"Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 2 Corinthians 7:1 ... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."
I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
God has fully inspired the Old and the New Testament Scriptures. But modern versions are not of God.
The Bible is the word of God. We accept few old versions as genuine. Bible is the supreme and final authority for our present 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 with the intention to make money, to promote false doctrines, to promote their denominations, etc. So, we reject modern translations since they are corrupted. Every doctrine is made to support a denomination. Somehow they will deviate from the doctrine of Jesus Christ. So, all doctrines except the doctrines of Jesus Christ and of the apostles, are deception. So, if your intention is to know the truth, reject every doctrine from bible scholars.
We believe that 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." If it is written with 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 everybody. 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, and Christians study them to know God. God considers them as 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.
I have a couple of lessons in the topic. If you like to read them, the links are: 1. "Word Spirit," 2. "Scripture is Inspired." Thank you.
God Bless You