Many others more qualified than I have taken it upon themselves to cover the subject of this article (and their works are well worth reading), but I think it’s something that needs to be discussed here on my little blog as a subject of utmost importance. It is a matter that is constantly on my heart, and I would urge you very strongly to read this from start to finish. As an appeal to those who are new to this topic or perhaps hold a different opinions, please look at what I’m going to talk about seriously and with ears to hear before coming to a definite conclusion.
“He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.” (Proverbs 18:13)
Our entire Christian faith stands on the authority of one book called the Bible. Everything we believe, every doctrine we embrace, every aspect of our lives is to be governed by it. That stance is what sets us apart from all other cults and isms. What makes this book so special? It is the Word of God. Those two positions are agreed on by all who take the name of Christ.
Satan’s Attack on God’s Word
The Bible, the Word of God – “the” by its very definition means there is only one. But you only have to go to your local bookstore to find that there are a plethora of not only different size, shapes and colors of bibles, but versions of Bibles – the actual words inside differ from each other. Is there no standard copy? What is going on?
Now let me pose to you a question: this book being so important to the Faith, why should the enemy of God, Satan, leave it untouched? Wouldn’t it make sense for him to wage war on the way that we hear from Him, the very book that lays the foundation for everything we believe and why we believe it? In fact, the very first attack Satan ever made was on God’s word, all the way back in the Garden of Eden: “Yea, hath God said…?” He raised doubts and questions about it so Eve would distrust God Himself! It has always been his scheme to separate us from God’s word, the very word that brings life and salvation through faith (Romans 10:17), so we will be lost in spiritual darkness, left to our own devices with no final authority. Human reasoning becomes the seat of judgment. Human reasoning is antichrist. Men who worship their own brains are at war with their creator.
“Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.” (Romans 8:7)
And once a man is become God in his own sight (Satan’s lie, Genesis 3:5), destruction is certain (Romans 8:6). When believers are stripped of the weapons of their warfare, the sword of the Spirit, how can they do battle with Satan’s kingdom?
“If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3)
And just how would Satan go about trying to destroy the Christian Faith (by destroying our line of communication with God), if God has made His Word is everlasting and understandable? He can’t do it directly by trying to exterminate the true Bible – though he has absolutely tried. He CAN work by deceit and falsehood. The only way to do it is to lie to Christians in order to deceive them into thinking another Bible is God’s Word. He would need to offer alternatives. But the alternatives couldn’t be openly, blatantly Satanic or we would all obviously reject them as false! Believers would smell it a mile away!
Just as every counterfeiter knows, the best way to trick someone into accepting your fake one hundred dollar bill is NOT to make it look like silly monopoly money – it’s to make it look like the real deal.
“He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” (John 8:44)
One tool Satan loves to use to lie to mankind is confusing them with a multitude of options to distract them from the truth. God’s is the strait and narrow (Matthew 7:14). There is only one God, one way to salvation, one Christ, one church, one Bible. Not so with the devil. He teaches many gods, many ways to heaven, many christs, many truths, many false religions. Plurality is one of his weapons as even the nature of his minion, Legion, testified. Who would be the one to offer many bibles? God is certainly not the author of confusion.
“For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.” (1 Corinthians 14:33)
It is when Satan has you using a bible that is not God’s true word that he can slip in corruption and get you to believe lies. Because, see, God’s true Word is perfect and without any kind of error, corruption, contradiction or mistake.
God’s Word is Perfect!
Let me preface this by saying that I am no well-educated scholar. I don’t have 10 years of Hebrew and Greek under my belt, or a gold-framed theological degree hanging on my wall. But I do have a King James Bible and I can show you the verses – what God says about His own book, right there.
Thankfully, for us believers, the Word of God can’t be destroyed because it is preserved by God:
“But the word of the Lord endureth for ever…” (1 Peter 1:25)
What a wonderful promise!
“For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.” (Psalm 119:89)
The Bible is established in heaven forever. It has always been there and always will be. God decided to give us His word from heaven by using His chosen vessels to write down His word. This is just like how there is a tabernacle in heaven that God showed Moses and had him replicate, the same is true of His word. He did not leave it locked away in heaven so we couldn’t read and know it.
“My heart is inditing a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made touching the king: my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.” (Psalms 45:1)
God used His Holy Spirit to inspire men as to what they should write down. They did not make anything up or improvise in the process any more than your pen improvises when you sit down to write a grocery list or a letter. Man was only the vessel God used in the process of bringing His word from heaven to earth, and it was the Spirit of God who was directly involved in this. The men who were chosen for this task were holy, set apart and sanctified for this express purpose. Their will was not a factor in the equation.
“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)
The Bible is not just a collection of the words of different men by any means. Every word is from God Himself.
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” (2 Timothy 3:16)
Despite what you may have been told, God’s word in the form of the King James Bible is perfect and inerrant, just as He is. There is no mistake, there is no blunder, there is no typo or accident.
“The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.” (Psalms 12:6)
Not only is it perfect, it is eternally preserved and protected by God, so it can’t be tampered with or polluted even by fallen man.
“Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.” (Psalms 12:7)
Let me quickly point out the NIV’s translation of those two verses:
“And the words of the Lord are flawless, like silver purified in a crucible, like gold[a] refined seven times.  O LORD, you will keep us safe and protect us from such people forever”
Maybe it’s just me, but “crucible” sounds a whole lot less clear than “a furnace of earth.” There is also a footnote by the word (that little [a]) gold saying, “Probable reading of the original Hebrew text; Masoretic Text earth“. Pretty weird. To them, God’s word is most likely refined earth or dirt, instead of the KJV’s tried and purified silver. But that’s not all. Now in verse 7, the subject of the sentence totally changes to “us” (people) rather than the KJV’s “words” regarding God’s preservation (which has been changed to protection). Hmm. And, lest you think it is talking from the perspective of the words (which would be strange), the updated NIV reads “the needy” instead of “us” to clear away any doubt.
If the Bible you hold in your hands had mistakes in it or any kind of transcription errors of any sort, you couldn’t trust it at all. Why? Because nobody could know for sure what parts had or had not been changed. You couldn’t know anything for certain. That is why God’s preservation from the time they were first written down until now is so important. Every word must be perfect and available to us, or we couldn’t live. We couldn’t answer the devil like Jesus did, saying with confidence that “it is written:”
“And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.” (Luke 4:4)
We can’t just have some of the words – we need every one.
Now the folks who gave us modern versions, such as the NIV, admit in the prefaces that their own book is incomplete or imperfect, calling for an endless stream of revisions and editions. They may decide a verse should say one thing one year and then change their mind another year and scratch it. That is why modern versions are continually replacing themselves with “updated” ones, giving them the shelf life of a gnat. You will never find anyone that claims their modern version is the only true Word of God, because they know their own creations are flawed. They admit they don’t have the perfect, complete word of God, which leaves them in darkness and we need to look elsewhere. There has GOT to be a perfect Bible for us SOMEWHERE because God promised to preserve His Word, which was given thousands of years ago.
“For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.” (Psalm 100:5)
“Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away“ (Matthew 24:35)
There are No Mistakes in the KJV
There ARE mistakes in modern versions. They contain many unsolvable contradictions. For example, who killed Goliath? We all know it was David, right? Well, not according to the NIV in 2 Samuel 21:19, (which contradicts itself in another place!) The King James Bible rightly puts the critical phrase “the brother of” before Goliath. Modern versions are corrupt and contain a plethora of errors, distortions and perversions.
There are certainly hard sayings, dark sayings and mysterious things in the King James Bible. It is a deep book, just as its Author. But all of them – even the apparent contradictions or mistakes – can be and have been understood clearly without error if enough study is applied by a willing learner with faith.
Objection: “The KJV is a good translation. But it has errors in it because fallen man has changed things accidentally or on purpose when making copies so what we have isn’t perfect or inspired anymore. It can’t be because man has put his ‘fingerprints’ on it.”
Someone once rightly said that there are only 17 undeniable errors in the KJV – then they proceeded to list all the verses that contained the word “error” such as this one:
“And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God.” (2 Samuel 6:7)
His point was, there aren’t any other than the word “error” itself.
Any supposed errors are always a result of fallibility on our part, not God’s part. Many bible students have looked deeply into each apparent issue and proved from Scripture why it isn’t one, but rather a lack of careful reading and comparison with other verses. All “contradictions” are resolved when looking deeper, comparing Scripture with Scripture. Do I always understand everything? No, but that is because I am not God and don’t always look at the whole picture how He does. When I used to encounter something that didn’t make sense right away, I would find myself frustrated and even doubting sometimes. But when I did some digging and finally understood it correctly, the doubt gave way to faith, time and again. I could trust it after all! Each time, God’s word proved itself true. It’s taken time, but finally I’ve learned to stop doubting and start trusting, knowing that the Bible is God’s perfect, preserved, pure word that I can rely on to be 100% accurate, even while I am still searching for answers. I remember making the decision that I would trust this book no matter what, and realizing it really was a matter of unbelief. If there is ever something that seems wrong or incorrect, the fault lies first with the doubting or unlearned reader.
Unbelief is something we are cautioned against in the Scriptures. And how could the word of God have errors when Jesus Himself (who is called the Word, so intertwined are they, who was made flesh) was without error? It would contradict the nature of Jesus. I must always keep that in mind whenever a scoffer or even a doubting Christian brings up something like that. So many Christians have been fooled by the world’s shallow, ignorant jabs at the Bible, and rather than bothering to take a faith-based approach and actually study the matter thoroughly, they just cave in and perpetuate the lies of unbelief within their own circles – leading to more doubt.
Objection: “Yes, the Bible was infallible, but only in the original writings that men like Moses and Paul penned.”
On the surface, this argument sounds so scholarly and educated. The trouble is, THE ORIGINAL WRITINGS NO LONGER EXIST.
If it’s true that only the originals were inspired, and they have been lost, then we have no Bible that we can be sure is God’s word. What would be the point in inspiring them, making them infallible, in the first place only for them to get destroyed? I believe in a God who is able not only to inspire but to preserve His word for us today. You say, fallen man has corrupted things, it was inevitable. Well fallen man was the one to put those words down in the first place! Remember what the writer of the first 5 books of the Bible did? Moses killed a man! What about the man who penned the Psalms? David was an adulterer and a murderer! Peter denied the Lord! Saul persecuted the church, putting believers to death! Yet He used those imperfect people to pen His perfect words originally no problem, you say. But He couldn’t use imperfect men to preserve them? Sorry, I don’t believe that. I believe in the Mighty God, maker of heaven and earth, who can do anything He wants in his power and sovereignty. I believe in a God who can and did keep and preserve His words to all generations from the corruption of man.
Think about this: why would God give Moses, David, Isaiah, Peter, Paul, etc. the perfect Bible, who actually talked with the Lord Himself, but not us, who are separated by Christ’s earthly ministry by 2,000 years? If anyone needs God’s pure word, it’s the Church in these wicked days! If he can preserve the Christian who comes to salvation in this earth for heaven from the corruption of the world, why could He not preserve the Scriptures from corruption?
The reason for that is usually they wore out from so much use. Copies had to be made. And this is where people assume that “mistakes” slipped in, in the copying process, as ancient men sloppily did their work. The fact is, the scribes who did this were masters in their craft. They had to find the middle letter of one page and match it to the middle letter of the one they were copying, that is how meticulous they were. If it didn’t match, the whole page was scrapped and they had to start over. For them it wasn’t just word-perfect, it was letter-perfect! Why the extreme procedures? Because they knew how important their task was:
“Take heed how thou dost do thy work, for thy work is the work of heaven, lest thou drop or add a letter of a manuscript and so become a destroyer of the world.” – Diane A. McNeil, Ruth 3,000 Years of Sleeping Prophecy Awakened, Xulon Press, 2005, p. 227, ISBN: 9781597813389
It is true that there were times throughout the history of copy-making that errors and men’s words crept in, either on purpose or by mistake. Bad copies were existent. Closer to the time of Christ, some men actually removed lots of verses in order to justify their unscriptural beliefs and deceive others. But these were always rejected by the church, who guarded the words of God.
Again, this goes back to the issue of unbelief. Do you believe God when He says He has preserved His word? Or are those verses just more man-made, “iffy” talk to you? At some point you either accept it as it is for what it says or you don’t. If it is true that He preserved His word, the originals carry no significance whatsoever if the perfect words are handed down the generations by means of copying.
“The King James Version is just so hard to understand! We need the Bible in the language of the common man.”
I remember a teacher from a so-called “Bible Literature” class (more on that in another post) occasionally mentioning how the King James Bible was very difficult to understand, much too advanced for the average high school reader and preferred the NIV. One day the teacher had of the girls in that class read a passage out of her bible which we were discussing. The girl read from her King James Bible. After she had finished, the teacher was in total disbelief. That wasn’t a King James bible, she insisted – it couldn’t be! It was too easy to understand. It had to be a New King James bible. But the girl affirmed that it was indeed a King James Bible, not the “new” one.
The reason I bring this story up is to illustrate how a lot of people mistakenly view the KJV. They never read it to see for themselves how it sounds, they just assume it is written in a form of English that is almost entirely foreign to our own and that it is a waste of time. How sad, when the truth is the opposite: according to reading score tests, the King James Bible scored easiest to read in 27 out of 29 tests! This is no surprise when you learn that the translators of the KJV went through the entire book to optimize it for readability.
The KJV reads unlike an other book in the world. It has such a poetic fluency that the words rolls off the tongue when read and so impresses upon the mind that memorization becomes much easier. It has a very distinct, clear, rhythmic sound which is totally absent from the choppy, discordant jumble of rivals. This distinction was obvious to the translators even in that day. The translators even reported how when they tried to replicate the style of the KJV in their own writings later on, they couldn’t do it! God was clearly at work in the sound of His word.
Objection: “Using a lot of different translations helps me understand the Bible better. They all ultimately say the same thing, just in different ways.”
Nothing could be further from the truth! The KJB and modern versions do not say the same thing. The modern versions don’t even agree with each other. They all say different things.
There are literally hundreds – if not thousands – of examples, but here is just one, which was very well highlighted by Brand Plucked. It is found in Zechariah 13:6, which is a prophecy about the Lord Jesus. You look at the evidence and tell me if they are all saying the same thing.
“And one shall say unto him, what are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those which I was wounded in the house of my friends.” (KJB)
This is in complete harmony with the other Old Testament prophecies speaking of the Lord’s hands being pierced in His crucifixion.
Que the NIV’s vague terminology:
“What are these wounds ON YOUR BODY? he will answer, ‘The wounds I was given at the house of my friends.'”
How does the word “body” help “clarify” or make more “understandable” the word “hand?”
The NASB attempts to be slightly more specific than the NIV:
“What are these wounds BETWEEN YOUR ARMS?”
The ESV and RV:
“And if one asks him, ‘What are these wounds ON YOUR BACK?’
“Then someone will ask him, ‘What are these wounds ON YOUR CHEST?'” (NRSV reads Chest as well)
The Message (sometimes appropriately shortened to “The Mess” by Bible believers) drops the ultimate blasphemy bomb. First its totally perverse distortion of the prophecy will make any Christian who truly loves the Lord sick. Then it changes “he” to the plural “they.” Which doesn’t even make grammatical sense with the rest of the sentence, as “I” is singular.
“And so ‘Where did you get that BLACK EYE?’ They’ll say ‘I ran into a door at my friend’s house.'”
Oh, and let’s not forget the Living Bible’s irreverent rendition:
“And if someone asks, ‘Then what are these SCARS ON YOUR CHEST and YOUR BACK?’ he will say ‘I got into a brawl at the home of a friend.'”
These must have been penned by the devil himself. Whoever wrote these is openly mocking Jesus. It is apparent how these variants – deviants would be a more fitting term – are not slight. This is as bizarre and contradictory as it gets. How can they possibly all be true? How can they all be God’s Word? Is God’s writing so confused as to not know the difference between all these body parts of man He made, besides removing and distorting the important prophecy?
“For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.” (1 Corinthians 14:33)
The confusion brought on by all of these versions is extremely detrimental. With them, there’s no final authority. Nobody knows what’s really supposed to be said or what it really means. People think they can just pick a bible that suits them like picking a can of beans off of the shelf in a grocery store (the average shelf life of modern versions is about 13 years, by the way). They don’t conform to the Book – no, never – their book conforms to them! But after all that, they don’t even believe what they have is perfect anyway. They have to go to some better-educated “scholar” to correct them with the esoteric Greek and Hebrew in true Romanist fashion. So they don’t have God’s preserved, pure Word that they can touch and handle and hold and read and trust completely. They have a murky, mystic illusion, blotted and torn fragments of history.
“Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” (1 Corinthians 1:10)
No wonder we are in such a mess! No wonder unbelief and sin is widespread. The natural logic to follow, if no version is God’s infallible word, is why hang your hat on that unreliable book? Why bother pretending to believe the Bible when you can’t know what it really says and which parts of it has been altered or tainted by men anyway? There’s no way to know if no doctrine was changed, no way at all. The only thing keeping them from total rejection of it and all things called Christian by the West is their traditions of men: because of how their parents raised them, because of some up in the air theology they were taught. So they limp along as a Christian in name only with no final authority. I wouldn’t. If I thought my Bible wasn’t perfect or inspired or preserved, or locked away in a foreign tongue I’d never be able to fully know and even if I did that could be incorrect I’d leave it all. I’d hit the road. That’s because my Faith is 100% based on it. You take that away and everything crumbles. It’s all a sham. There is nothing left of worth without it! And that’s why the devil has been pushing this philosophy of modern versions like he has as previously mentioned. But praise the Lord, I’m NOT leaving because I believe every verse, every word, every jot and tittle. It’s ultimately black and white.
Objection: “We need to get back to the original languages like Hebrew and Greek to find out what God really says.”
Where does this idea come from? There are no verses in the Bible that hint that tell us we must go beyond the pages of Scripture to find God’s word or the true meaning of it. Why is this idea so prevalent today?
This logic comes from secular rationalist reasoning, from the philosophy of the world, from the point of unbelief that God can preserve His word by His divine grace. It doubts that promise.
The whole process of purifying the word until we have it in its final translated form was guided by God.
The truth is, you can’t get back to the original languages and understand them anywhere near the translators of the KJV understood them. Can any of these modern scholars actually speak fluently in Greek or Hebrew? No. But they think because they can conjugate a few verbs they have a mastery of the language. It makes them sound so smart and educated to correct the Bible by saying things like “a better reading would be…” or “the word actually should be translated…” when in fact they can’t even speak the language like the King James Bible translators could. This is a sneaky excuse used to replace what God said and change His holy Word. The Greek spoken today in Greece is completely different from ancient Greek.
I will deal more about this idea of going to the Greek and Hebrew in a separate post.
Objection: “Older and better manuscripts offer superior readings to verses in the Bible.”
“Older” is doubtful. “Better” is entirely based on opinion rather than fact.
It is thought that newer ones may actually be superior, because as the trusted texts were used, they wore out and needed replacing much more frequently. Those that didn’t need replacing weren’t in use much.
Do you know how a scholar decides if something is a superior reading? It’s his own brain. That’s right. He looks at two readings and picks his favourite. No scholarly reason whatsoever. No research, no methodology. This is documented by those deep in the translation field. That’s why these are man-made versions that are just corruptions of the Word of God. The omniscient God who promised to purify and preserve His word says one thing, and “enlightened,” “educated” man says another. Guess who I believe? Then they package these products of their own imaginations falsely as The Holy Bible (which is even a contradiction to themselves, as “the” means one) and the average churchgoer takes it for granted that these are wise men, much wiser than themselves, who know how to find the truth when they can’t, because they have a Master of Theology title and they don’t.
“Seemeth it a small thing unto you to have eaten up the good pasture, but ye must tread down with your feet the residue of your pastures? and to have drunk of the deep waters, but ye must foul the residue with your feet? And as for my flock, they eat that which ye have trodden with your feet; and they drink that which ye have fouled with your feet.” (Ezekiel 34:18,19)
So much more could be said. This is really just the tip of the iceberg, which I have in my own flawed way tried to present. I would encourage you to do your own research and dig to find the truth.
Further excellent resources on the topic: