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Things That Are Different Are Not the Same Part 5

Updated on November 10, 2012

In this final post on Bible versions we need to understand that God wrote only one Bible. Our difficulty takes place when we realize that God's one Bible was written in Hebrew and Greek - languages not known to most. Therefore we have need of a reliable translation in the English language for English speaking people. God promised to preserve His Word for all, for all time.

So how are we to know which version to use? With literally hundreds if not thousands of versions to choose from, where do we begin? I have shown you how satan has corrupted the Word of God even to usurping His very name in certain versions. I have shown you how satan has reworded the "Lord's Prayer" in many versions to make it a prayer to himself. I have shown you outright lies in some of the versions. I have shown you how the addition and/deletion of words in Scripture changes the whole meaning of a verse.

The fact is that all new translations have been translated from corrupt texts. It follows that if the root is corrupt, then the fruit is corrupt. The last Bible to be translated from the original manuscripts (the Masoretic Text and the Textus Receptus) was and is the King James Bible.

Do not be fooled by the new versions. Although there is a measure of truth in the new versions, they sadly lack the power of God's Word in His Holy Bible. Be aware that just because something is called "new" does not necessarily mean it is as good or better than the original. Case in point - The New King James Bible.

This book is more closely aligned to the NIV than to the KJV. Remember that things that are different are not the same. I have not mentioned every (per)version. We have dealt mainly with four that set the standard for the others, but the NKJV is worth taking a look at.

The precious doctrine of salvation is savagely attacted in the NKJV just as it is in the other versions.God's Word is meant to be a Light for the salvation of mankind. If satan can subtly destroy this great doctrine, then he has accomplished much.

Consider carefully I Corinthians 1:18, "For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God."

Now look at the NKJV translation of the same verse: "For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God."

Do you see the difference in the verb tenses of these two verses? The correct Bible doctrine is that we are saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8, 9). The NKJV changes salvation into a salvation by works as we "are being saved" over a period of time.That ought to annoy someone. Jesus bought my salvation on the cross with His own blood. It is a done deal. I am saved by the blood of Jesus Christ. I am not being saved. Salvation is not a process. I do not know about you, but that is offensive to me. I am sure it is offensive to Christ as it cheapens the very work that He accomplished by the outpouring of Himself on Calvary.

In a study of Bible omissions a partial list of 40 Bible omissions lists the New King James as omitting all but 11. Compare the NKJV and the KJV in Acts 4:27, "For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed . . ." (KJV)"; "For truly against Your holy Servant Jesus, whom you anointed . . ." (NKJV). Yes, Jesus came to serve, but there were many servants in New Testament times. Jesus is the Child - the Son of God - Emmanuel, God with us who sits at the right hand of God the Father. Please do not let satan relegate your Saviour to mere human level.

There is much more that we could discuss on the perversion of God's Word; maybe at another time. Please be open to what God wants to show you. I know it is hard to deal with things when our personal preferences have been exposed, but for the sake of the God that you love, consider the truth. In this short series I have done nothing but give you indisputable facts. Let the Holy Spirit of God guide you as you seek to please Him.


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    • lifegate profile image

      William Kovacic 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Yes, I think it was TGAF - it's been a rushed day. But I just didn't read far enough. I only get summary of the email at the TGAF email address. I have to go to the website to get the whole thing - confusing I know so I didn't read the whole thing until later. Anyway, I'm not ignoring you there. Just another busy Sunday and I'll get back to you at TGAF.

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      Lori Colbo 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      No pun was intended. Are you talking about this post or the one I sent you on TGAF? Off to church. Happy Sunday.

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      William Kovacic 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Are you sure you didn't intend the pun? I didn't follow your comment about the issues about the guy who wrote it as to what guy and it. Let me know what your research brings!

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      Lori Colbo 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Hmmm. This has all been interesting. I am going to some research though. For once we might possibly not be on the same page (no pun intended), but I will say, your evidence is compelling and I agree that many newer versions are wrong. However, although I believe the King James is a better version, if I recall there were a lot of issues around the guy to wrote it - Erasmus I think. Will get back to you.

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      William Kovacic 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Hi Shofarcall,

      Glad you were able to stop by and catch this series. It's really a shame that so many people are taken in by the devil's lies. The facts are there, but most people don't seem to care. Gail Riplinger is the one you mentioned, I believe. She's an expert on bible versions. I'm going to your hub right now. Thanks for the visit!

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      shofarcall 5 years ago

      Hello Lifegate,

      Wow...I have just read all 5 parts and wish I had come across it before.....I didn't though and came across this info out of the blue a week or so ago whilst listening to a tape by Mark Woodman who did an expose on many things that are going on and this was one of them. I was so shocked, and outraged, that I put a hub up which I think shows how stunned I was! I still am and have made a concerted effort to obtain a KJV from the 1600's. I found a free copy for download from a website supporting Gail.....oh dear, so sorry I cannot remember her surname now but a commentator left it on my hub "Christian Deception - in our Bibles?" Great to know there is someone else here who felt sufficiently concerned to bring it to peoples attention. It seems to have been brought into the light in 2005 and then was somehow shuffled under the carpet.....slanging matches....

      and now, here we are again....God will not allow His truth to be hidden in the dark. Amen

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      William Kovacic 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      I do hope that some of this information might be helpful to people. You're right - the devil is subtle and He never gives up. Have a wonderful Christmas with your family and get ready to serve Him more in the New Year.

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      skye2day 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      lifegate Bro!! God Bless You for all the work you have done to share the truth. The devil is a subtle liar and He is doomed, amen. I pray in these days eyes are wide opened to the devils lies and how he works to deceive.

      I am grateful to have this knowledge. I ask the Lord to send many this way in the days to come.

      Merry Christmas brother to you and yours. Keep going lifegate. You will I know it. Well done good and faithful servant. Hugs to you mighty warrior, your sister In Christ, Skye.

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      William Kovacic 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA


      Thanks for following along in this series. I'm glad you found them useful. Keep at it!

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      Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Thank you so much, I actually have a KJV which is very old. It has been in my family for years. I need to try to fix it up, but I can read it. Thank you so much ( again) This is the one I am going to read now. The truth is what we need more then anything.

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      William Kovacic 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA


      The problem with the new translations (those after the KJV) is that the KJV was the last to be translated from the original manuscripts. The modern manuscripts were all translated from the Alexandrian manuscripts from which we get the Catholic version - and the resemblance is clear.

      The Old English is really more accurate than our modern English. For instance, the difference between "you" and "ye" is a matter of plurality, as in Acts 1:8 ("But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses. . .). Jesus addresses the crowd (Ye) and then personalizes it with (You). Also a study found that the KJV is written on a 6th grade level whereas the NIV is written on an 8th grade level.

      You make a good point about Psalm 23. Thanks for following this series through. I always look forward to hearing your input.

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      Tamarajo 5 years ago

      interesting on the NKJV it is the one I use the most as I do have difficulty with the old english. I refer at times to the KJV and also Young's literal translation when doing deeper study. Your example is a compelling reason for me to take another look. Is there another translation that most closely follows the KJV? I would love to have one without thees thous and hitherto's.

      I have discovered after learning a bit of Hebrew even with KJV doesn't always perfectly translate either at least as far as the Old Testament is concerned. I don't know Greek so I can't compare but one example would be in the 23rd Psalm David delcares in verse 6 "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life" The word follow in that verse is actually the word pursue. In my mind follow means passive and and inactively involved. Pursuing means assertively and actively running after. Also I think all translations should use the names God used in their original language such as Yahweh instead of LORD. When the name Yahweh is used it is in reference to His covenental relationships and when Lord (adonai) it is referring to His Lordship and rulership. and Elohim instead of God. the All powerful One. I believe all of this would help us to understand Him more accurately.

      And I am still trying to figure out how the greek word Lucifer got into Isaiah 14:12.

      Excellent information on the translations your comparisons are worthy of our reviewing how we read the word of God.

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      William Kovacic 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA


      I appreciate your support by following along in this series. Hopefully it might make a difference for someone that has been taken by satan's lies. What "Bible" we use truly is important because things that are different are Not the same. Thanks again!

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      Cherry Ann 5 years ago from New York


      I applaud you for taking your time to research and share these hubs with others. I would have shouted hallelujah along with a standing ovation if i was at your church. These are not sermons one might hear in regular services because most services today are just that regular with no direction from the Holy Spirit. It is a joy to see others willing to stand up for God and his word.