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Whose Version of God’s Word Do You Have? PART 5

If you are new to reading this blog, please go back and read the previous postings.  It is important because they build upon each other.  Thank you!

In this posting I will be discussing how God has preserved His Word.  He guided His true followers to carefully copy and use the whole Bible, as is represented in the majority of extant [still existing] manuscripts.  “It took the churches two centuries to finally form and defend the Canon, the sixty-six books of the Bible as we now have them, and it took them another century and a half to finally discard those manuscripts with spurious words added, or with serious omissions of the true words of God.  All modern-day critics will admit that the text as essentially displayed in the vast majority of extant [still existing] manuscripts has been virtually identical in copy after copy from the period from the fourth century until the invention of the printing press.  In fact, the Received Text was so widely accepted in all countries, and in all denominations except the Roman Catholic, that Wescott and Hort felt compelled to invent a mythical council of church fathers, who supposedly met and fixed the text as we now know it.  Such a council is unknown to history, and being totally demonstrable by evidence, it must be considered a myth proposed in order to deceive.”

The bottom line here, is who are you going to believe?  Will you believe the Received Text manuscripts, used in the King James Version, or will you believe those that have been criticized, tampered with and changed?  The choice is yours to make.  If you have difficulty understanding the Old English words, you may want to refer to a New King James Version Bible in those instances.  However, I would not completely rely on the New King James Version for accuracy!

This completes my blog on this subject.  I hope you have enjoyed reading and finding out the truth!

Sincerely,

Lori Mason

Note:  Quotations taken from The Interlinear Bible New Testament Introduction by Jay P Green, Sr., Hendrickson Publishing

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Whose Version of God’s Word Do You Have, Part 4

If you’ve not read my previous posts, please go back and read them now.  Each one builds upon the previous one, so this is important. 🙂  Where we left off in the last post (Part 3), already in the first century churches, people were trying to change what God said into something more suitable to their liking!

“For example, God warned His children through Paul, “I am amazed that you are quickly being transported away from Him who has called you by (the) grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another, except there are some troubling you and would pervert the gospel of Christ” Galatians 1:6-7. . .  And  through the apostle Peter we learn that perverters of scripture were already rampant among those calling themselves Christians, “even as our beloved brother Paul wrote to you, according to the wisdom given to him. . . among which things are some things hard to understand, which the ignorant and unsettled ones pervert, as also the other scriptures, to their own destruction” 2 Peter 3:15-16

We who love every word that has proceeded from the mouth of God are asked by nearly all of the modern ‘versions’ to do without a host of testimonies to the Godhead of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  For example, in John 3:13 “who is in Heaven” is omitted, because it makes the Son to be in Heaven at the same time that He is on earth.  In other words, these words make Jesus Christ as God the Son to be omnipresent, that is, He was in the body on earth, yet He was also still in spirit reigning in Heaven.  To this day, all the later versions continue to deny this attribute of omnipresence to Jesus Christ, which attribute is essential to Godhood. . .”

In my next post, Part 5, I will be discussing the Providential Preservation of the Scriptures.  Of course, I am referring to the real scriptures, not the watered down, and changed scriptures that a lot of people have and use today. . .

May the Lord direct you into His truth.

I’m quoting from the Introduction to Volume IV of the Interlinear New Testament, by Jay P. Green, Sr. Hendrickson Publishers

Whose version of God’s Word do you have, Part 3

If you are a new reader to this blog, please go back and read the first blog and then the 2nd, otherwise what I am about to say may not make any sense to you! 🙂

I’m picking up where I left off in our discussion of what is wrong with the newer “versions” of the Bible. “The Sinaiticus was so poorly executed that seven different hands of ‘textual critics’ can be discerned as they tried to impose their views on the Bible.  They twisted it like a nose of wax to meet their purposes at the time.  It is no wonder it was discarded, found in a wastebasket fourteen centuries after it was executed.  The Vaticanus manuscript lay on a shelf in the Vatican library at Rome until 1431, and was considered so corrupt that no one would use it (Erasmus, the noted Roman Catholic scholar, refused to consider it as a source when he formed the Received Text)I.  The Vaticanus has errors so absurd that the books purporting to teach ‘textual science’ carefully avoid mentioning these gross errors in their favorite manuscript.  They take this one and add to it a handful of other manuscripts from the Alexandrian textbase, all of them very loose in their handling of the Scriptures.  From these they give you their theories, their hypotheses, their glosses.  And year by year one or another explodes the theories of the past year.”

“. . .What are these words which they have so freely removed from their version of the Scriptures? (a) They have made Joseph to be the begetter of Jesus, rather than following the Scriptures which say that God the Spirit begot the human body of the Lord Jesus (check Luke 2:33); (b) they have made Jesus to be a begotten creature, rather than the third person of the eternal Godhead (see John 1:18, where some versions refer to an “only-begotten God” –an impossibility, since God cannot be begotten, He is an eternal Being, having always existed); (c) they have deleted “Son of God” from Mark 1:1; (d) they have removed from their so-called versions Christ, or Jesus, or Christ Jesus, or Christ as God, twenty five or more times;. . .(g) in Luke 24:3, 6, 12, 37, 40, 51, 52, they have systematically removed Luke’s witness to the ascension of Christ–and of course they have done away entirely with Mark’s witness to the ascension, simply because these last twelve verses do not appear in those two corrupt manuscripts, the Vaticanus and the Sinaiticus (yet the scribe of the Vaticanus has left an empty space exactly large enough to contain those twelve verses–he must have seen them in an older manuscript, else how would he know how much space to leave?  And the last 12 verses of Mark in the Sinaiticus manuscript are written in much larger letters, very loosely, to fill up the space which would contain these last twelve verses if the same size letters had been used throughout).”

“You can see that the words they are taking away from us are very important words.  Then why should we give them up without overwhelming evidence, and the inward assurance of the Holy Spirit that they are spurious?  The fact is, history is repeating itself again.  In the beginning, it was the old Serpent, Satan, who was the first textual critic, as well as the first murderer.  He succeeded in insinuating into the itching ear of Eve, “You shall not surely die…, you shall be as God”–Genesis 3:1-5.  From that point on, men became sinners, and as sinners. . .they have preferred to believe the lie, if the lie suited their fancy better than what God has written for us. . .  many. . . will actually alter the manuscripts to make them say what they understand them to mean.  Such things were done as soon as the Word of God was complete.  In fact the apostles, Paul, Peter and John all warned that corrupters of the word of God were already plying their trade within the first century churches.”

By now, I hope you have read enough to see that these other versions of the Bible are not really God’s Holy Word.  If not, then I am going to continue this discussion further in my next blog, which will be part 4 of this series.

I was quoting from the Interlinear Bible Greek English Volume IV New Testament Preface.  Hendrickson Publishing by Jay P. Green, Sr. 

Whose version of God’s Word do you have? Part 2

So, what is a person to do?  How are they to know whether the version of the Bible they are using is truly the Word of God?

To answer that, I would like to do some quoting from  the Preface of my Interlinear Bible because I believe this answers those questions quite well.  “The market-place is being glutted with new books which are being represented as versions of the Bible.  Each one claims to be the very word of God, yet there are literally thousands of differences between them–and such differences as to cause one to discern that there is much disagreement as to which Greek words are to be translated, or paraphrased.  In one way these new versions agree:  THEY ALL LEAVE OUT DOZENS OF REFERENCES TO THE DEITY OF JESUS CHRIST, and they add words which tend to question His virgin birth, His substitutionary, fully satisfying atonement.  This is due to their decision to depend on an Alexandrian textbase, INSTEAD OF THAT BODY OF GOD’S WORDS WHICH HAS BEEN UNIVERSALLY RECEIVED AND BELIEVED IN FOR NINETEEN CENTURIES, known to us as the Received Text.  These new versions are not only marked by additions, but also by subtractions, since some four whole pages of words, phrases, sentences, and verses have been omitted by these new versions.  And these are words attested to as God’s words by overwhelming evidence contained in all the Greek manuscripts, in the ancient versions, in the writings of the early fathers; and these from every inhabited land on the earth where Christianity has been. . . ”

Just think about this, folks.  This is serious.  “Should you not ask, Who are these men who tell us these are not  God’s words?  And what evidence do they present to you to persuade you to give up these historically accepted, venerable words that have stood the test of time — and this despite the onslaughts of emperors, heathen hordes, philosophers, popes, and fleshly inducements?    And what is the nature of the words they are so determined to steal from your Bible?  How did these words come to be questioned in the first place?  What is behind these omissions?”

“A cardinal rule for the Bible reader should be: “Let God be true, and every man a liar” –Romans 3:4.  The Lord Jesus Christ did not trust Himself to men, and not one of us should do so.  Instead, let the reader put his faith in God. . .  Being thus armed with faith toward God, depending on Him to verify the words which are truly His words. . .”

“What then is the evidence these Bible-alterers offer to persuade you to give up the precious words they have removed from their versions?  Mainly they cite two manuscripts, admittedly old, but also admittedly carelessly executed.”

In my next post I am going to continue this discussion.  We all need to know this.  Until then, God bless you my friends.

Note:  Emphasis by capitalization is mine.

Quotes were taken from:  The Interlinear Hebrew-Greek-English Bible, Volume IV New Testament; Hendrickson Publishing; 1984 by Jay P. Green, Sr.

Whose Version of the Bible do you have? God’s or man’s. . .

I am deeply concerned about all the versions of the Bible out there.  The Bible is supposed to be God’s Holy Word!!!  Yet we have all these “versions” out there touting that theirs is the best.  What gives us the right to tamper with God’s Holy Word?  It is either God’s Word or it is man’s version of God’s Word.   Or even worse, it is man’s word claiming to be God’s Word.

I believe in the God-inspired Holy Scriptures by the Holy Spirit of God. “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. (2 Peter 1:21 KJV)

God makes it clear to us in His Word, that we cannot make His Word say anything we want it to say.  “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of scripture is of any private interpretation.” (2 Peter 1:20) Yet this is what is taking place these days.  Scripture is being twisted, taken out of context, changed, even so far as portions actually being removed from the Bible!  It is quite disturbing, indeed.

I’m not trying to step on anyone’s toes here, but I am trying to enlighten people of the truth.  Let me give you a few examples.  But before I do, let me just say that if you happen to use the NIV or NASB yours may not actually say what I have listed here.  Why?  Because they keep changing them. . .  That in itself should be a warning signal that something isn’t right!  God’s word is eternal, and unchangeable.  

Mark 10:24 in the NIV, NASB, etc. says this: “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God.”  But that is actually not what Jesus said!  What Jesus actually said is this: “Children, how hard it is for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!” (KJV) Do you see how the meaning was changed by removing a portion of what Jesus said?

Luke 21:19 in the newer NIV, NASB it says: “By standing firm you will save yourself.”  This is heresy, folks!  The scriptures make it clear that: “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12 KJV)  The name referred to is Jesus Christ of Nazareth, as stated in verse 10 of that chapter.   Getting back to the Luke 21:19 verse, this is what Jesus actually said: “In your patience possess ye your souls.”

Col. 1:2 in NIV, NASB: “. . .Grace to you and peace from God our Father.”  But this is what the scriptures actually say: “. . .Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (KJV)  The other versions actually left out the Lord Jesus Christ!

And my last example for this blog is this: Ephesians 3:9 in NIV, “and to bring to light what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God, who created all things;”  But here is what Ephesians 3:9 actually says: “And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hidden in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ.” (KJV)  Once again, we see that our Lord Jesus Christ is being dishonored by removing him from the scripture verse.

I hope you will think about and pray about what I have shared.  I will continue this discussion in my next blog.  Thank you for taking the time to read this.  God bless you!

Lori Mason