I don’t know why, but I truly got addicted to learning more about the KJV only perspective. In a way, I was looking for something others have missed, but on inspection, the K JV only and their only claim was on their emotions, but not on facts.
As I said before, I am ok with you someone wanting to have a version Bible as their preferred version. I am not ok though with you marketing your version as the best version and all others as somehow inferior.
As I was thinking about your (The KJV Only) perspective and was thinking about the following two parallel perspectives. 1) There are Pastors that are calling out other Pastors which don’t seem to be preaching the Gospel, even though these Pastors are very, very popular. We, Christians, also believe our belief, faith, love and the following of Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven.
So from this standpoint, I truly understand how one can feel that their perspective is the only one. When people point out issues with the Christian faith, we have all sorts of explanations. Most of the time they seem reasonable, sometimes they are not, yet we go on believing. Why?
Because we believe we live in a universe, a world where we simply don’t have all the
answers. In addition, even though we may have some holes in our facts, that is it, only holes, nobody else has presented something else that explains our existence in this world better. So, just showing some logic issues, does not refute the fundamental facts.
The difference however, at least with the believing in God and the following of Jesus, there has not been fundamental facts presented which refute Christianity, at best it questions some of the facts, but no replacement. The issue with the preachers, I don’t care if they are false preachers in Christ’s name, I don’t know their heart, but what I have chosen to do is to follow Jesus, not a man preacher.
However, there is no facts that sustain the perspective the KJV Bible is superior, if anything when the facts are uncovered, the KJV is more questionable than the moder versions, such as the NASB, ESV and NIV. Also in fact, the difference between the KJV and modern versions is truly very little and none question the deity of God.
The main issue I have with those who claim the KJV Bible only is the best is they state how many verses were removed or how many less times God or Jesus or another word is mentioned. However, they make this claim not against the original Hebrew or Greek, but as compared to the KJV. That’s like the NASB comparing itself to the ESV and them against the NIV, but never going back to the original text.
As I discovered the complexity of translating, the issue has to do with context than almost anything else. Word for word often does not translate directly, so even in the word-for-word translations, there is still the need to have a dynamic translation.
We need people to challenge us, we become stronger in our faith when we get challenged. Those that state KJV only are good for us, because maybe you do what I’ve done and learned more about the translating process than I ever thought I would know. We need people like Bart Erhman that challenges those things we don’t question.
If any of those challenges we face, knocks off our faith completely, then maybe we were looking for that reason If we do find ourselves questioning our faith, then it could be and should be a motivation to seek more truth. In those times, we maybe cannot find the whole truth, we can ask God directly through prayer.