Saturday, May 23, 2020

Secular Professor Sees Danger Of Changing Bibles

Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” 

I was doing some research today and ran across an interesting article at Psychology Today. We hear so much downplaying from religious leaders these days concerning all the different revisions of the Bible. The only crowd which genuinely seems to care and love the Bible enough, to make a big fuss over it, is the beloved King James Bible bunch. The only inspired Words of God today in the English language are in the King James Bible! Proverbs 30:5, “Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.”

Secular intellectual historian, English teacher, and expert in 19th century psychology—Professor Christopher Lane—in his article titled: “FAITH ACCORDING TO THE BIBLE(S),” proclaims what many Christians still refuse to admit, that is, “that even minor changes in translation have dramatic implications for the way people view and understand their faith.” Professor Lane says:
"Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." So runs the celebrated line in Hebrews 11:1, the rationale that underpins so much of the Judeo-Christian tradition. According to that rationale, as the writer of the Epistle puts it, faith is a summation of hope and evidence apparently lies in "things not seen"—in the invisible and ineffable. 
Considering the importance of the line in Hebrews as an anchor to Judeo-Christian belief and faith, it's worth noting—as websites detailing various editions of the Bible underscore—that even minor changes in translation have dramatic implications for the way people view and understand their faith."
SOURCE: 'Faith According to the Bible(s)' | Psychology Today (May 11, 2012)
Again, the controversial “line in Hebrews” that Dr. Lane refers to is Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Professor Lane points out that Bible translators have been changing the Bible from one generation to the next, drastically stating different meanings of what faith is...
“The line I quoted was from the King James version of the Bible, dating from the 17th century and treated as current at least until the end of the 19th. But when the English Revised Version appeared between 1881 and 1885 (with the New Testament appearing before the Old), after an army of scholars labored to render the Hebrew, Greek and Latin Vulgate more reliable than before, the celebrated line in Hebrews appeared quite differently.” SOURCE: ibid
Professor Lane brings attention to a critically important and epidemic problem in churches today, that is, we have so many Bible versions that for anyone to claim that their Bible is perfect and inspired holds no credibility anymore. People are confused. Every time that someone publishes a “new” Bible version and professes it to be God's Word—it is like the boy who cried “wolf” so much that no one in the village believed him anymore. There have been over 400 different versions of the English Bible published since the Authorized Version of 1611 (later called the King James Version) was published. 

Sadly, most people have lost faith in the Bible because of all the contradictions between the umpteen versions. Professor Lane further states in his secular opinion that the Bible is “far from reliable,” because its meaning has been “altered by successive generations of translators, each hoping to put their indelible stamp on it, to cast its ever-changing message as fixed and eternal.” That is exactly why the Devil published a second authority (i.e., the Vaticanus Sinaiticus Greek text published by Brooke Westcott and Fenton Hort in 1881), which challenged the veracity of the time-tested King James Bible (which was translated from an entirely different text, the Textus Receptus). Only a fool for a pastor refuses to discern that Satan is behind the publishing of literally HUNDREDS of English Bible revisions since 1881. Consequently, as this secular English professor truthfully points out, the modern revisions are FAR FROM RELIABLE...
“Faith is the substance of things hoped for" became a psychological proposition, as William James made clear in The Will to Believe (1896), even as he defended that stance and worried about faith trying to express itself "in the language of the gaming-table." As James well-knew, the devout understandably want to view their faith as inevitable—as existing beyond chance, contingency and debate.  
Close examination of key passages in the Bible underscores, by contrast, that the book they worship is far from reliable, its meaning altered by successive generations of translators, each hoping to put their indelible stamp on it, to cast its ever-changing message as fixed and eternal.” SOURCE: ibid
It is a sign of these apostate times in which we live, that America's churches have embraced multiple Bible revisions, many eagerly swapping out their beloved King James Bible for another translation every few years. The consequence is a world filled with hundreds of Bible versions—all of which say different things and confuse most people, especially those seeking the truth. The reason why I am so hard in my preaching against the Bob Jones' crowd is because at one time BJU was the citadel of Bible fundamentalism in the world. Today they are an ecumenical nightmare, and Dr. Steve Petite needs to be fired, so they can bring in a genuine man of God who is not a fool.

Having Multiple Versions Discourages Memorizing The Bible

One of the most detrimental consequences of continually changing Bibles is that the motivation to memorize the Words of God is all but completely lost. Who wants to memorize a Bible that's not going to be popular anymore in 5-10 years? I grew up with the King James Bible, it's the ONLY Bible that I use now, and I will die using the King James Bible. I have memorized hundreds of Scriptures which are helpful and precious to me. You couldn't offer me all the wealth, pleasures nor fame in this world to part with my beloved King James Bible. 

Besides, the English literary beauty is unsurpassed in which the King James Bible is written. God knew what He was doing, giving us an English Bible for these Last Days. It's not a coincidence that English is fast-becoming the international language. There will NEVER be another Bible translation for this world until the Lord Jesus Christ returns, other than the preserved and inspired King James Bible. Please read, The Importance Of Thee And Thou

It is tragic that most people don't view the Bible as being special, from God. Most people think of the Bible as a Jewish history book, but it's oh so much more. The Bible came forth from God, every Word. It is “by faith” that faithful Christians today continue to use the reliable and Christ-honoring King James Bible. Beware of the Bible-correcting crowd who think they know more than the 53 scholars who translated the King James Bible. The only reliable English Bible today is the authorized 1611 King James Bible. God's Words have been preserved in the English speaking language of the King James translation. As the King James translators said themselves...
“We never thought from the beginning, that we should need to make a new Translation, nor yet to make of a bad one a good one ... but to make a good one better.” SOURCE: Preface to the King James Bible
As believers are being led astray from the true Word of God—they are falling into heresy, compromise, and even apostasy. The King James Bible is powerful. Listen to the words of Hebrews 4:12 in the King James Bible... “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Don't trade in your double-edge Sword for a plastic knife! Have you been deceived?
“Be on guard against any tampering with the Word, whether disguised as a search for truth, or a scholarly attempt at apparently hidden meanings; and beware of the confusion created by the senseless rash of new versions, translations, editions, and improvements upon the tried and tested Bible of our fathers and grandfathers.” —Pastor M.R. DeHaan, “The Tabernacle,” Pg. 101

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