Why the King James Bible

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Things in this world are changing fast. 

Some will claim that this is good. We have better cars, better medicine etc. Many of us can recall visiting our grandparents and thinking to ourselves how little they had changed, other than getting older. Most likely, they were always happy to see us and made sure to offer us something good to eat. Americans today most likely have a bible in their house or had one in the house growing up. The Bible their grandparents most likely had was a King James Bible, as did their grandparents. So are these "versions" of today better than what our grandparents had?

Sometimes changes are subtle and other times they are obvious, but nevertheless intentional. It’s said that if you put a frog in a pot of water and slowly turn up the heat, it will just sit there and cook to death, but if you turn up the heat too quickly, it will jump out! The Bible tells us that right in the beginning, first in Genesis 2:17, God said not to do something “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” Then the devil comes along to try and corrupt, distort and confuse. In Genesis 3:1 “Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” The devil wanted to cause the woman to doubt what God had told them. It worked.

Friends, if you’re reading this, I want to turn up the heat and I want you to jump out of the pot of water that the devil has for you. Americans today refer to various books they call a Bible as if there is only one that comes in different forms, has a different cover and is “worded” differently. There are many books that claim to be the Bible, but only one can honestly hold true to that title. Below is but a sample of what we will try to address on this subject.
Why being so careful with the Bible is important Where our Bible comes from, a tale of two cities Summary of the problems with other versions

The Bible Is Important

When Jesus was about to be delivered up to the council, He prayed for himself, and then for His followers in John 17:17 “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”, and that one word (truth) is the key point here. If words are changed, removed or altered in ways that change the meaning of a text, is it still truth? Man is constantly changing, but God never has nor ever will (see Malachi 3:6). His truth doesn’t change either. God promised to preserve His words. In Psalms 12:6,7 the Bible reads “ The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.” If God can create the heaven and the earth, then surely He can preserve His own words? He is able, and all good things come from Him!

A Tale of Two Cities - Antioch vs Alexandria

The King James Bible and the other versions have different beginnings and have taken different paths. If one drinks from a creek that seems pure and clear but then follows the creek upstream and finds something foul, would you expect them to continue drinking from that creek? Many folks are drinking from a polluted creek and don’t know it! There are two “creeks” that we will explain, starting at  their headwaters. The KJV begins its journey with the text known as the received text and it started its journey from the church at Antioch, Syria (see Acts 11:26). From there it made its way into Europe where it was translated into Latin by the Waldensians and Albigensians (the forerunners of Baptists) and then on into England where it was protected by these people for over a thousand years. A Dutchman named Erasmus collated the various texts into what became known as the Textus Receptus. Martin Luther translated it into German, followed by William Tyndale’s translation into English. This was the beginning of Bible’s that would lead to the King James Version we have today. The languages, names of the Bible and the coverings might have changed, but it is the same Word and the same Bible!

The other “creek” mentioned is where the “newer” versions come from. Here we start not with the Textus Receptus, but with minority texts known as Sinaiticus and Vaticanus. The corruption started as early during Paul’s ministry. Men like Origen and Eusebius who prepared a few dozen bibles for the Roman Emperor Constantine, and two of these became known as Textus Vaticanus and Textus Sinaiticus. They are referred to as “minority” texts because there were far fewer of them than the “majority” texts that trace to Antioch. The Sinaiticus was “found” in a Catholic monastery in 1844 A.D., in a waste basket and was barely used. The Vaticanus was “discovered” in 1481 A.D in a Vatican library. These texts disagree with one another in literally thousands of places. They made their way from Africa, through Alexandria, Egypt and on to Rome. It was from these two texts that men such as Westcott and Hort used to translate their Greek New Testament in 1881. From here all the “newer” versions sprang forth.

The exception to these is the “New” King James (commonly referred to as the NKJV), which claims it has simply “updated” the original King James and it is one of the more dangerous of these because of these “updates” (see below for a few comparisons). Thank God we still have the original! Read here to see more about the NKJV and its deceptive "updates".

A short list of KJV vs other "versions"

There are literally hundreds of differences, and many verses simply removed altogether. Here are but a few.

Genesis 1:1
KJV IN the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
NIV In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Acts 8:37, Just get baptised or do you need to believe first? Read through chapter 8 and see if taking out verse 37 doesn't suggest to the reader they are justified by simply getting baptised. Baptism is important, but its not what saves!
KJV And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered
and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
ESV Removed!
NIV Removed!
NWT Removed!
John 1:1
KJV In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
NWT In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was a god.
Genesis 2:18
KJV And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make
him an help meet for him.
NKJV And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him
a helper comparable to him.”
Hebrews 10:14 are saved vs being saved?
KJV For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
NKJV For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.
ESV For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.
NIV For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.
1 Corinthians 1:18 Does someone need to work at being saved, or is it once and done? When we are saved, it is done. If we are being saved, that suggests its a process of some kind.
KJV For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
NKJV For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
ESV For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
NIV For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.