35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
Joe Olmeim

Hi Joe

I’m glad you use the Scripture to back up your statements. So many of us in the church do not build our lives on the Word of God. You are also right in reminding me that since Jesus is the Word, I made a distinction between God and the Word of God that is not proper to make.

There is one difference between us that I do not think can be resolved and that is the status of the KJV translation. As you know, God’s Word was written down in Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic. So far as they are faithful to the meaning God intended in those original manuscripts, any translation is a good one. Unless you can show that God wrote the 10 Commandments in stone using the Elizabethan English of the time when the KJV translation came to be, you are putting forth the traditions of men as Holy Writ.

Insisting that people have to read the Bible in an archaic form of English is not right. It locks people away from the life-giving truth of God’s word every bit as much as the Catholic Church did when they insisted on only using the Latin Vulgate. If faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God, how then can anyone hear what they can’t understand? Likewise by your same logic, does this mean that the Santa Biblia (Spanish translation) is not divinely inspired as God’s Word because it isn’t the KJV?

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