(taken from: "The Perilous Times" October 1991)
"And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God." Luke 4:4 There are at least four groups in relation to the Bible issue:
1. Those who flatly deny that we have or ever had God's Word.
2. Those who believe the "originals only" theory. That is that God's Word was given by inspiration, but only those original autographs were inspired. In the thousands of manuscripts It is preserved, but not in any one translation.
3. Those who believe that God's Words are preserved without error in the Textus Receptus manuscripts, the King James Version in English, the Luther Bible in German, and the Bibles in various languages which came from these.
4. Those who don't care. They see no issue at all. Truth does not concern them. Success is their interest.
Some believe the King James Version is the best available translation in English, and consider it the closest to the originals. To them the Textus Receptus is the best set of manuscripts. They leave the door wide open for another set of better manuscripts to be discovered and nullify the Textus Receptus and King James Version, but right now that is the best. Bob Jones University's Bible Department teaches that this has already happened. Westcott and Hort came up with a Greek Text from manuscripts discovered after the King James Version was published. From the W & H Text came the New American Standard Version which they consider to be closer to being right. I see very little difference between these two positions. They both are promoting the 'almost Bible' theory. One may choose ASV, NIV NASV, RV, Phillips, NKJV, etc. I wonder if someone might come out with the NAV (New Agrippa Version). Agrippa was the "almost Christian" (Acts 26:28). He would fit right into this "almost Bible" crowd. The awful gap between the originals and the closest leaves you with an "almost Bible" at best. Noah would have been in trouble with an "almost ark". If he had taken their illogical position It would have been a terrible mistake. I am thankful that Noah couldn't be satisfied with a few holes here and there like the "almost Bible" believers are. Those who embrace the ridiculous."almost Bible" declare by their position that:
God Almost Preserved His Words? God said He would preserve His Words: 'Thou shalt keep them, Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.' Psalm 12:7
God's Words Are Almost Pure? God said His Words are pure: the words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.' Psalm 12:6 ~Every word of God is pure:' Proverbs 30:5a
God's Words Almost Didn't Pass Away? God said they wouldn't pass away: "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away." Matthew 24:35; Mark 13:31; Luke 21:33
God's Word Is Almost Truth? God said His Word is truth: "Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth." John 17: 17
God"s Word Is Almost Light? God said His word is light: "For the commandment is a lamp and the law a light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life." Proverbs 6:23
God"s Word Is Almost Sharp? God said His Word is sharp: "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." Hebrews 4:12
God's Word Is Almost Alive? God said His Word is alive: "For the word of God is quick... " Hebrews 4:12a
Conclusion: If you believe the "almost Bible" theory you just called God a liar seven times. God is not like a bunch of preachers who almost say something. With the "almost Bible" one can almost be born again. However, if one is to truly be born again it will require the incorruptible living Word. "Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever."" I Peter 1:23 If you believe that God"s Words were inspired in the originals only, you believe that God"s Words died with the originals! Those who believe the "almost Bible" theory deny that we have God"s inspired Words today. The "almost Bible" is a dead book no matter which one you have. RSV, NASV, TEV, ASV, NIV, NEB, etc. God"s Word is alive. That is inspiration! God"s Word in English is the King James Version, 1611; not second inspiration, but preservation. Thosewith the "almost Bible" can"t dogmatically preach "Thus saith the Lord." They almost can. If you can"t believe every word in your Bible you can"t really believe one word! To cast doubt on one verse is to cast doubt on every verse! The "almost Bible" leaves too much gap. It makes Grand Canyon look like a doodle bug hole. The gap between the "almost Bible" and God"s inspired Word is the lake of fire! "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." Romans 10:17 ONLY GOD"S WORD BRINGS LIFE! -
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