From: Bob Williams
Even though the King James Version (KJV) is the most widely used Bible in the world, the English Standard Version (ESV) is currently the best-selling English Bible. Some reject the KJV as having archaic language and others believe it has errors and mistakes questioning its inerrancy. How many mistakes would be necessary to prove the Bible is not inerrant? The obvious answer is one. Therefore, current Evangelical orthodoxy believes it is not possible to have an inerrant Bible in English. Many sincere believers have fallen prey to the suggestion that Greek must be understood to properly understand the Bible. Preachers and teachers routinely correct the Bible by claiming the words in the KJV are mistranslations of the “original Greek,” which of course no longer exists. As touched on in an earlier post, God had written down the words He wanted in His Book and has preserved every word in the Book for eternity.
Whether you agree with this line of thought or not, there are those who choose to take Bible preservation to a logical conclusion and believe that God’s perfect Word does exist in the English language. This is the viewpoint of faith. In an effort to mask the real issue, Satan has created a smoke screen of misinformation aimed at distracting believers from that issue. From the earliest portions of Scripture, Satan has been interested in distorting God’s message to mankind. A quick study of Genesis 3 demonstrates Satan’s primary tactics of questioning God’s Word, adding to and subtracting from it and flat out denying it. Throughout the Bible, Satan demonstrates the ability to counterfeit what God is doing in his desire to be worshiped and wants to destroy God’s Word, as well as our confidence in that Word.
One way of doing this is to have a large number of versions with subtle and major differences so as to confound the truth. This happened to the Apostle Paul when he warned the readers of his letters: “That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.“ (2 Thes. 2:2) Paul’s letters were obviously being counterfeited. It is easy to conclude that the same thing happened to other scriptures.
A simple example of a subtle difference is to look at Mark 1:2-3 in your Bible. In the KJV, verse 2 begins, “As it is written in the prophets,” then quotes from Malachi 3:1, followed by a quote from Isaiah 40:3 in verse 3. However in the new versions (NIV, RSV, ESV, etc.) Mark 1:2 begins: “As it is written in Isaiah the prophet,” then quotes from Malachi and Isaiah. Obviously only one can be correct. The first principles of logic dictate that two different things cannot be the same; there is no middle ground. And this is just one of literally thousands of differences in these Bibles. No wonder there is confusion. The next post will discuss why I trust the KJV as the only perfect, inerrant and reliable Bible.