I am sure that the Sadducees had their own sacred scrolls of scripture and the Pharisees had their own sacred scrolls of scripture. I am sure that if it was important to point out which was the “authorized” scripture, Jesus would have done it. It would have been recorded for all posterity. But it didn’t happen. Jesus was not concerned about which sacred scrolls they used, He was more concerned about whether or not they obeyed what they had. That was the problem, they were not obeying the truth they had.
The devil is involved in a war against God. If he can keep the soldiers of “Christianity” involved in warring among themselves, he can keep them from fighting the real war. If he can wear them out and kill them off among themselves, he has won. Don’t you think it is time to learn the facts and stay out of the wrong war and get involved in the war Jesus wants us to fight? We need to get into unity with Jesus and His cause; not ours. So what do we do with the Bible “wars”? We do what the Bible says, we get educated. “My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.” Hosea 4:6. “A people without understanding will come to ruin!” Hosea 4:14. So let’s get educated and not be destroyed or come to ruin over the stupid, devil inspired, Bible wars.
HERE ARE SOME HISTORICAL FACTS
Since the KJV (King James Version) seems to be the “measure” by which all other Bibles are judged, either good or bad, let us begin with it. I suppose this is a good place to put in another text. “Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly.” 1 Timothy 4:7. That seems to be the problem with those who espouse the KJV as the “Authorized” version from God. That is an “old wives’ tale”. Let us get the facts.
There are some Protestant groups who carry on and on about the KJV. They claim that it is “the” Word of God. That it is so sacred and perfect in translation that it is to be so revered that we shouldn’t even read it. At least that is the attitude of most, since most have never read it entirely through. (Just to lay down the facts so you know I am not a hypocrite, as of 2017, I have read the Bible through over 100 times. I read it through about three times a year in order to let the Holy Spirit teach me.)
Most manuscripts of the Bible were in the hands of, or under the control of, the Catholic (universal) Church from its founding until about 1947. This is fact. This also should tell you something. It should tell you that any Bible that has been under Catholic control is suspect. Why? Because, the Catholic Church does not have a very good reputation for preserving things in their original. It likes to change things in order to make the “Church” look good. (Remember what it did to the Ten Commandments?) So what does that have to do with the Bible?
Look up 1 John 5:7 & 8 in the KJV and this is what you will find: “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.”
Now let’s read the same verses in the NIV (New International Version) of the Bible: “For there are three that testify: the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.”
Wow you say, that is a big difference. Is the devil taking texts out of the Bible? Did the translators of the NIV have a diabolical scheme in mind? Nope and Nope. Here are the facts.
The words, “bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the” are NOT found in any Greek manuscript before the sixteenth century. Hummmmmm. We have a problem here. There are two solutions that I can see.
- John, the writer of the gospel of John and the letters of 1st, 2nd, & 3rd John and Revelation, either lived 1600 years and then said, “Oops, I made a mistake, I left out those words. I must enter them before I die or they won’t think I’m a true prophet of God.”
- Or Someone in the 16th century (1500’s AD) added them.
All right, it is now firmly established in the “Scripture” of the Catholic Church. So what if the Church had to add some words to a text. It is only to clarify the “truth”. Okay, but what about all the other additions. Look at Matthew 18:11. You won’t find that text in the NIV. Why? Because it is not in the earliest manuscripts. That brings us back to our original thought and purpose of this study. What Bible is correct, and can we still use the KJV in our studies?
For 50 years prior to the KJV, the Geneva Bible was THE Bible for English speaking people. It was the Geneva Bible that was used by the Pilgrims and was known as the “Protestant Bible” since it was the only Bible brought to America by the Pilgrims. The KJV was considered corrupted by the American Pilgrims. It wasn’t until 1782 that the KJV was first printed in America. Think on that fact.
Does this mean that salvation cannot be found in these versions? Absolutely not. Salvation can still be found in them. As I stated at the beginning of this section, I can teach the true gospel from any Bible. However, in our modern day of precise information, God had a wonderful surprise awaiting for us.
“For biblical scholars and for students of ancient Judaism and Christianity, one of the most exciting archaeological finds ever made was the accidental discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. This miscellaneous assortment of leather and papyrus manuscripts was so named because it was found in caves near the Dead Sea.
“The first manuscripts were discovered by a Bedouin shepherd in a cave at Khirbat Qumran on the northwest shore of the Dead Sea in Jordan. Numerous other caves in the area yielded many more documents in subsequent years. Some of the manuscripts seem to have been produced by an ancient Jewish sect, the Essenes, who flourished about 2,000 years ago. Some of the oldest documents are books, or parts of books, of the Hebrew Bible. The writings date from 100 BC to AD 68, and were written in ancient Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek.
“In all, about 400 manuscripts were found. The writings have proved an invaluable source for reconstructing the history of Palestine after the 4th century BC and for elucidating the relationship of early Christianity to Jewish religious traditions.” Compton’s Encyclopedia
Since then, more documents have been found. These documents now give us the ability to reach back into the ancient past and to see more clearly what the “original” manuscripts must have looked like. The NIV was a masterpiece of God. Through the NIV, He was able to bring about a Bible that was as accurate as any English translation can come in the original, and still be easy reading for the masses. It is as free from sectarian bias as probably humanly possible.
Matthew 5:48: “Be Perfect”. John 5:14; 8:11: “Stop sinning”. Matthew 19:16, 17: “Obey the commandments” to “get” eternal life.
Those are the teachings and commands of Jesus that we are to be obeying. Matthew 28:20 tells us that we are to go and teach people how to obey everything that Jesus commanded us. That is the real problem, not one organized denomination is doing that today. They refuse to teach the true gospel: Be perfect, Stop sinning, Obey the Ten Commandments and the 7th day (Saturday) Sabbath. Instead they are all wound up over the debatables and the “disputable matters”.
Jesus said the same thing, “If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.” Luke 16:31. In short, Jesus is saying, “your salvation is in the Old Testament. You can read all about My birth, life, death and resurrection in the New Testament, but it will not get you into heaven.” Only those who obey the Old Testament and follow what it says will get to heaven.
And that was in the early 1500’s, just prior to the King James Version being written. That same spirit is alive and well today. I have had people denounce me with the hate and fury of demons for suggesting that it is “OK” to read anything but the KJV.
I like what Martin Luther said when translating the Latin Old Testament into the German language: “We must not, as asses do, ask the Latin letters how we should speak German, but we must ask the mothers in their houses, the children in the streets, the common people in the market place . . . we must be guided by them in translating; then they will understand us, and will know that we are speaking German to them.” The Story of Civilization - VI: Durant.The spirit of the devil is alive and well in all generations. Whose side are you on? Are you fighting the war of the devil against the translations, or are you a Christian in Christ’s war, to use any and all translations as tools to best fight the war against sin? This book, inspired, dictated and directed by the Holy Spirit, is setting thousands of people free from sin. Jesus always adapted His methods to those He was teaching. Should we, who claim to be His followers, do any less?