Things That Are Different Are Not the Same Part 2
If you have not done so, please read Part 1 first as this lays the foundation for this article.The link is below.
As I mentioned in Part One of this series, "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."
I am in no way trying to be argumentative or self-righteous..My purpose is to inform and challenge you on the topic of Bible versions. With that as my goal, I offer no opinions, just verifiable facts. I left you last time with the fact that the New International Version (NIV) removes 64,576 words from the Biblical text ignoring the warning of Revelation 22:18, 19 and Deuteronomy 4:2.Clearly things that are 64,000 words different are not the same.
Luke 2:2-4 tells an interesting story. Satan is very subtle in his attacks, but nevertheless he is effective in what he does. The Christian is commanded in Ephesians 6 to put on the whole armor of God. We are also told in I Peter 5:8 to be vigilant and on guard because our adversary the devil seeks to devour us.
Notice this subtle but glaring difference between the King James Bible and the NIV. The King James bible gives us what is commonly known as the Lord's Prayer - ". . .Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.
The (NIV) reads as follows: :Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation." The NIV as well as the New American Standard Version (NASV) and the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) remove "which art in heaven. . .thy will be done as in heaven, so on earth. . .but deliver us from evil." In these (per)versions, no mention of heaven is made whatsoever. There is no deliverance from evil. Let me ask you, if this father is not in heaven and does not deliver from evil who might he be?
Satan has always been out to usurp God's authority and position (Isaiah 14:12-15). Here in the supposed Lord's Prayer, it subtly becomes the devil's prayer. The deliverance of evil is done away with. The abode of God and Jesus Christ is not the home of the "father". But wait, there is more.
In the same passage in Isaiah 14, verse 12 we read in the NIV, the NASV, and the NRSV, "How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star, son of the dawn." Things that are different are not the same, so how does the KJB differ and what does it matter? The same verse in the KJB says this, "How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!" That's the difference. Now, what does it matter?
The simple truth is that in the new versions Isaiah 14:12 is nothing short of blasphemy. Revelation 22:16 tells us who is the Morning Star - "I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star." Jesus, and Jesus alone is the Morning Star. If you hold a high view of Jesus, this should be very disturbing to you, and you should want to distance yourself from such filth.
The truly sad thing about this mistranslation is that there is no basis for it whatsoever. The Hebrew word translated star in the English (kokab) is not to be found anywhere in the Isaiah passage. It is simply there to mislead.
Next time we will look at complete verse removals from Scripture. Stay with me with an open mind.