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In today’s world there are many versions of the Bible. So before buying a Bible, you must first learn what is the best Bible.
You walk into a Christian Bookstore and you will see all sorts of Bible versions. Do you know the history behind them? Do you know why most you cannot trust?
Let’s take a closer look.
Argument #1: Easier to Read
Many of these new versions are written in today’s language, while the KJV still reflects the Old English. Publishing houses promote their versions as easier to read.
While it is true the new ones use modern English, that doesn’t make them any easier. Here are a few observable facts:
- Children can be taught to read and understand the King James English.
- Adults regularly learn new languages, new terminologies, and new words without blinking.
- The KJV ranks first in all-time sales and 2nd in current sales.
- And it ranks #1 in being read.
Why is the KJV Better Than Other Versions?
To my knowledge there are only two Bibles (currently printed) that are written in the King James Language: The Geneva Bible and the King James Bible, with the KJV dominating. All other Bibles are based on what is known as the Corrupted Text.
During the early years after the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ there arose two schools that produced copies of the New Testament. These were Antioch and Alexandria. Unfortunately Alexandria was the home of a host of pagan beliefs that infiltrated the texts being copied there.
The Alexandria texts became corrupted even further under Origen in A.D. 250, which had a major impact on Jerome’s Latin Vulgate (A.D. 380). Later there was an even greater corruption by Westcott & Hort.
Westcott and Hort were members of the Anglican church, but there is no evidence they were ever saved. We know they did not believe in the Trinity and other Biblical doctrines. Yet their work became the basis for the modern translations of the Bible.
Argument #2: Newer Versions Are More Reliable
This is the most ridiculous argument around. There are only a few (50 or less) copies of the corrupted texts, while there are 5500 copies of the Textus Receptus!
Part of this argument is based on the assertion that the newer texts are actually the oldest copies in existence. While this might be argued, there is another more important fact: these are copies not originals. You cannot make any claims about age based on copies. You need the originals.
Why Should You Use The KJV?
Here are just a few facts:
- Scribes faithfully copied each manuscript. If they made an error, they would destroy the current work and start over.
- The Textus Receptus has been used of God as a blessing for centuries to bless His people.
- It is 100% accurate, while the other versions have major omissions and inaccuracies.
One thing that confuses the issue is there are many godly pastors who use the other versions and still preach solid doctrine. But it is wise to remember that these same men grew up memorizing the KJV. They know the true doctrines and can teach them with any version. But new Christians don’t have that foundation! So they are left with a Bible version that may not support the doctrine they believe, which leaves them vulnerable. Stick with the KJV.
Final note: Some people claim the NKJV is also based on the Textus Receptus. This may be partially true, but it still adheres to the modern texts in that there are omissions and errors.
As I said in the title, Buy A Good Bible. That is the KJV Bible.
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