Sunday, August 2, 2009

Why I Prefer The KJV

I'm going to keep this one as short as possible since my last several blogs were long. However, I did promise to state why I prefered the King James for my Bible. Let's start with two simple facts:

1) God is not the author of confusion. He is very straightforward in what He has to say and teach us in His Word.

2) Satan IS the author of confusion. He is also veeeeeeery subtle. If he can draw you in by making it look similar, he will.

What made me decide to blog on this now is the fact that the Tea Lovers' Devotional I was using to help encourage me to study finally blew it. My first problem (which I ignored) was the fact that the author used about 4 or 5 different books with the word "Bible" in the title, as well as the KJV. Here's what I actually learned from this devotional:
1) the author is what I would call a "verse prover". Not someone who proves verses but who looks around through various "versions" to find the verse that says what they want to prove! "See? The "Bible" says...." Sorry, folks, it doesn't work that way! We don't use God's Word to prove what we want to say.

2) the author had some good points to make, but she because of all the "versions" she used, she doesn't appear to have a serious conviction as to her beliefs.

My convictions on the KJV come from Matthew 24:35 "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away." God made a promise (through His Son, Jesus) that, no matter what else changed, His Words would never change. Yet, so many of these "versions " have changed the meaning of the very Word of God. Example: John 3:16 "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." Yes, there's a reason on hi-lighted begotten, that word means "born of." In other words, Jesus is the only Son physically born of God. Other "versions" change that word to "one and only". The problem there is two-fold. First, God promises us if we receive the gift of His Son, we become His sons. We're adopted into His family.

John 1:12
12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

1 John 3:1-2
3 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

Gal. 4:4-5
But when the fulness of time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law
5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

So, here the Bible tells us we can become known as "sons" of God. We are adopted into His family. There is also mention in the Old Testament, the book of Job, about the sons of God rejoicing at creation. Scholars tell us the reference there is to angels. Ergo, those "versions" that change John 3:16 to "one and only son" have it wrong.

In the Tea Lovers' Devotional, the author was trying to explain that there are, unfortunately, some "friends" the Christian doesn't need in his or her life. They do not lift you up and will, in fact, drag you down and away from what God wants in your life. She used some perversion (that's the only way to explain it) to quote Prov. 18:24, it said "A man that has too many friends is led to ruin, but there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother."

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Prov. 18:24 from the KJV states:
24 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.


I've learned something from my pastor about the "-eth" that is at the end of some words in the Bible. Scholars tell us that "-eth" is in the Present Tense. That means that any word ending in "-eth" is happening now. So, when that verse says "sticketh closer than a brother." it is happening at this very moment. Continually. That's removed from other versions to "update the language." Yet, they've removed a very important meaning to that word.

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So, what God really wants me to learn from Prov. 18:24 is that I must be friendly to have friends (and Jesus is closer than any friend or brother). But, Satan wants to cause confusion. If I had not been as well grounded in the teachings of my pastor, and my own readings, I would have read that perverted verse (the meaning here is "corrupted"), shrugged and gone on my way. And Satan would have planted a doubt in my mind about God's Word. Did God really say that? That's what he did to Eve in the Garden when he asked her about the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Gen. 3:1 "Yea, hath God said....?" In verse 4 he then casts doubt on what God did say "Ye shall not surely die:" With these other perversions out there, he's doing the same thing to us today. "Yea, hath God said....?"

So, I have two questions to ask you:

1) Do you believe the Bible is the INSPIRED Word of God? If your answer to that is "Yes.", then my second question is....

2) What good is INSPIRATION without PRESERVATION? (Matt. 24:35)

1 comment:

  1. okay... as an addendum, for those who need a definition of the word "inspired", here's what the Mirriam Webster dictionary has to say:
    1 a : to influence, move, or guide by divine or supernatural inspiration b : to exert an animating, enlivening, or exalting influence on; 2 a: archaic : to breathe or blow into or upon b: archaic : to infuse (as life) by breathing; 3 a : to communicate to an agent supernaturally b : to draw forth or bring out.

    So, while "inspire" may upon occasion mean "it made me think..." in the case of the Bible (ALL of it) being inspired by God, it looks like ol' Merriam-Webster got it right!


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