Believe The Bible

September 14, 2011

     Dear Readers,

     Today a middle-aged, born-again Christian woman said something to me that I’ll never forget, "I believe Jesus is my Savior, but I don’t believe all that stuff in the bible.  It’s been written and translated so many times you don’t know what to believe is true."

     I thought about that comment all day.  It seems to cover a lot of young Christian’s attitudes.  We live in an age of highly educated, technologically savvy people, who may or may not believe Jesus is our Savior, but want to do their own research about God, His Son, and His Holy Spirit.  All of it!  The very brain God gifted us with is the same brain questioning His existence and His written Word.

     She also said, "There are so many different bibles, how do you know which one is correct?  I would rather draw my own conclusions and not listen to a book that was written 1000’s of years ago by many different people in many languages."

     I know I am not a theologian, but I failed to come up with a quick answer to this knowledgeable woman, so I said nothing.  An instant answer would have been nice, but I didn’t have one.  So what do I say to her without sounding foolish and without being intimidated by her intellect?  I threw the question out to some of my Christian friends in an email yesterday.  Hopefully, when some of their answers come back, they will help me with my blog this week.  I’ll pray for answers and continue my own research.

     September 19, 2011

     Here are a few of the comments that came back from my friends:

     "I believe the King James Version of the bible is the only one that has all the facts."

     "The different translations only enhance our understanding of God and His Son."

     "Find a bible you are comfortable with and stick with it.  Read it and ask questions."

     "The one complete bible, without any changes is the Hebrew Bible."

     "We are not supposed to rely on our own understanding."

     One friend said, Dale A. Robbins says, "After some research on the various versions, every believer would do well to zero in on a primary version to which they devote their study and commit passages to memory.  It’s inadvisable to allow the issue of translations to become a distraction." (http://victorious.org/translat.htm)

     My favorite comment was, "Pray, pray, pray!"

    

     September 20, 2011

     In my research one scripture jumped out at me this week as I pondered this blog.  Here it is from five different bible versions:

     Rev.21:5, "And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold I make all things new.  And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful." (KJV)

     Rev.21:5, "He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!"  Then he said, "Write this down, for these words are Trustworthy and true." (NIV)

     Rev.21:5, "And he that sat upon the throne said, "Behold, I make all things new."  And he said unto me, "Write, for these words are true and faithful." (The Open Bible)

     Rev.21:5, "Then, He who sat on the throne said, "Behold, I make all things new."  And He said to me, "Write, for these words are true and faithful." (NKJV)

     Rev.21:5, "The one who sat on the throne said, "Behold, I make all things new."  Then he said, "Write these words down, for they are trustworthy and true." (The New American Standard-Roman Catholic Edition)

 

     I guess I’m just going to have to, "Pray, pray, pray" for her.  Thank you all for reading.

                             Love in Christ,     Claire  xoxo

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Believe The Bible

September 14, 2011

     Dear Readers,

     Today a middle-aged, born-again Christian woman said something to me that I’ll never forget, "I believe Jesus is my Savior, but I don’t believe all that stuff in the bible.  It’s been written and translated so many times you don’t know what to believe is true."

     I thought about that comment all day.  It seems to cover a lot of young Christian’s attitudes.  We live in an age of highly educated, technologically savvy people, who many or may not believe Jesus is our Savior, but want to do their own research about God, His Son, and His Holy Spirit.  All of it!  The very brain God gifted us with is the same brain questioning His existence and His written Word.

     She also said, "There are so many different bibles, how do you know which one is correct?  I would rather draw my own conclusions and not listen to a book that was written 1000’s of years ago by many different people in many languages."

     I know I am not a theologian, but I failed to come up with a quick answer to this knowledgeable woman, so I said nothing.  An instant answer would have been nice, but I didn’t have one.  So what do I say to her without sounding foolish and without being intimidated by her intellect?  I threw the question out to some of my Christian friends in an email yesterday.  Hopefully, when some of their answers come back, they will help me with my blog this week.  I’ll pray for answers and continue my own research.

     September 19, 2011

     Well, here are a few of the comments that came back from my friends:

     "I believe the King James Version of the bible is the only one that has all the facts!"

     "The different translations only enhance our understanding of God and His Son!"

     "Find a bible you are comfortable with and stick with it.  Read it and ask questions!"

     "The one complete bible without any changes is the Hebrew Bible!"

     "We are not supposed to rely on our own understanding!"

     One friend said, Dale A. Robbins says, "After some research on the various versions, every believer would do well to zero in on a primary version to which they devote their study and commit passages to memory.  It’s advisable to not allow the issue of translations to become a distraction."  (http:victorious.org/translat.htm).    

     My favorite comment was, "Pray, pray, pray!"

     September 20, 2011-Yesterday

     In my research one scripture jumped out at me this week as I pondered this blog.  Here it is from five different bible versions:

     Rev.21:5,  "And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold I make all things new.  And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful." (KJV)

   

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