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  • Richard Mansel 11:26 am on 2013-06-01 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , itching ears, itching eyes, , versions   

    Digital Technologies and Itching Eyes 


    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?

  • Richard Mansel 1:42 pm on 2010-07-19 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , versions   

    Taking a Needless Stand 

    We have a Baptist church here that has KJV posted boldly on their sign. I would guess that means that they refuse to use any other version. I know many brethren think that using any other version beside the KJV, will doom you to hell. But, I’ve not heard of any of them putting it on their sign!

    • Sandra Moore 2:04 pm on 2010-07-19 Permalink | Reply

      I had a long email Bible discussion with a man from such a church who definitely believed that was the only Bible that was God’s Word. He never told me the name of the church he attended, but considering his abrasive attitude was the same attitude that I encountered when someone from “Bible Believers Baptist Church” came door knocking, I think he must have been from there. They have AV 1611 prominently featured on the sign for their building.

    • Sandra Moore 2:15 pm on 2010-07-19 Permalink | Reply


      You may already know why the “Bible Believers, etc.” believe the AV 1611 version is the only one that can be used, but I didn’t until I just found the article at this link. The way people can come up with justifications for their beliefs is amazing!

    • Weylan Deaver 2:23 pm on 2010-07-19 Permalink | Reply

      Dad debated a Baptist in Chicago a few years ago on the subject of salvation, but the guy’s extremist KJV-Only stance kept cluttering the discussion. In his words, anything that wasn’t the KJV was “toilet water.” Thing is, hard as he tried, he couldn’t get his KJV to teach Baptist doctrine.

  • Richard Hill 9:16 pm on 2010-03-14 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bible maps, holyland pictures, , versions   

    Some Bible websites I enjoy 

    You beat me to the punch Weylan. Biblegateway.com is one of my favorites, too. I have many of the versions they offer, but when I’m already on the computer it’s a great place to do some translation comparison without a lot of hassle.

    If you would like to see a biblical city on the map head for:

    If holyland pics are your thing follow this link:

    Need help preparing a Sunday school lesson? Make your way to:
    (Lots of stuff. It’s like going into an old store that stacked to the ceiling. A little sorting and you’ll probably find just what you’re looking for!)

    • Laura 9:28 pm on 2010-03-14 Permalink | Reply

      Yeah, I use biblegateway.com more than just about anything.

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