs, or perhaps a salad and Ranch dressing?

The differences in the KJV, as compared to other versions, stem from which Greek was used for translation.

The KJV comes from the Textus Receptus which was compiled in accordance with 95% of all know Greek New Testament manuscripts.

The NASV, on the other hand, stems from the work of Wescott and Hort and upon a few Greek manuscripts that had been lost, discarded, and unused for thousands of years (and if these manuscripts contained the “real” word of God, I don’t know why God hid them for so many years).

A few of the theological beliefs of Westcott and Hort include:

Mariolatry (the worship of Mary)
Baptismal Regeneration
Infant Baptism
And, they rejected an Eternal Hell

Hort wrote to Wescott on October 17, 1865: “I have been persuaded for many years that –Mary-worship and Jesus-worship have very much in common in their causes and results.”

And Wescott in 1890 wrote that he denied the Bible’s account of creation: “No one now, I suppose holds that the first three chapters of Genesis, for example, give a literal history – I could never understand how anyone reading them with open eyes could think they did.”

Hort sounds like nothing more than a Catholic, and Wescott sounds like a sin-loving, God-hating, science professor that you’d find at a secular college today.

By omitting close to 3,000 words and changing thousands and thousands more, the NASV, like the majority of versions other than the KJV, could be loosely compared to a 100 piece puzzle with 20 of the pieces missing.

With the NASV puzzle, you can still make out the picture, but all of the holes and gaps in the puzzle leave room for man-made and Satan-spun ideas, opinions, and traditions.

The King James has all 100 pieces. There is no guess work with the KJV. All you do is read it, preach it, and believe it.

Churches, preachers, and households that put a heavy emphasis on “the Greek”; and Churches, preachers, and households that use another version along with the KJV create an environment in which people have no sure Biblical foundation to stand on.

People have enough trouble reading the Bible as it is—tell them to read both the NASV and the KJV, despite the fact that the versions are completely at odds with each other, and they will lose faith and interest in the Bible. Tell people that they should consult the Greek just to be sure, and you will create either a pompous “pride-of-life” windbag or an atheist.

God said his word would never pass away, and it hasn’t. The KJV is the preserved word of God.

STEP 3: Another step is to note that God DID promise to preserve his words and make them available forever:

Psa. 12:6-7 “The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, Thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.”

Note that this verse says the plural “words” and thus means the very words and not only themes of scripture. This verse alone proves that the very words of God have been perfectly preserved for today’s generation. This verse also shows that the manuscripts used by Hort and Wescott could not in any way add or correct the T.R. because if these newly found minority texts had additional information that was missing for generations and generations then God is a liar and Psalm 12:6-7 is untrue.

I Peter 1:23-25 “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the Word of the Lord endureth forever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.”

In quoting Isaiah here, Peter proves that every Word of God had been preserved from Isaiah’s time to his own time. Peter was positive that the words he preached were the very words of Isaiah and of God, and was confident that none of the scripture would become corrupted or fall away.

Matt. 5:17-19 “…Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled…”

Here Jesus assures us that not one word, more specifically one letter, would go missing from the Word of God. Jesus also said that not one of his words (plural) would pass away in Matt. 24:35.

Matt. 24:35 “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”

II Kings 10:10 “Know now that there shall fall unto the earth nothing of the word of the Lord…”

Psalm 119:160 “Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.”

Also if the verses above simply mean that the Bible is preserved forever in the Greek and in Heaven, why would God warn people about adding or subtracting from the Word of God in both Deut. 18:17-19 and Rev. 22:18-19? Was God afraid that people would dig up the original manuscripts and scribble out writing, or was he warning people such as the NIV’s Ken Taylor that words should not be added or removed? The latter is correct!

Versions other than the KJV remove both minor words and major doctrines from passages of the Bible.

The Bible has been perfectly preserved for today’s generation in the KJV. Nothing is missing in the KJV and nothing has been added.

But, why would God choose to preserve his word in English and not other languages?

First God gave his word to the Jews in Hebrew (he did not offer it in Egyption, Syrian, etc.). Next he gave the New Testament to all Christians in the most commonly used language of the time—Greek. Finally, he brought the two Testaments together in a language common to the world—English.

No other language in the history of the world has been as widely used and as far spread as English. England through colonization, trading, and exploration and now the United States has brought English to every corner of the globe. Today, just about every nation in the world requires that English be taught as a first or second language.

Furthermore, it has been said that no other language has reached the excellence that the English language reached in the 1600s.

So, it was in the 1600s that God used the best and most widely used language to preserve his words.

But, weren’t the KJV translator’s sinners too, and capable of error?

The contention that because the KJV translators were imperfect that the translating of the KJV was imperfect is weak and should not phase anyone. God has always used sinners to write and copy his work. Moses was a sinner and so was Paul, does this mean that the original autographs had mistakes in them? Nope.

God promised that he would preserve his words from generation to generation and simply had his guiding hand on the writers and translators.

If imperfect men wrote as moved by the Holy Ghost to write the Bible—than imperfect men could translate as moved by the Holy Ghost to preserve the Bible.

Although they were imperfect men, they did not lack intelligence or education. The following is information on just a few of the 54 qualified and scholarly men who worked on the KJV (facts are taken from Answers to your Bible Version Questions by David W. Daniels):

Lancelot Andrewes – Here is a quote about him, “His knowledge in Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Chaldee, Syriac and Arabic, besides fifteen modern languages was so advanced that he may be ranked as one of the rarest linguists in Christendom.”

John Spencer – “At 19 years of age he had been elected Greek lecturer for Corpus Christi College in Oxford University. It was written of him, ‘Of his eminent scholarship there can be no question.”

John Harman – Was the king’s professor of Greek. Prior to his work on the KJV he had already published Latin translations of Calvin’s and Beza’s sermons.

Thomas Bilson – a quote about him, “so complete in divinity, so well skilled in languages, so read in the Fathers and Schoolmen, so judicious in making use of his readings, that at length he was found to be no longer a soldier, but a commander in chief in the spiritual warfare.”

Gustavus S. Paine, author of The Men Behind the King James Version, made this comment about the work of the KJV translators:

“Though we may challenge the idea of word-by-word inspiration, we must surely conclude that these were men able, in their profound moods, to transcend their human limits. In their own words, they spake as no other men spake because they were filled with the Holy Ghost.”

Here is what the translators said about their own version (The Translators to the Reader, 1611, KJV, ninth page):

“Truly, good Christian Reader, we never thought from the beginning that we should need to make a new translation, nor yet to make of a bad one a good one; … but to make a good one better, or out of many good ones one principal good one, not justly to be excepted against; that hath been our endeavor, that our mark.”

And this is just what the translators accomplished, through the hand of God. The KJV perfectly combines the words of God found in the Hebrew and Greek into an understandable and complete package.

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