More than any other literary publication, the Holy Bible has a very unique history in its accuracy and longevity as the inspired written Word of God. God used over forty authors during a period of approximately 3,700 years to record His message to humankind, including the only way into His kingdom. No conspiracy of man, conspired over so many years, could have withstood the intense challenges, scrutiny and legitimacy of the Holy Bible without it being inspired from a Creator of all that is. Without question, the Bible is absolute truth in all its contents.
The Bible has been translated into approximately 2,400 languages of the world in an effort to fulfill what is commonly referred to as the Great Commission: “…Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” Matt 28:19 In addition, the English translated Bible has been transcribed into many different versions such as the King James Version (KJV), New King James Version (NKJV), New International Version (NIV), New American Standard (NASB), just to mention a few. Why so many? The English language changes and continuous research of the original Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic languages by devoted scholars has resulted in minor tweaking of the earliest English versions. Copyright laws allow a certain amount of “copying,” but any such transcripts must be at least ten percent changes without attribution. Though the King James Version has been considered the standard, it, too, has gone through its own revision in the King James 2000, which modernized the language style and wordings. It’s important to note that though there are many different versions, the original Word and messages in the original languages does not change.
Most modern translations do a very good job in keeping true to the original languages and messages of the Bible. The Bible warns,” …If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book. And if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” Rev 22:18, 19 (NKJV) There are some translations, however, which are very dangerous. One such translation is the QJV, yes, the Queen James Version, which has, believe it or not, modified or eliminated some verses related to homosexuality and sodomy, to presumably to legitimize a certain lifestyle contrary to God’s Word.
A good concordance such as Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, Vine’s word study guide and/or a good Bible dictionary can enhance your in-depth studies and understanding of the Bible. As you intensify your reading, the Bible will literally come alive and bring new power and understanding to the scripture verses and passages. For instance, an individual verse that you’ve often heard quoted may have an altogether different meaning when kept in context of the entire dialogue. It is very important to keep things in context as too many times stand-alone verses, though sounding powerful by themselves, may have a very different meaning than when kept in the complete passage(s).
Many so-called contradictions of the Bible are also negated when the entirety of the Bible is studied, dissected, and understood in the timeline of the Bible as the Bible is without errors, the infallable inspired Word of God. The Holy Spirit will also become your guide and will make simple the verse(s) you thought were too complex to understand. The Word of God is alive and will soon become an integral part of your life! Enjoy your closeness and relationship with Jesus Christ, God manifest in the flesh! How wonderful–the peace, joy, contentment, freedom and security, fulfillment and happiness! Your life will have a renewed and most relevant meaning.
If you are a regular church goer and belong to a church, you may want to use the same translation that is preached from that pulpit so that you can easily follow along. Otherwise, grab a version you are comfortable with but, most of all, read it, study it, and make the Word of God a most important part of your life. “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Tim 2:15 (KJV)