I want to know Jesus the Christ. My quest is personal and it is real. I refused to be satisfied with anything imagined, man made, or mythical. I want the truth.
Why would anyone stand for anything less? Why live a lie? Why believe just what people say? BUT we do. I do.
Here is a personal example and the reason I am not using the New International Version in my personal studies for now.
I cut my teeth on the NIV. I can remember winning a new NIV New Testament from my Father for memorizing the entire text of Acts chapter 2 when I was in the 6th grade. This was the translation I carried from class to class in my public high school. I debated from it. I preached my first sermon from it. And for the most part, I believe the NIV equip me to know God.
But then I began to study the history behind the English bible. It is a fascinating history. I was stunned. I found out that men have since the time of the Apostles set out to deceive people to achieve certain ends.
You may have already known this; however, I did not realize every English translation made has been tainted by the mind of the men translating the text. I found it interesting to learn the history behind the different translations during the Protestant reformation. The Protestant translators trying to make the Catholic Church look bad and the Catholic Church trying to produce translations that were “Authorized” so the populous would be “protected” but really controlled. The result created an arms race, okay maybe a publishing race, to produce the official Word of God.
And, we bought it.
Still even today, modern English translations are following the same path. What bothers me is how overtly the owners of the NIV are changing things. I know they want a “modern” translation. I know they want to appeal to a broader audience. In theory these goal are good. But watch out. What truths might be compromised to avoid hurting anyone or to sell more books?
Search out truth for yourself. Don’t believe what people tell you. Weight the evidence. The task is not about getting to know my personal god, a modern god, or the god for cat lovers or whatever the next publishing craze is. It is a quest to know The God who gave us His Word through the things inspired men of God wrote down. The only way to accomplish this is to honestly, and I mean really honestly, look at what the documents say. My attempt is to limit human interpretation and human bias.
To really do this I think one must learn the original languages. However, not all of us are going to take that burden on. I for one am not ready to do so. Therefore, I must pick wisely the documents I read and to read many different ones.
The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth. Psalm 145:18
May God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, bless you in your search to know Him. May he give us all a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of our hearts will be enlightened.