1. God has fully Inspired the Scriptures in the Bible
"Mark 16:15 preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded: Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega .. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, .. they .. have right to the tree of life, and .. enter .. the city."
I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
This page editorial help: Sister Lynn near Atlanta, GA
The Bible is inerrant and infallible. God has fully inspired the Old and the New Testament Scriptures. But, modern translations are made for profit and to favor false doctrines.
It begins by saying "the bible is inerrant and infallible." It is not a bible word, but I picked it from other statements of faith. The dictionary meaning of the word 'inerrant' is: free from error. The word of God is free from error. So, it is true. The next word is 'infallible'. The dictionary meaning of infallible is: not liable to mislead, deceive, or disappoint and incapable of error. The bible, the word of God is exactly that. So, I used these two words, inerrant and infallible.
Then I have said: "God has fully inspired the Old and the New Testament Scriptures." God has brought the Bible together using many people in different times. "Timothy 3:16 says All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works." It is written by the inspiration of God, and it will make the man of God perfect. If it is written with the intelligence of men, it can be understood with intelligence. Since it is written by the inspiration of God, using ordinary men, we cannot interpret this book with our intelligence. Jesus says in John 6:63, "the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life." and in Matthew 13:11 "He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given." So understanding the word of God is given to God's chosen people like his disciples, but not to Pharisees, Scribes, and such. Then God establishes pastors and teachers in his church to teach the word to the saints. "Ephesians 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:" Further, God will not reveal his word to the wise people of the world. So, theologians will not understand his word. But they write books and doctrines. The so-called Christians study them to get smart to know God. God considers them fools. "1 Corinthians 1:21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. 27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;" So, the word of God is still controlled by God. God inspires it to write as well as he reveals it to understand.
Then I said that "But, modern translations are made for profit and to favor false doctrines." The Bible is inspired by God to be written by men. It must be the Calibrating Standard, and we must adhere to it to live a godly life. Instead, if we take our Christian denomination or famous pastors and preachers as our standard, then we are playing directly into the hands of the devil. We accept just a few old versions of the Bible as genuine, for all practical purposes. Let me explain what I do. I am from India and my language is Tamil. I have the Bible in my language. It was translated directly from Greek language, with all the genuine intensions to hold the truth, without any deception. So, I hold that Bible as the standard for my study. However, Christians have confronted me saying that I must refer to the original scrolls, but not any translations. I see the devil in them immediately and so I dismiss them. If someone comes to you with such things, please know it that they are just smart-alecks, just looking for ways to distract you. They are not genuine. The Bible is supreme and the final authority for our present godly life as well as for our eternal life. The good versions in my experience are: 1. King James Version. 2. American Standard Version. If your intention is to study the truth of the word of God, use one of these two versions. Most other versions are written to make money, to promote false doctrines, to promote their denominations, etc. Modern translations are purposely corrupted. Doctrines are made to support the influence of 'another Jesus' in churches, and they will support the manifestations of 'false Christ', in Christian meetings. The new versions have changed many words, phrases, and have twisted verses, to deviate from the doctrine of Jesus Christ. They are counterfeits. The bottom line is; that we need God to guide us to eternal life, since he is the author of eternal life. In order not to miss; we have no other choice but to listen to God and God only. How to hear him? It is through the word of God, the Bible. So, the Bible must be genuine. If we allow any business group, or denomination leaders, or any other such people print a bible, and if we take it for granted that it is the genuine word of God, we are foolish, and we lost even our common sense. So, let us reject all the modern translations, if we want to refer to God. If we do not care, then we will be following the devil and deceiving ourselves. "Matthew 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" Why do you want to lose eternal life, to follow a faulty translation of the Bible, just to be accepted by others? Don't exchange your soul for a lousy faulty translation of the Bible and be misled.
I have a couple of lessons on the topic. The links are: 1. "Word Spirit," 2. "Scripture is Inspired." Thank you.
God Bless You