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WHICH BIBLE SHOULD WE USE? VI
How The KJV Bible Came to Existence.
“ The words of the LORD are pure words: as sliver tried in a furnace of the earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.” ( Psalm 12:6 & 7)
We know of no other book in all of history that has been so hated and despised, and with so many attempts to destroy it as the Bible. It has been burned, banned, ridiculed, and made light of by religions and supposed Christians throughout the centuries, but it still stands today as the greatest Book and most beloved book of all time!! The Bible is still with us. Preservation of the Bible is a fact. It has been miraculously and mysteriously preserved. The many promises of God concerning its preservation has been gloriously fulfilled. Yes, God not only gave us His Word, verbally inspired (word by word), but that He also preserved it down through the ages.
King James I of England, who authorized the translation of the KJV Bible was considered by many to be one of the greatest, if not the greatest, monarch that England has ever seen. Through his wisdom and determination he united the warring tribes of Scotland into unified nation, and then joined England and Scotland to form the foundation for what is now known as the British Empire. At a time when only the churches of England possessed the Bible; and leaders of the world wished to keep their subjects in spiritual ignorance, the King’s desire was that the common people should have the Bible in their native tongue.
Such a man was sure to have enemies and one such enemy was the Roman Catholic church. Rome was so desperate to keep the word of God out of the hands of the English people that it attempted to kill the king and all of his parliament. After killing the king, they planned on imprisoning his children, re-establishing England as a state loyal to the Pope and kill all who resisted. Their plot to blow up the parliament (in 1605 just one year after the king commissioned the translation of the Bible) with barrels of gunpowder placed in the basement was found out, and the Jesuit priest and eight other conspirators were caught and hanged. Needles to say, the perfect English Bible would have been one of the plot’s victims.
Yes, in the year 1604, the King appointed (called) 54 of history’s most learned men-scholars in their own right, to accomplish this great task, of producing a Bible in the English language of the day. These men did not approach the Bible “as any other Book”, but understood it to be God’s word. They believed the Bible to be the word of God and took a great care in how they approached it. The men in their methods were above reproach with no possibility of Coercion. Further more the translation was not undertaken in an air of controversy and secrecy but of cooperation. These men were divided into six groups which met separately but not secretly. Each group was assigned a portion of the Scriptures and then each man translated a portion from Greek (Textus Receptus).
The works of each men was then reviewed by all the other men in the group. When the group was satisfied that they had produced an accurate translation, it was sent to all the other five groups for their independent study. Finally another group was formed by taking two men from each group, and they restudied the entire version. How different from the secret work of the Revision Committee of the 1881 version which was a little more than a running debate about texts and translations which saw Westcott and Hort, who had marshaled a majority of the committee, over and over again out voting a minority who were committed to the Traditional Text.
No doubt that the Holy Spirit guided the translators of the Authorized version to give us in the reverent, dignified and impressive Shakespearean English. Admittedly by even worldly scholars to be the finest piece of English literature ever produced. For beauty of style, grammatical perfection and dignified presentation, it has no equal. We are not claiming ‘inspiration’ for the translator in the same sense that the original was inspired, but we believe the Holy Spirit guided the translators of the Authorized Version to maintain the dignity of separated place, and to keep it out of and above the area of the secular.
To be continued………………………….
From the Peoples Gospel Hour Staff !
How to be Saved …and KNOW it – your most important stop on this site.
The Bible reveals two ways which people are following to get into heaven. One way, the true way, is God’s way. God’s way into heaven is the way of peace and truth and righteousness. It is the only way approved of God. This way centers in the Lord Jesus Christ who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). The Bible declares that there is another way. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).
There are so many popular ways today filled with lost multitudes all over the land, such as the way of morality, the way of respectability, the way of religion, the way of churchianity, the way of baptism, the way of christening, the way of confirmation, the way of penance, the way of confession, the way of “doing the best I can”, the way of self, the way of education, the way of philosophy, the way of false isms and cults that crowd the street. Little wonder then when we speak to people about the way of salvation, that so many have asked, “How can I know which is the true way? There are so many different ideas and so many religions.”
But there is ONE difference between God’s way of salvation and man’s way, and that difference is found in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will notice that man leaves Christ out of the center of his way. You will discover that the modern false cults and isms demote Christ to a mere man and add something to what He has already done for your salvation and mine. We become children of God through a supernatural birth. Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus also said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7)
“May the Lord bless you, and make you a blessing!” – The PGH Staff.