Monday, September 14, 2009

God's word in footnotes?

(Berean Jews)

Acts 17

11These 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. 12Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.  
13But when the Jews of Thessalonica had knowledge that the word of God was preached of Paul at Berea, they came thither also, and stirred up the people.  
14And then immediately the brethren sent away Paul to go as it were to the sea: but Silas and Timotheus abode there still.  

Must admit when my brother Arion told me to throw out the NIV that it was of satan, I did hestitate. In fact I wanted to remove it from the garbage, but instead I went to purchcase the Holy Bible in King James. How can I explain how I felt when I compared the KJV to the NIV. Felt hurt. Felt angry.  

Though the scripture came to mind:
2 Timothy 4(King James Version)  
3For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 
4And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.  

All this time I was not reading the full word of God. Instead I was reading a book that left out scriptures, or misinterpreted them, or twisted them or threw them into the footnotes. 

Footnotes A footnote is a note of text placed at the bottom of a page in a book or document. The note comments on and may cite a reference for part of the main body of text. A footnote is normally flagged by a superscript number following that portion of the text the note is in reference to. Footnotes are most often used as an alternative to long explanatory notes that can be distracting to readers. 

The word of God is supposedly so distracting in parts that the writers of the NIV had to use footnotes? Aside from their technical use, authors use footnotes for a variety of reasons: As signposts to direct the reader to information the author has provided or where further useful information is pertaining to the subject in the main text. To attribute to a quote or viewpoint. As an alternative to parenthetical references; it is a simpler way to acknowledge information gained from another source. To escape the limitations imposed on the word count of various academic and legal texts which do not take into account footnotes. Aggressive use of this strategy can lead the text to be seen as affected by what some people call "footnote disease  

The word of God is meant to be read as a whole. Especially in scripture. Not a "By The Way" or "here's a tip". Let me know your thoughts.

Just noticing: why are the names in the KJV changed in NIV?

Already wrote a note on NIV leaving some scripture in the footnotes or leaving verses out all together. Have also noticed in reading the KJV the names are changed when revised into NIV. Why? What's the purpose? Don't say because it's hard to pronounce. What if someone changed your name because it was hard to say? Know that when some immigrate here they shorten their name when they present themselves to you, but they don't change it.

Christians sin too, why do some believe they do not sin

1 John 1
8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

James 5
16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent (having or displaying a passionate intensity.) prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
19 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; 20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

Matthew 5
27 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:  
28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.  

Romans 3 
9 What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin; 
10As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:  
22Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:  
23For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;  
24Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:  
25Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission (exemption) of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; 

Romans 4
18Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.  
19For as by one man's disobedience (Adam) many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.  
20Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded (exist in large numbers or amounts.) , grace did much more abound (exist in large numbers or amounts.) :  
21That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

What are your gift(s)? Are we all suppose to speak in tongues?

1 Corinthians 12 (KJV)  
1Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.  
2Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.  
3Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.  

4Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.  
5And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.  
6And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.  
7But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.  
8For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;  9To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;  
10To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:  
11But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.


12For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.  
13For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.  
14For the body is not one member, but many.  
15If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?  
16And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?  
17If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?  
18But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.  
19And if they were all one member, where were the body?  
20But now are they many members, yet but one body.  
21And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.  
22Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:  
23And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.  
24For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked.  
25That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.  
26And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.  
27Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.  
28And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.  
29Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?  
30Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?  
31But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.  

1 Corinthians 13:1 also says that your gifts mean nothing if you do not have love

The Old Testament and The New Testament

For someone who is trying to get right with God now, why is it hard for me to convince them that they should start with the book of Matthew? To read the new testament? Not dissuading them from the old testament altogether, but if they are seeking God's grace that they should read the new testament.  Hebrews 8 better explains it. 

Hebrews 8 
8For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:  
9Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord.  
10For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:  
11And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.  
12For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. 13In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away. 

No need to argue among yourselves, just read Hebrews 8. Don't let satan discourage you and say it's too late or that you are not worthy, look how long it took you. God gives us grace through Christ. Don't tempt God (Matthew 4:7) and don't take his grace for granted (Romans 6)



Deuteronomy 4:2 Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.

Deuteronomy 12:32 What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.

Proverbs 30: 5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. 6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

Revelation 22:18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

NOTE: These are the verses that have been either removed to the footnotes section or are completely removed all together. There are many other discrepancies in the NIV including the removal of individual words such as Calvary, Lucifer, New Testament, and many others. The NIV is also gender neutral which is not what the original manuscripts were like. Gender neutral is something brought about by modern day Politically Correct persons. Now on to the discrepancies.

Let's begin with the verses that have been moved from the original text and put into the footnotes of the NIV. By putting a verse into the footnotes instead of where it should be, it leads credibility to the reader that the verse is not part of the original Bible. Now for the verses that have been completely removed from the Original.  

Matthew 17:21 (KJV) Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.  
Matthew 17:21 (NIV) (No verse 21) 20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” [21] [a]

NIV leaves vs 21 out and uses it as a footnote only for (Some manuscripts you. But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting) 

This is such a vital verse, why leave it out? In order to have this kind of faith Jesus says prayer and fasting can only bring it. The NIV leaves it in a footnote. When you try to memorize a verse, do you remember to include the footnotes. When you want to increase your faith do you pray and fast? Is it possible that we can perform miracles like Jesus did with the boy with a demonic spirit?  

Mathew 18:11 (KJV) For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.  

Matthew 18:11 (NIV) The Parable of the Lost Sheep  

Matthew 18 (NIV)
10"See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.[a] 
11 ?
12"What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? 
13And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. 
14In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost.  

NIV footnotes only for vs11 Some manuscripts heaven. 11 The Son of Man came to save what was lost.  

Matthew 23 (KJV)  

14 (Seven Woes) Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretense make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.
Matthew 23 (NIV)
[14] [b] ?

Do you see anything wrong with the translation?

(KJV) Ephesians 5:19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

(NIV) Ephesians 5:19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord,

(KJV) Colossians 4:5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

(NIV) Colossians 4:5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 
6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

(NIV) Matthew 23
8 “But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers.
9 And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. 
10 Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah.

(KJV) Matthew 23
8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. 9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. 10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.


Martial law can be declared due to natural disasters, Y2k Crisis, Stock Market crash, no electricity, riots, biological attack, .... anything leading to the breakdown of law and order.  

SURVIVING MARTIAL LAW Prepare before any declaration of martial law by becoming self reliant. You may become subject to a bureaucratic system and be prepared to stay one step ahead of it which is easy to do if you are prepared and in a position to be self reliant. You may also face mob rule, chaos, panic, or a complete breakdown in law and order. Surival situations may be easier to handle in rural areas than urban. Avoid areas of marital law. Can be imposed due to natural disasters or man caused events. Important to have a retreat or place in a rural area away from populated areas. Create alliances with like minded neighbors or community members that share your views. Team work and numbers may help your situation. Become transparent in the sense that you do not draw attention to yourself or your family. For instance, do not tell people that you are storing food just store food. Be prepared to render assistance to neighbors if need be. You never know when you will need them. Remain calm! Do not panic. Avoid areas of civil unrest if possible. If caught in civil unrest take appropriate action. Get informed and stay informed. Understand martial law can be a temporary crisis or an extended one. In extreme cases the shape of a whole nation can change. Declaration of martial law means your rights are suspended and it is government by decree. Your constitutional rights may no longer apply. This could mean a state of National Emergency. People can be arrested and imprisoned indefinitely without charges. Freedom of speech and freedom of assembly can be suspended, and censorship of the media imposed. Gun ownership will also come under severe attack during marital law. We could see house to house searches by the military or National Guard looking for guns and seizing any they find along with stored food. Take a stand on issues and make a choice that fits your beliefs and the situation. Do you believe as Patrick Henry, "Give me liberty or give me death?" Realize you may have some hard choices to make. Understand you may have to sacrifice your principles on trivial matters or take a hard stand. Always remember that you may have to come back and fight another day.

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