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The Bible has been through many translations, how do we know the true message is still there?
With many version of the Bible, and yet alone the English version has been translated from two other languages, how do we know we can trust the latest interpretations?
since people cannot read the original hebrew, aramaic script, we are stuck with translations, and tranliterations. there are actual bibles with the King James, the New American Standard, the New International, and the Living Bible versions that rest side by side on each page. I think it allows one to get a better understanding... a deeper meaning to the verses. Remember if one has never seen a lamb, how can one understand the term shepherd.... that is where transliteration comes in. The New International is a direct translation of the two languages that you stated in your question. The living bible is more of a up to date popular language content, a transliteration from the King James. hope this helps... I am relying on memory of course, since my days at bible college are long past. take care.
We know it is there, the true message will always be there, because we walk by faith and not by sight.
If you have to, go to the roots of the bible but then understand that if the book came from Father in the beginning that he did provide for that possibility. None of those who translated it ever claimed to be prophets. Could it be possible that there is a corroborative source? hmmmmm.
Check out the Dead Sea Scrolls, found between 1947 and 1956, that include the oldest known surviving copies of Biblical documents. These manuscripts date between about 150 BCE and 70 CE. They show the Old Testament was accurately transcribed during the 1,000 year interval between then and the next oldest transcriptions. As for the latest translated versions, in the front of a copy of any version is a description/explanation of how it was produced and how and why it differs from the original manuscripts. Check online for even more information on how a particular version was produced. Also, keep in mind, if not in a version's footnotes, information from other sources is available on any passage where interpretation was employed in its rendering and what the other possible renderings are. For a particular version to be respected, all this must be and normally is documented.
Can start with the lord's prayer in Aramaic here: http://www.thenazareneway.com/lords_prayer.htm
can hear it also
man never write anything that convict them. when you read the bible you stands convicted before the word. and you decide if you want to live by them word or your own and you only have your life experiences to go by where the bible is timeless. word are here , now ,pass and the future.
All i know is that the Christian Bible is a wonderful guide to live by and written by men that were inspired by our God. If you are a Christian and know right from wrong, good from evil, and live with compassion in your heart, then in reading the Bible you will find a guide and message, that inspires us to be faithful and thankful in our daily lives. The reason that we were given a mind to translate messages from books and apply them to our own lives, is quite evident.
To all who have responded so far, thank you so much. You have given me things to ponder and study. I often wonder about the translation, because I know the Bible was put together by the original Church with the purpose of controlling the masses. They made choices of excluding certain books because they failed to serve their purpose. Satan often plays with us and fools us and I can not help but wonder if this "bad angel" influence any of the translations so to blind us. There is so much to learn in regards to the Bible, such as who was the author of what books and what was the political and social issue at the time of the writing. Most of this information escapes the common reader! We can only trust what the Creator puts on our hearts!
I was born a Catholic and have tried to study the Holy Bible in depth searching for hidden messages.
I feel the Holy Bible still contains lot of truth albeit with all the mistakes and distortions introduced by those translated the Bible.
One has to read the Bible as a guide and not as a thesis.
Interesting though, but how do you use as a guide when there are so many contradictions in the bible, such as we are born into sin, yet Jesus claims that the children are pure? I am of strong faith, just confused on how to use the Bible...
We know because though the Bible is written and translated by the hands of man, the words and the thoughts are inspired by God, spoken by God and or God's son Jesus. Since God is infallible, and God's Holy thoughts and words are infallible, God's Holy Spirit has caused it to be originally recorded through Him to man.
Well, if you believe the Author was omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient as claimed in the Bible, then the logic is that He's able to see that all the translations present the proper message in all the languages He claims to have made at the Tower of Babel when "confusing them."
If there are flaws in the translations, we are not to blame, are we? He winks at the ignorant, doesn't He? He is loving and just, and we need not worry about that which we cannot control. He is able to fix anything. We should just trust Him, and do our best, although we know that our best alone cannot save us, so we are counting on mercy and grace. That has been promised! So, that will cover all flaws! Being under His righteousness is like pouring clorox in red water. He has our backs!
When you live by it above words and just believing,then one can know. Most of the world only see God as a meal ticket ,or a money source and not an image of Him that we must live in and conform to. Believing is only the first step,but most of the world is under the belief that all one have to do is believe. That is a misconception.
One cannot obey God's will by just believing,there must be a performance of spirit.
As it is written....faith without works.......is dead.
I have a bible (New Testament) that has the original Greek and is translated word by word underneath the Greek. So you are reading the original, plus you can see the liberties certain translations take in translating the text.
My husband (recently retired Lutheran pastor) reads Greek and Hebrew and that is really helpful when I want to question certain passages, he pulls out his textbooks and we can see what it as originally written.
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