We are dealing with the only four possible positions a person can have
concerning the question â€œIs the Bible the Word of God?â€
1. The Bible is the Word of God.
2. The Bible contains the Word of God.
3. The Bible is not the Word of God.
4. I donâ€™t know if the Bible is the Word of God.
Using deductive reasoning, I am attempting to prove that position #1 is the only
possible conclusion after logically eliminating the other three possibilities.
Last week I dealt with the issue of â€œWhich Bible?â€ Obviously not all Bibles can
be the Word of God since they all read different.
I donâ€™t know a single person who claims any translation to be the perfect Word
of God, except the King James Bible. And for good reason: All other translations
have errors in them. For example, the most popular modern translation on the
market today is the New International Version (NIV). Yet, a person only needs to
study Mark 1:2-3 in an NIV to see it is in error. Notice:
â€¢It is written in Isaiah the prophet: â€œI will send my messenger ahead of you,
who will prepare your wayâ€” a voice of one calling in the desert, â€˜Prepare the
way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.â€™â€ (NIV)
You will look in vain in the Book of Isaiah for the statement, â€œPrepare the
way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.â€ It isnâ€™t there, yet the NIV says
it is written in Isaiah. Actually that statement is written in Malachi 3:1, not
Isaiah. There is no doubt about it, the NIV has a mistake in it. The KJV has
Mark 1:2-3 correct:
â€¢“As it is written in the PROPHETS, Behold, I send my messenger before
thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. The voice of one crying in
the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.”
Notice, the accuracy of the KJV. It says â€œAs it is written in the
PROPHETSâ€¦â€ [pluralâ€”referring to both Isaiah AND Malachi]
The NIV (and all other modern translations) is imperfect. At best, it only
contains the Word of God.
A perfect God requires a perfect Bible! Can we expect anything less?
And as one author said, â€œGod only wrote one Bible.â€ The question isâ€¦ WHERE IS
IT? More to come…