Which Bible version should you use?
Summary: God has preserved His words perfectly in the King James Version. There are no
Which Bible should you use?
To help you answer that question, here are a few helpful steps.
STEP 1: Understand that the question of which Bible to use and trust is a very important one (Psalm 138:2 even says that the words of God are more important than the name of God). The moment you believe that the KJV has errors, all versions are accurate (despite the major variations between versions that will be shown below), or that God did not perfectly preserve his words in English, is the moment that your faith in the Bible and God has been lessened, your foundation has weakened.
Romans 10:17 "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
I Corinthians 3:11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
Psalm 11:3 If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?
The NASV, the NIV, the ESV, and all other such versions are nothing more than an attempt by the devil to undermine who Jesus Christ is and what he did. Jesus Christ is our foundation. Any doctrine, philosophy, or Bible version that weakens, convolutes, or denies doctrines such as: the Deity of Christ, Virgin Birth, and salvation through Christ's blood are anti-Christ.
STEP 2: The second step in answering this question is to realize that there are major differences in the KJV as compared to all other versions out there (and in all differences the KJV falls on the side that gives the most glory to Christ, while all other versions detract from who Christ was and what he did). For example:
The KJV upholds the Deity of Christ in I Tim. 3:16:
KJV: God was manifest in the flesh.
ESV: He was manifested in the flesh.
NASV: He who was revealed in the flesh.
NIV: He appeared in a body.
Versions other than the KJV also leave out references to the Deity in a number of other passages including I John 5:7:
KJV: For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word [Jesus according to I John 1], and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
NASV: For there are three that testify:
please compare any other version you wish and note the difference.
Check out Luke 2:33:
KJV: And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him."
NASV: And his father and mother were amazed at the things which were being said about Him."
Also read Col. 1:14 where other versions downplay the importance of Christ's shed blood:
KJV: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:"
NASV: In whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins."
Other versions simply do not care to mention every word of God. Look at Luke 4:4:
KJV: "And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God."
NASV: And Jesus answered him, It is written, MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE.
I'm curious to know just what Jesus is saying in Luke 4 in the NASV. Does he mean bread should be served with spaghetti and meatballs, or perhaps a salad and Ranch dressing?
The differences in the KJV, as compared to other versions, stem from which Greek was used for translation.
A few of the theological beliefs of Westcott and Hort include:
Mariolatry (the worship of Mary)
And, they rejected an Eternal Hell
Hort wrote to Wescott on October 17, 1865: I have been persuaded for many years that, Mary worship and Jesus-worship have very much in common in their causes and results.
And Wescott in 1890 wrote that he denied the Bible's account of creation: No one now, I suppose holds that the first three chapters of Genesis, for example, give a literal history. I could never understand how anyone reading them with open eyes could think they did..
By omitting close to 3,000 words and changing thousands and thousands more, the NASV, like the majority of versions other than the KJV, could be loosely compared to a 100 piece puzzle with 20 of the pieces missing.
With the NASV puzzle, you can still make out the picture, but all of the holes and gaps in the puzzle leave room for man-made and Satan-spun ideas, opinions, and traditions.
The King James has all 100 pieces. There is no guess work with the KJV. All you do is read it, preach it, and believe it.
Churches, preachers, and households that put a heavy emphasis on the Greek; and Churches, preachers, and households that use another version along with the KJV create an environment in which people have no sure Biblical foundation to stand on.
God said his word would never pass away, and it hasn't. The KJV is the preserved word of God.
STEP 3: Another step is to note that God DID promise to preserve his words and make them available forever:
Psa. 12:6-7 The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, Thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.
I Peter 1:23-25 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the Word of the Lord endureth forever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
In quoting Isaiah here, Peter proves that every Word of God had been preserved from Isaiah's time to his own time. Peter was positive that the words he preached were the very words of Isaiah and of God, and was confident that none of the scripture would become corrupted or fall away.
Matt. 5:17-19 Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
Here Jesus assures us that not one word, more specifically one letter, would go missing from the Word of God. Jesus also said that not one of his words (plural) would pass away in Matt. 24:35.
Matt. 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
II Kings 10:10 Know now that there shall fall unto the earth nothing of the word of the Lord.
Psalm 119:160 Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.
Versions other than the KJV remove both minor words and major doctrines from passages of the Bible.
The Bible has been perfectly preserved for today's generation in the KJV. Nothing is missing in the KJV and nothing has been added.
And this is just what the translators accomplished, through the hand of God. The KJV perfectly combines the words of God found in the Hebrew and Greek into an understandable and complete package.