Bible Version or Perversion of God’s Word?

Posted: October 6, 2015 in Christian Living
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I am by no means one of those King James only people, but I recently discovered that there are some versions of the Bible that had removed part of a verse in Acts 18:21. The King James version reads: “But bade them farewell, saying, I must by all means keep this feast that cometh in Jerusalem: but I will return again unto you, if God will. And he sailed from Ephesus.”

But the NIV (As well as other modern translations) reads: “But as he left, he promised, “I will come back if it is God’s will.” Then he set sail from Ephesus.”

I was curious as to why the mentioning of keeping the feast was removed. Could it be some anti-Semitic plot to make the Bible appear to be more palatable to Gentile readers?

Many scholars claim that since the KJV was translated in A.D. 1611, many biblical manuscripts have been discovered that are older and more accurate than the manuscripts the KJV was based on. When Bible scholars researched through these manuscripts, they discovered some differences. It seems that over the course of 1500 years, some words, phrases, and even sentences were added to the Bible. (Either intentionally or accidentally) But using that logic, it would seem that it took men 1500 years to correct the mistakes of God inspired men.

I did discover some disturbing facts about the NIV Bible though. In 1988 Harper & Row, Publishers, (now HarperCollins Publishers) purchased Zondervan and the copyrights for the NIV Bible. HarperCollins also publishes “The Satanic Bible” and several pro-homosexual books such as “Making Out” and “The Book of Lesbian Sex and Sexuality”!

HarperCollins is a subsidiary of the global media empire, The News Corporation, owned by Rupert Murdock. The News Corporation empire include Fox Broadcasting, Twentieth Century Fox, and more than 128 newspapers. Murdock also publishes the British newspaper, the Sun, notorious for its nude pin-ups.

Do you actually believe God would allow His Holy Word to be published by the same ungodly people who publish the Satanic Bible?  In 2 Corinthians 6:14 we are told, “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness?”

The text of most other versions of the Bible may be quoted and/or reprinted without permission, providing the verses do not amount to a complete book of the Bible nor do the verses quoted account for more than 50% of the total work in which they are quoted.

But of the NIV it states: “These Scriptures are copyrighted and have been made available for your personal use only. Any other use including, but not limited to, copying, posting or reposting on the Internet is prohibited. These Scriptures may not be altered or modified in any form and must remain in their original context. These Scriptures may not be sold or otherwise offered for sale. These Scriptures are not shareware and may not be duplicated.”

Who translates the NIV?

The text of the NIV is entrusted to the Committee on Bible Translation (CBT), a self-governing body of  only 15 evangelical Bible scholars. No outside group — no publisher or commercial entity — can decide how the NIV is translated. Note that only 15 Evangelicals were entrusted to translate the NIV—No Messianic or Jewish scholars.

Like I said, I am by no means one of those King James only people. I often use several different versions of the Bible when studying God’s Word. But at the risk of getting in trouble, let’s examine just a few verses to see what the NIV has done to God’s Word. (Emphasis mine throughout)

The NIV perverts the virgin birth!

Luke 2:33: The King James Bible reads, “And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him.” The NIV reads,“The CHILD’S FATHER and mother marveled at what was said about him.” 

The child’s father“? Was Joseph Jesus’s father? Not if you believe the virgin birth! Not if you believe John 3:16, that Jesus Christ was the Son of God! A subtle, “perversion” of the virgin birth.

The NIV removes the blood of Jesus Christ!

Colossians 1:14: The KJV reads, “In whom we have redemption THROUGH HIS BLOOD, even the forgiveness of sins:” The NIV reads, “In whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” The NIV rips out the precious words “THROUGH HIS BLOOD”! But redemption is only through the blood of Jesus!

Hebrews 9:19-22, reads: “For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people, Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you. Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry. And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

The NIV perverts John 3:16 into a Lie!

JOHN 3:16: The NIV reads, “For God so loved the world that he gave his ONE AND ONLY SON, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” 

But Jesus was NOT “the one and only sonAdam is called the “son of God” in Luke 3:38, there are “sons of God” in Job 1:6 and Christians are called “sons of God” in Phil 2:15 and I John 3:2.

Again in John 1:18 the KJV reads: “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.” But the NIV reads: “No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.

But Jesus was the “ONLY BEGOTTEN SON”! By removing the critical word “BEGOTTEN” it diminishes Jesus’ divine authority and turns John 3:16, John 3:18, and 1 John 4:9 into a LIE!

The NIV perverts Lucifer into Messiah!

Isaiah 14:14 reveals Satan’s grandest desire, “I will be like the most High.” And with a little subtle perversion from the NIV in Isaiah 14:12 grants Satan’s wish!

ISAIAH 14:12: The KJB reads, “How art thou fallen from heaven, O LUCIFER, son of the morning!. . .” 

The NIV perverts God’s Word by translating Isaiah 14:12 to read: “How you have fallen from heaven, O MORNING STAR, son of the dawn. . .” The NIV changes “Lucifer” to “MORNING STAR”.

BUT WAIT. . . I thought the Lord Jesus Christ was the MORNING STAR? Doesn’t Revelation 22:16 say, “I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and MORNING STAR”. The NIV clearly and blatantly refers to Lucifer (The devil) as the Messiah! What blasphemy! And Christians claim the NIV is a “better translation”?

I realize that it is impossible to accurately translate Hebrew and Greek into other languages. And unfortunately, unless one is able to read the original Hebrew and Greek language of the Bible, they are forced to be dependent upon other’s translations.

That is why I use several versions of the Bible along with a Strong’s Concordance in my study of God’s Word—so I can better determine its meaning.

But reading versions like the NIV that distort and pervert God’s Word to tickle itching ears will only further distort and pervert the minds of its readers!

In closing, I’d like to say that I know of many well meaning Christians who have rarely read any of the Old Testament. And yet, they often quote 2 Timothy 3:16-17 which says, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”

But keep in mind that when Paul wrote letters to Timothy and others, the only Scripture they had, and to which Paul was referring to…was the OLD TESTAMENT! Because at the time, there WAS no New Testament! That is why Paul uses passages from the Old Testament in most of his writings.

In John 21:24-25 we read: “This is the disciple which testifieth of these things, and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true. And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.”

The Old Testament is the “testament” of what God did for us in the past and what He plans for our future and “is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” While the New Testament is a “testament” of what Jesus and the apostles taught so that we can learn from their examples on how to live godly lives.

The New Testament is inspired by God—Just as the writings of John Bunyan, Jonathan Edwards, George Whitefield and Andrew Murray were inspired by God. But just as the apostle John said, there are also many other things that Jesus did which, if they were written down, the world could not contain them all.

It makes one wonder if all those manuscripts that were found to be unreliable were in fact, God inspired.

Happy studying.

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