Why can we have only ONE English translation of the Bible?
As Bible believers, we have faith that the King James Bible is the divinely inspired Word of God. The entirety of our faith rests on the message we receive from the Bible. This is why the belief in the perfect Word of God is vital. Without this belief, our faith is fallible and crumbles apart.
As Bible believers, we believe the King James Bible is the perfect Word of God, even though many proponents of modern versions today would disagree. This is not a conspiracy theory but as you go through this series, you will see how many evidences are stacked against modern Bibles.
In this series, we will look at the:
A) Background of the argument
B) Manuscript evidence
C) Mistakes in modern Bible versions
D) Objections of why the King James Bible is the only correct Bible version
Why Does King James Onlyism Exist?
At the end of the “Defending KJV” series, we will realize together that there must be a perfect translation. Otherwise, we wouldn’t be able to tell right from wrong doctrines. So many have fallen into heresy and live by false doctrines because they have not realized the truth of the King James Bible for themselves.
That is why Bible believers are King James Only.
I pray that this article will help you avoid this same pitfall in your faith to live out your faith according to God’s truth.
Does a perfect Bible exist?
Before we make the argument for the King James Bible as the only Word of God, we must first come to the belief that a perfect Bible exists in the first place. After establishing that a perfect Bible exists, as God Himself has promised, we can then come to accept the KJV as perfect. Let’s turn to the Scriptures to begin our look into the evidence for a perfect Bible.
Psalms 12:6-7: “The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation forever.”
This set of verses shows us the holiness and sacredness of God’s Word. How can the perfect Word of God be translated in so many different ways? How can the Bible still be the pure Word of God when the very words themselves are changed so dramatically? The purity of God’s Word demands that it is kept in the specific wording God intended from the start. Then there can be no confusion over the doctrine God would have us live our lives by.
2 Timothy 3:15-16: “And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”
This verse teaches us how crucial the Bible is for our everyday lives. God’s Word serves so many purposes in our lives. That’s precisely why it’s so essential that we have a perfect Bible. Different translations speak essential doctrines in different ways. If these doctrines are guiding our lives, we must be sure that we read them in the way that God spoke them!
Matthew 4:4: “Be he answered and said, ‘It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”
God’s Word sustains our very lives. We cannot live lives pleasing to God without taking in His Word daily. Our growth in life is about so much more than food. We must also tend to ourselves spiritually. We do that by continually engaging in God’s Word as part of our daily life.
Now that we see the Scriptural evidence for a perfect Bible, we can find immense value in pursuing it. We will go through the evidence and historical arguments to identify the perfect Bible, the King James Version.
Remember that despite the evidence proving the KJV as the only true Bible, many critics will still disagree because they fail to believe in the existence of a perfect Bible in the first place. Keep the above Scriptures close to your heart and hold tightly to the belief in a perfect Bible. Also note that flaws can be found in any well-put argument despite how sound it is. This is also true of the KJV.
However, the common element present in every argument (i.e., atheism, science, the perfect Bible being KJV, etc.) is faith. We all need faith to believe in something despite not knowing every imaginable answer on the topic.
That’s why 2 Corinthians 5:7 reminds us, “We walk by faith, not by sight.” No one has the mind of God. Ultimately, no matter how much evidence we find or how wise we become, we have limited human minds that pale in comparison to the absolute power, knowledge, and wisdom of the Lord. Ultimately, we must place our faith in Him. We must believe what He says to be true. And the Lord promises us the existence of a perfect Bible. We must take Him at His Word.
Contradictions and False Doctrines in Modern Translations
The other English translations contradict each other and promote false doctrine. When the other translations of the Bible promote differing doctrines, they can’t all be true.
All of God’s Words are in One Book, Not Thousands of Manuscripts
God says that all of the right words have to be in one book, not in thousands of manuscripts, as the scholars will try to tell you.
Hebrews 10:7: “Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.”
Jesus wasn’t picking words out of manuscripts. He says there was a book written about Him! We see a similar statement in Luke 4:20, where a physical book is referenced.
Luke 4:20: “And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.”
Time and time again, the Bible references God’s Word as a book, not a collection of manuscripts!
Yes, the Perfect Bible Exists
For further proof, let’s look at a variety of other verses that prove the existence of a perfect Bible:
Deuteronomy 8:3: “And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live.”
Jeremiah 30:2: “Thus speaketh the Lord God of Israel, saying, Write thee all the words that I have spoken unto thee in a book.”
Joshua 1:8: “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”
Isaiah 34:16: “Seek ye out of the book of the LORD, and read: no one of these shall fail, none shall want her mate: for my mouth it hath commanded, and his spirit it hath gathered them.”
What does Isaiah command us to seek from the book and read? This verse strongly proves that there is a perfect book we can hold in our hands and read.
The word “Bible” means “the book.” That proves that God’s Word is and always was intended to be found within a book. God never intended for His Word to be thought of as dispersed between thousands of manuscripts that only scholars could piece back together. God has given us a perfect Bible that we can all hold in our hands, and it’s the King James Bible.