The 21st Century, is the only period in history, with an almost unrestricted access to the words of the LORD. Flooded with a plethora of bible translations in English and while each translation is different from one another, Christians speak of these translations as though they are one in the same. This mindset, mirrors that of the principles that underlie the ecumenical movement and it ought to go without saying, “it is asinine, to suggest that which are in direct opposition with one another, be defined as unified.
When the children of the devil create distortions in a translation, they do so with malice and they know that mainstream Christianity is lackadaisical, which ensures the gullible will blindly accept their versions. The lies in these modern versions are obvious to the prudent and the neutralization created a negative for professing Christians, who employs subjectivism as their truth meter. Mainstream Christianity in the 21st Century has kowtowed to outside pressures and fear that they might be identified by a derogatory term. If some Christian kowtows to societal ideologies, that individual has ignorantly accepted of the law of “Thelema” (i.e. religion based upon a philosophical law), which says, “do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law” (Aleister Crowley).
A warning went out in the 1st Century to the followers of Christ Jesus and this warning is applicable in the 21st Century. The Lord stated that obedient Christians ought to “[t]ake heed that no man deceive” them (Matthew 24:4) and this warning has been ignored by the contemporary mainstream follower. The perpetual flooding of English bible translations that are marketed to the unsuspecting Christian and created another perplexing division in Christendom. Modern translation committees propagandize their words as the preserved words of the LORD and claim the differences are not fundamental, nor do they negatively affect God’s message. Having asked the question, “does it really matter?” I offer three examples:
Example #1 – Psalms 12: 6 – 7
- “The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. 7Thou shalt keep them, O LORD; thou shalt preserve them [words] from this generation for-ever.” (KJV)
- “And the words of the LORD are flawless, like silver purified in a crucible, like gold refined seven time. You, LORD, will keep the needy safe and will protect us forever from the wicked. (NIV)
Example #2 – 1 John 5:7
- “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one”. (KJV)
- “For there are three that testify”. (NIV)
- “For there are three that testify”. (NASV)
- “For there are three that testify”. (ESV)
Question: Does this even matter? A large majority of professing Christians, desire those who are willing to answer the call of “[p]rophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits” (Isaiah 30:10). Many modern translations, insert footnotes, which inject doubt and this tactic, is like Satan’s questioning, “[y]ea, hath God said?” (Genesis 3:1).
There are numerous examples of these differences, without delving into the origins of their supporting manuscripts (whether they derive from the regions of Alexandria, Egypt or Antioch, Syria), example #3, is perhaps the best illustration of the New International Version (NIV) viciously attacking the Lord Jesus Christ and in the most despicable way.
Example #3 – Isaiah 14:12
- “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!” KJV
- “How you have fallen from heaven, morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the national!” NIV
Lucifer, he is unanimously recognized as Satan, nevertheless, the NIV translation committee made the decision to replace “Lucifer,” with “morning star” and when the Christian allows scripture to define itself, then the relevance becomes clear.
- Revelation 22:16 – “I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star” (emphasis mine).
The NIV’s use of “morning star,” indicates their intentional motive, for casting Christ Jesus as an evil figure and to insinuate that Jesus is a fallen creature; cast out of heaven for desiring to be “like the most High” (Isaiah 14:14). There is unequivocally no doubt the Devil wants control over the LORD’S church and he has been relentless in his assaults, which are so subtle as compared to a “shock and awe” tactic that would expose the manipulations that underlie his endeavors.
Having barely scratched the surface, I hope, you will be motivated to research these differences and “[n]ow I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment” (1 Corinthians 1:10).