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Bible Preservation: Part 2 The Written Language of Eden

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I have listened to many sermons and studied many articles and books about Old and New Testament textual history.

One of the things that continually puzzles me is why many supposed experts believe that written biblical texts were not created until the time of Moses. That, until then, the words of God were only passed by word of mouth for the thousands of years since Adam.

How does that make any sense?

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Bible Preservation: The Old Testament

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In the synagogue, Jesus stood up and read from the book of Isaiah saying,                                           “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,                                                                                                                                    To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.”                                                                                                                              (Luke 4: 14-30)

A few things to note here:

  1. Jesus read from the written words of God.
  2. He accepted these as the correct words of God.
  3. He demonstrated that these words were the pure, accurate, specific words passed down from the pen of Isaiah.
  4. He demonstrated His confidence in the way that the words of God were presented and maintained.
  5. He believed in the perfect preservation of the Old Testament.

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The Fallacy of Biblical Criticism Pt 2: Back to Basics

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Since writing The Fallacy of Biblical Criticism: Part 1, I’ve given a great deal of thought to how to proceed on this issue.

My concern is not with the foundation of my belief but with how to honestly approach this so that the reader gains more than my own personal cheerleading effort to promote the Textus Receptus and the KJV.

In order to justify the time you invest when reading these articles.

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The Fallacy of Biblical Criticism: Part 1

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In relation to Bible version selection, the popular wisdom that Christians follow is based on readability, understandability, style and preference. Accuracy seems to be an afterthought.

If it’s given any thought at all.

It is just assumed by most Christians that, if a version exists, it has gone through some form of rigorous testing and approval by the scholarly powers that be. Because, how could any version be accepted without an extreme and exhaustive level of scrutiny?

After all, why would the Christian magazines carry ads selling a version.? Why would Christian universities and seminaries push a version? Why would famous authors, professors, preachers, evangelists and pastors push a version that they have not investigated in depth?

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Bible Translation or Interpretation?

Kiwana Sandy EDgeBack in 1972 when I became a Christian, I didn’t think too much about the importance of translations. At least not in the sense of whether they were accurate or not. I was just hungry for the Word and would read whatever was available.

It’s really kind of humorous to consider the Bible translation journey I have taken over the years.

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The Perfectly-Preserved Written Word

“Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.                                                                                                                           For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” (Matthew 5:17,18)

Here we have an amazing promise of God’s miraculous power.

This has to do with the word of God. Specifically, it has to do with God’s concern that His word would always remain available to all of His people in all generations.

The Bible is filled with promises God has made to His people that He would preserve His word.

The question is whether we believe Him or not?

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The Miracles of Inspiration and Preservation

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All scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” (II Timothy 3:16)

The word “inspiration” literally means “God-breathed”. That term applies specifically and only to the original words that God “breathed out” through the mouths and hands of men. These original, written words were perfect. They were without error. They were written exactly as God intended them to be. And to believed at face value, in context.

Note that this means words were inspired, not the men. Men were “moved by the Spirit of God” to speak or to write. But men were not “inspired”. Men were not “breathed out” by God. This is a critical distinction. Because, all that we believe comes back to the written Word of God. To every, specific word. And to the specific promises that God gave us regarding His words.

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A Prophetic Sign for Our Generation

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Our church has just finished a 3-part series on the Old Testament book of Jonah. And I just taught an adult Sunday school class on the last part of the book. Surprisingly, for such a short book, there is a lot of stuff you can get into.

While reading the biblical account of Jonah and studying other commentaries about it, I was struck by a very basic truth. That Jonah was an historical account to be believed by all Christians. It isn’t an allegory or parable or fairy tale.

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His Word Above All His Name

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I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. (Psalm 138: 2)

This verse is not merely a general statement about reverence toward God’s words. It is a clear declaration of authority. God, Himself, has established this absolute priority.

Allow this to sink in. God places His words above His name!

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