Things That Are Different Are Not the Same Part 4
Previously we have seen the corruption of the Word of God in the modern translations by the deletion of Scripture including many whole verses. This corruption is not limited to the NIV, the NASV, the RSV, and the NRSV. We have used these versions only for example as the other modern translations follow their leading, at least in part.
What are some of the other issues with the modern versions? Here are a few.
1. They attack the deity of Jesus Christ: I Timothy 3:16 says this about God, "And without ontroversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh. . ." Clearly we see that it was God who took on human form. What right does the NIV and other translations have to mistranslate the verse as "He appeared in a body"? Absolutely none! Who is he?
You say, "This is a small thing. Does it really matter? You may assume that "he" is God, but satan has effectively watered down the fact that it is God and God alone who was manifest in the flesh; beside the sentence is not even grammatically correct. "He" is a pronoun that refers to an antecedent. There is no antecedent in the context.
What about the most beloved verse in the Bible, John 3:16? My Bible does not have contradictions, but the NIV and buddies.do. " For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son" tells the wonderful story of our salvation. In the NIV we read, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son. . . ."
What a huge difference! Jesus is not God's one and only son for the Scripture tells me in I John 3:2, that I am His son as well. If you know Christ as your Saviour, you are also His son or daughter. Jesus is not God's one and only son, but His only begotten son by the Holy Spirit. You may say, "That's no big deal." It ought to be.
2. They attack the virgin birth. We are told in Luke 2:33, " And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him." What is wrong with this translation? "The child's father and mother marveled at what was said about him." Do we still not get it? There is an outright, deliberate attack against the Word of God. Joseph was not the child's father. By making Joseph the father the new versions relegate Jesus to a mere human. It is time someone gets mad, don't you think?
3. They attack the blood of Christ. Colossians 1:14 reads in the KJB, " In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins." The NIV and many of the other newbies say this, "In whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins." Our redemption was blood bought. We are forgiven only by the precious blood of Christ. The most important part of this verse is eliminated. For what reason?
How much leaven does it take to leaven the whole?"
This seems like a good place to stop, so keep an open mind and heart. Until next time, . . .