The King James Bible and other versions: why does it matter?

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?

Search this matter out with a desire for the truth. 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)

Introduction to the King James Bible Page

Here you will find information regarding the King James Bible and the Bible Version issue, a subject that should be of the highest concern to the Christian.

The KJV, formerly 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?

Where is a good place to start? If you need convincing that Bible versions don't all say the same thing, start with Westcott and Hort's Magic Marker Binge in the Verse Charts section.

If you are not saved, or unsure about what it means to be saved, see the plan of salvation.