ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God
which I command you.
Remember the scene in the Garden of Eden? The serpent came to Eve in all of his subtlety and got her to question the Word of God. Then he lied to her and told her that she wouldn't die if she ate of the fruit of the tree in the midst of the Garden. The father of lies, lied. Imagine that! She ate, so did Adam, which introduced sin into the world and death that follows sin.
Is there anything Satan won't do to get us to disobey God? I doubt it. I believe he'll do all he's allowed to do. In these last days I believe he's working overtime because the coming of the Lord is near and his time is short.
I've found a repeated command in the scriptures that is pertinent to today. It's a theme throughout the Old and New Testaments. You can find several scriptures on this in the Bible studies here on the site. Here's one of them:
Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar. (Proverbs 30:5-6)
Throughout the scriptures, God commands us to not add to or take away from the scriptures. His word is pure. It is truth. If we change it, it is no longer perfect. If we compromise it, it is no longer God's word.
I grew up with King James Version. After reading the Bible through one year, I decided to go through it using a different version. I noticed slight differences here and there but didn't think much about it. After about three weeks into the new reading, I honestly felt like I was going through the motions of eating without getting fed spiritually. That's the only way I can describe it. I went back to the KJV and got fed again.
The usual claim I hear about different versions is that the newer ones are easier to read. They really say the same thing without the archaic “thees” and “thous.”
I bought that idea until I had Bible studies with people who used different versions. They were not necessarily easier to read and there were clear changes. Disturbing changes. Let me give you one example. Do you know what will happen to those who's names are not found in the Book of Life? It's a little different than a $5.00 fine. Here's the answer...
And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:15). That's the KJV. Is that difficult to understand?
Now see this for yourself. Compare Rev. 22:19 in the KJV and in the NIV.
Is there a difference? Is it a "little" difference?
I wrote earlier that I felt a difference using the King James Version. Some would argue back to me that I shouldn't use “feelings” to validate the KJV. Fair enough. Let me ask this: Has God made a real difference in your life? How have you explained that change to your friends? Did you use a scientific instrument to verify that change or was there an unmistakable change in your heart and mind that became evident in your actions?
I went back to the King James Version because of how I felt, and what I saw comparing versions. I've also sought God over and over about this. He's answered me time and again. Later, someone showed me a video about a college professor's six-year study into different versions. What Gail Riplinger has uncovered is at least interesting. For me it was hair raising. I've included portions of interviews she's given to a Christian TV show below. They're short and worth a few minutes of your time.
If you're like me, you'll probably do some more online research about Gail Riplinger. Keep in mind that the internet is a great tool. But since anyone can write anything and post it, it can be as accurate as a bathroom wall. Gail has been highly praised and viciously persecuted. I don't agree with everything she presents, but I believe she does make a strong case. She didn't change my mind on using the KJV. Rather, she validated what God had already showed me. You'll obviously draw your own conclusions.
Have you Asked God about his Word? Do you think he has an opinion on the subject? Take the Bible studies and compare verses. Do you see additions and subtractions? According to the scriptures, how does God feel about that? Ask him. He'll answer!
Enjoy these older, but thought provoking videos...
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