Saturday, January 7, 2017

Our Wonderful Bible

     Isn't the Bible the most wonderful Book ever written!!! Over the Centuries, time after time, foolish men have tried to undo God's Work, unable to understand God's Word themselves, they tried their best to identify a handful of what they call contradictions, in an effort to somehow diminish the Great and Powerful Message from God. All have failed. Scribe after lonely Scribe has, with the help of the Lord's Holy Spirit, tirelessly hand copied page by page, every jot an tittle of God's Spirit Breathed Word. The oldest Manuscript fragments we can find, be it from old Monasteries or Dead Sea Caverns, are almost perfectly identical, again jot an tittle, to the old King James Version, the first direct English Translation from the original Hebrew and Greek texts.
     The KJV had very little to do with King James and everything to do with the Holy Spirit working in that day's finest translators do deliver, the best English translation, possibly available in that day and time. It wasn't really a fat old King who authorized its printing, let me tell you the story.
     A man, let's call him a Preacher, a common man, William Tyndale, wanted other men to have an English Common Language Bible for use in their homes, so they could read and study the Bible with their families. Old King James' English Church and the Catholic Church down in Europe didn't want that. They wanted to spoon feed their Parishioners Sermons read in Latin and embellished with whatever political view on the text that the powers at be wanted to imposed on the people. They basically told worshipers, "we'll tell you what the Bible says, and how you need to live your lives to please us", emphasis on us, not God.

     Tyndale worked tirelessly translating the New Testament from the original Greek. He was constantly hunted and in danger. He hid in Europe till King James spies convinced him Government Agents were no longer looking for him. He brought copies of his NT Manuscript back to England, but was deceived and captured. Tied to a stake and tortured, he began to Pray. As the Flames lapped at his lower extremities, in agonizing pain, he cried out to the Lord, "Lord Open the Eyes of the King".
     A few months later that Prayer was answered and the Holy Spirit convinced old king James he needed to authorize a new English Translation. That was all King James had to do with it. About 50 of the greatest Bible Scholars of the time were assembled and the Translation was checked, reviewed and printed. A little pomp and ceremony to satiate the King, and the People had their Bible William Tyndale had given his Life for. Every jot and tittle of it.
     Today, naysayers and critics are still trying find contradictions, Muslims barbarians are still burning believers at the stake; Satan is still hard at work deceiving silly people into unbelief. The internet is full of atheistic drivel. Bible Translations are a dime a dozen; feminist versions, Catholic Versions, Pentecostal versions, cowboy versions, lesbian/homosexual versions, versions for dogs and cats; no topical version is too far out, too disrespectful; for those Lost Fools poking fun at God's Holy Word. But again, as devoted as Satan's Army is at destroying God's Word; all have failed. Their arguments sound every bit as foolish as they are. Tinkling symbols for silly men and women with itchy ears; just like the Bible centuries ago foretold.
     According to one person's count, there are 3573 promises in the Bible. Every one is a true and faithful promise from God. Every Question a man or woman can have is answered by the Bible. It may take us a lifetime of study, but yes, the answers are there. We can't understand so complicated a text alone, so we struggle; but eventually we ask the Holy Spirit for enlightenment on our problems and we begin to understand. Some sections are so tough, so seemingly complicated that Bible Scholars argue with each other for years over them, others so simple a five year old child can easily understand. Sometimes a verse you've read hundreds of times, opens up with Spiritual Enlightenment and old preachers, even grumpy old deacons, see truths they have missed all their lives.
     Yes, the Bible is a Wonderful Book. A Textbook from God Himself. A guidebook for man in his attempt too find out who he is, why he was born, what God's Will is in our lives, and how to get to Heaven. All you have to do is Believe, you can't buy your way, work your way, or coerce your way there. Only a simple childlike belief that Jesus came to earth to die and redeem you from your sins will do. God doesn't want smartass naysayers in Heaven, not the proud, not the scornful, you can't go till you believe and His Holy Spirit Personally cleanses you of your sin. Heaven is a sinless haven Only for believers. The Bible shows us example after example of why we ought to believe. Won't you do it today?

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