During my blog silence a few months ago, which translates in September of last year, A young college student happened upon my blog and emailed me with two questions they had for me.
"So, if you believe in a young earth I was wondering if you could explain why?
As well, if you believe in an old earth creation instead I was wondering if you could explain why?
My second question, I was wondering why you and other Christians alike continue to use the inaccurate old English King James Bible? This is not to say one version is necessarily the “correct” version but for someone who believes in the infallible word of God, as do I, the KJV can be very inaccurate because of the KJV and New King James Version alike who both use a language or non-modern language not used anymore AKA Old English and old text not as useful. I really don’t care too much but this was something that came to mind when you had written that you use the KJV."
(Please note that the above quote is a quote and not the email in it's entirety.)
I thought that it may be good to share my response to him with the rest of you. It gives a little bit of insight on how I study and receive the Word of God. For the sake of privacy, the personal information of the person who contacted me will be edited out.
RE: Open Discussion on two different Subjects
From: Hannah (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sent: Sat 9/08/07 12:13 AM
Thank you for your questions. I apologize for the length of time it took to respond to your questions. I'm sure as you know that I am a mother of five and I check this account every other day. In any event, in order to answer your first question. I'll need to answer your second question first.
I cannot speak for other Christians, I can only speak for myself as to why I consider the KJV superior to other versions.
Your determination that the KJV (as well as the NKJV) is incorrect is based "a language or non-modern language not used anymore"? Do I have the correct understanding of why you consider the KJV erroneous? If that is so, I would have to point out that it is not the language we need to be concerned of, but the translation.
I've found the translation of the KJV conveys the principles and concepts consistently. I wrote a post a few weeks ago called "Translation vs. Paraphrase" http://confessionsofanunchurchedbeliever.blogspot.com/2007/08/translation-vs-paraphrase.html
For the longest time, I've been studying out of the NLT which I found out later in years that it was a paraphrased Bible, NOT a translated one.
An example of differentiating passages can be found here:
Romans 8:1 in both of these versions comes out different.
Romans 8:1 KJV says "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit"
Romans 8:1 NLT says "So now there is no condemnation for those who belong in Christ Jesus."
The NLT does not have the rest of that passage. The eighth chapter of Romans speaks specifically about "walking after the spirit", but this portion is missing, simply because the NLT is a Bible that is paraphrased (principles and concepts restated). I don't know about you, but that is a serious problem for me.
For me, a more "modern" language does not mean "better". As a matter of fact, in these for profit, politically-influenced, economically-minded times, I am MORE suspect of Bible translated today than I am, of the KJV.
Having said that, as you know I believe in the infallibility of the Word of God. I believe the Bible should be taken literally, when it speaks literally. I believe it should be taken symbolically when it speaks symbolically. MORE importantly, I believe the Word of God should NEVER, NEVER be taken out of context of it's content. It should be read with grammatical and historical understanding and significance.
Am I old earth creationist, or young? Let me first ask you this, do you believe that Christ will one day return to earth to reign? If you do, then you know that the earth as we know it will be replaced with a new earth. What, then, is the point of engaging in debates such as these? What is the point of taking one position of a debate or another? How in the world is anyone supposed to know how old the earth is, or how young?
"But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes." 2 Timothy 2:23
"But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain." Titus 3:9
Let's say that the Lord God reveals to us the earth's exact age. What then? What changes? How have we grown? All that time we spend debating amongst ourselves, we have not ministered the gospel to lost souls, as He has commanded us. Other than, feeling a bit self-righteous upon finding that we were right or feeling embarrassed that we were wrong. It's a waste of time and bores me silly.
Typically, debates like these, get heated and intense, they are sorely lacking in spirit and in love. So I have no interest in them. My ministry is strictly unto the edification of those who love the Lord and desire His will.
Thank you once again for your questions. May God bless and keep you.
For personal or lengthy comments, or questions you are more than welcome to contact me. I ask for your patience and understanding as I may not respond immediately to your email, should you choose to contact me. Your privacy is always ensured. God Bless!
Update: Please go the "contact me" page for questions and private comments. Thank you!