I know I took a break for several weeks on this series and maybe you thought I was done, I am not. This year, 2011, is the 400th year since the King James Bible version (referred to here as KJV) was first published.
For about the last 130 years newer /modern bible versions translated from a corrupt Greek Text by Westcott and Hort around 1880 have been competing for your allegiance over the KJV. And where did Westcott and Hort get their manuscript evidence to come up with a corrupt Greek text?
Now, version popularity isn’t the issue here, this series is not about some “club” and its not about splitting hairs. I have better things to do with my time than split hairs for blog content. Hello?
At this very moment I’m physically tired and I’m sitting on the floor with a makeshift stack of puzzle and lego boxes for a desk. I do have a real desk, I’m just not at it. My husband and I, when he gets off the phone with his mom, are going to watch a little bit of a movie before heading to bed. But now I’ve really taken this post down a couple notches. Back to business!
In his book, The Answer Book: A Helpbook for Christians, on page 109 Dr. Samuel Gipp answers….
Question #40: Is the New International Version trustworthy?
His answer: No.
He explains it as follows: The New International Version (NIV) “is based on the 26th edition of the Greek text of Eberhard Nestle published in 1979. It, like the New American Standard Version which is based on Nestle’s 23rd edition of 1969, is an Egyptian bible. These and most modern translations (except the New King James Version and New Scofield Version which are handled separately in this book) are all products of Origen’s tainted manuscripts from Alexandria, Egypt.”
To better understand the seriousness of this matter from a practical standpoint you need to know whats missing from your bible, if you indeed use a New International Version. I can take you to two sources but I’m saving my heavy-weight for later. So for now we’ll look at page 93 in Dr. Gipp’s book where he asks…
Question #31: “I can still find the fundamentals in other bibles. So how can they be bad?”
His answer: “Any fundamental found in any version is found purer or more frequently in the King James Bible thus making the King James Bible the best of the field.” page 93-94.
Check out what these few modern versions are doing to scripture…[only a few modern versions are dealt with here]. I encourage you to open up a second tab on your computer and go to www.biblegateway.com and pull up the following verses and check it out.
“The salvation of the Ethiopian Eunich is eliminated in the New International Version and New American Standard Version where Acts 8:37 is removed from the text.” This important verse has been demoted to “footnote” in the NIV.
“The virgin birth of Jesus is denied in the New International Version and New American Standard Version in Luke 2:33 where Joseph is called Jesus’ father.” This is important. Every word of God is pure…but not in all if any of the modern versions! There is a reason why this verse is worded one way in the KJV and another in the modern versions – and they teach two different things. Joseph was not Jesus’ father, God is. Prophecy spoke of the coming Messiah that would be born of a “virgin”.
“The doctrine of the Trinity is either removed or questioned in I John 5:7 where the New American Standard Version and New International Version remove the verse and then split verse 6 and manufacture a false verse 7 and in the New king James Version where a note casts doubt on its authenticity.”
“The doctrine of Hell is watered down in Luke 16:23 in the New King James Version and New American Standard Version where they transliterate ‘Hades’ instead of translating it as ‘Hell.'”
These are just a few of the corruptions in modern bible versions. Take a minute and review this post as to why the individual words in the bible DO matter.
*Find all my KJV Q&A posts here.