What is Your Version?

I wrote this back in 2010. It was motivated by a friend who let me know of the weaknesses of the version I had chosen.  He did not diminish me, he just pointed out some weaknesses he was aware of in my version of the Bible.  His revelation to me, caused me to realize there seemed to be a bit of snobbish people had about the version they chose.    After I published this, he wrote three very long and good comments about the Bible, the translations and versions, all well written and none of it diminished anyone or the version they chose.  I am posting my initial post and the next two posts will be his three comments back to me.  I hope you read them all and leave me your comments, thoughts, ideas!   God Bless!

Here is a link to a PDF file with a lengthy explanation about key issues to look for in Bible translations: How To Compare Bible Versions

What is your version?

This might be a question you get from a fellow Christian and might be used as a way of classifying you as a Christian.

I was never aware there was a debate about which translated version of the Bible is the “best” until a friend of mine just happened to say, “You aren’t using the NIV are you?”  In addition, continued to tell me about a couple ‘acclaimed’ errors in the NIV, which I validated.

This prompted me to do some research on the different versions of the Bible.  My findings were very, very surprising.  Firstly because there is a very heated debate over the versions of the Bible and which one is the ‘best’ or most accurate.  Secondly, I have been around all faiths of Christians my entire life and never heard of this debate, which means I guess I am ignorant.

In short the results of my brief research;

  1. There seems to be as much evidence of inaccuracies of every version.
  1. It is agreed none of the English translations can be considered ‘Devine’ because it is still a translation and even more importantly, we don’t have the true originals to compare.
  1. Many of the arguments against one version or the other are details none other than a true Bible scholar looking for such discrepancies would notice.
  2. The version YOU choose should be based on your desired use.
  3. It is recommended to have more than one version for example the NIV for ease of reading and the NASB for study.

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One concern did come from my research.  There seemed to be a sense of ‘thou greater than you’ if you do not use a particular version.  We already have a division of the churches; debating or separating our brothers and sisters individually by insisting they are not true Christians by the version of the Bible they read is breaking up the church at its foundation, the people!

If your brother and/or sister believe as you do; then embrace and love each other as Jesus Christ commanded of his disciples.

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Links to comments – very good read:

PART 1 of 3 – What is Your Version?

Part 2 of 3 What is Your Version?

Part 3 of 3 What is Your Version?

 

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Colossians 3:14 NASB Beyond all these things put on love . . .

Colossians 3:12-14 NASB

So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; [13] bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. [14] Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.

Thoughts . . .

A Man Who Does Not Read Has No Appreciable Advantage Over the Man Who Cannot Read. Cannot confirm credit for this.

The most pathetic person in the world is some one who has sight, but has no vision. Helen Keller

Are you religious . .

James 1:26-27 ESV
If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless. [27] Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.

Can’t be a snob. . .

Matthew 18:1-6 ESV
At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” [2] And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them [3] and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. [4] Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. [5] “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, [6] but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.

Holy Spirit . . .Acts 8:16

An argument could be developed on this one verse.  I looked up the expression “holy spirit” between the Bible version NIV and ESV, it seemed they agreed on just about every passage found, but one.  I was stunned, I could not figure out what word would be used rather than Holy Spirit, seemed like tough expression to alter.  After looking at the verse and the verses before and after, it’s not so much they used a different word, it’s where they used it.  The NIV, it seems to me had an effort to make more clear what had not yet come and used the word Holy Spirit again and the ESV said “for he. . .” rather than using the same expression again.  Here is a prime example where the structure of the language changed the verse but not the meaning.  

I would always challenge ourselves, when we read “a version” of the Bible, we read more than a verse to gather the meaning of what is being said, rather than challenging the accuracy or inaccuracy of its deity. 

 

Acts 8:14–17 (NIV)

14 When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to Samaria.15 When they arrived, they prayed for the new believers there that they might receive the Holy Spirit, 16 because the Holy Spirit had not yet come on any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17 Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

Acts 8:14–17 (ESV)

14 Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John,15 who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit, 16 for he had not yet fallen on any of them, but they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17 Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 16:1–4 (ESV)

The Pharisees and Sadducees Demand Signs

16 And the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and to test him they asked him to show them a sign from heaven. He answered them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ And in the morning, ‘It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.” So he left them and departed.

Revelation 4:4–6 (ESV)

Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and seated on the thrones were twenty-four elders, clothed in white garments, with golden crowns on their heads. From the throne came flashes of lightning, and rumblings and peals of thunder, and before the throne were burning seven torches of fire, which are the seven spirits of God, and before the throne there was as it were a sea of glass, like crystal.

Revelation 4:6–11 (ESV)

And around the throne, on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind: the first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with the face of a man, and the fourth living creature like an eagle in flight. And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say,

“Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty,

who was and is and is to come!”

And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying,

11  “Worthy are you, our Lord and God,

to receive glory and honor and power,

for you created all things,

and by your will they existed and were created.”