Hi saints. I have been engaged in the Bible version issue for several years now and have been quite active in several Bible clubs on the internet. Over the years I have posted countless articles and examples of the literally hundreds of very real and significant textual differences, contradictions and totally changed meanings found in hundreds of verses among the Bible Babble Buffet versions out there today that NOBODY seriously believes IS the complete, inspired and infallible words of God. What I have found to be almost universally true is the typical response of those I refer to as "Bible agnostics" always come up with is shown by this recent post at our Facebook club called the King James Bible Debate.
After I posted one more in an almost endless series of very real textual differences that changes the meaning of a verse of Scripture and where not even the modern versions agree among themselves, a man who does not believe that any Bible in any language is the infallible words of God posted the following:
"Let me see - what doctrine exactly is impacted here? Other than the presupposed doctrine of KJV onlyism? Indeed, redemption as we know it rests on this verse!"
Hi folks. This is the standard mantra every confirmed bible agnostic and unbeliever in the Infallibility of the Scriptures always repeats when faced with the FACT that he has no infallible TEXT of any Bible on this earth to give someone or to believe in himself -"What doctrine is impacted here?"
How about the simple and basic doctrine of the Infallibility of the Bible? Is this a doctrine any of these bible relativists are concerned about or thinks is at all important to the Christian faith?
The bible agnostics like James White and John Piper and a multitude of other big name Christians and countless hoards of lesser lights like our Bible agnostic friend here all want to give you the impression that they are "Bible" believers, but the simple and obvious fact is this - Not one of them REALLY believes God has preserved His infallible words in any "book of the LORD". They do not believe the Book. Oh, they may believe selected portions, and some parts of many, but there is not a single Bible on this earth they believe EVERY word is the infallible words of the living God.
THAT is the doctrine that is most assuredly impacted - It's the whole foundation of everything God has revealed to us about Himself and what we believe about our Redeemer and Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. He either told us the truth when He said that heaven and earth shall pass away but His words would not pass away, or He lied to us and cannot be trusted. You pick which option you are going to believe.
"He that hath ears to hear, let him hear." Luke 8:8
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Answering a Bible agnostic's good question -
Jeff writes: "I read your article where you criticize the proponents of other version for using the term infallible, because they believe the original autographs are infallible. Is it the case that you believe the KJB itself to be the infallible words of God? If so, how do you know that it is?"
Hi Jeff. The men who put together the Chicago Statement on Inerrancy, and people like James White, Dan Wallace, James Price (NKJV), John Piper, John MacArthur, R. C. Sproul, etc. all resort to "only the originals are/were inspired and inerrant." In other words, they have NO infallible Bible in ANY language now - not even in those "original languages" they are always talking about. Not one of them.
Have you ever actually read the Chicago Statement on Inerrancy to see what these men say about the Bible?
I wrote an article about it. If you are interested, you can read it here. Then take The Bible Agnostic Test and see how you do. OK?
"The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy = just more Evangelical mumbo jumbo signifying nothing."
Realize that all these men are coming from a position of faith in something that they not only have never seen, but in something that they know does not exist.
I was like that too. I believed the way they do. But then I started to ask myself is the Bible really true in what it says about itself? It claims to be the inspired words of the living God who cannot lie and who promised that His words would not pass away and that He would preserve them.
So I start to examine the different versions out there, and when I come across an obvious lie or blunder, then it is discarded. Textually they can't all be the inerrant words of God. If I find a theological error, then I know it is not God's book. Like when the NASB says that the children of Israel deceived God in Psalm 78:36.
And I look at history and how God has used the KJB and what has been the result of all these conflicting modern versions and what the Bible itself tells us will be happening in the last days.
I prayed a lot about this whole issue and spent a lot of time studying it, and I believe God revealed to me that His infallible Book is the King James Bible.
If it is not, then the ONLY alternative left open to us is that NO Bible is the infallible words of God, and that is what most Christians today really believe.