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Where Are the Words of God

Updated on February 17, 2019
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Dr. David Thiessen is an educator, writer, pastor, and speaker. He has authored several books on a variety of topics including Archaeology

In today’s Christian world

There are a lot of people running around trying to re-translate the Bible. Some of these people are amateurs. Some, like The Message, do it on their own; then there are those re-translations, like the English Bible, that calls on scholars to smooth out the English and different biblical passages.


I am not even getting into the different cults and false religions that work their magic on the biblical texts. Yet there are those groups of people or individuals who only take offense at certain passages of the Bible they do not agree with.


They go to great lengths to place their own words in place of more qualified translators and try to get these passages to say something different. It doesn’t matter their cause, as those specific biblical references outlaw many different desires and objectives.


These people take great offense

At those passages because God has given a certain set of instructions to guide his church and he has not provided any wiggle room that opens the door to let their alternative agendas to get into the church.


These passages are not proof text, even though the accusation is hurled at anyone who quotes them to these people. They stand on their own and have just as much force as the passages talking about God is love and love your neighbor as yourself.


It is just that these people do not like what they say and get very upset when they are produced to thwart their objectives.


These people make a lot of excuses

When these specific passages are produced, the opponents to their translated words bring out a lot of excuses as to why they do not apply to today. They say that the Bible was written in another culture; or they were written for another people at another time; or still, they were written to quiet noisy women, and on it goes.


These people have a lot of excuses and if they were correct, and they are not, it brings us to a difficult question that they cannot answer. If those specific biblical passages are not for our time, then where are God’s words for the modern church to follow?


By excising these specific passages, there is a void left in the Bible and the church is completely without divine guidance on difficult issues. So far, those in opposition to those passages of scripture have failed to come up with replacement instructions.


Where are God’s words

This failure presents a very difficult problem to solve. If we do not have God’s words for us today, then where are they? Those people who oppose those specific passages have not produced any divinely inspired words of God written by the disciples or people who knew them.


All they produce are their own ideas of what should replace those passage of scriptures they do not like. Of course, those replacement ideas allow those people to practice desires or activities that God has banned.


Those ideas are always in the favor of those who do not want to follow what God has written.Needless to say, these people are without support for their alterations. Just about every ancient text or fragment support what the KJV, NASB or other quality English versions have rendered those passages to say.


Not one brings any of the alterations suggested by the opponents of those specific Bible passages.. In other words, those alternative suggestions are merely man written and not divinely provided by God through unimpeachable inspiration.


These people do not want to humble themselves and obey God thus they work overtime to produce re-translated versions that support their own personal preferences. They are not bringing God’s word to the modern church, just their own preferences and false ideas.


We have God’s word

Unfortunately for those people who attack these specific passages and want to change them, we already have God’s word. They were written in the 1st century AD and by disciples or people who personally knew the disciples.


The passages in question were not limited to one culture, a small group of people or to a bunch of noisy women. They were written to all people, in all eras and for all to follow. They wouldn’t be God’s word if they weren’t.


The Bible tells us that God doe snot change. That means his words do not change. What God instructed his church to follow in the 1st century AD, are the same instructions for the church in the 21st century AD.


Even if those people do not like what the Bible says in those specific passages, those words are God’s words.


Where do we find God’s words

Now people may be confused by all the different translations on the market today. They may say it is hard to find God’s words because there are so many different English version out there.


This is not a frivolous argument. It is hard to find God’s word in today’s world, especially when many cults and false religions publish their own rendition of the Holy Bible. It is understandable that people become confused.


In my studies I have come to the conclusion that while there are many fine English versions only 3 standout. Taken together, the KJV, the NASB and the NIV {but not the most recent edition, I have forgotten the number following those letters} should contain God’s complete words.


God has promised to preserve his word, thus we have what he told the biblical authors in our possession today. We do not have to question this, we just have to be careful and not pick up a bad translation or version.


God has provided the right instructions to his church. It is up to the people of that church to humble themselves and follow what he has said. Changing God’s words like those people do, only lead people to sin and that is not what God’s followers are to support.

© 2019 David Thiessen

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