Thursday, May 19, 2011

Events of recent days...

Due to some interesting events unfolding over the last few days and weeks, I'm sure my little blog has suddenly become very "popular". In fact, my blog was pretty much a primary source of "evidence" that I am allegedly some kind of heretic.

You see, I believe in a Holy Bible which I have within touching distance on my left hand side as I write this blog. Every time since I got saved as a five year old boy that the Holy Spirit of God has spoken to me, He has done so in English. I've never yet heard the Holy Spirit speak to me in Hebrew, Aramaic, or Greek. Strange that, isn't it? Who would ever have thought that God could speak English? Who would ever have thought it indeed...

When people have a written statement of faith that says "The Holy Bible is the inspired word of God", they often don't really mean that. Or at least, they DO mean that the phrase "Holy Bible" is NOT a reference to the English King James Bible. If they DO believe in a Holy Bible of any sorts, they SEEM (and I can only say "seem", as they never seem to be able to clearly define their position - how incredibly convenient!) to be referring to:

1. An original manuscript WHICH DOES NOT EXIST ANY MORE.
2. An "original language" WHICH THEY CANNOT FLUENTLY READ.
3. An eclectic text such as the Received Text, WHICH NOBODY CAN QUITE PINPOINT.

Oh, and for those of you reading this post and getting a little hot under the collar, do yourself a favour and RESEARCH whether the "original manuscript" of the Book of Job was written in Hebrew. You see, all extant "original language" manuscripts of the Old Testament have Job in Hebrew. But nobody believes - at least, nobody who has good sense and does their research - that Job was originally written in Hebrew. It was almost certainly penned by Elihu, and if that was the case, he penned it a long, long time before the Hebrew language existed. He probably wrote it in Egyptian, and it was probably translated into Hebrew by Moses.

And while you are on this topic, do some RESEARCH and see the EVIDENCE which indicates that the "original manuscript" of Matthew was probably written in HEBREW. Yet no early Hebrew Matthew manuscripts are extant. The early manuscripts of Matthew are all in Greek. So much for the scholars claiming that they are correcting the King James Bible with the "originals" and the "original languages". These scholars KNOW the evidence, they KNOW it says Matthew was written in Hebrew, so they reduce the evidence to suggesting that "Matthew was written in the Hebrew style". Oh, how convenient. But oh, how intellectually dishonest...

By choosing one of the above positions (original manuscript, original language, or eclectic text in original languages), it puts you in the incredibly convenient position of NEVER having to SUBMIT to the Word of God. You simply pick and choose the relevant text, manuscript, word, or variant which suits your doctrine.

I have never adopted that position. I change my doctrine to suit the Word of God - as it is given to me, by inspiration, in the King James Bible. I have it on my desk. I can read it. I trust it. It has proven itself now for some 400 years. They keep hammering away at the anvil, and the anvil keeps wearing out the hammers.

I never wanted to suffer for the Word of God, but it is truly an honour to do so. And in the very month that is the 400th year Anniversary of the Word of God in the English language. Who would have thought?

Purified Seven Times... (Psalm 12 : 6 - 7)
1. It took seven years (times) to produce.
2. It was the 7th major attempt at producing an English Bible. (Preceded by Tyndale's, Matthew's, Coverdale's, Great Bible, Geneva Bible, Bishop's Bible, and finally purified in the Authorised Version, King James Bible.)

Where the word of a king is, there is POWER... (Ecclesiastes 8 : 4)

Amen and amen. At least I know where I stand. I always did.