Things That Are Different Are Not the Same Part 1

This is the first installment of a series of hubs only because there is much information I want to share. In my mind I envision many of you well-meaning readers siting back and thinking to yourself, "This is the most ridiculous thing I ever read!" Lifegate's passing judgment. Please follow all the way through to the final hub before coming to that conclusion. Your decisions and your choices are exactly that - yours. I will not offer my opinion, but facts that can easily be verified. The truth is that things that are different are not the same. Stay with me.

In the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare, these words are spoken. "This above all; to thine own self be true"..Suppose I chose to reword his statement as "It's so important to be true to yourself." Somehow the thought is similar, but yet things that are different are not the same. I have changed the meaning considerably.

Mr. Shakespeare makes it quite clear that it is the most important, not just so important. Even though the thoughts are similar, the second wording changes the meaning quite drastically. Compare these statements. There were many people at the football game. There were thousands of people at the game. There was a large crowd at the athletic event; three ways of expressing a similar thought, but yet all with a very different meaning. Things that are different are not the same.

So what am I getting at? Let me ask you, what Bible version do you use? There are literally hundreds if not thousands to choose from. If we are to be realistic, we must admit with such a huge variety available that they are not nor can they be the same. Things that are different obviously are not the same. We are dealing with something so much more important than a football game. Throughout this series i want to give you some guidelines, but at the same time remember that they are not my opinion, but verifiable facts.

In Matthew 24:35 Jesus promises, "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away (King James Bible). Psalm 138:2 says in part, "...: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name." (KJB). God's Word is of infinite importance to Him. He has always communicated with His creation; in times past face to face as He did with Adam, or in visions and dreams as He did with Joseph, Daniel, and others, and even through the mouth of a donkey to Balaam. Today He still communicates with His creation through His written and final Word.

The Apostle John tells us in Revelation 22:18, 19, "For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 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, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book." John simply reiterates what was spoken in the Old Testament in Deuteronomy 4:2.

We will look closer at this in the coming installments, but consider this one fact for now. After the clear warning of Scripture not to take away, the New International Version (NIV) removes 64,576 words, and in many cases complete verses. I will show you later how this removal teaches a false doctrine. Until then, pray and ask God for discernment and an open mind.

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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

This is very interesting and I knew about the adding to and taking away and never thought to apply that to printings. Zondervan is my choice since it gives the variety of meanings but I always use the King James Bible along with it. Hm well, anxious to see what you have next. I love bible study.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

This is a very interesting hub. I am going to keep reading the next ones as soon as you publish them. It is very true that taking away or adding anything to the words of this book ( The Bible) is a serious sin.

Voted up!


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k12rswow 4 years ago from New England

Translating is tough, I used to translate my mothers pig french to english. I always had to transliterate, I could never do word for word.

I go to biblegateway.com and biblos.com where I get multiple versions and original language studies. I can do root word analysis and find the equivalent elsewhere.


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lifegate 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Thanks for stopping by, Jackie. The 64,000+ words that the NIV omits is equal to 30 chapters. That's really a lot to go missing if you think about it! But God is good and has preserved His entire Word for us today in the 21st century. I'm going to be taking a short break, but I'll get the next chapter out in a week or so.


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lifegate 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Hi Michele,

Glad you were able to visit and glad you'll be stopping back. It's really important to see how the whole thing fits together, but unfortunately I can't do that in just one hub. See you next time!


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lifegate 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

k12rswow,

You're right! Translating is tough and the original languages are what we should focus on. Not everyone knows the original languages, but God took care of that, too. Thanks for reading!


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Cherry4 4 years ago from New York

I am not an expert nor a scholar of the Bible but I choose the KJV along with the help from the Holy Spirit. It is true man is trying to change the Bible to please the ways of man but they cannot change the Holy Ghost. For me the KJV is the best however this is just me and I would not trade the KJV for any other because like you said it is not the same.


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lifegate 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Hi Cherry4,

Thanks so much for taking the time to read. In just a minute or two I'll be starting Part 2 of this series so I hope you'll stay tuned. I really think if people knew the facts it would make a difference in how they see the Bible and which "bible" they would choose. Thanks again!


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skye2day 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains

Lifegate brother, I am thrilled to see a works as this. Oh my it is so vital and important to know. As you stated and very nicely by the way a word or two left from the word can change the meaning.

The devil is a liar and tricky, sneaky and uses religion as a major stomping ground to push His lies and tell us things are ok with God when they are not I wonder how many do realize this fact that the enemy twists scripture? I pray many come and have eyes to see and ears to hear. I believe they will. Holy Spirit power in this writing. Praise to God, amen.

One scripture that I recall was 'All things are possible with God' (For those that believe) I did not hear or see the end of verse. A word or words can make a huge difference.in His Holy Word. The take action verb for those that believe in was absent.

I love your teaching and I will follow through. You know me I will make it around soon. Your writing and compassion for the word is mighty lifegate. Bless you for taking the time to again be salt and light in a lost and dying world.

I pray that you and all yours including the church you Pastor be Blessed in abundance in truth and grace. They are so blessed to hear the word of God through you. Love ya bro keep going you will I am sure. Phil 4:13

Your sista, Skye


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lifegate 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Hi Sista,

Glad you were able to get to this one. I always look forward to hearing from you. Just a quick question - Are you able to see (not necessarily read) Part 2 of this series. It shows up on my account page, but not on my profile. Just wondering! Thanks again for making my day!


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skye2day 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains

ifegate Bro, Yes part one and two of the series show up on your profile page. Quite nicely I might add. Hugs your sista, skye


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lifegate 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Thank you Sista,

I see it on there now. It wasn't yesterday. Thanks again for checking!


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Tamarajo 4 years ago from Southern Minnesota

excited to read this series. I have taken issue with NIV on several items. Sad part is most people don't know the differences unless one compares it with other versions.


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lifegate 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

TJ,

That IS the sad part. I've found that most people have no idea what goes on in these modern versions. The trickery is subtle, but the damage is great. Thanks for checking in!


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lambservant 3 years ago from Pacific Northwest

I have an brand new NIV someone gave me, leather bound, gold pages, ribbons. I don't use it for the very reasons you state. I didn't want to hurt the givers feelings. I have an evangelist friend who is KJ only and calls it the HIV Bible. I think that's not cool, but still I won't read it.


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Welcome to Sunday Morning Lori,

Hope you have a great one! The HIV Bible, huh? Well, I don't know about that, but there is the Queen James Bible that has been released not long ago for homosexuals as some believe that King James was a homosexual. It's pure blasphemy. I do think the NIV is the most dangerous of the new "translations". Enjoy your day with the Lord.


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lambservant 3 years ago from Pacific Northwest

Queen James? good grief.


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Yeah, I thought I heard it all too!

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