A Brief Word…

I have conducted a bit of research. There are many translations of the Bible out there, and a recent article has been popping up on my search engine results that has raised some quite alarming red flags.

The article accuses the NIV of being, “Satan’s Latest Gimmick.” It is quick to point out variations in NIV verses and KJV verses, using them as the basis of its accusations. It goes on to say that the NIV is published by the same company that publishes Satanic bibles and gay sex books. Because the other arguments are biblical in nature, this is the point that I will examine first. Let me outline in further detail:

The NIV is published by two companies, Zondervan and Biblica. These companies are child companies of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, a division of HarperCollins Publishing. This, in itself does not represent a problem. What does: Avon Romance, publishers of Anton LaVey’s, “The Satanic Bible,” and William Morrow, publishers of Felice Picano’s, “The Joy of Gay Sex,” are also under the HarperCollins umbrella.

Unfortunately, while this can be easily verified with a simple search, the statement issued by HarperCollins Publishing’s CEO, that HarperCollins Christian Publishing operates, “with complete autonomy out of a separate headquarters,” cannot be so easily tested. [quote source: http://www.nytimes.com/2002/06/08/books/evangelical-sales-are-converting-publishers.html?src=pm&pagewanted=1] Short of obtaining complete financial statements from both companies, it is very difficult for me to verify this statement. So I will present the following argument:

If a Christian company bought out a secular publisher, there would be a major conflict of interest here. Either the company would have to stop publishing secular titles that go against its Christian values, or quit calling itself a Christian organization.

However, because HarperCollins Christian Publishing is a child company of HarperCollins, they have no control over what their secular parent company decides to do and therefore cannot be held responsible, although the child company could urge the parent company to stop publishing works that it sees as being of a sinful nature. This does not excuse HarperCollins Christian, however, from its responsibility to ensure that its works are of the highest moral integrity and represent Christian values with utmost accuracy.

Now, let me analyze a few points from the article in more detail:

Sentiment expressed. “The Bible says that changing the word is wrong, and the NIV is not the same as the KJV, therefore the NIV must be wrong.” The preface of the NIV admits that their translation may not be perfect. It is difficult, if not impossible, to obtain a perfect translation of God’s word, by human efforts. Is the order, is the wording, that important? If so, then we’d all be damned. I do not feel that it is the exact order of the words, but rather, the perfect message that is conveyed by them.

The argument that the NIV was conceived not to offend Christian sects: The NIV is a collaboration between different sects of Christianity. This is noted in the NIV preface. Sectarian bias refers to a bias toward one sect of Christianity, something that the NIV seeks to prevent. I do not feel that this compromises its integrity.

The John 3:16 argument. The omission of, “begotten,” from the verse does not make it ring any less true. The message has not been changed. Romans 10:9 is where it gets dicey, as the author accuses the NIV translation of promoting “Lordship Salvation.” I have compared both the KJV and the NIV versions of this verse, and to me the message did not change:

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

Romans 10:9 (KJV)

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Romans 10:9 (NIV)

I will link to the article here and allow you to make your own decision: http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/Bible/NIV/why.htm

For more information on the King James debate, please peruse the following articles and feel free to utilize your favorite search engine to find more:

The Debate Over The King James Version: http://www.probe.org/site/c.fdKEIMNsEoG/b.4225741/k.F0D0/The_Debate_Over_the_King_James_Version.htm
The Conspiracy Behind the New Bible Translations: https://bible.org/article/conspiracy-behind-new-bible-translations
The King James Version Only?: http://www.evidenceunseen.com/theology/scripture/the-king-james-version-only/

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