Which Bible is the Word of God?
There are a multitude of so-called “Bibles” on the market today. They all seem to claim to be “easier than the others to understand.” But it does not take long to see that that is not the real issue out there. The NIV takes the word “blood” out of Colossians 1:14, “In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.” Now who does not understand the word “blood?” The real truth is that there is another motive out there for the multitude of Bible translations.
I Timothy 6:10 gives one motive. “For THE LOVE OF MONEY is the root of all evil: which WHILE SOME COVETED AFTER, THEY HAVE ERRED FROM THE FAITH, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” This motive is from man. He loves money. But there is not a lot of money in printing the King James Bible, because it is not copyrighted, so anyone can freely print it. So to get more money, they support a new Bible translation — one to which they hold the copyright, and thus be the exclusive printers, or at least receive a royalty charge, if they allow others to print it.
I Corinthians 14:33 gives another motive, “For GOD IS NOT THE AUTHOR OF CONFUSION, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.” Have you ever been in a church, and had a hard time following the preacher or Sunday School teacher as they read the Scripture? Because they were reading out of another translation? There is nothing but mass confusion out there right now in many churches. Why? Because few seem to really know what is happening before our eyes. This motive is Satan’s.
What is happening? The same thing as in the Garden of Eden. Genesis 3:1-5 says, “Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, YEA, HATH GOD SAID, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, YE SHALL NOT SURELY DIE: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.”
Notice what Satan does first, he “questions” whether Adam and Eve really had the truth: “YEA, HATH GOD SAID…?” “Has God really said this…?” “Did God really mean this…?” The first thing that Satan used against Adam and Eve, was TO CAST DOUBT UPON WHAT GOD REALLY SAID. That is exactly what many preachers have knowingly and unknowingly done. They have stood up and criticized the King James Bible based upon a faulty Greek manuscript compiled by two unbelievers named Westcott and Hort. They have thus stood in their pulpits and preached to their people, “This verse would better be rendered…”, and “In the best manuscripts, this verse is omitted… or says…” They have been tools in Satan’s hands to get people doubting whether they have God’s Word. Satan caused Eve to “doubt” what God really said at first, then he flat out “denied” what God had said, “YE SHALL NOT SURELY DIE.” Preachers have done that very thing when they say, “This verse is not in the best manuscripts…” They have flat out denied what God has written.
So it has been a few decades now of casting doubt from the pulpits as to what God has really said, and that has made fertile soil in the pews to accept anything new that comes out that seems to have “the latest, most up-to-date corrections from manuscript evidence.” Who is at fault? Preachers and people in the pews. Preachers, for getting people to doubt God’s Word, just to make themselves look more wise and intelligent; and people, for not rejecting such false teaching, and for buying up all these false translations.
Please see the Gospel Tract on this same Web Site called, “HIV—NIV.” Once again, there was no reason to remove the word “blood” out of Colossians 1:14 in the NIV. And yet, how many thousands and thousands of professing Christians get mad when you dare to say that the NIV is not the Word of God? If you let “man” tell you that one word needs to be removed from the Bible, then you will let man tell you that “two words” need to be removed the next time that it is “updated.” How can you have “new and improved truth?” How can you improve upon something that is pure and without error? You cannot. If you change truth, you do not “improve” it — you “corrupt” it. That is exactly what has been done with all of these Bible translations.
When people ask me how to know what Bible is the real Word of God, I simply take them to Psalms 12:6,7, which says, “The words of the LORD are PURE WORDS: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. THOU SHALT KEEP THEM, O LORD, THOU SHALT PRESERVE THEM FROM THIS GENERATION FOR EVER.” God says that His Word is as pure as the purest silver, and that He is going to preserve it that way for every generation. There is only one group out there that believes that God has fulfilled that promise, and that is the group that believes that the King James Bible is the pure Word of God without error.
Ask any preacher who has the NIV if he thinks that the “Bible” he holds in his hand is perfect and without one error, and he will reply, “No one has such a Bible.” He will not believe that any one has a Bible that is perfect. He believes that God has preserved His Word “somewhere” out there in the multitude of manuscripts, but he will not know “where” it is.
God promised that He would preserve His Word pure for every generation. But man’s theory today makes it “impure” by being scattered all over in versions and translations and manuscripts that contain errors. So it is not really that hard at all to know which is the true Bible without error. It is the King James Bible. For more study on this subject, visit the following Web Site, “http://wayoflife.org/~dcloud/fbns/versfbns.htm”.