Preachers and teachers across the world will gladly say that the Scriptures are inspired by God — will hold their Bible high in the air and proclaim "this is God's word!" But do they really believe that? Almost every "fundamental" statement of faith reads that God's word is perfect and inspired in the original autographs.
But isn't that a statement of unbelief? What good is God's word if it only exists in manuscripts which no longer exist? Why would God inspire Scripture just to let it wither to dust? Many modern scholars believe that the real ending of the Gospel of Mark has been lost and that we can not be certain how Mark concluded his Gospel. And yet these same scholars will boldly declare belief in God's preservation of Scripture.
Search this matter out with a desire for the truth. For a few minutes, set aside any notions about "the message being there," or "translating the thought of a passage," or some idea about using one version for study and another for devotions. Think for a while about Christ's words: "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God... Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away." (Mt 4:4; 24:35)
God's word cannot be separated from God's words. This matters.
The KJV, originally known as the Authorized Version, first published in the year 1611, is God's word in the English language without error. This site is here to help tell you why.
At one time I read and studied with a New International Version, and I hope that after spending some time learning about this issue that the truth about the multiplicity of versions will be revealed to you as it was to me.
It is important to recognize that this is not a "fundamentalist," "Baptist," or any other "ist" issue. This is a personal heart issue every Christian must settle for themselves. What is your final authority?
If you are not saved, or unsure about what it means to be saved, see the plan of salvation.
"Seek ye out of the book of the Lord, and read" —Isaiah 34:16, KJV
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