You know what is really sick?
For the 1500 years before, there was no printing press...so people didn't have Bible's to read...but relied on Catholic Priests to share it with them and explain it to them.
But that is not the sickest part...
The Catholic church forbid Christians in the pews from reading the Bible...and this until very recently...in the LAST century.
But that is not the sickest part...
Ahead of this, the Priests who were to share, teach, and proclaim the Gospel and the word of God....did not even read and study the Bible, themselves....but only read Catholic supplementary "information"!
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I am NOT a KJV only person, but I do love the KJV. I also love the ESV, NIV, Amplified versions, as well. I love to even look up the Greek words.
As it turns out, there are 2 main Greek texts that back up the billions of "versions", "interpretations", and "translations".
One is called the "Textus Receptus" and the other is called the "Critical Text". They are both given about a hundred different names, too...in order to confuse you.
But bottom line, if you compare these two Greek texts, you will find that they are almost identical...and are supported by manuscripts (codices; or books) dating back to the early centuries....and by thousands of pages dating back to the first century...and by all the early writings of Christians who quoted the Bible in their letters and books.
But none-the-less, the two Greek manuscripts are nearly identical. One of the most notable differences is 1 John 5:7.
Look up 1 John 5:7 in the KJV.
The look it up 1 John 5:7 in the NIV.
See the difference?
The "Critical text" is missing that complete line. The translators just make up an english line to transition to 1 John 5:8!
The "Textus receptus" has a sentence in Greek that is translated to English...which you see as 1 John 5:7 (in the KJV, or possible in other versions as a footnote that says something like "older or later manuscripts have...")
Being a "trinity" verse, it makes for fun debate.
The "Critical text" proponents say that "scribes" of the Bible "added" the verse in order to support a trinitarian view.
The "Textus receptus" proponents say that the "scribes" subtracted the verse in their lazy copying by hand.
Sure, there are codices, which are books of papyri that date earlier than others...
And the "Critical Text" came mainly from 2 such "codices" that are the earliest. One of these codices was found in an abandoned monastery...in the trashcan. It was full of errors - omissions and additions...and even a few gnostic books. But since it is the "earliest", the "Critical text" proponents hold to this document.
As a result, the *majority* of Bible scholars (of which I am NOT) believe the "Critical text" is more accurate...and it is used to make ALL modern Bibles.
The only Bible today that is based completely on the "Textus receptus" is the KJV.
This is why some people like it.
But the "KJV only" people...go so far as to almost be a cult. As if the "inspired" words of God are the English KJV. Rubbish! The original Greek words that Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul, Peter, and Jude wrote were the inspired words.
And...if you combine the thousands of pieces of paper from the first century...and all the writings of the church fathers (who frequently quoted the Bible, of course)...you can re-create an almost complete rendition of the New Testament. AND...it turns out it is virtually identical to both main Greek texts we have today.
And regardless, NO version changes any basic doctrine. Even the trinity verse of 1 John 5:7 does not add or contradict that which is plain throughout the rest of scripture.
Salvation is (as always) by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone.
And I am still hoping, praying, and waiting for the Lord to reveal Himself to the questioner...among others here in R&S...even as He revealed Himself to me.
Last note...I even like the "old english" of the KJV...which brings out more information...like in John, chapter 3.
"Marvel not that I said unto thee, ye must be born again"
-John 3:7 (KJV)
In the NIV it is this:
"You should not be surprised at my saying, 'You must be born again'."
-John 3:7 (NIV)
The question could be posed:
"Does this mean that NICODEMUS needed to be born again...or that ALL people must be born again (to enter the kingdom of heaven)?"
The answer is found in the KJV, but not the NIV. But in actuality, it is found in the original Greek (either of the 2 Greek versions, which are identical here).
Thee is singular for "you"
While "ye" is plural for "you"
Thus, it is clear that Jesus was speaking to Nicodemus, but was speaking not just about him...but that for ANY person to enter the kingdom, they must be born again.
So, yeah...I am partial to the KJV. I also like words like "marvel"...and others, like "imputed", "propitiation", "justification", etc...
Some of these, yes, are found in the NIV...but some of these (and many others) are not...and words have lost their meaning.
Are vocabularies have dwindled to pathetic levels since the 17th century...you know?
Grace and peace in Christ!