Flawless Accuracy

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  1. Aaron

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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Excerpt from an essay I wrote for one of my OT classes.
    Though the reliability of extant copies of other ancient works, like the Iliad, is recognized on scant evidence, those in "modern scholarly circles" demand an almost "flawless accuracy" in the Biblical manuscripts. We cannot assume that copyist errors crept in unnoticed by the Divine Author, but, consistent with the lowliness God wants as the chief character quality in all His disciples, were allowed to remain. Indeed, it is God's will that we humble ourselves enough to receive His Word by transmission through fallible human agency. Does it not betray an insolent, unbelieving heart to require perfection in the ministers through whom God delighted to transmit His written Word? In The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus the statement was made that if men did not hear Moses and the prophets they could not be persuaded even by the infallible proof of one rising from the dead, Luke 16.31.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    That would be my reply to those who would "defrock" the KJV because of translational errors. (Is "translational" a word?) I think the goal of achieving the "best, most accurate" translation of the Scriptures is an unattainable, unspiritual goal.

    The KJV sprang from an almost 300-year, bloody struggle to have God's Word in English. Despite its weaknesses, God obviously preferred to exalt that one as the English Bible despite the Geneva Bible's obvious superiority, unless, of course, God's will can be thwarted :eek: !
     
  2. Rev. Joshua

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    Aaron,

    Of course God's will can be thwarted...by human failings. God's will was for humanity to dwell eternally in the Garden, but human desires and weakness forced us to be cast out.

    Joshua
     
  3. Chris Temple

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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Rev. Joshua Villines:
    Aaron,

    Of course God's will can be thwarted...by human failings. God's will was for humanity to dwell eternally in the Garden, but human desires and weakness forced us to be cast out.

    Joshua
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    This is the Bible Versions forum; let's keep it as such. Of course, God's will cannot be thwarted, as even the fall was part of His redemptive plan.

    Isa 43:10 "You are My witnesses," says the LORD, "And My servant whom I have chosen, That you may know and believe Me, And understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, Nor shall there be after Me.
    11 I, even I, am the LORD, And besides Me there is no savior.
    12 I have declared and saved, I have proclaimed, And there was no foreign god among you; Therefore you are My witnesses," Says the LORD, "that I am God.
    13 Indeed before the day was, I am He; And there is no one who can deliver out of My hand; I work, and who will reverse it?"
     
  4. Pastor Larry

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    You know, its funny Chris, I had that exact passage pulled up to respond to Joshua that his God is not the God of Isaiah for which we are thankful. But then I thought, if he won't hear Moses and the prophets, he surely won't listen to me.
     
  5. Chris Temple

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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Pastor Larry:
    You know, its funny Chris, I had that exact passage pulled up to respond to Joshua that his God is not the God of Isaiah for which we are thankful. But then I thought, if he won't hear Moses and the prophets, he surely won't listen to me.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Amen brother. :(
     
  6. Joey M

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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR> You know, its funny Chris, I had that exact passage pulled up to respond to Joshua that his God is not the God of Isaiah for which we are thankful. But then I thought, if he won't hear Moses and the prophets, he surely won't listen to me. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    I like that. ;) Amen!
     

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