I have mentioned previously that I feel God has laid on my heart to read the King James version of the bible. As these pieces come together I am amazed at what is going on in the NIV and other modern translations. I received a call today directing me to a couple sites.
1. Did you know that current translations actually omit whole verses! Don't believe me, go to your NIV and look for Acts 8:37. Did you find it? I am sure it went right from 36 to 38 as it did in my NIV. Want to know what verse 37 actually says?
37And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
2. This is not the only instance. There are over 600 words ommited. That is a BIG DEAL! Many times it is the name of Christ or a reference to the Spirit. Although not limited to those. Go check it out here. The strike throughs are words that you will not find in your NIV but you will in your KJV.
3.http://www.lesgarrett.com/ Find more info here.
Can you see why I am livid?
**Lest you think I am on a rampage against the NIV let me clarify. I know that the Word of God will not return void and the NIV is the word of God. I know He used it for the last 11 years in my walk with Him. His word is alive and active. I believe it to be so. It frustrates me that these verses are omitted, I believe it takes away from the whole picture. I think that it may be a step in desensitizing the word. Newer versions are making more and more deviations from the origanl text. Including generalizations of gender and such.
Please read your bibles. Be it the KJV, NIV or American Standard...whatever. Hide it in your heart. Memorize it. Meditate on it day and night.
My friend (wink) sent me this site.. http://www.leaderu.com/orgs/probe/docs/kjvdebat.html
I liked the closing statement of this article...
But whichever version you choose, be very sure of your arguments before insisting that others use it, too. It seems to me that, with all the difficulties we face in our often hostile culture, we should not erect walls between Christians on the basis of Bible versions. We are not taking God's Word lightly here. We are simply calling for a more well-reasoned discussion and for the rule of love to govern the debate.