From "Answers To Your Bible Version Questions"
© 2002 by David W. Daniels
Question: I know some people who basically refuse to read the KJV because they
claim they don't understand it. However, they are willing to read the
NIV. I feel bad recommending the NIV to them if they aren't willing to
read the KJV because I do feel that the KJV is the word of God. But in a
case like this, is it better to have them read the NIV over nothing at
Answer: A false Bible is not the truth. It's that simple.
I am a kind and
soft-hearted person. I would love to tell people it were okay to read
other Bibles and just as good for them. That's my personality. But I
cannot. I cannot compromise the truth and tell people that a Bible that
is missing or adding or changing the truth is STILL the truth. False
Bibles are not "The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth."
I have to tell people the truth. I myself found it out at 17 when I
started reading a King James Bible and needed to understand it. This
truth is simple: It is by the Holy Ghost that we understand the King
James Bible. Look at these scriptures.
Luke 24:45 — Then opened he their understanding, that they might
understand the scriptures,
1 Corinthians 2:12-16 — Now we have received, not the spirit of the
world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things
that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in
the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost
teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man
receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness
unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually
discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself
is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he
may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
Acts 17:11 — These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that
they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the
scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
It is by God's great grace that we can understand His words. Here is
what I did. Just as the Bible says, I pray to the Father (Colossians
3:17; 1 Peter 1:17) in the name of Jesus, God the Son (Matthew 18:20;
John 14:13-14; 15:16), and ask that the Holy Ghost reveal the scriptures
to me (John 14:26; 15:26; 1 Corinthians 2:12-16).
Since the first day I prayed that way to God, even though I was still in
the occult, the Lord began to show me His truth as I read His words in
the King James Bible. Two weeks later I was saved!
What's more, I was amazed to find out two years later in Bible college
that what God had shown me about the Bible was correct. What a blessing!
And God is "no respecter of persons" (Acts 10:34) so I believe what He
did for me He will also do for you or anyone who asks Him.
If we need help with words we do not understand, we use a Bible
dictionary or King James Bible Companion. But when we do not understand
Bible teaching, we pray to our God, in Jesus' name, who by the Holy
Ghost richly supplies "all things that pertain unto life and godliness"
(2 Peter 1:3).
May God bless us all as we read and trust God to understand His
preserved words in English, the King James Bible.