THE “BIBLE” = A “BOOK

 

The following is a quote from a Christian, who, I believe, is born again and has a genuine concern about translating the words of God into languages other than English, and providing those words to people around the world, but is unwilling to recognize the King James Bible as God’s FINAL AUTHORITY here on earth, and is confused about WHAT the word “BIBLE” means.

 

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"God did not promise that He would give the Bible in one language and then everyone must come to that language. He promised to preserve it, but He also promised to give it to the whole world."

 

It's important that we take note of Scriptural "distinctions" and keep our facts straight: God never "promised to preserve it”, i.e. the BIBLE - God promised to preserve His words.

Psalms 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.

While The Holy Bible {A BOOK that you can hold in your hands}, contains ALL of God's words/word - God never promised that everyone in the world would have a "Bible" in their own language, or that He would preserve ALL of His "words" in ALL languages.

And God never: "promised to give it (the Bible) to the whole world." The Lord promised that "this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world".

Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

 

There is a whole lot of difference between "this gospel of the kingdom" and the whole Bible (A BOOK that you can hold in your hands). The “problem” between those of us who are genuine King James Bible believers and those Christians who are not, or who may not understand where we are coming from, often is a matter of semantics or the “definition” of words. I will illustrate:

 

When it comes to the issue of Final Authority the first thing that Christians should know is: What GOD’S ATTITUDE is towards His word:

 

Psalms 138:2 I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.

 

The next thing that Christians should know is:

 

GOD’S WORD or WORDS = Oral and/or Written “words”

Matthew 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

 

FIRST OCCURRENCE IN SCRIPTURE OF GOD’S “WORDS” or “WORD”:

Job 6:10Then should I yet have comfort; yea, I would harden myself in sorrow: let him not spare; for I have not concealed the words of the Holy One.

Job 23:12 Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.

Job 42:7 And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken these words unto Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath.
Genesis 15:1 After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.

Exodus 4:28 And Moses told Aaron all the words of the LORD who had sent him, and all the signs which he had commanded him.
29 And Moses and Aaron went and gathered together all the elders of the children of Israel:
30 And Aaron spake all the words which the LORD had spoken unto Moses, and did the signs in the sight of the people.

 

GOD’S PROMISES CONCERNING HIS WORDS

GOD PROMISED TO PURIFY HIS WORDS
Psalms 12:6 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

 

GOD PROMISED TO KEEP HIS WORDS
Psalms 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.

 

GOD PROMISED TO PRESERVE HIS WORDS - FOREVER
Psalms 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 HIS TRUTH WILL ENDURE TO ALL GENERATIONS
Psalms 100:5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

 

THE LORD PROMISED THAT HEAVEN AND EARTH WILL PASS AWAY BUT HIS WORDS SHALL NOT PASS AWAY
Luke 21:33 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.

 

CONCERNING PROMISES - GOD IS NOT A MAN THAT HE SHOULD LIE

Psalms 119:160 Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgment endureth for ever.

Psalms 33:4 For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth.

Psalms 145:17 The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.

Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

 

THE ORACLES OF GOD = God’s Word/words {Oral or Written}

FIRST OCCURRENCE IN SCRIPTURE OF THE WORD “ORACLE” or “ORACLES”:
2 Samuel 16:23 And the counsel of Ahithophel, which he counselled in those days, was as if a man had inquired at the oracle of God: so was all the counsel of Ahithophel both with David and with Absalom.

Acts 7:38 This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us:

Romans 3:2 Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.

Hebrews 5:12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.

1 Peter 4:11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

 

THE SCRIPTURE OF TRUTH” = God’s Written “word” or “words”

FIRST OCCURRENCE IN SCRIPTURE OF THE WORD “SCRIPTURE”:

Daniel 10:21But I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and there is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince.

 

Daniel 10:21 is the only place in the entire Old Testament where the word "Scripture" is used.

 

Matthew 21:42 Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?

Matthew 22:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.
John 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

1 Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

2 Timothy 3:15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

Matthew 26:56 But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled.

Mark 14:49 I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and ye took me not: but the scriptures must be fulfilled.

The fact is, upon a thorough examination of the Scriptures, the wordBIBLE” is NOT in the HOLY BIBLE. This is NOT “semantics”. IF we are going to use “words” to describe what we are talking about, then those “words” should be “precise” and they should be “accurate” in order to convey exactly what we mean.

 

THE HOLY BIBLE = ALL of God’s Inspired Word (Words), Oracles, and Scriptures – (Preserved, Perfect, Holy, Infallible, Inspired, and without error) in A BOOK - previously known as “The Authorized Version” and now known as “The King James Bible.”

 

God promised to “preserve” and “keep” His words PURE [Psalms 12:6&7] and He has. God never promised that every single nation, state, tribe, or people would have a preserved HOLY BIBLE.

 

The following is Webster’s 1828 Dictionary Definition of the word “Bible”:

 

Webster’s 1828 Dictionary

 

BI'BLE, n. Gr. a book.

 

That’s it! That’s ALL! According to Webster’s 1828 Dictionary the “BIBLE =A BOOK a Book that can be held in a person’s hands! “That’s all there is to that”; “that’s all she wrote”; “that’s it in a nutshell”; “and now you know the rest of the story”.

 

The Holy BIBLE is A BOOK (that a person can hold in their hands). When someone says they are a “Bible believer” and then they start referring to the “ORIGINAL AUTOGRAPHS” (“verbal plenary inspiration”), they are NOT referring to The Holy BIBLE {A BOOK that you can hold in your hands}, they are referring to some of the word/words of God (a portion of the “Scripture of truth” or segment of “the Oracles of God”), BUT they are not talking about The Holy BIBLE (A BOOK that you can hold in your hands – that contains ALL of the preserved words of God)!
The Holy BIBLE is A BOOK (that you can hold in your hands); IT is NOT the “Textus Receptus” (any text), the “Majority Text”, or the numerous corrupt texts taken from Vaticanus or Sinaiticus (take your pick). The Holy Bible is A BOOK (that you can hold in your hands) – IT is NOT 5,500 Greek manuscripts that contain God’s words with some errors (some mss more than others); or 11,000 Latin manuscripts that contain God’s words with lots of errors (some mss more than others); or the Early Translations (Syriac, Armenian, Georgian, Aramaic, Gothic, Coptic, Bohairic, etc., etc.)


The Holy BIBLE is derived from some of the Greek manuscripts of Scripture; some of the Hebrew manuscripts of Scripture; some of the various Early Translations of Scripture; from some of the Greek Lectionaries; and some of the Patristic (church “fathers’) quotations of Scripture – but NONE of the sources from which The Holy Bible (A BOOK that you can hold in your hands) was translated was the COMPLETE HOLY BIBLE (Preserved, Perfect, Holy, Infallible, Inspired, and without any error).

 
A person can have some of the word (words) of God - without having The Holy Bible. A person can have some of the Oracles of God – without having The Holy Bible. A person can have some Scriptures - without having The Holy Bible. They can have some of The Holy Bible - without having the complete Holy Bible. A person can have one of the numerous modern English translations (per-versions) - without having the complete Holy Bible (Preserved, Perfect, Infallible, Inspired, and without error). The Holy BIBLE is A BOOK that a person can hold in their hands; that contains ALL of the word (words, Oracles, Scriptures) of God - Preserved Perfect, Holy, Infallible, Inspired, and without error.


Historically, ONLY ONE BOOK has ever met these criteria (for over 400 years), No other book or “bible” ever has! Historically, ONLY ONE BOOK has ever met this Standard, NO OTHER book or “bible” has even come close! So, the next time someone says they are a “Bible believer” – ask them for their “Definition” of the “BIBLE”, and see what they say. And if they come up with something other than A BOOK you can hold in your hands, you’ll know that they are not talking about the SAME THING that you are referring to. And if they come up with a modern translation (per-version), that they themselves will admit is NOT preserved - perfect, Holy, infallible, inspired, and without error, you’ll know that they aren’t genuine BIBLE believers!

 
I’ve said all of this to simply say: Translate THE HOLY BIBLE (A BOOK that you can hold in your hands) into as many languages as you possibly can. Get the Gospel to as many countries and people, and in their language, as God will lead and allow. However, if you are going to translate THE HOLY BIBLE (A BOOK that you can hold in your hands) into another language, then USE THE HOLY BIBLE (A BOOK that you can hold in your hands) for your “exemplar” (Foundation) and NOT some inferior manuscripts that are NOT Preserved - Perfect, Holy, Infallible, Inspired, and without error.

 

The BIBLE that is now known as the King James Bible was simply known only as THE HOLY BIBLE for over 300 years; its critics started calling it the “Authorized VERSION” in the 1700’s, but ordinary, every day Christians (the kind of men & women that the Lord ate with, drank with, and prayed with) called it THE HOLY BIBLE. They believed what genuine Bible believers still believe today. Contrary to what the critics think: belief and trust in the King James Bible is NOT a NEW doctrine or belief; it’s a belief that was abandoned by nearly all Christians after they became enamored of “Education”, “Schooling”, & College degrees (after the scholars & the scribes convinced many Christians that THE HOLY BIBLE was “JUST ANOTHER TRANSLATION”!)

 

If you are going to translate THE HOLY BIBLE into another language, do what the early Protestant Missionaries did when they went to China, India, Burma, the South Seas, Hawaii, etc.; and USE THE HOLY BIBLE (A BOOK that you can hold in your hands) to translate from, and if you don’t (or won’t), don’t expect us to accept your “bible” as being anything, but either a “poor substitute” for the “real thing”, or a truly “corrupttranslation from the perverted modern texts of the “original tongues”!

 

Perhaps now you will understand why, those of us who are genuine BIBLE (A BOOK that you can hold in your hands) believers say: We believe the King James Bible is the HOLY word of God {Preserved, Perfect, Holy, Infallible, Inspired, and without any error} and that it is our FINAL AUTHORITY in all matters of faith and practice. And should anyone think or believe that they have an equivalent or superior "bible", I say "bring it on" and let us examine it in the light of His glorious word.

 

Psalms 33:4 For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth.