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This is addressed to any staunch KJVOnlyist that insist the new versions delete important words from the Bible to demean God and/or show disrespect to the Person of Christ. Please read and answer each question I have below from the following verses. John 14:14
NASB: If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.
KJV: If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. Question: Why is the "Me" removed from the KJV when it is a powerful evidence for the fact that the Lord Jesus is God in that He is the proper recipient of prayer? Acts 24:24 NASB: But some days later Felix arrived with Drusilla, his wife who was a Jewess, and sent for Paul and heard him speak about faith in Christ Jesus. KJV: And after certain days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, which was a Jewess, he sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Christ. Question: Why is "Jesus" removed from the KJV? Romans 8:11 NASB: But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. KJV: But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. Question: Why is the second usage of "Jesus" removed from the KJV? Romans 11:22 NASB: Behold then the kindness and severity of God; to those who fell, severity, but to you, God’s kindness, if you continue in His kindness; otherwise you also will be cut off. KJV: Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. Question: Why is "God's" removed from the KJV? 1 Corinthians 1:29 NASB: so that no man may boast before God. KJV: That no flesh should glory in his presence. Question: Why is "God" removed and replaced with a "his" instead? 1 Corinthians 6:11 NASB: Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God. KJV: And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. Question: Why is "Christ" removed from the KJV? Ephesians 3:6 NASB: to be specific, that the Gentiles are fellow heirs and fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel. KJV: That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel. Question: Why is "Jesus" removed from the KJV? James 4:12
NASB: There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the One who is able to save and to destroy; but who are you who judge your neighbor?
KJV: There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another? Question: Why is "Judge" removed from the KJV? 1 Peter 3:15 NASB: but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence. KJV: But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear. Question: Since we already have a passage about sanctifying the name of the Father as it relates to worship elsewhere (cf. Matthew 6:9), why is "Christ" removed from the KJV since this demonstrates that He, being God, is the proper recipient of worship? Revelation 3:2 NASB: Wake up, and strengthen the things that remain, which were about to die; for I have not found your deeds completed in the sight of My God. KJV: Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God. Question: Why is "My" removed from the KJV? Revelation 4:11 NASB: Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created. KJV: Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. Question: Why is "God" removed from the KJV? Revelation 14:1 NASB: Then I looked, and behold, the Lamb was standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His name and the name of His Father written on their foreheads.
KJV: And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads. Question: Why is "His name" (in reference to the Son) removed from the KJV?
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Anyone who reads thoughtfully knows that words often change their meaning with time and context. Christians are a “peculiar people,” the KJV tells us, only “peculiar” did not mean in 1611 what it means today. Sometimes an older meaning of a word continues in a restricted sector of the culture, even though most people use it in quite a different way: e.g., for most readers today, God’s gift is not “unspeakable” but “indescribable” (2 Cor. 9:15), even though a conservative fringe of the populace confuse the two words. Sometimes a difference in meaning or overtone is triggered not by the passage of time, but by a different context. “Redemption” in the arcane legal terminology of a mortgage document does not conjure up exactly the same images as the use of the word in the New Testament. All of this is common knowledge. These examples are innocuous precisely because the change in meaning is widely recognized. Far more inimical to careful conversation are those expressions whose meanings, or whose associations, are frequently unrecognized. Here are a few of them. 1. Guilt For many decades now, “guilt” has sometimes referred to culpability, but very commonly referred to what might better be thought of as feelings of guilt. Our judicial systems try to establish the guilt or innocence of accused parties, regardless of whether those parties feel guilty; by contrast, our counselors often focus their attention on the guilt feelings of their clients, taking relatively little notice of the extent to which guilt feelings may be grounded in guilt. All of this, as I indicated, has been understood for a long time. When preachers talk about “penal substitutionary atonement,” they understand that the punishment is merited: before God the party is guilty and deserves the penalty which, in the case of substitutionary atonement, is discharged by another. This does not mean that wise pastors overlook the terrible burden of guilt feelings. Guilt feelings may be the psychological result of real guilt. Sometimes, however, people feel terribly guilty over things that have no valid tie to real guilt (as, for example, when a woman is sexually assaulted as she walks home from work, yet labors for years under guilt feelings [or shame? See further below.]). The careful application of passages about the cross of Christ rightly addresses both our guilt and our feelings of guilt. Efforts to expunge the latter without addressing the former may leave a sinner feeling better about themselves, but still unreconciled to God; and exclusive emphasis on addressing the real guilt before God may generate a cerebral grasp of the nature of penal substitution without providing much comfort. READ MORE View the full article
Wrong words defile our hearts, then we can’t see God and all is impure! God speaks often about the crucial role of our words – how our salvation hinges on them, Matt 15:11 (Jesus) Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man (or woman); but what comes out of the mouth (our words), this defiles a man. Prov 13:3 He who guards his mouth preserves his life, But he who opens wide his lips will have destruction. Matt 12:37 (Jesus) For by your words you will be justified (regarded as innocent) and by your words you will be condemned (regarded as guilty). NKJV 12:37 Words can be your salvation. Words can also be your damnation. MSGE Rom 10:10 ...It is by confessing with your mouth (and believing in your heart God’s words) that you are saved. NLT What kind of words defile us, when we speak them, and instantly separate us from God? ANGER - Cease from anger, and forsake wrath... Ps 37:8 …the wrath of man does not work the righteousness of God… Jam 1:19 IMPATIENCE - For you have need of patience... Heb 10:36 by the, …Spirit of…patience… Gal 5:22 PRIDE - Love is very patient and...never boastful or proud, 1 Cor 13:4 TLB Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God 1 Pe 5:6 DISOBEDIENCE TO GOD - ...That you did not obey My voice. Jer 22:21 LYING - Do not lie to one another... Col 3:9 COVERING UP SIN - He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy. Prov 28:13 COMPLAINING - Nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer. 1 Cor 10:10 Do all things without complaining and disputing, Phil 2:14 UN-FORGIVENESS - For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. Matt 6:14 ENVY - ...Envy is rottenness to the bones. Prov 14:30 RETALIATION - Not returning evil for evil or reviling (bad mouthing) for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing 1 Pe 3:9 FLATTERY - (False praise for an ulterior motive) ...With flattering lips and a double heart they speak. Ps 12:2 SELFISHNESS - Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Phil 2:4 What happens to us the moment we speak words like these that we shouldn’t speak? Matt 15:11 (Jesus) Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth (our words), this defiles a man. Titus 1:15 To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure...(everything around us will now seem negative) Matt 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God. (the impure in heart who have been defiled by their words, can no longer perceive God in the Bible) Prov 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it, for death (separation from God) or life (in God). AMP Unless we allow the Father of righteous words, “All the words of My mouth are righteous” Prov 8:8, to train our lips, to give us the tongue of the learned, our words will constantly fall into one or more of the above categories. We may wonder why we never see God the way some other Christians do. It’s because we pridefully keep control, and decide for ourselves what comes out of our mouth, and in so doing we stay defiled and separated from God by our words. Our own self generated, and influenced by Satan words will condemn us in the Day of Judgment unless we get right with God and allow Him to change us by His Life giving words, so that we stop defiling ourselves. What role does Satan play in inducing us to speak wrong words? Bigger than we know: Satan, who is the father of wrong words, “father of lies.” Jn 8:44, wants us to defile our hearts and separate us from God. He or his demons will attempt to feed lying thoughts into our thought lives. Fiery dart thoughts in one or more of the subject areas listed above, to get us to defile ourselves, and potentially defile others: Ps 39:1 I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me. KJV James 3:6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity...it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell (Satan and his demons). Prov 17:14 The beginning of strife is as when one lets out water (wrong words): therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with (by Satan). KJV 2 Cor 2:11 Lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices (his thoughts – we are to recognize this stranger’s voice and shun it). Are we all alone in this conflict? Not at all "Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them." 2 Kings 6:16. Who are those with us? God’s Angels, provided we are living in Christ: “Because you have made the LORD...your dwelling place, For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways”. Ps 91:9-10 and “Because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” 1 Jo 4:4. What do we need to do to insure that we don’t speak wrong words which greatly harm us? We refuse to be deceived any longer about the enormous significance of our words: James 1:26 If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one's religion is useless. Prov 13:3 He who guards his mouth preserves his life, But he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction. We make it our purpose to never speak words we know to be evil: Ps 17:3 ...I have purposed that my mouth shall not transgress. We look to God in child like faith to alert us and preserve us from damaging words: Ps 141:3 Set a guard O Lord over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips. 2 Thess 3:3 But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one (Satan with his thought suggestions of wrong words to speak). We reserve our lips for giving God praise and thanks and for speaking His words: Ps 71:8 Let my mouth be filled with Your praise And with Your glory all the day. Eph 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Acts 4:29 ...Grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word We agree that God has ordained that we praise Him, to silence our spiritual enemies: Matt 21:16 (Jesus) From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise Ps 8:2 From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. NIV We desire God to keep changing us, by His words and Spirit, to make us Christ-like in heart, and free us from our flesh with its wrong words - often induced by Satan: 2 Cor 3:18 But we all, with unveiled face (heart), beholding as in a mirror (God’s words) the glory of the Lord (Jesus) are being transformed into the same image (of Christ) from glory to glory (line upon line, verse upon verse), just as by the Spirit of the Lord. Rom 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man (including our mouth under the control of our sin nature) was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. We value and believe, maybe for the first time, the words of God about our words. John 12:48 He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him - the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day. James 1:21-22 So...humbly accept the message God has planted in your hearts, for it is strong enough to save your souls. And remember, it is a message to obey, not just to listen to. If you don't obey, you are only fooling yourself. NLT 3 If we are willing to see our need for our heavenly Father to be the Lord of our lips, and present our mouth a living sacrifice to Him, He will work in us to speak His words! Amen