Only God can give us a clean heart.
We didn’t start out life with a clean heart—just the opposite. From birth we are sinful.
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
And in sin my mother conceived me.
Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being,
And in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom. —Psalm 51:5-6
For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries —Mark 7:21
From birth we have a heart that is incapable of loving God “with all your heart.”
You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. —Deuteronomy 6:5
The heart is more deceitful than all else
And is desperately sick . . . —Jerermiah 17:9
. . . their foolish heart was darkened. —Romans 1:21
But God can give us a new heart, one that CAN love Him.
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you. —Ezekiel 36:26
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart . . . —Matthew 22:37
For with the heart a person believes . . . —Romans 10:10
My pastor adamantly believes that EVERYONE in our church should use the King James version of the Bible. I think he may even believe it is sin to use anything else. I see that GML always uses New American Standard and many times I seem to understand the verses better and with more clarity. What do you think are “acceptable” versions?
There are many well-meaning pastors who believe the KJV is “inspired by God.” While it is a good translation, it’s not inspired by God. Why would God “inspire” an English translation and not German, Spanish, or Chinese? God DID inspire the original writings, in their original languages, without error.
There are approximately 2500 copies (or pieces of copies) of New Testament writings that date prior to 400 AD. Of those, there are only a few complete manuscripts, mostly in Greek, of the entire New Testament, and NONE are exactly the same. But, in all those manuscript pieces, there is not one difference that conflicts with evangelical doctrine.
The King James Version (1611) was translated from a single manuscript (referred to as the “Textus Receptus”). It is a very direct, honest, and accurate word-for-word translation.
Unfortunately, some words today mean the exact opposite of what they meant back in the 16th Century. And it is a translation from Greek and Hebrew, with human logic inserted. Errors were so obvious that the New King James was introduced correcting many of the problems.
We use the NASB (1961) because it also is a direct, word-for-word translation. But it was translated from FIVE manuscripts that all dated 100 or more years prior to the Textus Receptus. And where there is a difference in wording for a verse, it is noted in the margin.
Note: The NIV and Living are more readable because they are NOT word-for-word translations. Therefore, their translations are more easily debated.
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