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One True Version Of The Bible?
by Annagail Lynes
10/19/2007 / Bible Studies
Why do people believe the King James Version is the only true version of the Bible?
The Bible was written on scrolls many centuries before King James had the 1611 King James Version of the Bible translated.
As human beings, King James and the men who helped him translate the Bible were not infallible. Especially when his version is compared with the earlier Hebrew and Greek versions.
Many believe that other translations have changed the words of the Bible, thus violating what the twenty-second chapter of Revelation (verses 18-19) warns us not to do. However I believe (and I could be wrong) God is saying in Revelation not to add more things to the Bible and call it God.
For instance, some religions have added chapters and verses to the Bible that were not God inspired. One religion has even added another book that they call a companion to the Bible. Others have created their own variation of the King James Version of the Bible that has been adapted to their religion. And they all call it God and say that He inspired it.
There is only one Bible that is God-inspired (II Timothy 3:16). Only one that is sharper than any two-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12). Only one that is powerful and able to divide between spirit and soul (Hebrews 4:12). Only one.
Some religions don't teach the whole Bible. They don't teach healing (Romans 8:11, Isaiah 53:4-5, I Peter 2:24), prosperity (Psalm 35:27), speaking in tongues (Romans 8:26) or miracles (Luke 1:37, Philippians 4:19). Some only teach salvation. Others only teach water baptism.
We cannot pick and choose what parts of the Bible to believe. We must believe all of it. It is all God-inspired, But it must be taken as it was originally stated and not as one man's interpretation of it.
Is the King James Version the only Bible? Is it a sin to use another translation?
The King James Version is not the only version. Jesus read from Isaiah in the book of Luke. This was long before the King James Version came into existence.
Jesus didn't read from the official King James Version, so according to King James Version advocates, He must have sinned. We know this is not the case, though. We know that He was blameless and without sin.
We should use whatever version we are comfortable with as long as we are reading the Bible.
I believe the King James Version movement is another way Satan is using to divide the body of Christ. He comes in with petty issues, such as what version of the Bible is the right one or how long our hair should be or how many times a day we should confess the Word.
He wants us doing things that sound spiritual, but in reality, are things that are keeping us in bondage. The very thing that Jesus died to set us free from (Romans 8:15).
The devil tries to keep us in bondage. He does it in ways that are so subtle that we don't even notice, such as the King James Version only controversy.
The devil wants us bound to a Bible we cannot understand. And we believe that the Bible is more spiritual with the thees and thous. We have gotten the impression that God speaks like that. And He doesn't.
The devil also convinces us to do spiritual things like reading x number of chapters of the Bible a day or praying x number of hours. Even though these things are spiritually sound, the more we make this a hard and fast rule, the more we are doing it just to check it off our to-do list.
We must be free to read what God wants us to read. To pray what God wants us to pray. To go where God wants us to go. We cannot be bound to legalism and strict rules in our lives.
All of this controversy is a ploy by Satan to distract us from studying the Word of God for ourselves. Then we will not know what we have a right to as children of the Most High God. Satan tries to bury us in thees and thous just as lawyers and shrewd business people try to bury people in legalese so they won't know what they are entitled to or what they are signing away.
When we don't know our rights as God's children, we live way below where we should be. We settle for poverty, lack, sickness, disease, depression and mental problems.
We believe that the riches of God for us are actually evil and of the devil. That it is the devil who wants us rich, healthy and of a sound mind. Why on Earth would he want that when he only comes to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10)?
Only God wants us to be prosperous, to be healthy, to be sane, to be whole, but as long as we are focused on what version of the Bible to use, we will not know that. We will not study it for ourselves.
We need to study the Bible. We need to ask the Holy Spirit to teach us (John 14:26) as we read it, to guide us into all truth concerning the Scriptures.
If a word or phrase is confusing, we should look it up in the Greek for the New Testament and the Hebrew for the Old Testament. We can find a Bible resource to help us with this online at http://www.crosswalk.com. From here, we can see what that word or phrase means in the original language.
Also we should check other translations, especially the Amplified, for a clearer meaning.
The goal here is not to argue over which translation is best but to study the Word of God for ourselves. As long as we are reading the Word and asking the Holy Spirit to teach us, we will never be steered wrong.
Annagail Lynes is a pharmacy technician, certified life coach and ordained minister. She is helping people move forward after trauma by helping them discover their purpose. Follow her blog at 316counseling.com
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