For centuries, Christians have found in their Bibles that Jesus is
God, eternally existent, without beginning or end. But the text
found in many new Bibles would make this difficult to prove.
Micah 5:2, that timeless prophecy telling the Jews their Messiah
would come from Bethlehem, says "But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though
thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall
he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings
forth have been from of old, from everlasting." No problem so far, right?
But if you are using the popular New International Version, your Bible
will say that his "origins are from old, from ancient times." There is
nothing eternal about that! And if the Messiah has an origin in ancient
times (as did Rameses II, Confucious, Mohammed and Nimrod), then he cannot be God!
The next time a Jehovah's Witness (they deny that Jesus is God) comes to
your door, make sure you are not trying to use a Bible that says this, or
you will be defenseless. Not to be easily shaken, though, you may quickly
take him to Romans 14:10-12, to show him that we will all stand before the
judgment seat of Christ, and give account of ourselves to God. It is
therefore logical that Christ must be God.
But oops, the JW is gloating again, because your NIV says "we will all
stand before God's judgment seat." Once again, he finds that your Bible fails
to defend the divinity of Christ.
Finally, in exasperation, you take him to I John 5:7, to show that Jesus,
the Word, is one with the Father. But after much page-thumbing, the truth sinks in.
This scripture isn't even there! It has been completely removed from the new Bibles!
What's wrong here?
Simply put, the translators making the new Bibles have based their work largely upon
two old manuscripts, known as the Vaticanus and the Sinaiticus. These manuscripts
disagree with the vast majority of ancient copies and even with each other.
And they weaken the deity of Christ.
It is foolish to choose a Bible just because it is easier to read. When your eternal
destiny is at issue, the most important thing is having a Bible that is correct!
And single words are very important. Many important doctrines stand or fall upon
the exact wording of Scripture. Approximations won't do.
How can you tell if your Bible relies upon the two Catholic manuscripts that disagree
with 95% of the evidence? One easy way is to look at Mark 1:2-3. There are quotations
from two prophets there, Malachi and Isaiah. If your Bible says they both came from
Isaiah, it is simply wrong.
Buy a new one.