Friday, August 15, 2014

Regarding new Bible versions

Regarding New Bible Versions

I see a lot of people who say that new age Bible versions should not be used. Many Christians think that one version of the Bible is more Holy or more powerful than another. The Holy Spirit reveals to us that this is not the case. The Word of the Lord has always been, and always will be; He was there since the beginning, before the earth was created. Certainly, therefore, before any books were written. Even if every book on earth was destroyed, God's Word would still remain. Also, consider the fact that the text of the Scriptures was translated from the original languages (such as Hebrew) to English. Even the Bible translation that many Christians think is the "only pure" version, the King James Version, is a translation (in other words, an interpretation). If the Bible is translated from the original text into Spanish so that Spanish speaking people can understand it, and English so English speaking people can understand it, and Chinese so that Chinese speaking people can understand it, than that is just the same as the Bible being translated into easier-to-understand versions so that people who do not have strong vocabulary or who are not highly literate can understand it. Please, we need to encourage everyone, young and old, to read the Bible. Don't discourage anyone from reading the version that the Holy Spirit has guided them to; let the Lord do His work in their heart. He teaches each person in the way HE choses (Psalm 25:12). I would like for us to look deeper into this and pray that the Holy Spirit shows us how and why we can seek the Word of God without stressing about which version of the Bible we are using.


When a believer in Christ reads a version of the Bible, that is the way God has chosen to speak with them at that moment, and if that believer is prayerful to the Lord, faithful, and obedient, they will receive the Truth and know the Way. God will lead His servant back to Him whether it be through another follower, through a version or translation of the Bible that is righteous in its entirety, or through the power of the Holy Spirit. By picking up any version of the Bible that they are capable of reading or that is easy for them to understand and then praying in the name of Christ, he or she is wholeheartedly seeking the Lord and knocking at His door:
Matthew 7:8 KJV:
For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

It was in God's perfect plan for the Bible to be translated into different languages and versions so that everyone in the world could share in worshiping Him:
Micah 4:2 KJV:
And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord , and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

The Word of God is always True. We know that some people try to change it:
Galatians 1:6-7 KJV:
I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.

The Lord already made His judgment for them long ago:
2 Peter 2:1-3 KJV:
But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.

But my brothers and sisters, we know God's Laws, and we know the Teachings of Jesus Christ, because He has written them on our minds and hearts:
Hebrews 10:15-16 KJV:
Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;

Plus, as faithful followers of Lord Jesus we have the Spirit to help us speak with God and remember His Words:
John 16:8-15 KJV:
And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
1 John 2:27 KJV:
But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.

People who do not have God's Spirit cannot understand what comes from God, but His faithful and obedient children know what is of God and what is of the earth:
1 Corinthians 2:11-14 KJV:
For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

Through faith and obedience we understand God's True Word and use discernment to know Truth from trickery:
Psalms 119:125 KJV:
I am thy servant; give me understanding, that I may know thy testimonies.
Proverbs 2:1-8 KJV:
My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord , and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly. He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints.

If we are lacking understanding, or have a question for God about His Word, or what He wants from us, or we have a question about anything at all, through prayer and the power of the Holy Spirit, we can ask the Father anything in the name of Jesus, and He will hear us and answer us because we believe in His Son:

John 16:26-27 KJV:
At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you: For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.

If there are false teachers in our church who are changing the message of the Bible, God will judge them for their attempt at doing evil, but they are unsuccessful in their evil ways. For anyone who is not against us is for us:
Luke 9:50 KJV:
And Jesus said unto him, Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us.

These false people may plan on leading people away from the Light, but their evil plans are squashed by the Almighty Lord:
Job 5:12 KJV:
He disappointeth the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot perform their enterprise.
Psalms 21:11 KJV:
For they intended evil against thee: they imagined a mischievous device, which they are not able to perform.

So we see that the Lord uses different versions of the Holy Bible to connect with different people. He knows that each one of us are made unique and that our minds and hearts work different ways, and based on who we are and our experiences He reaches us differently. When we repent is when we know Jesus, regardless of what Bible we pray with:
Psalms 33:14-15 KJV:
From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth. He fashioneth their hearts alike; he considereth all their works.
1 Corinthians 12:27 KJV:
Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
Revelation 3:19-20 KJV:
As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

My brothers and sisters, with the Holy Spirit I beg and urge you to
and please do not discourage other faithful Christians from reading God's Word just because they cannot yet comprehend the King James Version. Remember that the Word of God is the living breathing Truth and He was there with God in the beginning. That Word was NOT the KJV, nor was it any written document. That Word was the Gospel and the Teaching which is the Messiah. Even the KJV itself is a translation from original languages into english! Yes, the Scripture is used by God to communicate with us, but the Scripture is what tells us His Word cannot die or fade away! Please remember that even after the earth and all the Bibles on it are gone, God's Word will remain:
Luke 21:33 KJV:
Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
Psalms 119:89 KJV:
For ever, O Lord , thy word is settled in heaven.
John 1:1-2 KJV:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.

The Pharisees carefully studied the Scriptures because they thought this would give them eternal life, but they refused to believe in Jesus, the One Whom the Scriptures tell about:
John 5:39-40 KJV:
Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.

So let us not disagree or argue over words. As long as we all praise the same Lord, we all will receive the same fair judgment. As long as we have faith in the Savior and pray to our God fearfully, we will hear the same message and the same teaching:

2 Timothy 2:14 KJV:
Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers.
Proverbs 25:9-10 KJV:
Debate thy cause with thy neighbour himself; and discover not a secret to another: Lest he that heareth it put thee to shame, and thine infamy turn not away.

Help each other build in faith and do your best to spread love, not negativity. Don't stir up disputes:

Romans 14:1 KJV:
Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.


God bless you all, and may the peace of our Lord Jesus be with you. May God have mercy on every single one of us! All thanks and praise belong to our Father who is in heaven!

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