MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Who Is Esaias Anyway?

March 22nd, 2011 Viewed 4506 times
(KJV) 1631 Holy Bible, Robert Barker/John Bill...

(KJV) 1631 Holy Bible, Robert Barker/John Bill, London. King James Version (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For a moment, let’s accept the KJV Only argument that the King James is the best translation from a manuscript standpoint as well as from tradition.  My question, that has yet to be answered, is “Why has it not been updated since the 1800?”

To give a reference, here’s something that always baffled me as a kid.  Who is Esaias?

Matthew 3:3 – For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

3 Weak Arguments Not To Use To Support the KJV

March 15th, 2011 Viewed 3424 times, 1 so far today
KJV of 1611 (Psalms 23:1,2): Occurrence of &qu...

KJV of 1611 (Psalms 23:1,2): Occurrence of “L ORD ” (and “God” in the heading) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The King James Version is a majestic translation of the Bible—one that has spanned hundreds of years and still finds many faithful readers today.  The reasons for that are multiple:

  • The prose’s age and grandeur gives the KJV a majestic feel.
  • The scholarship was great such that very few changes have been needed over the years.
  • Many have grown up memorizing portions of Scripture from the KJV, and that makes other translations sound strange.

Given all of these positive things, many that attempt to defend it as the only translation that is the Word of God resort to all sorts of arguments to either tear down other translations or build up the KJV.  Among them are some weak arguments—arguments I suggest KJV proponents avoid because they don’t help their cause.

The Burden on King James Only Advocates

February 2nd, 2011 Viewed 3057 times
King James Version of the Bible

King James Version of the Bible (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What originally started with a preacher in the Seventh Day Adventist Cult’s not liking that the more modern translations eroded support for their doctrinal statements has blown into a growing trend in the fundamental portions of American Christianity.

This group believes that not only is the King James Version (KJV) the best translation, but they go one step further in elevating this Bible to the point of declaring it to be the only Bible to have the Inspired Word of God, and then calling out all modern translations as evil or from the Devil because of the differences between them.

Wouldn’t It Be Better To Only Have One Bible?

February 1st, 2011 Viewed 1834 times
English: Title page of The Holy Bible, King Ja...

English: Title page of The Holy Bible, King James version, 1772. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As a person who has dealt with conversations from skeptics regarding different accounts in the Gospels themselves, I can tell you that the attestation to a fact by multiple witnesses is a strength rather than a weakness.

Simply put, I believe we can rest more assuredly in the Bible because of, and not in spite of, the abundance of manuscripts and good translations.  I count it as a strength, rather than a weakness.

The Testimony of the Gospel

One of the neat things about the New Testament is the Gospels.  The opening four books tell the story of Jesus’ life on Earth from four different perspectives.

There are different target audiences, different aspects of Jesus’ ministry, and even different events recorded in each one.  And some of these readings, there seem to be differing readings.  One book has two different feedings (5,000 and 4,000).  Some have more detail with certain miracles and parables, others do not.

Why Are There So Many Translations Anyway?

January 31st, 2011 Viewed 1859 times
(KJV) 1631 Holy Bible, Robert Barker/John Bill...

(KJV) 1631 Holy Bible, Robert Barker/John Bill, London. King James Version (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Anyone that’s attempted to purchase a new Bible lately has been barraged by not only the multiple translations, but the compilations of Bibles.  It’s not just that there are NIV, KJV, NKJV, ESV, CEV, and throw a few more acronyms in that alphabet soup and you get my point.  You also have to add that there are Study Bibles, Schofield Bibles, Marriage Bibles, Harmonies of the Gospels, Life Application Bibles, Women’s Bibles, Teens Bibles, Klingon Bibles, etc.

The truth is that the Bible is the number one seller of all time, and even Erasmus, the original author of what we call the “Textus Receptus” (or TR from here on) felt that pressure.  The TR is part of the basis of the KJV, and the first revision of that work in Greek was done in six months!  Why such haste?  Because he wanted to be “first to market” with his work so that he could beat the competition and make profit.

MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.