[Linux4christians] Re: NIV Bible for Linux (off list topic)
edoc7 at verizon.net
Sun Aug 13 20:21:58 EDT 2006
Howard Coles Jr. wrote:
> On Sunday 13 August 2006 4:17 am, edoc7 wrote:
>> One may lead someone to faith without a Bible at all,
>> or with The Prophet from Kahlil Gibran, or a single page
>> ripped out of almost any Bible, or The Word on the Street
>> partial Bible translation, or Dante's Inferno, Absolute
>> Surrender, or a poem written by a friend, or many other
>> books and Bible translations and life experiences.
>> The Holy Spirit is alive and well and is not entombed
>> in any man-made book.
> Now you have crossed the line. Sorry, but this is inexcusable and uncalled
> for. The Word of God is NOT, absolutely NOT, a man-made book. It
> is "inspired of God" which means it is "God breathed" just like creation in
> Genesis 1. The problem I've noticed in this conversation is that those who
> hold to the KJV are the ones who are looked down upon. I reject this notion
> altogether, and stand firm with them as one of them. Maybe its not the KJV
> only people who should compromise, maybe its all the rest of you.
> Those who stand on one version usually do so with and because of conviction.
> Now, I don't have a problem with any man who can look me in the eye and say
> the Bible version he's reading is God's Word with all that implies. If he
> can do that we're on the same side. However, if like you, he thinks they're
> all man made books, then we've got a problem. How can two walk together
> except they agree?
The point is, and was abundantly clear, that God *owns*
His Word and none of the 200 various efforts to accurately
translate His perfect Word in the one translation known
as the early KJV *perfectly* reproduces it. Claims to the
contrary are simply absurd.
The Holy Spirit empowers those in whom He dwells to find
the truth around the errors injected by the editorial
errors of imperfect *translators*.
God's *perfect* Word was given *once*, to specially inspired
men like Moses and Paul and John and others.
The later translations of His Word from that perfect original
source are *not* perfect, *none* of them are and no honest
translator has ever suggested that they are.
>> God's Bible is *not* trapped inside any translation, God's
>> Bible is His sovereign truth. He will sovereignly determine
>> how best to lead each individual to faith -- any mere human
>> who puts personal preferences in the way of God's much more
>> important plan is a problem not a tool.
> And where, pray tell, do you expect to find this "sovereign truth" outside
> the Bible? You will find NO authoritative revelation of God outside the Holy
> Scriptures, PERIOD. On the contrary, God says He has exalted His Word above
> His very name! And what a holy, righteous, and eternal name it is!
The Holy Spirit brings truth to us using Bibles, and general
revelation, and answers to our prayers. The Bible says so
and God has confirmed that in the recorded experience of
believers for generations.
God did not die after giving us His Word, He is the Teacher,
the Bible is merely a tool He uses.
We are not to make an idol of the Bible, *only God* is
worthy of that because *only He* is perfect.
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