Addendum ToTwo Streams
   
 

 

 
New Bible Versions Enhance Confusion
 
by Lee Y. Martin, Ph.D., ©1999-2011
  Under the illusion that Elizabethan English is unintelligible to the average
  Christian the devil has spun a web of new Bible versions in order to
  ensnare unwary believers and unchruched mulitudes.
   
 
What is Your Heart Condition? Pride & Folly, Decit & Murder, Anger & Ill-Will, Evil, Hate, Covetousness, Gluttony, and Fraud. By Jeannette L. Vetter

Satan's purpose is to prevent new believers from coming into the full knowledge of the truth and thus hinder their walk on the straight and narrow way to heaven. Someone asked Jesus before His crucifixion, "Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able" (Luke 13:23,24).

 
These words should unsettle the "couch potato" Christian. They are part of chapter 13, (an ominous number) in which repentance, the Kingdom of Heaven, and the danger of missing it is discussed. The entire chapter has overtones concerning getting lost along "the way." Jesus said that many will desire to be saved but will not be able. I submit that one good reason is because the watering down if not downright corruption of God's Holy inspired Scriptures has always beclouded the truth of the gospel. Salvation is simple (2 Corinthians 11:3) but contending for the faith requires perseverance (Jude 1:3).
"Couch Potato"
   
 

The first requirement of any military operation is to cut the supply line. God's Word is our source of life. Jesus said, "it is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life" (John 6:63). Without knowledge of what God has said and exactly how He said it, we are no match for the devil. Since Genesis 3:1 where Satan corrupted God's spoken Word by adding to what He said, to wit, "Yea hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?" destruction of the supply line has been the mode of operation of God's archenemy. By inserting one tiny little word -- "not" -- the devil corrupted God's Word, confused Eve, and temporarily took control of God's creation along with the human race. Our only source of truth is God and without His written Word, which reveals the unseen battle in the heavenlies, and which warns of Satan's tactics to ensnare people (2 Timothy 2:26), we are easy targets for our adversary the devil.

As of today there are 400 or so English versions of the Bible 1 most of which have been written in the last century. They obscure the way of salvation by removing, adding to, or changing God's signposts on His roadmap to the "other side." Nevertheless, these end-times inferior Scriptures are not without precedent. Hear the distant voice of one of the early church Fathers, Gaius (writing between 175-200A.D.):

"...these heretics have audaciously corrupted (the Divine Scriptures)...laying violent hands upon them under pretence of correcting them...(One) has but to collect the copies belonging to these persons severally; then, to compare one with another; ...he will discover that their discrepancy is extraordinary...Let any one compare the fabricated text which these persons put forth in the first instance, with that which exhibits their latest perversions of the truth, and he will discover that the disagreement between them is even excessive." 2

Is that not what happens when men change their translations with new editions or make revisions every two or three years as the NIV and others have promised to do? Does God's Word change? He said "...I am the Lord, I change not" (Malachai 3:6). Cannot an almighty God who said He would preserve a copy of His Words (Psalm 12:6,7) do so? Bible peddlers would have us believe that He cannot. Even Paul spoke to this problem of Bible correcting in one of his letters: "We are not as many, which corrupt (correct?) the word of God..." (2 Corinthians 2:17). From these quotes we learn that Satan has had his hand on God's Word even from the beginning in order to prevent truth seekers from discovering the straight and narrow way to heaven.

One word characterizes the collage of new Bible versions -- confusion. The authors of these books claim that they want to dispel confusion and make more intelligible God's Word when in reality they are the originators of it by creating a network of approximations to what God originally penned by the Holy Ghost. If you were traveling to the moon in a spaceship, would you like to approximate the course you traverse or would you want an exact fix on how to get there? It has been rightly demonstrated that if one starts off with an extremely slight deviation from point A going to a destination some distance away, one not only can, but will end up someplace else miles away from the intended target. I believe that many sincere people want to know the truth but have been blinded by promotional advertising which tempts them into thinking just any Bible will do. My friend if there is a difference, then only one can be a copy of the original, because the Spirit is not the author of confusion.

TRANSLATION DIFFERENCES

Paraphrased Bibles technically are not translations because they use dynamic equivalency instead of formal equivalency as the preferred mode of conversion. Dynamic (explosive) equivalency means one uses a free and loose rendering of the Greek text when transferring God's thoughts and words into another language. Most often the author (or group of translators) furnishes his own interpretation of what he thinks the text is saying into the conversion process. Formal equivalency, on the other hand, does not explain or expand -- it is not explosive but tightly bound to a strict transference of the Greek text as it originally was penned. It takes into account the Holy Spirit's choice of words and word order, syntax, and idioms peculiar to the original language. In short, it tries to obtain a word for word transfer, which is why it is called formal. It is not my purpose here to defend methods of translation nor to expound upon rules of grammar but rather to illustrate to Christians that there are problems in the teaching-learning process in church services when sheep read from one translation and the shepherd, or teacher, teaches from a different one. These problems are the progenitors of confusion.

   
 

PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH THE USE OF MULTIPLE VERSIONS OF BIBLES IN CHURCH SETTINGS

It has been stated that confusion is the basic reason Satan has promoted the many translations of God's Word. If Satan can keep his prey in confusion, he can keep them in doubt, and doubt -- the archenemy of faith -- will ultimately question portions of scripture, which will hinder a believer's spiritual growth if not cause him to backslide or fall from grace (Galatians 5:4). For instance, if one doubts that the first three chapters of Genesis are factual, where is the line drawn for doubting other sections of the Bible as factual? Should we pick and choose? When doubt enters the intellectual arena, the devil has snared his victim because "...without faith it is impossible to please him, for he that cometh to God must believe that He is..." (Hebrews 11:6). Doubt and faith cannot coexist. Hence, confusion is the throne room of Satan. Let me explain some problems inherent in the promotion of confusion.

Having acquired a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology, I taught courses in the field of higher education. I also hold an MA in reading qualifying me to teach reading in an educational setting. After reading extensively for over two years about how Bible versions differ and how they came into being, not only in D. A. Waite's 3 and Gail Riplinger's 4 books but also in other works, it became apparent to me that there are underlying cognitive (another word for intellectual) factors involved in the use of different versions which inhibit an optimal setting for becoming a true disciple of Jesus. Let me list only a few, for I am sure there are more, of the intellectual skills necessary to execute dynamic equivalency while in the process of being taught the Bible by a teacher or pastor who uses a different translation from the one the listener is using. Keep in mind that these factors are subliminal, i.e., below the threshold of conscious perception.

   
 

1. Listening Skills

Listening skills must be well developed, available, and operating at peak capacity. Even being a professional educator I have to pay strict attention to the teacher who uses a different Bible from my King James Version, or I have trouble following him. In fact, when people read from the Amplified Bible, I tune them out most of the time. It's too verbose. It's wordiness is overwhelming in private study, more so in a public teaching situation. It might have some use as a commentary, but in a teaching setting I question its value. If I have trouble, what does that portend for many of God's unschooled children and newly born lambs?

Listening has to do with paying attention. We are admonished to "...attend (pay attention) to (God's) words, incline thine ear to my sayings, let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart, for they are life to those that find them and health to all their flesh" (Proverbs 4:20-22). Attention is a selective perception meaning that some things are unconsciously screened out by individuals while other things are not. Without getting into academic verbiage let me say that if the Bible message being delivered is unfamiliar to the listener, that is, the wording is different, memory is diminished in proportion to its unfamiliarity. When the listener goes home and uses his different version to review the teaching, his recall is lessened to the degree he was unable to keep up with the reading of the different text.

 

2. Paraphrastic Skills

Because most of the new versions are really paraphrased editions of the Bible and not translations, the persons who are being discipled in the teaching setting must have immediate or instantaneous skill in converting the phrases of the Bible the reader is using into those of his own text. Very simply one must be able to quickly dissect the phrases he hears and rearrange their meaning to fit the phrases he is reading. Hopefully the learner can keep up with this process which is a sophisticated mental procedure. If the listener's vocabulary is limited, he will have a very difficult time indeed. Quick rearrangement of phrasing is a mental task all its own. Whenever the phrases contain unfamiliar words, the task becomes extremely burdensome. All this is done without teachers or pastors stopping long enough for the lesser able readers to keep up. No wonder so many Christians find Bible study unfruitful. Dynamic equivalency is truly broadening the way to destruction, for without a strict rendering of God's Word, the boundaries for holiness become obscure encouraging permissiveness and tolerance as acceptable life norms.

 

3. Mental Gymnastics in Word Meanings

Words are important and God's Words are absolutely important. The higher up one ascends in power, the more important his words are. That is the reason the press hangs on every word a president says, and one mistaken word can reverberate around the media for weeks and even months. If earthly men's words carry great weight, how much weightier should God's Word be? Yet men presume to change His Words even after He has said, "Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you" (Deuteronomy 4:2). Some teachers say that "the word" above refers only to the concept, but I submit it references not only the concept but also paying strict attention to each and every word God has spoken. This necessitates careful handling in the translation process, for attending only to the context softens the ground for duplicitous translations. Thus, we had better find out which Bible is the copy of the original.

 

4. Comprehension Ability

It is a well-known fact that people differ in reading comprehension ability. Whenever two different Bibles are used in the teaching-learning process lesser able readers are at a great disadvantage because in this situation two renditions of texts are being forced upon the listener, his own and that of his teacher. If he finds it difficult to comprehend his own text, how can he concurrently comprehend that of one he is not even looking at? In other words the sheep are being asked to comprehend two translations simultaneously, a feat difficult for even good readers. It is one thing to comprehend what one is actually reading and quite another to comprehend what one is hearing being read. Other factors are involved in this but space does not permit expression of them.

 

5. Skill in Adjusting Reading Speed

Have you ever gotten lost when the pastor is reading from a different version of the Bible and could not catch up with him? Join the crowd of which I am a member. Fortunately, I can, if I want to, determine where he is and can skip over some verses. But how many newly born Christians who have never been exposed to the Bible can know, as I do having studied the Bible for almost 40 years, how far down the teacher has progressed in the text and catch up? What a mess! After becoming aware of Satan's tampering with God's Holy Scriptures, I started watching people in the pew as the pastor read from his text. Oftentimes I discovered that as many as half had given up trying to follow and were looking around the room, most with Bible's opened in their laps. The underlying factor here is that a listener must be skillful in adjusting his listening speed to match that of the teacher's reading speed while at the same time comprehend what is being spoken. All of this must be second nature, i.e., it must be well developed and fully operational, if the learner is to hearken to what is being taught -- if he is to "do" the Word and not just hear it as James exhorts (1:22).

   
 

The Derivative Copyright Law A Priori Enhances Confusion

Because of the derivative copyright law, new versions of the Bible must not use the same words, for the most part, that the King James Bible has used. Very briefly, the law states that one cannot obtain a copyright of an existing work without making substantial changes in it. Did you get that? Substantial means a considerable amount, which in turn means that our Bible has been seriously changed, altered, and/or corrupted. The reason men want their works copyrighted is basically to make money. Praise God, the KJB was never copyrighted, and anyone can print any portion of it without permission.

In changing the words of the King James the translator(s) usually uses a thesaurus. Since the KJV was written with the express purpose that the least educated person would be able to read God's Word, the text contains the simplest English words for the equivalent Greek. They are one syllable words or words having the fewest syllables. The longer the word, the more sophisticated it becomes. All versions succeeding the KJV are written using equivalent words from a thesaurus, but since the shortest words have already been used, the newer version of necessity must choose an equivalent word that has more syllables making it more sophisticated and hence more complicated. Moreover, all versions of the Bible exceed the King James in reading ability level, meaning that they are more difficult to read or to say it another way, they read at a higher school grade level on a recognized reading ability scale. 5 For anyone who might not know a thesaurus is a book of synonyms. Since the newer Bible versions use differing words, not only from the KJV but also from each other (to satisfy the copyright law), believers who want to study God's Word in a multiple version setting must have a fully functioning mental thesaurus in order to make quick word associations. In other words they must have a host of synonyms (fully operational) in their memory cache to draw upon. When the listener hears a word different from his own text, hopefully he can compute its meaning from the text he is hearing and quickly associate its meaning with the word or words he is looking at in his own text. Because words have what is called nuances of meanings -- they vary in exact equivalence of meaning -- it becomes difficult at times to determine which shade of meaning the listener ought to choose. This would not be so much of a problem if the listener has ample opportunity to ask questions or interact with the teacher. But, how many church settings provide for this? It's hard enough when only one Bible is used to get at the truth, much less three or four and possibly eight versions in one setting.

 

CONCLUSION

If you feel that all the above is too complicated to grasp, then you are right where the devil wants you. He would like for God's children to give up and quit learning. This is the very reason he has promoted so many new translations of the Bible. He whispers that it is all right to prefer one Bible version over another because in that way he can keep you confused and wondering about the authenticity of the Scriptures. Without a standard one has no way of knowing when he has missed the mark. If some of the words have been taken out, and you have never seen them before, how do you know they are missing? If there is no benchmark, how do you know you have gone astray? If you have not been to your destination, how do you know where you have not been? He that has ears to hear let him hear what the Spirit is saying.

Let's settle it now, it is only by God's grace people can get saved reading any text of the Bible. That is because it is an holographic book meaning that Jesus Christ is found on virtually every page. Therefore, if a verse, or a page, or even an entire book were missing, Jesus Christ would show up on the other pages in some form even though blurred. The greatest problem arises after salvation, when studying the Word in order to grow. Two major possibilities come to mind.

First, if the text is diluted and the stream murky, as suggested in the vision "Two Streams," you could wind up doubting the truth of what you are reading and get lost along "the way." Many an educated Christian has ended up denying the Lord that bought them (2 Peter 2:2). It appears like education is a mixed blessing. The more education one has the greater the chance one might deny Jesus. "And further, by these (previously spoken words of Solomon), my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh. Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole (entire or primary) duty of man" (Ecclesiastes 12:12,13).

Second, and perhaps more importantly, when someone drinks from tainted water long enough, he can and probably will end up sick, emaciated, and numbed into the service of the devil. I am convinced that the reason the ecumenical movement is gaining ground so fast is because the new versions of God's Holy Word have slowly poisoned and hence weakened the church to the point where she no longer can make discerning judgments in contending for the truth. Even those who do depart from evil become a prey to the dazzling, death-doomed, Laodicean church which will have been overcome and destroyed during the tribulation by its insipid lukewarm Bibles (Revelation 3:14-22 with 17:16). Jesus had nothing good to say about this lukewarm church and said He would spew it out of His mouth. Hear the prophet as he speaks for God: "...Judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off; for truth is fallen in the street, and equity (righteousness) cannot enter. Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey; and the Lord saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment" (Isaiah 59:14,15). Did you get that last part? The person who decides to stop sinning and turn to God makes himself Satan's prey by drinking from his polluted biblical waters which can, over time, bewitch a person's good judgment and make him think that white magic is the anointing of God. And we see from the above, God is displeased that the church is not using judgment but tolerating things she would not have accepted 50 years ago. It is my opinion that these new versions have been the major cause undermining the church's stand for truth in these last days.

 
A smart pilot makes a flight plan prior to taking off in an airplane. He later flies the plan. A ship's captain would not dare leave port without a compass that points toward true north. The Christian Bible is God's flight plan for man, and it points to His abode in the sides of the north (Isaiah 14:13).
 

Is it safe to mess with His plan by correcting His compass as some have presumptuously done? To do so can be costly on this voyage of life and could cause one to end up in the wrong port. We dare not trust our senses while flying on instruments as any pilot will tell you. Walking by faith is the same as flying by instruments. We must trust the gauges and instruments in the Word of God, and if these have been tampered with, we are truly in danger of wrecking havoc because they are our indicators telling us how high we are (pride), how balanced we are (temperance), when we should change course (sin), and every other behavior necessary to keep us from losing rewards and even life itself.

We have learned from this vision that there are two streams of biblical water from which you can drink -- the Alexandrian stream originating in Egypt, and the Antiochan stream originating in Syria. Since God is not the author of confusion nor is He double-minded, only one stream is pure. Every version of the Bible except the King James dips out of the Alexandrian stream of water for its construction. "Therefore shall the strength of Pharaoh be (their) shame, and the trust in the shadow of Egypt your confusion" (Isaiah 30:3).

 

I encourage you to study and find out for yourself if these things are so. The stakes are high and the prize is eternal. God is waiting to help you in your search. Unless you are absolutely confident that you have God's unchangeable Word in your hands, your faith will waver. With the fast approaching synergy of the recent all-faiths dialogue and the political New World order, there is not have much time to search out this matter. Amalgamation of religions is a foregone conclusion. Christians are going to need strong faith to contend for the gospel truth unto the end.

May the Lord comfort and bless you in your search.

   
 

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1.  Reported in Defending the King James Bible by D.A. Waite, Th.D., Ph.D. (most)

2. Cited in John Williams Burgon and The New Testament by Wilbur Norman Pickering. (Is)

3. Ibid. (and )

4. New Age Bible Versions by G. A. Riplinger. (books )

5. G. A. Riplinger found that the King James Bible read at the 5th grade level whereas the NASB scored at the 6th grade and the NIV at the 8th grade level on the Flesche Kincade Grade Level Indicator. (Reported by Riplinger in a taped interview on public radio.) After checking various verses, chapters, and books using the computer English program "Right Writer," Dr. D. A. Waite also found that the King James Bible was not as difficult to read as some have proposed (Ibid. p. 50). (For)

 

 

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