Sunday, May 30, 2010

Myths of Today's Christian Culture - Modern Translations

In light of my most recent response to a comment, I decided to write posts in regards to myths that are frequently mistaken for truth in today's climate of Christianity. Starting with the topic of modern translations.

Some Christians from various denominations promote their preferred translation against the KJV. Their most popular argument against it is this:

"The KJV is out-dated in language, therefore (insert point/argument here) and should not be studied out of".  

While, I unabashedly prefer the KJV and use it in all my posts, I have never encouraged others to abandon their translations, only that they research it. The truth of the matter is, not all translations are created equal. The author/publisher of the translation should be researched. And if you have full trust in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob to give you wisdom in choosing a translation, where can it be "wrong" to question the motives of a modern author/publisher, considering the capitalistic climate in which this Christian culture resides in? 

These publishers are certainly not "not-for-profit" companies. They are certainly are in competition with other translations, after all, they have a bottom line to support along with employees, as well as their own livelihood be it modest or wealthy. I should know... my husband used to work for one. 

There are Christians out there who certainly don't agree with my preference of the KJV and even more, dislike my encouragement of other Believers, truly seeking Truth, to "search out a matter" by faith in the leading of the Holy Spirit. These are the Christians who promote ONE translation to be better than all. They are ones typically associated with ONE denomination, group or pastor who espouse such beliefs. Such behavior and beliefs are reminiscent to personal dedication to the works of man over the truth of God.

Clearly my exhortation to research, pray to be led to the translation that conveys the sound doctrine of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, is a threat to them. And anyone threatened by my exhortation for one's responsibility to accountability (Holy Spirit) should truly examine by what means they call themselves Christian. 

But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. - Romans 8:9

My exhortation to "double-check" what you're reading/studying from and to be led of the HOLY SPIRIT should be "common sense"... instead it is an offense.

In any event, these are the people who declare "out-dated" language as a reason why one shouldn't read the KJV. While the argument may appear to be "common sense", it is weak in the sense that, "old" does not automatically infer inferiority. The argument assumes that "old" means inferior. This argument borderlines on silly because the implications of that kind of thought process apply more to cell phones, televisions and cars than the adaptations of the English language over time. Yes, it is a "new age" argument, where everyone should be "up-to-date" with the latest and the greatest.

BUT...the Word of God does not change. .

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. - Hebrews 13:8
Our concern should be interpretation. Which leads to point two of their argument, other translations are easy to read, thus, easy to understand. This argument is also a myth. Specifically, it is a myth that appeals to the "diet pill mentality" I described in my last post. Easy reading does not equate to knowledge. It is only by the power of the HOLY SPIRIT by which we receive knowledge and understanding. The HOLY SPIRIT is the interpreter by which the principles of God are revealed. (Read 1 Corinthians chapter 2, 1 John 2:17)

But God hath revealed [them] unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. - 1 Corinthians 2:10

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know [them], because they are spiritually discerned - 1 Corinthians 2:14
The confusion in today's Christian's culture is this...Christianity is applied in the physical sense, by which physical means for understanding and knowledge is sought. The truth is this...God is a spirit and those seeking to worship Him, must worship in spirit and in truth.

But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. - John 4:23

God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship [him] in spirit and in truth. - John 4:24 
If God is a Spirit and we are physical, i.e. human, it can only make sense that the only interpreter who can adequately interpret HIS TRUTH would be His Spirit.

It is by this principle I exhort the Believer to research, question and PRAY for guidance in studying out of ANY translation, for the matters of salvation and the Gospel are not physical, but spiritual.

That we [henceforth] be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, [and] cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; - Ephesians 4:14 

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