King James Bible
King James Bible
There are a lot of folks in this world that won’t read any version of the Bible other than the King James Bible. While everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion, the plain, simple truth is this:
The King James Bible is simply just another translation…just like any other version! In truth, some of the later versions may even be considered more accurate by some, because the understanding of some of the ideas behind the original Greek and Hebrew languages are better understood today than they were 400 years ago.
The mission here isn’t to downplay the King James Version of the Bible. Rather, it’s to open the minds of those who believe it’s the only version the Lord intended for us to read! My concern isn’t so much which version of the Bible is being read, as much as it is getting people to read the Bible (ANY version!), period! Far too many people rely on what others teach, rather than reading it for themselves…
There are a lot of folks that are concerned about other versions adding or omitting certain passages of the Bible, and that may be true, depending on the interpretations of those who are doing the “revising”. The thing is, it may well have been true of the scholars that translated the King James from the original text, as well. The only way to really know for sure, is to learn Greek and Hebrew…then read the original text and compare it to the King James we have today.
Far more disturbing is the liberties that some folks have taken in changing the text altogether… such as “God, the Father/Mother”, in an attempt to make the Bible “acceptable” to various groups of people who may feel discriminated against by the true Bible. Obviously, these “translations” are not translations at all, but rather alterations…an entirely different matter.
At the risk of upsetting the apple cart, the entire theme of the Bible centers around one thing:
God created everything, including man. Man sinned. God loved man enough to show up in the flesh…. Jesus…. to take our punishment and offer eternal life through his actions. If a particular version of the Bible follows this theme from page one to the last page, then it would seem preferable for someone to read that version (without condemnation from others), rather than reading no version at all.
Let’s take a look at an example – John 3:16:
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (NIV)
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life. (American Standard)
For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten ([a]unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life. (Amplified)
God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him won’t perish but will have eternal life. (Common English)
God loved the people of this world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who has faith in him will have eternal life and never really die. (Contemporary English)
For God so loved the world,that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (English Standard)
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (King James)
Though they may be worded slightly different, they still say the same thing! Personally, I like to compare several versions to see if I can get a clearer understanding of what it’s trying to say to me. Sometimes one version or another is easier for me to comprehend than another…and sometimes looking at several versions gives me an entirely different idea altogether!
The thing is NOT which version we read…in fact, it’s not what WE do at all. We can read them all, all day long, but if the Holy Spirit isn’t involved to give us understanding, then we haven’t really done anything but read a good book! And if the Holy Spirit is involved, it doesn’t matter which version we read, He’s going to give us the understanding that we are supposed to have…
We’ve gotta remember, folks…even with something as simple as reading the Bible, no matter which version…it’s not us. It’s God. He wrote the Bible. Who better to interpret it for us?
The King James Bible is great! It’s probably some of the most beautiful, poetic language in the world…but it’s not the ONLY version! Read the one that’s easiest for you to understand…then, if you like, compare it to the King James Bible and it will be easier for you to understand. The thing is, read a Bible. Don’t depend on others for your salvation…get it straight from the Source!
King James Bible
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