THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN
A BIBLE BELIEVER AND A WHINING HYPOCRITE
It is very common for young BIBLE BELIEVERS to innocently use one of the many modern Bible versions (like I did as a young Christian) for various reasons. But when they find out that a Bible version controversy has existed for several centuries, and that it always focuses on the King James Bible because the KJV supposedly doesn’t have all the errors and contradictions contained in all other versions and manuscripts, their still-strong faith and belief in our Almighty God causes them to look into the matter. After all, they think, isn’t the Holy Bible – by definition – supposed to be inerrant? And do these supposed “errors” in all the modern versions really exist?
When they compare modern Bible versions with a KJV they are shocked; they 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. But when these young Bible believers get a King James Bible they occasionally run into an old word that isn’t in their current vocabulary...such as “bewrayeth”:
Mat 26:73 And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee.
They can often understand the 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 the “all the thees and thous” in the KJV. As the Bible believer ignores theology by studying his Bible he is awed by the inerrant consistency of God’s word. Therefore when he reads things like this:
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.
he submits to its commanding authority because when he received the word of God he 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 the young WHINING HYPOCRITE sees those same errors in his modern version (Elhanan killed Goliath, Christ was a liar, etc.) that corruption doesn’t bother him one bit – because when “scholars” taught him to reject God’s definition of His word, and to accept their redefinition of the word of God 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 went along with the “scholars”.
Therefore whenever he hears about another of the endless questions and strifes of words in the modern versions, he grabs his Hebrew layman’s aid and looks up the word day in Genesis:
Gen 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 definitions are added 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!
Therefore, if he tends to be conservative he sticks with the “24 hour” meaning; but if he’s liberal and likes to be “different” he adopts the “unspecified age” meaning. And he does this with many more Hebrew and Greek words with multiple possible definitions...and never realizes his faith and belief in God and His authoritative word has been subverted, his doctrines have become inconsistent, contradictory...and less important to him.
When he looks into the above 1 Cor 14:34,35 about women being silent in church and finds that it reads exactly the same in all Bible versions, and when he finds that 1 Thessalonians 5:26 reads exactly the same in all Bible versions:
KJV 1 Th 5:26 Greet all the brethren with an holy kiss.
he does something that makes Bible believers cringe: he completely ignores the verses as if they were never written with the finger of God. I say again, he rejects their authority because when he received the word of God he received it not as the authoritative word of truth, but as the fallible word of man, and that lack of faith effectually subverts all that believe not.
Then, because he is a hypocrite, he “defends” his use of corrupt versions by whining that he doesn’t like learning new English words by looking them up in his almost-never-used English dictionary. Ten minutes later he wonders what some other word in the Bible “really should say”, so he picks 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. (Yes, whining that he hates looking up a few words one time each in his English dictionary...and then constantly looking up words in his Greek and Hebrew dictionary makes him look like a liar, too.)
Every now and then he thinks about the fact that he never really learns anything by looking up Greek and Hebrew definitions. But that endless cycle of ever learning and never able to come to a knowledge of the truth sure does appeal to his pride by making him impressed with how smart he is...and he continues that hypocritical cycle of scholarship: blindly circling the drain of apostasy, unbelief, and 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.
A WHINING HYPOCRITE has no faith in the word of man, and he constantly “corrects” it by picking one of the definitions from whatever layman’s aid appeals to him this week.
|He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him:
the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.