Which Bible Translation is Best? All the Good Ones. Really?
I am writing this article in response to an article I read on a blog entitled: “Which Bible Translation is Best? All the Good Ones.” I was utterly appalled when I read the title; too many professing Christians are being fooled by the Devil’s lies and schemes today. It is time that we expose what Satan is trying to accomplish through these corrupt modern versions by using the pure, inspired preserved Word of God to thwart the devices and wiles of the Enemy. Alright, let’s get in this…
I want to start by saying that many professing Christians have become woefully ignorant of the devices and wiles of the Devil in this modern, 21st century “new age”. The Apostle Paul warned against this in his second letter to the Corinthians:
2 Corinthians 2:11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.
It has been often said that in order to succeed in a war, one must not only know who his enemy is, but he must know the tactics, technique, and order of the enemy. Many Christians have forgotten that we wrestle with REAL spiritual forces and REAL spiritual powers that are driven by the prince of this world (Satan). While Satan is a defeated foe, he is still a very powerful foe; if we choose to remain ignorant of his devices (tactics, technique, and schemes), Satan could easily get an advantage over us.
I want to start by saying that the devil has always been a corrupter of Truth. Ever since the day he uttered the words, “I will be like the Most High,” the Devil has always been corrupting the Word of God. Even in the Garden of Eden, the devil couldn’t help but question God’s Divine Authority by saying, “Yea, hath God said?” However, I want to dive into one particular situation where the devil corrupted the Word of God in the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ in Matthew 4:
Matthew 4:3-7 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
(4) But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by EVERY WORD that PROCEEDETH out of the MOUTH OF GOD.
(5) Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,
(6) And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for IT IS WRITTEN, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
(7) Jesus said unto him, IT IS WRITTEN again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
Here, we see that the Devil obviously questions Jesus’ authority twice in this passage of Scripture. We also see that in verse four Jesus makes a very bold statement, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDETH OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.” That should tell you right there that man’s entire life rests not only upon physical food, but upon every Word that God utters. That ought to tell you that God cares about His Word. Let’s get to the point I’m trying to make here…
In verse five we see that the devil, even after Jesus quotes Scripture the first time, still hasn’t had enough. Now, he takes Jesus up into Jerusalem and sets him on the pinnacle (peak) of the temple. If the Devil was bold enough to tempt God Himself on top of the temple in the holy city, do you not think he is bold enough to bring false doctrine into so-called Christian churches being modern version(s)?
In verse six, we see that the devil attempts to quote Scripture (key word being attempt). I want to make you aware that there is a very subtle difference between what the Devil quotes and what the Bible actually says:
What God said: “For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.” (Ps. 91:11-12)
What the Devil said: “He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.”
Right here, in verse six, we see that the Devil did not quote Scripture, he perverted Scripture; he simply added three little words: “at any time.” That changes the entire context and meaning on Psalm 91:11-12. Why would God say that we could fall off a cliff any time we felt like it and that His angels would pick us up and everything would be okay? It doesn’t even make sense for the sovereign God of Heaven to say something like that. Moreover, it is absurd to think that God would authorize us to commit such foolishness in the first place. But Jesus responded with the reply only God could give:
“IT IS WRITTEN again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.”
Many professing Christians have this false ideology that the Devil could only mess with the Word of God 2,000 years ago; he suddenly stopped messing with the Word of God as soon as Jesus ascended into Heaven. It is foolish to think such a thing. If the Devil was bold enough to pervert Scripture in the Garden of Eden, in front of mankind, who were created in the image and likeness of God, what makes you think he can’t do it now? If the Devil was bold enough to pervert Scripture in the very presence of God Himself ON TOP OF THE TEMPLE in the HOLY CITY, what makes you think that he can’t do it now?! If the Devil was bold enough to take as much as three words out of a verse 2,000 years ago, what makes you think that he can’t take out entire verses? The only way you can honestly believe that the Devil can’t pervert and change the Word of God is if you are ignorant of his devices.
If anything, the Devil’s attack on the Word of God has INCREASED more in this generation than in any other. Just within the last three decades, we have seen the rapid publication and proliferation of over 200 modern Bible versions. Since the late 90’s, Christians by the millions have turned away from the truth of God’s Word and turned to false, corrupt modern versions that are “easier to read, simpler to understand, and better than the King’s English.” O what wicked and perverse generation we live in!
Many Christians have forgotten that the inspiration of God’s Word is not up for debate, it is a God-given, God-ordained, God-sealed PROMISE.
2 Kings 10:10a Know now that there shall fall unto the earth NOTHING of the word of the LORD, which the LORD SPAKE…
Psalms 12:6-7 The words of the LORD are PURE WORDS: AS SILVER TRIED in a furnace of earth, PURIFIED SEVEN TIMES. (7) THOU shalt KEEP THEM, O LORD, thou shalt PRESERVE THEM from THIS GENERATION FOREVER.
Psalms 19:7a The law of the LORD is PERFECT, CONVERTING THE SOUL…
Psalms 33:11 The counsel of the LORD STANDETH FOREVER, the thoughts of his heart to ALL GENERATIONS.
Psalms 119:89 FOREVER, O LORD, THY WORD is SETTLED in HEAVEN.
Psalms 119:140 THY WORD is VERY PURE: therefore thy servant LOVETH IT.
Psalms 119:152 Concerning thy TESTIMONIES, I have KNOWN OF OLD that thou hast FOUNDED THEM FOREVER.
Psalms 119:160 THY WORD is TRUE FROM THE BEGINNING: and EVERY ONE of thy RIGHTEOUS JUDGMENTS ENDURETH FOREVER.
Proverbs 30:5 EVERY WORD of God is PURE: he is a SHIELD unto them that put their TRUST IN HIM.
Isaiah 40:8 The grass WITHERETH, the flower FADETH: but the WORD OF OUR GOD shall STAND FOREVER.
Isaiah 55:11b “…MY WORD be that GOETH FORTH out of MY MOUTH: it shall not return unto me VOID, but it shall ACCOMPLISH that WHICH I PLEASE, and IT SHALL PROSPER in the thing whereto I SENT IT.
Jeremiah 23:29 Is not MY WORD like as A FIRE? saith the LORD; and like A HAMMER that BREAKETH THE ROCKin pieces?
Matthew 5:18 For VERILY I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, ONE JOTor ONE TITTLE shall in NO WISE pass from the law, till ALL BE FULFILLED.
Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth shall PASS AWAY, but MY WORDS SHALL NOT PASS AWAY.
John 10:35c “…The SCRIPTURE cannot be BROKEN.”
1 Peter 1:23 Being BORN AGAIN, not of CORRUPTIBLE SEED, but of INCORRUPTIBLE, by the WORD OF GOD, which LIVETH and ABIDETH for ever.
1 Peter 1:25a But the WORD OF THE LORD ENDURETH FOREVER. And THIS IS THE WORD which by THE GOSPEL is PREACHED…
Jack Moorman of AV1611.com writes, “We have a strange anomaly today; Christians claim to believe what the Bible says about it’s own inspiration but virtually ignore the equally direct statements concerning preservation. To say that you believe in the full inspiration of Scripture while at the same time accepting the textual theories inherent in the modern versions, is about as incongruous as taking Genesis one literally while holding to the theories of Darwin.” (Principles of Biblical Preservation.)
What Mr. Moorman said is so true. To say that God could inspire Scripture, but never preserved it is to say that God either didn’t care to preserve His Word, or that he somehow didn’t have the power to do so.