From: Bob Williams
Possibly some remember starting each day with family Bible study. Bibles played a major role in our lives and were openly on display in every home and in many offices. Up to the mid-1950s, many public schools started the day with the pledge to the flag and a Bible reading. In the 1960s, Bibles, and God, were removed from public schools and, due to changing family dynamics, Bible reading was given up because no one had the time or interest. The Bible was under attack.
The primary Bible in use until the 1950s was the King James Version (KJV) or Authorized Version. Today the most popular Bible in the English language is the English Standard Version (ESV). The KJV is still the most widely used Bible worldwide; however, several so-called modern translations have been on the market for well over 75 years. In English alone there are several hundred complete and partial translations, revisions and paraphrases. It is normal that questions are raised regarding the Bible. How can each translation be accurate, authoritative and inerrant since they are only copies of the original? Can my Bible be trusted?
In theology, bibliology is the doctrine of the Bible and its literature. Major doctrines within bibliology include revelation, inspiration, illumination and preservation of God’s Word. While each doctrine has a bearing on the questions asked, preservation answers the major issue critics have regarding the Bible: Can we trust the translation, which is just a copy of the original text?
Primary is believing the Bible to be the Word of God. 2 Timothy 3:16–17 explains, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” Some Bible versions state that “all scripture is God-breathed,” which it truly is. The word “perfect” means to be complete, or mature. God wants mature believers who understand His Word and apply it to their lives.
Secondarily is to believe that God is true to His Word and cannot lie. We are told in Hebrews 6:18, “that by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie ...” and in Titus 1:2, “In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began.” God demonstrates throughout the Bible that what He says, or predicts through the human writers, does happen. This adds to our confidence to believe when God says, “Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he arose the third day according to the scriptures.” The same goes for when we are told in Romans 4:25 that Christ “was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.” Believe that, God says, and you have, as a present possession, eternal life. You can trust God to be true to His Word. The question is, do all versions contain the same truth?