We base our eternity, our values, our morals, and our way of life on the words of the Bible. But what if the words in your Bible aren’t the same words in the original Hebrew and Greek Scriptures? What if the translation you’re reading hasn’t been translated word for word but instead was interpreted concept for concept?
Sadly, many modern Bibles are not accurate translations of the original texts. In this episode, Dale and Veronica discuss the importance of choosing a reliable translation of the Bible.
Takeaways From This Episode
- Remember, the only difference between a Christian Bible and a Jehovah’s Witness Bible is the translation.
- “Ever since the Garden of Eden, Satan has been attacking the Word of God; sometimes directly, sometimes very subtly. In the Garden of Eden, it was a rather subtle attack. All he did was misquote God, leaving out a few words. He’s always been taking away or adding to the revelation in order to slightly change its meaning.” -Chuck Smith
- “We must not select a few favorite passages to the exclusion of others. Nothing less than a whole Bible can make a whole Christian.” ~A.W. Tozer
In centuries past, everyone was desperate for a copy of the Bible. Now, everyone has one and nobody reads it. Then, translation was about access. Today, translation is about comfort and profit.
If every year a new translation is released then apparently the previous version wasn’t good enough or accurate enough. And if the previous ones were inadequate what reason is there to believe future translations will be better.
- We must remember, translators are not co-authors, editors, or interpreters. They are translators.
- We are not here to create translations and adjust God’s vocabulary simply to meet the reading level or comfort level of a target audience
Originally, accuracy of translation took precedence over literary style. But now, we live in a narcissistic culture that elevates the reader above the author and caters to the experience of the reader instead of the authenticy of the text.
- 1 Timothy 3:16-17: “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 complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
- Revelation 22:18-19: “For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”
Ultimately, this topic requires sincere evaluation and prayer. After watching or listening to this episode, what is your opinion? Do you have any questions or comments? Maybe you have something to add to the discussion? If so, let us know in the comments below.