|For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments:
and his commandments are not grievous.
1 John 5:3
And this is love, that we walk after his commandments.
2 John 6
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN
A BIBLE BELIEVER AND A WHINING HYPOCRITE
It is very common for a young BIBLE BELIEVER to innocently use one of the many modern Bible versions (like I did as a young Christian) for various reasons. But when he finds out that a Bible version controversy has existed for several centuries, and that it always focuses on the King James Bible because the KJV is supposedly the only version or manuscript with no errors or contradictions, his still-strong faith and belief in our Almighty God causes him to look into the matter. After all, he thinks, isn’t the Holy Bible – by definition – supposed to be inerrant? And he wonders if there really are errors in all the modern versions.
When he compares modern Bible versions with the KJV he’s shocked; he had no idea so much corruption exists in all modern versions. For example, they say David didn’t kill Goliath:
NAS 2 Samuel 21:19: There was war...and Elhanan...killed Goliath.
NIV 2 Samuel 21:19: In another battle...Elhanan...killed Goliath.
There is no real choice to be made; the corrupt versions are put aside and the young soldier obtains a KJV because the KJV is what he always thought the Holy Bible was supposed to be! But when this young Bible believer gets a King James Bible he occasionally runs into an old word that isn’t in his current vocabulary...such as “bewrayeth” in Mat 26:73 when one who thought Peter’s speech gave him away as one of Christ’s disciples said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee. Yes, young soldiers can often understand the word’s meaning from the context, but if not they look it up in an English dictionary and find it means: to betray by revealing or exposing something.
Now they’ve added to their vocabulary and never have to look it up again, which makes them wonder about all the people who whine about “all the thees and thous” in the KJV. As Bible believers study the Bible and ignore theology they are awed by the inerrant consistency of God’s word. Therefore when they read verses like this that refute the equality of the pagan Greek philosophers: 1 Cor 14:34,35 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church. they submit to God’s commanding authority because when they received the word of God they received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh in all that believe.
But when a young WHINING HYPOCRITE sees errors in his modern version (Elhanan killed Goliath, Christ was a liar, etc.), that corruption doesn’t bother him one bit because when apostate “scholars” rejected God’s definition of His word and redefined it as a corrupt manmade version that needs constant correcting with Hebrew and Greek dictionaries because God failed to preserve His inerrant word for us he wimped out, went along with the “scholars”, and decided his old belief that the inerrant “Holy Bible” still exists was probably caused by his being naive and unsophisticated. But now he’s smart.
Therefore whenever he hears about another of the endless questions and strifes of words in the modern versions, he grabs his Hebrew-Greek layman’s aid and looks up the word day in Genesis 2:2: And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. he gets more than he bargained for:
The Hebrew word for “day” is the word “Yowm”, which can mean: 1) a period of light or warmth rather than of darkness or coolness; 2) a period of 24 hours or from one sunset to the next; 3) an undefined length of time; 4) a specific point in time; 5) a year; 6) a season; 7) an age; 8) a lifetime; 9) a while; 10) ago; 11) ever or forever...and more.
Then he learns that more word definitions are added to Hebrew and Greek dictionaries every time some “scholar” comes up with another guess based on some phrasing in an old manuscript fragment. Over time he realizes nobody knows, it’s all guesswork! And by definition any and all guesses could be wrong! And Judgment Day is coming.
But he’s not strong, so it doesn’t matter if he sticks with the “24 hour” meaning of day, or if he adopts the “unspecified age” meaning: He pretends his “new knowledge” makes him “sophisticated”, so he softens his “views” on the Creation week and on evolution. And over time as he learns about many more Hebrew and Greek words (with multiple definitions from which to choose) more of his Bible-based doctrines and beliefs soften into mere “views” or “opinions”...and he never realizes his faith and belief in God and His authoritative word have been subverted.
An example of his being subverted: When he looks into the above 1 Cor 14:34,35 about women being silent in church and finds it reads exactly the same in all Bible versions, and when he learns 1 Thessalonians 5:26 reads exactly the same in all Bible versions: Greet all the brethren with an holy kiss, he does something that makes Bible believers cringe: he completely ignores the verses as if God Almighty didn’t put them in His Book! I say again, he rejects their authority because when he received the word of God he received it not as the authoritative word of anybody, but as the fallible and rejectable word of man – and that lack of faith effectually made him an unbeliever. That’s right: the reason so many Christians ignore and explain away simply-worded verses like the above examples is they have been subverted into walking by sight (knowledge, science, Reason, tradition, morality, majority opinion, etc.) rather than walking by faith in God’s written word.
All authoritative truth comes to us from the Word of God Himself via the word of God. Theology then undermines the literal word of God by asking questions whose answers we don’t know (which makes theologians appear smart and sophisticated to the young, the weak, and they of little faith) and by making bold statements that contradict the literal word of God – which is exactly how Satan subverted Eve’s faith and belief in the literal word of God: Go read it for yourself in Gen 3:1-6.
This scholar wannabe often “defends” his use of corrupt versions by whining that the KJV has some English words he has to look up in his English dictionary. A few minutes later he decides to see what some other word in the Bible “really should say”, so he looks it up his well-thumbed Greek and Hebrew dictionary...and finds that yet another Bible word offers him a multitude of definitions from which to choose. Alas, whining that he hates looking up a few words in his English dictionary...and then constantly looking up words in his Greek and Hebrew dictionary shows the whiner is also a hypocrite. Methinks he bewrayeth himself.
Every now and then he thinks about the fact that he never really learns anything by looking up Greek and Hebrew definitions. But his vain and endless cycle of ever “learning” (and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth) sure does appeal to his pride by making him impressed with how smart he is...so he continues his hypocritical, fruitless pretense of erudition while blindly circling the drain of apostasy and unbelief by doing that which is right in his own eyes.
A BIBLE BELIEVER has faith in the word of God and obediently glorifies God by submitting to every word throughout his earthly sojourn. He doesn’t have to look words up very much, his belief in God’s word is strengthened, and he becomes a confident doer of the word – even when the Bible goes against modern social traditions...as in the above examples.
A WHINING HYPOCRITE has no faith in any Bible version, as revealed by his constantly “correcting” them by choosing a definition from whatever layman’s aid he bought to help him “correct” God. This so-called “scholar” hoped to grow strong by constantly looking Greek words up, but having so many definitions from which to choose created uncertainty, weakened his belief, and made him a timid apostate who lacks the strength and confidence to go against modern traditions even when plainly-worded Scripture commands him to. We know by his fruits that he is not a Bible believer...because he doesn’t really love God: