Translation of the Bible
Have you heard about the “biggest deception” in History?
It started at the beginning of time when the greatest deceiver said a statement that would change the world forever:
“Yea, hath God said?”
After that the fall of man began. Satan’s tactic was to question God’s word. By questioning his word it brought doubt and from doubt came disbelief. Even when the Creator, Jesus Christ, was tempted of the devil he tried to question and twist God’s word, but the Creator simply said, “It is written.” Even during the apostle Paul’s ministry he said there were those that would corrupt the word of God (2 Cor. 2:17).
Most Christians believe that the whole argument concerning Bible translations is “which one is easier to read”. Or maybe it’s a battle against narrow-minded people who feel that if you don’t use the King James (Authorized) Bible, you are a second rate Christian. Neither one is true. The real issue goes deeper than that. It’s about the preservation of God’s Holy Word vs Satan’s counterfeit. Read some of the statements of faith that churches have and see what they say about the Word of God.
“The Bible is inspired, inerrant only in the original manuscripts”
We don’t have the originals!
Many times I have put this topic on my shelf and just hoped it would go away, but it never does. I am amazed by the reaction I receive from conservative Christians when this subject is brought up. I sense a lot of hurt and anger in their response. I believe that the most harm comes from keeping us in the dark about how the Bible has survived to this present day. Some of the most God fearing pastors are in the dark on this. That is the one thing the enemy wants to accomplish! Could this be the reason why over 52% of born-again church youth do not believe that the Bible is the Word of God? What proof do they have? Let’s remember that God’s word tells us that we shall know the truth and the truth shall make us free.
The root problem about this subject is not with the modern English translations. It’s about the Greek and Hebrew texts that are used. I read an article by a conservative scholar who reported that all liberals and most conservative evangelicals accept Alexandrian manuscripts. This really concerns me. By the time this series is finished, you will know what I mean.
About 100 AD the 66 books of the Bible were completed. Soon after, false teachers like Marcion, Origin and others, would change or remove portions of the Scriptures and say they were not the word of God. By the third and fourth centuries, Church fathers like Tertullian, Diodorus of Tarsus and Gaius, were warning those who were corrupting the word of God, to go to Ephesus, Corinth, Colossi, Rome and other places to check out the original manuscripts that were still in existence at that time. Many of those who were corrupting them were from or had been influenced by those that taught at the schools of Alexandria, Egypt. Their philosophies rejected:
• God came in the flesh
• The Deity of Christ
• Salvation by grace
• The Virgin Birth
• The Trinity…etc
Origin, who was one of the false teachers of Alexandria, taught:
• That one day the devil would be reconciled with God.
• Non-baptized infants were hell bound
• That the Creation was not an historical event.
• The planets had souls.
Men such as Origin were making changes to the very words of God when they rejected the originals that were still available. By the middle of the 4th century AD, there were divisions among the churches concerning whether or not Jesus was God (Council of Nicea). This was a teaching that came from Arius who was from Alexandria. Later, fifty Bibles were ordered from Alexandria that would be used in Constantinople. These Bibles not only contained alterations of God’s word, but extra books were added that taught:
• Works were part of one’s salvation
• Christians were to take the mark of the Beast.
When the Deity of Christ was rejected, other such doctrines were also rejected.
• The Virgin Birth
• The Blood Atonement
• The Resurrection
There are three things that God tells us about his Word and they are:
• Preserved – Psalms 12:6&7, Matt. 5:18
• Without error – Psalms 119:120
• Inspired – II Timothy 3:16
In translating the scriptures, three sources are used:
1. The collection of Greek and Latin manuscripts
2. Ancient versions of the Bible, like the Peshito, a Syrian Bible originating from Antioch where they were first called Christians Acts 11:26.
3. Quotations from Church fathers like Polycarp, who was one of the disciples of the Apostle John, also had access to the original Scriptures.
Unfortunately many scholars today do not believe in the basic doctrines of scripture. Edgar Goodspeed, who was a translator for the Revised Standard Bible in 1952 did not believe in the Virgin Birth. Isn’t it amazing that when you turn to Isaiah 7:14 that it records: “A young woman shall conceive and bear a son” instead of saying “A Virgin shall conceive and bear a son”
What I find disturbing in the realm of Christendom is that during the mid-1800s when Alexandrian manuscripts were being accepted, we find an increase toward rejection of Biblical concepts like:
• World-wide flood
• Adam & Eve as historical figures
• Literal Creation
• Moses as the author of the first five books of the Bible
• Rejection of the fundamental doctrines of the faith
Take the Scripture Test
Remember that “The serpent beguiled Eve through subtilty.” 2 Cor. 11:3
Does your Bible have the following scriptures that have been changed or removed?
• Has the Virgin birth been changed in Isaiah 7:14?
• Does your Bible have the following verses in their full content?
1. Matt. 5:44
2. Matt 6:13
3. Matt 19:9
4. Matt 27:35
5. Mark 6:11
6. Mark 7:16
7. Luke 4:4 & 8
8. Col. 1:14 (through His blood)
• Does your Bible contain or have brackets on the following verses?
1. Matt 18:11
2. Matt 23:14
3. Mark 11:26
4. Mark 16:9-20
5. John 5:4
6. John 8:1-11
“And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life.” Revelation 22:19