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KJV: The Only Inerrant Word

As my wife said, “I know I shouldn’t be surprised, but I am”:

A lot of these points of contention would have been clarified if the author would have used only one version of the Bible, instead of using several (per)versions to make the Bible say what she wanted. Her points are well-taken, even in this modern world, but if DeMoss is going to have us living according to God’s standards for women, she needs to stick with the KJV and not “wrest scriptures” (2 Pet. 3:16).

Wow.  Really?  More interested in what the KJV has to say than what the Bible has to say?

The publishing of the KJV was an awesome landmark in Christianity, and the scholars whose work led to it are sobering, motivating studies in true Christian commitment.  But we’ve had 500 years to develop translations that are not only more accurate reflections of the original Word, but are immeasurably easier to understand.

The longer we try to make the Bible of 1611, with its Queen’s English, apply to our lives, the closer we get to the situation that made the KJV so important in the first place: the vast majority of the people simply weren’t able to read or understand the Latin texts.  How many can read the KJV today and truly get the meaning that God wanted to convey?  If that wasn’t God’s desire 500 years ago, how could it be his desire now?

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  1. The original 1611 translation is actually impossible to read (it has been revised several times). It cracks me up when KJV only advocates start throwing around that date–as if they are using the same version that was printed back then.

    Here’s a good website:

    http://www.bible.ca/b-kjv-only.htm

  2. The KJV only thing is definitely a big example of ignorance. The Vulgate (latin) was/is deemed with the same pride from the Catholic church, heralded as the ‘inspired’ version – itself a translation.
    The KJV was after a response of an outcry for an English version. The church had already murdered Tyndale, a man who attempted this translation and was found blasphemous for it. Much of his work filtered through to the KJV. In fact, King James was not super spiritual (he was even rumored to be a homosexual) – but wanted the church to control the version released… hence the ‘authorized version’. Most KJV Bibles we see today have still had a TON of revisions, and the majority of us couldn’t even recognize the first 1611 version.

    Also, with the discovery of the dead sea scrolls, we’re using incredibly more accurate text to translate from now as well. I’m fond of the ESV: literal accuracy with great readability.

    Longest comment I’ve had in a while… :)

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