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.