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Things That Are Different Are Not the Same Part 3
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For over 300 hundred years the King James Bible stood unchallenged as the Word of God for the English speaking people.Then in the mid 1800's, two men, Brooke Foss Westcott (1825-1903) and Fenton John Anthony Hort (1828-1892) accomplished the seemingly impossible - the perversion of God's Word.
We do not have time to delve deeply into the lives of these two men, but suffice it to say that Wescott and Hort were responsible for the greatest feat in textual criticism. They were responsible for replacing the Textus Receptus (Received Text) or the Authorized Version with the Alexandrian Text of Egypt and the Roman Catholic Church.
This opened wide the door for new versions giving challenge to the Received Text as the only Word of God; enter - things that are different are not the same. From the deceit and corruption of these two men flow any number of (per)versions even today. Among them and chiefly are the NIV, NASV, RSV, .and virtually every other modern day version. If The Bible is not translated from the pure root, we can be sure that it will not bear pure fruit.
What has become so dangerous in the modern versions is that Revelation 22:18 and 19 is so completely abused. Things are added and removed at will; often for the express purpose of deceit. We have seen how the NIV has purposely omitted 64,576 words of sacred text. That is equal to more than 30 chapters of Biblical text.
Missing verses are not limited to the NIV, RSV, NASV, or the NRSV. The modern "translations" all stem from these corrupt versions so by using these for examples, you will have to check and see if your Bible.holds true or is deceptive.
Consider Matthew 18:11 - "For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost." What a beautiful verse! It actually connects verse 10 to verse 12. By taking it out, the continuity is broken as well as the very purpose of Christ coming to earth is removed. So what? So now we do not we are lost and in need of a Savior. Consider these other missing verses: Romans 16:24; Mark 7:16; Mark 11:25; Luke 23:17; John 5:4; Acts 15:34; Acts 28:29, and so many others.
So many others like Acts 8:37, "And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God." In the context of this verse baptism is the issue. The Biblical doctrine of baptism is distorted by the removal of verse 37. The purpose of baptism is to show identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. Let me add the surrounding verses to verse 37.
Acts 8:36 "And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?
Act 8:37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
Act 8:38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him."
The doctrine of baptism hinges on the belief of verse 37. Without belief baptism is useless and serves no purpose. Baptism is not for everyone; only for those that have been saved by the blood of Christ. Removal of verse 37 makes baptism a free-for-all and destroys the sacredness of it. Essentially, the doctrine of baptism has been changed by omitting verse 37.
The really strange thing about the NIV is that it omits the verse, but not the number. You will still see the number 37, and then the NIV goes right on to number 38. Any thinking person can see that the verse has been omitted, but in reality how many do?
This is enough to think about for now. We will continue our study next time, but please be open to the Truth. Remember I am not giving you my opinion, but facts that can easily be verified.