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Which bible is correct? Topic: how to write the methodology
July 17, 2019 / By Mickey
Question: There seem to be a lot of differences between the various translations of god's eternal and inerrant word. Which is considered the definitive, correct text? And why? What makes that version right, and the others wrong? So far I see nothing close to a consensus here. Considering how many Christians claim the bible as the word of god, shouldn't it be obvious and unambiguous what that word is? The dude IS omnipotent, right? Obama Nation: So the true word of god is whatever anybody decides it is? That's rather what I suspected, thank you. Sam: There is no "The" holy bible. Jao: I don't think it should be up to ME what the word of god is, or isn't. Daedalus: From what I understand, Jesus DID speak Aramaic. But weren't the Gospel writers Greek? Dave: Sorry, but that is simply not true. Thiago: Which one is "The" bible? H: Since I don't believe in god or Heaven, I certainily don't believe that. But if I DID believe in god, that IS more or less how I would expect his word to appear. If he expects people to follow his word, there should be no ambiguity in that word, and translation by humans is begging for inconsistency. 42 -- Yeah but, there is no more a consensus amongst the churches (plural) then amongst the books.
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Lexia Lexia | 2 days ago
Iv read the whole Bible, some parts many times (u start with New Test. Bk of John [connects 2 whole Bible] - details below - u can e-mail me if u want more info). However, ur approach, methodology, purpose & attitude (in)directly affect what u learn. I use the English Standard Version (ESV) b/c its easier 2 read than many other version while adhering 2 the word 4 word translation method (see below). In reading the Bible 1 must know this - theres many ways that seem right 2 men but its end = death & verses must b judged with right judgment. The Bible isnt 2 b read as a novel or a bedtime storybook. Many think they can just read it & understand it or its rubbish or pick parts of the Bible not easily understood even by seasoned actual Christians. No matter how much well-meaning people (religious or not) read the Bible they cant find Jesus Christ without going directly 2 Jesus thru His Biblical instructions (Jn 5:39; 10:1,7; 3:3,5). God outsmarted man - the Bible's the only 1 that cant b properly understood without Jesus (Jn 14:6; II Cor 3:14; Is 29:11-12 - If Jewish people cant pierce the veil over the OT without Jesus then 4 sure all gentiles cant). Thats why theres many interpretations & many thinking its just fairy tales (Jesus came with the sword of division). The Bible severely warns us not 2 trust humans (including clergy), not even ourselves (Jer 10:2-5,23; Is 2:22; Job 12:11; Prov 14:12; Acts 17:11). So carefully think over what I say. Dont just believe or dismiss what I write so u wont make the mistake many have, getting caught up in religious beliefs that wont lead u 2 God (things written about the Bible r by man not Jesus - like books/commentaries). Never forget: Neither a label, title, name, its history, # of members, amount of time it existed or whats stated about them means anything - its whats practiced that makes it valid or a lie or not useful (even with respect 2 Bibles). Most Bibles contain the truth but many hv bad errors. Many miss this - Jesus is the only 1 in history who said He's "the" way, "the" truth & "the" life & NO 1 can know God except thru Jesus (Jn 14:6 - ref Acts 4:12; Jn 5:39; 10:1,7). So "the" whole truth was complete & there4 finished thru what Jesus taught/did or God doesn't know what He's doing & cant be God. The truth is either fully true or its a lie. The full truth cant contain a lie - the absence of any lie. So any so-called new teaching, other religious beliefs or from self-proclaimed prophets & teachers r null & void & cant lead u 2 God. But God always knew what He's doing & all Jesus would do. Jesus couldnt have done nor said what He did unless He fully knew the entire OT (the NT didnt exist @ the time of Jesus) - only possible if God sent Him & the Apostles couldnt write down the NT unless Jesus allowed them 2 remember & know His purpose (Lk 24:25-27,45). Not possible unless God caused it. Religions made many fatal errors. They built religions on what man would like God 2 b like. They cant all b right (i.e. Theres 1 Bible, why so many interpretations? - II Pet 1:**19-21). Religion wont teach u much about God (they cant teach what they don't know). I know many Biblical things but most important is do u know about being Born Anew (Jn 3:3,5)? Whats Biblical is built on it (NT - John is the place 2 start, Chap.3 1rst - the whole Bible is connected 2 John). Im not religious under "church" type labels b/c the Bible is about eternal life not how many rituals u can do (wrong use of the Bible - part of why theres many interpretations). By loving the truth 1rst u'll learn the true love of Jesus Christ. 2 begin 2 find our real Jesus, start with Jn 3:1-14 - note: Nicodemus was very religious but Jesus flatout told him he had missed the 1rst most important step - being Born Anew. 2 be Born Anew u must 1rst understand that no1 can live without breaking God's Law = sin that separates us from God (Rom 3:23; Acts 3:19). There4, u must pray 2 Jesus asking Him 2 forgive ur past sins, accept Jesus Christ as ur 1 & only Savior, ask Him 2 give u God's Holy Spirit (Lk 11:11-13; Jn 15:26; 14:26), seek 2 know & follow Him - u always need a Bible (Jn 7:17; Jn 1:12,13; 3:16,17;21; 36; 5:24: 6:37; 8:12; 10:9; 11:25; 14:6; 20:31; Is 34:16;46:10 - memorize this set of verses - later they helped me). BIBLES Use a version that gives 1 the quickest path 2 the truth 4 the best chance not 2 b confused, which u'll hv along the way - especially 4 young people - what u feed children spiritually will affect the outcome - imput = output (Always get a Bible with references 4 related texts). I hv access 2 30+ translations. Iv found the best 2 versions (1 or 2 others r almost as good but not needed). Why I use these 2: Being wise we know there cant b many versions that can b the best/close 2 the old texts. Theres 3 main types of translations with overlaps/mixtures within each catagory (dependant on agendas or philosophical approach - some may classify some in 1 catagory when they belong in another - especially within B&C below - 2 a degree more than 1 method may b used 4 readability or depending on agendas or theology concepts - some overuse): A. Word 4 word &/or literal translations B. Dynamic equivalence or thought 4 thought or overused Literal C. Concept 4 Concept or paraphrased or overused Literal 1a. Word 4 Word with Literal Trans. I use Bibles based on "word 4 word" &/or some "literal" translation methods - some literal added 4 easier reading. The reason is they adhere best 2 original text. The translations, best 1rst, r King James III (KJ III) (newest update) by J. P. Green - also published a Literal Translation & an Interlinear Version (IV) - includes Hebrew&Greek, **English Standard Version (ESV) - the "easiest good version" 2 read (a related update of Revised Standard Version (RSV - best older translation), New American Standard Bible (NASB) - (update: a little harder 2 read - moved 2 B - like NKJV it has sentence structure issues & errors) & Amplified Version (AV) (harder 2 read & sentence structure/agenda issues). 1b. Older English Versions Regrettably all other English translations hv inherent problems/errors. Old English versions like the King James Version (KJV), American Standard Version (ASV, AmV), Revised English Version (REV), Darby & similar versions r written in older English thats not been used 4 over 175 years. While it may b poeticly nice the Bible isnt about poetry. The Bible's hard enough 2 understand without trying 2 decifer a long outdated language - even word 4 word trans. wont help much. The truth's hidden in the Bible. It takes lots of time & energy 2 mine it as is. Well-meaning people will tell u the KJV is the only "authorized" version (KJV is authorized by a "human" king not God & it has errors). Many words used in old English rnt even rightly definable any more. Use of OLD so-called "modern" English only helps promote Biblical ignorance, which overrides the value 4 original manuscripts used. 2. Dynamic Equivelance &/or Thought 4 Thought Be wise stay away from all other popular versions b/c they, 2 1 degree or another hv rewritten passages/verses. While many were well-meaning they watered down/caused significant changes 2 the meaning of God's actual message/block the true power of God's word from being rightly understood. Many well-meaning people tried 2 make versions so-called easier/more pleasurable 2 read - the Bible isnt a storybook or nove. They were trying 2 please humans instead of God. They used dynamic equivalence, thought 4 thought &/or used some literal/word 4 word methods of interpretation 4 where the original was obviously better. Where these methods went wrong is b/c they tried 2 1 degree or another 2 rewrite verses in their own words (calling them so-called modern English, etc.) or styles. The more liberally applied the worse the version (especially 4 hidden agendas). These versions include: sad 2 say all Cc versions [especially with inclusion of so-called "lost" or Apocrypha books, which dont adhere 2 the foundation/structure of the rest of the Bible], the (NASB), RE, KJV, NKJV, NRSV, HCSV, CEV, GNB, NCV & others with similarly applied methods. 3. Paraphrased or Free Translation & over usage of Literal This set includes but isnt limited 2 the LT, NIV, NIRV, NLV, NLT, TNIV, NLV, The Way - Paraphrased + the Message Bible (worst offenders but all versions listed here r almost as bad as these 2 - they make the Bible more like bedtime stories than the word of God). The more liberally applied the worse the version (especially 4 hidden agendas) - perversion 2 1 degree or another. These translation methods bend/rewrite &/or water down what was originally intended ([un]intentionally 4 various preferences/agendas). If u want 2 know God's actual message dont use these versions - they will give u a distorted picture/message & u could wind up remembering them that way - especially our impressionable children). Use the 2 versions I list under set 1 2 get 2 know what God actually intended. Then theres other so-called Bibles that cant lead u 2 God - the New World Translation (JWs), BOM (Mormon), the Qu'ran (Islam/muslims) & others claiming 2 b from God, another testament, update or restoration. The true Comforter is God's Holy Spirit not a human. voyc4rmwldrns
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Lexia Originally Answered: Which bible is correct?
Iv read the whole Bible, some parts many times (u start with New Test. Bk of John [connects 2 whole Bible] - details below - u can e-mail me if u want more info). However, ur approach, methodology, purpose & attitude (in)directly affect what u learn. I use the English Standard Version (ESV) b/c its easier 2 read than many other version while adhering 2 the word 4 word translation method (see below). In reading the Bible 1 must know this - theres many ways that seem right 2 men but its end = death & verses must b judged with right judgment. The Bible isnt 2 b read as a novel or a bedtime storybook. Many think they can just read it & understand it or its rubbish or pick parts of the Bible not easily understood even by seasoned actual Christians. No matter how much well-meaning people (religious or not) read the Bible they cant find Jesus Christ without going directly 2 Jesus thru His Biblical instructions (Jn 5:39; 10:1,7; 3:3,5). God outsmarted man - the Bible's the only 1 that cant b properly understood without Jesus (Jn 14:6; II Cor 3:14; Is 29:11-12 - If Jewish people cant pierce the veil over the OT without Jesus then 4 sure all gentiles cant). Thats why theres many interpretations & many thinking its just fairy tales (Jesus came with the sword of division). The Bible severely warns us not 2 trust humans (including clergy), not even ourselves (Jer 10:2-5,23; Is 2:22; Job 12:11; Prov 14:12; Acts 17:11). So carefully think over what I say. Dont just believe or dismiss what I write so u wont make the mistake many have, getting caught up in religious beliefs that wont lead u 2 God (things written about the Bible r by man not Jesus - like books/commentaries). Never forget: Neither a label, title, name, its history, # of members, amount of time it existed or whats stated about them means anything - its whats practiced that makes it valid or a lie or not useful (even with respect 2 Bibles). Most Bibles contain the truth but many hv bad errors. Many miss this - Jesus is the only 1 in history who said He's "the" way, "the" truth & "the" life & NO 1 can know God except thru Jesus (Jn 14:6 - ref Acts 4:12; Jn 5:39; 10:1,7). So "the" whole truth was complete & there4 finished thru what Jesus taught/did or God doesn't know what He's doing & cant be God. The truth is either fully true or its a lie. The full truth cant contain a lie - the absence of any lie. So any so-called new teaching, other religious beliefs or from self-proclaimed prophets & teachers r null & void & cant lead u 2 God. But God always knew what He's doing & all Jesus would do. Jesus couldnt have done nor said what He did unless He fully knew the entire OT (the NT didnt exist @ the time of Jesus) - only possible if God sent Him & the Apostles couldnt write down the NT unless Jesus allowed them 2 remember & know His purpose (Lk 24:25-27,45). Not possible unless God caused it. Religions made many fatal errors. They built religions on what man would like God 2 b like. They cant all b right (i.e. Theres 1 Bible, why so many interpretations? - II Pet 1:**19-21). Religion wont teach u much about God (they cant teach what they don't know). I know many Biblical things but most important is do u know about being Born Anew (Jn 3:3,5)? Whats Biblical is built on it (NT - John is the place 2 start, Chap.3 1rst - the whole Bible is connected 2 John). Im not religious under "church" type labels b/c the Bible is about eternal life not how many rituals u can do (wrong use of the Bible - part of why theres many interpretations). By loving the truth 1rst u'll learn the true love of Jesus Christ. 2 begin 2 find our real Jesus, start with Jn 3:1-14 - note: Nicodemus was very religious but Jesus flatout told him he had missed the 1rst most important step - being Born Anew. 2 be Born Anew u must 1rst understand that no1 can live without breaking God's Law = sin that separates us from God (Rom 3:23; Acts 3:19). There4, u must pray 2 Jesus asking Him 2 forgive ur past sins, accept Jesus Christ as ur 1 & only Savior, ask Him 2 give u God's Holy Spirit (Lk 11:11-13; Jn 15:26; 14:26), seek 2 know & follow Him - u always need a Bible (Jn 7:17; Jn 1:12,13; 3:16,17;21; 36; 5:24: 6:37; 8:12; 10:9; 11:25; 14:6; 20:31; Is 34:16;46:10 - memorize this set of verses - later they helped me). BIBLES Use a version that gives 1 the quickest path 2 the truth 4 the best chance not 2 b confused, which u'll hv along the way - especially 4 young people - what u feed children spiritually will affect the outcome - imput = output (Always get a Bible with references 4 related texts). I hv access 2 30+ translations. Iv found the best 2 versions (1 or 2 others r almost as good but not needed). Why I use these 2: Being wise we know there cant b many versions that can b the best/close 2 the old texts. Theres 3 main types of translations with overlaps/mixtures within each catagory (dependant on agendas or philosophical approach - some may classify some in 1 catagory when they belong in another - especially within B&C below - 2 a degree more than 1 method may b used 4 readability or depending on agendas or theology concepts - some overuse): A. Word 4 word &/or literal translations B. Dynamic equivalence or thought 4 thought or overused Literal C. Concept 4 Concept or paraphrased or overused Literal 1a. Word 4 Word with Literal Trans. I use Bibles based on "word 4 word" &/or some "literal" translation methods - some literal added 4 easier reading. The reason is they adhere best 2 original text. The translations, best 1rst, r King James III (KJ III) (newest update) by J. P. Green - also published a Literal Translation & an Interlinear Version (IV) - includes Hebrew&Greek, **English Standard Version (ESV) - the "easiest good version" 2 read (a related update of Revised Standard Version (RSV - best older translation), New American Standard Bible (NASB) - (update: a little harder 2 read - moved 2 B - like NKJV it has sentence structure issues & errors) & Amplified Version (AV) (harder 2 read & sentence structure/agenda issues). 1b. Older English Versions Regrettably all other English translations hv inherent problems/errors. Old English versions like the King James Version (KJV), American Standard Version (ASV, AmV), Revised English Version (REV), Darby & similar versions r written in older English thats not been used 4 over 175 years. While it may b poeticly nice the Bible isnt about poetry. The Bible's hard enough 2 understand without trying 2 decifer a long outdated language - even word 4 word trans. wont help much. The truth's hidden in the Bible. It takes lots of time & energy 2 mine it as is. Well-meaning people will tell u the KJV is the only "authorized" version (KJV is authorized by a "human" king not God & it has errors). Many words used in old English rnt even rightly definable any more. Use of OLD so-called "modern" English only helps promote Biblical ignorance, which overrides the value 4 original manuscripts used. 2. Dynamic Equivelance &/or Thought 4 Thought Be wise stay away from all other popular versions b/c they, 2 1 degree or another hv rewritten passages/verses. While many were well-meaning they watered down/caused significant changes 2 the meaning of God's actual message/block the true power of God's word from being rightly understood. Many well-meaning people tried 2 make versions so-called easier/more pleasurable 2 read - the Bible isnt a storybook or nove. They were trying 2 please humans instead of God. They used dynamic equivalence, thought 4 thought &/or used some literal/word 4 word methods of interpretation 4 where the original was obviously better. Where these methods went wrong is b/c they tried 2 1 degree or another 2 rewrite verses in their own words (calling them so-called modern English, etc.) or styles. The more liberally applied the worse the version (especially 4 hidden agendas). These versions include: sad 2 say all Cc versions [especially with inclusion of so-called "lost" or Apocrypha books, which dont adhere 2 the foundation/structure of the rest of the Bible], the (NASB), RE, KJV, NKJV, NRSV, HCSV, CEV, GNB, NCV & others with similarly applied methods. 3. Paraphrased or Free Translation & over usage of Literal This set includes but isnt limited 2 the LT, NIV, NIRV, NLV, NLT, TNIV, NLV, The Way - Paraphrased + the Message Bible (worst offenders but all versions listed here r almost as bad as these 2 - they make the Bible more like bedtime stories than the word of God). The more liberally applied the worse the version (especially 4 hidden agendas) - perversion 2 1 degree or another. These translation methods bend/rewrite &/or water down what was originally intended ([un]intentionally 4 various preferences/agendas). If u want 2 know God's actual message dont use these versions - they will give u a distorted picture/message & u could wind up remembering them that way - especially our impressionable children). Use the 2 versions I list under set 1 2 get 2 know what God actually intended. Then theres other so-called Bibles that cant lead u 2 God - the New World Translation (JWs), BOM (Mormon), the Qu'ran (Islam/muslims) & others claiming 2 b from God, another testament, update or restoration. The true Comforter is God's Holy Spirit not a human. voyc4rmwldrns

Jules Jules
The Chester Beatty Biblical Papyri Sir Frederic Kenyon wrote: The first and most important conclusion derived from the examination of them (the papyri) is the satisfactory one that they confirm the essential soundness of the existing texts.No striking or fundamental variation is shown either in the Old or New Testament. There are no important ommissions or additions of passages and no variations which affect vital facts or doctrine. The variations of texts affect minor matters,such as the words or the precise words used. There are possibly 6,000 handwritten texts that contain either all or part of the Hebrew scriptures,the oldest dating back to the 3rd century b.c.e.There are some 5,000 scriptures in the Greek Scriptures, the oldest dating back to the second century.There are also many copies of early translations into other languages. In newer translations there have been some changes,such as God's name has been removed from some modern translations because of superstitions.It appeared over 7,000 times in the original texts.Now it can be found in the King James,which is a very good version of the Bible though hard to read and understand because of the Archaic language. Exodus 6:3 and Psalm 83:18 I suggest you read different translations,your local library has them,compare them and choose what is right for you. I prefer the New world Translation,it is very easy to read and understand and the original name of God has been replaced. Happy reading. Proverbs 2:1-9
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Ginny Ginny
Because things can be lost in translation, you should always have several bibles to make comparisons for serious bible study. A literal translation is harder to understand, but it is as close as you can get. I have a Gideons Bible, a New Living Translation (in which I don't care for some of the wording), a King James, New American Standard (electronic version), a Duey Rheims (electronic version), and I am going to get an Ignatius Bible (which I have heard is one of the best translations available in English to date, but, of course, that's debatable). "So far I see nothing close to a consensus here. Considering how many Christians claim the bible as the word of god, shouldn't it be obvious and unambiguous what that word is?" --- exactly the reason why He left behind a CHURCH and not just a BOOK ;-)
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Derby Derby
Do you know that the Bible does NOT claim to be: 'The Word of God?' Nowhere in the Bible does the Bible make this claim for itself. In fact the Prologue to the Gospel of St. John tells us that Jesus Christ is the Word of God. So where does this proclamation come from? First, do you even know where the Bible came from? Do you suppose that it just dropped from Heaven one fine day already edited, translated into English, printed and bound into the hands of your favorite denomination??? The Bible has its origin: The Holy Catholic Church. In 400 AD the Holy Catholic Church commissioned translation of the original Scriptures into Latin, the language of the people. The Catholic Church then set the Canon of the Bible at 73 Books declaring that nothing could be added or removed and still be called The Holy Bible. And it was the Holy Catholic Church who declared in 400 AD that all 73 Books in their entirety were the Written Word of God. No one else made this proclamation and the Bible does not make this claim for itself. H
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Caltha Caltha
There is no definitive text. There might be a few denominations of Christianity that have a certain text but for the most part there is not right or wrong. Probably the only "true" text is the actual Hebrew writings before they were translated for the Old Testament. It would be Greek or Latin for the new writings. Being able to read in the original langauge is really the only way to not have translation affect the reader at all.
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Caltha Originally Answered: Why is the Bible so evil? What makes Genghis Khan and Joshua of the Bible so different?
@Gerry: That's no answer. Do enlighten us. @Creation Detective: Read your bible. The Isrealites were the aggressors because they wanted their land. @NEVER SUBMIT: "God decided that certain groups were to be eliminated". <--- That is that action of a "good and loving god" how exactly? Nowhere in the Bible does it say that any of the 31 tribes that Joshua wiped out did ANYTHING wrong other than have the misfortune of settling on land that the Isrealites wanted. @Mr.Longrove: So what you are saying is that the Isrealites decided to murder the children in the name of THEIR god instead? Putting swords through baby boys for the favor of their god Yahweh? Do I have that right? I just want to make sure I understand you. I'm sorry, I don't think you are going to get an answer to your question. "NEVER SUBMIT" came the closest, but his answer really boils down to "Yeah, he's evil so watch it". Fact is, it is impossible to defend the indefensible atrocities of Joshua. >> I think you are right about our defender. I've heard that twisted logic before: "They were killing their children, so the Isrealites killed those children instead!" I never understood that. For me, it was the story of Lot that made me start to question, but Joshua put the nail in the coffin.

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