In response to a good deal of confusion and contention over Bible translation I thought it helpful to address this issue. I have done so in two extended articles which I have attached to this post. The first article is titled: Where the Bible Came From–How it Came to Me– & Considerations for Choosing a Bible Translation. It beings this way:
This paper is for the person that has his heart bent on truth. Bible translation is an area where passions run deep, where bias is common, and where many have a deeply entrenched position. Yet those passions, and those biases, and those positions are not always historically and theologically well grounded. This paper has two objectives. First, it intends to present a truthful and as unbiased as possible look at where the Scriptures came from, and how God has preserved them to our day. Secondly, it intends to address the question,—“Why would someone consider changing from their traditional use of the King James Version?”, as well as the question,—“Why would they consider changing to the primary use of the English Standard Version?”. While certainly not a comprehensive treatment of the subjects, it is intended to inform the reader regarding this vital basis for our Christian faith—God’s Holy Word.
The second article was spurred when I was asked–“are there those who disagreed with the facts of my first paper, and how do I answer them?” Shortly after being asked that question I found a document on the internet by another local pastor titled Ten Reasons Why the King James Bible is the Word of God, written by pastor Terry Fenton. I decided to address his ten reasons and did so in A Response to: “Ten Reasons Why the King James Bible is the Word of God”. I sent a copy of my article to Pastor Fenton for his review but received no response. This article introduces itself this way
In fairly assessing any issue it is important to consider both sides, for every issue has at least two sides. This is certainly the case with the controversy surrounding English Bible translations. Conservative Bible believers hold the Bible as the sole and exclusive basis for their faith and practice. It should not be surprising then that passions run deep when discussing such an important topic. Some argue that the King James translation holds exclusive claim as being “God’s Word,” while others believe such an exclusive claim is unmerited. This subject provokes controversy when misrepresentation or miscommunication occurs, often from both sides.
In this paper it is my intention to respond to a paper written by Pastor Terry Fenton. Pastor Fenton is the pastor of Seneca Bible Baptist Church. His paper is titled Ten Reasons why the King James Bible is the Word of God. I would encourage the reader of this response to read Pastor Fenton’s article in parallel so that each perspective is communicated by its strongest advocate. From his paper it seems clear that Pastor Fenton holds the exclusive King James position. This paper intends to address Pastor Fenton’s Reasons as fairly and as clearly as possible. This will permit a reader to hear both sides of this important topic.
It is my intention in both of these articles to dispel some of the confusion regarding Bible History. It is not my intention to defame the King James Bible, or undermine its authority in any way. I have the utmost respect for its beauty, and its faithfulness to the underlying Greek and Hebrew manuscripts. God has used this translation for 400 years for His glory. However, I also believe there is a strong argument to be made for using modern translations, particularly the English Standard Version. I am glad to answer any sincere questions, and to engage in dialog, and to be taught, but I have no time for intransigent debate. I hope you find these articles informative and helpful. Grace.