"Ken I would be interested in knowing what you think of this... (she provided a link to a site of the supporters of the King James Bible and ultimately a critique of the New King James Version). I personally get very confused with all this. What really is the translation we should be using? Every where I go hardly any one anymore uses the same translation -- in Church, in our small groups.. Is it a SIN to be using any translation other than the original King James Version? My husband and I personally have several translations, from the King James, to the NIV, to the NAS, which I use in my Kay Arthur Bible studies, to the New King James. It is to the point where I wonder whether I should even take my Bible to Church any more because any scripture they are using that morning is posted up on the overheads and even than each scripture I notice is a different translation from the one before. When did buying/reading our Bibles become so difficult? How does one help new Christians decide which translation they should purchase and study God's Word in? I am interested on your thoughts on the subject as well as your readers...thanks Linda."
Well, here's the answer I provided Linda. I'm hoping it will be of assistance to you as well.
Your personal confusion is not uncommon. I see two sides to its existence. First, the ‘enemy’ is at work confusing and dividing Christians. For some reason, he knows we have avoidance to ‘unity’ in the Body – perhaps because of our old sinful nature that still lingers around. But second, it is possible that God uses or allows this confusion in the case of some of us to spurn us on to more and deeper study of Scripture with particular attention to the original manuscripts and what we know of them. I am convinced that God in no way is limited by, or made less magnificent and all-powerful because of a diverse rendering of His Holy Word. Think of it as a song that has been written by one of the greats and then consider some of the great singers of our time performing it – the powerful meaning of the song stays the same, but some of us like to hear it from the Beatles, others from Elvis, and others (and I’m picking wildly here) from Anne Murray. As I was sharing with my wife when we were driving yesterday, “Ave Maria is Ave Maria” no matter how it is served up.
Now before I stop I do want to warn you about one new thing that going on now that mayt make your life even more difficult. And that is the whole issue of some new translations or versions that actually try to water down some concepts in the Bible in a believed effort to make them more acceptable to others that we are trying to reach. I won’t say much about this accept give you two examples – these versions may be changing or completely eliminated the idea of God as a Father, or referring to Jesus as the Son of God, etc. Just look up the controversy of the latest Wycliffe Bible Translations – but only if you have the stomach for it and you want to be aware of it.
In the meantime, get, read, and use a Bible that helps you love your God more each day. I think you and your husband are well on track. God bless you and thanks for the opportunity to address this very important issue.
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