Very interesting project here, a shame it’s not an updated Bible version:
There are a few Bibles out there with just the text, no chapter or verse divisions or notes or other distractions. Are you aware of any of these? If so, please provide a link or description on the comments.
Interesting project for KJV, NIV, and ESV versions, though I’d like to know more about who’s behind it. They’re apparently attempting to fund it through kickstarter.
Maybe I can put a bug in the ear of the NET Bible people to do an edition in this Forever Bible.
A Baptist pastor suggests a “liturgy” and burial for damaged copies of the Bible. Didn’t know Southern Baptists did liturgy, but times are a-changing, and that’s beside the point. Much of what he says is spot on. Baptists can get some things right.
Here’s the question for you: How do you practice, or suggest, disposing of Bibles that are damaged or no longer useable? Or is a question that doesn’t deserve much thought? Just chunk it in the trash?
The Bible is God’s Word (2 Timothy 3:16-17), and we must respect it with great reverence. Paul says that we should “not even think beyond what is written” (1 Corinthians 4:6). When we stand to preach and teach, we must never step outside of God’s Word (1 Peter 4:11).
“Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching” (2 Timothy 4:2).
We should not be afraid of the faces of the doubters and haters (Jeremiah 1:8). We should be fearless as we spread His Word because nothing can stop Christ’s mission (Matthew 16:18).
However, Paul followed up his admonition to “Preach the Word” with the following sobering reminder:
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires,because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables” (2 Timothy 4:3-4).
People find preachers who will tell them what they want to hear rather than how they can submit before God in humility. Thanks to the influx of versions of the Bible, people can do the same thing with Scripture. They can find whatever translation that suits them best. Activist groups even make their own Bibles to prove their ideas.
A recent article said:
In future people will be able to create their own version of the Bible as multiple interpretations appear online, allowing a different view of the sacred text, according to the country’s leading Biblical scholar.
David Parker, Professor of Theology at the University of Birmingham, said different translations and readings of the Bible, from the 4th Century until now are already available online.
He predicted people will download the versions they like best, perhaps even mixing and matching different readings of the Gospels to suit their tastes and even making annotations.
“In the world we are entering, the concept of the Bible will be completely different,” he said. “It has become like an individual copy you have, you can annotate it and change it within the bounds of technological abilities.”
What will be the implications, both positive and negative, of these technologies?
They can be useful as they allow us to have more information in our hands. And when people have the Word of God, they are blessed. Yet, we cannot forget the warnings of Paul. Anything that can be used for good, will also be used for evil (Ephesians 6:12).
People with itching ears can also have itching eyes, seeking out “versions” that absolve them of sins. Only the blood of Christ can wash away sins (1 John 1:7), and compromise is not the way of God (John 8:44).
What are your thoughts?
A collection of Bibles is steadily becoming a growing presence on my office bookshelf. I just can’t help it. Whenever I see a good Bible online or at a bookstore, I buy. I’ve got KJVs, ASVs, NASU, NASBs, NLTs, Goodspeed, Young’s, Phillips’, ESVs (several of those), NRSVs with apocrypha, NRSVs without apocrypha, McCord’s, regular print, large print, super giant print, hardback, leatherflex, simulated leather, bonded leather, genuine leather, testaments, reference bibles, and even two NIVs (I forgot to list.
By the way, if you don’t see something here you think I might be interested in, just leave me a note.