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Bible Preservation Research

Some Brief Thoughts

I just thought it would be good to take a minute to discuss a couple things about this doctrine of Bible preservation.

Because it is such a lightning rod for emotional response among Christians.

Sadly, this should not be the case. Christians should be very deeply informed and readily able to discuss this whole doctrine.

But the church has purposefully stayed away from this.

Except to merely touch on it to reassure Christians that the current state of popular texts and translations is perfectly fine. And that the biggest problem a Christian may face is to find a translation that “speaks to them” or which they can understand.

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Words Mean Things: Conclusion – If the Foundation is Destroyed

Ancient Scroll on Table

The answer to all this is common sense.

Over the last 5 years, many of these posts have discussed the Textus Receptus (Greek New Testament) and the Masoretic Text (Hebrew Old Testament). These are the preserved texts upon which we must base any translations that are made.

These are what have historically been called, the Received Text.

The only translation today, that is based solely on these texts is the King James Version. Whether you like that translation or not, it is an accurate one. And it is based on perfect copies of the original texts.

The preserved texts are copies of copies that God, in His sovereignty, has kept in accurate, word-for-word form. Supernaturally overseeing the copying process from one generation to the next.

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Words Mean Things : Part 3 – A Pocket Full of Translations

Tall Stack

Any leader today can claim to believe the essence of truth.

And there is little that the Christian, standing upon the modern texts, can say to correct him. Because the words in the modern texts are like shifting sand.

And, as such, promise neither accuracy nor authority.

Oh, wait. Correction. They DO promise those things. They just can’t deliver on those things.
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Words Mean Things: Part 2 – What IS the Word of God?

Elephant in Refrig

This all comes down to what the word of God truly is?

Do we believe that the word of God is the actual words written on a page many thousands of years ago? Or do we believe that the word of God is the essence of truth, or the general idea of truth, or some other phrase that conveys the idea that God meant to convey?

As opposed to the very specific words themselves.

You see, we have a very real problem here. And it is the elephant in the room within the biblical church. The elephant we pretend is not there.

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Words Mean Things

Good Bad Words

OK. I borrowed this phrase from Rush. Rush Limbaugh, that is.

It’s a simple phrase that carries profound meaning.

Specifically, that a word holds a precise meaning. And it conveys an idea with boundaries.

A word has limitations of meaning dictated by rules of language, context, and culture.

Unlike feelings that are fuzzy, nebulous and fleeting, a word has weight and form.

Like a stone.

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Perfect Preservation: Part 4 – Conclusion

Psalm 138 Image

Devoted But Misguided

There are groups of dedicated believers who teach that a translation, specifically the King James Version, is Inspired. Yet, the Bible does not teach that Inspiration applies to a Translation. Of all the good that should be said of the King James Bible, and so much can, it was not Inspired.

However, I believe no other Translation is as accurate as the King James. I also love it and am grateful for the amazing process that God used to give it to the English-speaking peoples. And there is no other Translation that I would recommend for a person to read.

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Perfect Preservation: Part 3 – Thoughts or Words?

 

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If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3)

The church must be warned about the teaching of Thought Preservation.

This is an error that has been consistently pushed within both Evangelical and Fundamental universities which rejects the doctrine of the word-for-word preservation of scripture.

This thinking promotes the belief that perfect, word-for-word inspiration took place in the originals (the autographs); while also claiming that those same, exact words were lost in the copies.

It also promotes the idea that only God’s thoughts were preserved in the copies! Some say that the “essence of truth” has been preserved — but not the words.

Which means, that the Lord was only concerned with Preserving His actual written words, and punctuation in the originals.

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Perfect Preservation: Part 2 – The Promise

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The critical aspect of this Preservation process is that it was promised by God. All through the Old and New Testaments God promised to keep and preserve His words. Not just some of them but every word.

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Perfect Preservation: Part 1 – Foundation

Ocean View

It is necessary to speak again about a very critical issue.

We absolutely must understand how God gave us His words.

If we don’t clearly understand this, we will not be able to identify what is God’s word and what is not. Which leaves us at the whim of every popular “scholar” telling us that the words we have believed are not correct; or that they do not mean (in the original language) what we think they mean.

Nor will we be able defend the gospel as men continually challenge the accuracy and authority of God’s words — destroying the foundation of our faith.

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