Gino (6 March 2013)
"RE: Chondra M: 03.04.13: You asked an excellent question!!"


Chondra,

             You had written:

 

Would God allow that to happen for hundreds of years, for His word to be mistranslated?

If we say a “prophet” of God has to be 100% correct, 100% of the time, why do we not demand this from our own (translated) Bible or is it already correct?

 

That is an excellent question!!

 

Psalm 12:6 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

7 Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.

 

The LORD promised to preserve the words of the LORD for forever.

 

Psalm 119:89 For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.

 

The word of God is not going to change, it is settled in heaven forever.

 

Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

 

The LORD’s words shall not pass away.

 

I Peter 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:

25 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

 

The word of God lives & abides forever, and his word endures forever.

 

Would the LORD keep the real deep things & nuggets of the of the word of God reserved only for those that know the ancient languages?

Do we always need to go to someone who knows ancient Hebrew & ancient Greek (not modern day Hebrew & Greek)?

Are we, who do not know the ancient languages, but simply have the scriptures and the Holy Ghost, at a disadvantage?

Are the scriptures themselves, and the indwelling Holy Ghost, insufficient to teach us fully?

It would seem to me that it would be more in character with the LORD to have it the other way around:

 

Luke 10:21 ¶ In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.

 

That is why some of us are considered to be super-whacky, fringe-element, King-James-Only, nut-jobs.

Present company included.

If I will lose rewards at the judgment seat of Christ, because I believed that he perfectly, preserved his word, and I have a copy of it:

             well, at least I’ve trusted him for every jot and tittle,

             at least I believe that he has protected me from those who say, “Yea, hath God said?”

             at least he has protected me from those who want to convince me not to trust the book 100.000%,

             at least I believe it, even if I cannot debate the doctors of the law and the masters of the ancient languages,

             my faith in that book didn’t come from education or from my ability to defend it,

             that is why I absolutely do not mind being considered a King-James-Only nut-job by my brethren.

I once considered whether I wanted to remain someone who did not believe that the LORD had preserved his word perfectly,

             or whether I would join the fringe-element, and know that I held a copy of that perfect, pure word of God in my hand.

If I was to believe that he preserved his word, then where is it?

Is it buried?

Well, if the incarnate Word of God did not stay buried, then why would the written word of God stay buried for centuries (i.e. in a cave by the Dead Sea)?

Is it only in heaven?

 

Deuteronomy 30:11 ¶ For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off.

12 It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?

13 Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?

14 But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.

 

Then where is it?

Well I believe that it is here and I have a copy.

To some, it is a ludicrous to believe what I believe, as believing that Jonah was swallowed by a whale, or that the LORD created everything in six real days.

I believe the literal six days, I believe the literal account about Jonah, I believe that he preserved his word perfectly, and that I have a copy.

It all boils down to a simple choice of believing it or not, not by having it proved or disproved.

So if I lose rewards for trusting the LORD to preserve his word, then at least it has been joyous believing it.

 

                          Thank you,

                                       Gino