Different religions have different bibles?



Sorry, yes DENOMINATIONS. Not religions. I mean Catholics, Lutherans, Methodists, etc.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    I guess... They have different holy text and different ideas of what god is... But that is a severe oversimplification of the idea...

    Islam has the Koran...

    Jews have the Torah and Talmud...

    There are dozens and dozens of translations of the Christian bible...


    Today we still have dozens of Bible translation versions, with Bible scholars still arguing over the meaning and proper translations of words and phrases. The following shows just a few of the most popular versions:

    King James Version (KJV)

    The New King James Version (NKJV)

    Modern King James Version [Green's Translation] (MKJV)

    Literal Translation Version [Green] (LITV)

    International Standard Version (ISV)

    The New International Version (NIV)

    English Standard Version (ESV)

    New English Bible (NEB)

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    New American Standard Bible (NASB)

    Revised Standard Version (RSV)

    New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) Contemporary English Version (CEV)

    Today's English Version (TEV)

    The Living Bible (LB)

    New Century Version (NC)

    New Life Version (NLV)

    New Living Translation (NLT)

    Young's Literal Translation (YLT)

    Revised Young's Literal Translation (RYLT)

    John Darby's New Translation

    Weymouth New Testament Translation


    (One might wonder what will happen to the "new" revisions a few hundred years from now. Nevertheless, the King James Version still remains the most used Bible in the world today and it will probably continue its popularity long into the future.)

    No doubt that future versions of Bibles will surface in the future: revisions of previously revised Bibles and newer revisions of new versions. The history of the many versions of the Bible stories, from the ancient Mesopotamian myths to the varied interpretations, interpolations, and versions of the Bible speaks volumes about the reliability of their interpretations and the alleged "truth" they claim the Bible holds, because it shows that the Bible comes not from supernatural agents but rather from human imagination. We have not one shred of evidence for the supernatural influence on human written works (and mostly from unknown authors), but we do have an abundance of evidence for human recorded beliefs and myths. This shows a marked difference between those of scientific works and those deriving from religious minds. For example, Euclid's Elements written around 300 B.C.E. has changed little since its inception. Scientists don't argue and debate about its meaning because they know it doesn't represent an absolute or fixed work. It only provides a step in the understanding of geometry. Most Christian apologists, on the other hand, view the Bible as fixed and absolute, if only they could only just get the interpretation correct. But regardless of how much they want the Bible to reflect their particular beliefs, they can never dislodge the violence and atrocities described and condoned by their God in the stories in the Old Testament. Nor can they dismiss the even more horrific result of the horrors of Hell as amplified by the words of the alleged Jesus in the New Testament where almost everyone on earth dies in eternal fire. In short, Bible belief influences horror, not by the majority but by the few that actually believe in its macabre prophecy and have the power to force their beliefs onto the majority.

    We have little reason to think that violence inspired by Bibles and other religious texts will ever cease. One only has to look at the religious wars around the world to see belief's everlasting destructive potential. One only has to look at the Protestant-Catholic uprising in Ireland, the conflicts in the middle east with Jews fighting Moslems & Christians, the Gulf war, Sudan's civil war between Christians and Islamics, the Bosnia conflicts, and the war in Iraq. The desperate acts of fanatical individuals who have killed for their beliefs of Jesus, Mohammed, God or Satan would create a death list unmatched by any other method in history. The "Holy" Bible supports the notion of war and destruction, not only as a prophesy but as a moral necessity. If we wish to become a peaceful species, it may well serve us to understand the forces of belief that keep us in continual conflict and why the Bible has such a stronghold on the minds of people around the world.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Yes. The various different denominations of Judaism and Christianity have different Bibles. Christians have the NT (that goes with out saying) but some groups have differing views on the OT. Catholics have 73 books, Protestants have 66 and Orthodox have 77.

    Samaritans have only 5 books in their Bible. Mainstream Judaism has 39 books. The Ethiopian Jews have several of the deuterocanonical books in their Bible.

    There are also various different translations. They vary based on which original text they were copied from (ei The Septugaint or "LXX" or if it came from the Masoretic text). It's kind of complicated actually.

    Contrary to what many people will tell you, the Catholic Church didn't add any books to the Bible. The Protestant churches removed seven books in the 16th century. It is a simple historical fact, displayed from extant Biblical text and quotes from the Church Fathers, that these books were in use by the early Church.

  • 1 decade ago

    Since only Christians use the Bible (as opposed to Buddhists for example), I assume you meant to say "denominations" instead of "religions". There are many translations of the Bible, but all come from the same two sources, the "Textus Receptus" and the "Vulgate". Most translations are simply changes in wording to more appropriately fit the language of the day.

    The exception to this is the Catholic Bible. The Pope believes that He has been give the authority to alter the Word of God, and has changes very important pieces of the Bible (like the 10 commandments, for example) to reflect doctrines also changes by the Papacy.

    Some scholars have stated that the New American Standard Bible is the most literal translation of all, while others point students to the King James Version.

    I personally use the New King James Version, and the New American Standard Bible.

  • 1 decade ago

    Prior to 1546 all branches of Christianity had 66 books in their Bible.

    In 1546 the Catholic Church added 7 extra books to their Bibles. Those extra seven books are called, deuterocanonical.

    The above statement comes from what Jospeh Cardinal Ratzinger put on the Vatican Web site in 2001.


    False cults like Mormons and JWs have their own Bible but all of the rest of the Protestant Denominations use the same Bible which contain the original 66 books.

    When new modern translations are made, they get large committees to do the translation and they get Greek and Hebrew experts from upwards of 40 different denominations to make sure that sectarian bias does not get into the text.

    Source(s): 43+ years following a Jewish Carpenter & studying His Book!
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    i suppose that you can say that but a better way of putting it would be to say that different religions use certain bibles more than others. i say this because as one of Jehovah's Witnesses i use many different bibles and could find scriptures in all of them but i do tend to use the new world translation more only because it is easier to understand.

  • 1 decade ago

    or Christian denominations, yes. And many of them share the same Bible.

  • 1 decade ago

    Not so much, a lot of earth-based religions lack singular holy texts and prophets.

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