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The Question that Stumps KJV-Only Believers

Where was the word of God before KJV 1611?

Bible believers trust the KJV Bible as the perfect word of God. Demanding a perfect Bible/Word of God is essential to having correct doctrine. After all, how can you trust an imperfect Word to base your doctrine?

KJV-Only critics often ask a specific question to attack the KJV-Only belief because to most people, this is an unanswerable question:

“Where was the perfect Word of God when editions of the KJV, such as the 1611 and 1769, were published?”

These skeptics may follow with the questions “Which KJV edition is perfect?” and “Where was the Word of God back then?” If you answer them with a specific version, they’ll make sure to point out the typographical errors/spelling changes in an attempt to overthrow your faith in the Word of God. They may also say that these editions indicate the KJV does not contain the pure words of God. 

If we concede to the critics by telling them we cannot answer this question, they may feel like they have won this argument. But you have the opportunity to ask them a follow-up question:

“Where can I get the perfect words of God in my hands?”

You will find most KJV-Only critics cannot answer this question or will reply with “there is none available/we cannot find the right words of God.” This leaves a problem: Where can we find the perfect word of God? How can we know the correct meaning of a specific verse? Many preachers correct the Bible using the Greek/Hebrew context, but how do they know their meaning is correct unless they knew it already? 

Many Scholars’ Religions are Based on Biased Belief

Scholars often pick and choose which words they feel are correct, and they’ll usually try to support their beliefs using Greek/Hebrew context. Scholars will look up certain words in lexicons or ancient dictionaries for the Old Testament (Hebrew) and New Testament (Greek). In their minds, they can choose which words are correct for the Bible. But when they find the words in the lexicon, there are often many different definitions for each word. Also, not all of the lexicons agree. Biased scholars pick and choose which definition they want to apply to a certain word in the Bible. 

Who is the Final Authority?

For these biased scholars, the final authority is not God but themselves. People can pick and choose which word they feel is most applicable whether it’s the Nestle Aland text or the Greek/Hebrew lexicons. As a result, fifty independent people would likely have fifty different definitions of the correct Word of God. This is why there are over 200 translations of the Bible. The final authority is themselves. 

No Answer from the Skeptics

You will find the KJV-Only skeptics cannot answer where they can find the perfect Word of God. If they do try to answer, they will have to admit that they are the ones who decide and are biased. How can you debunk wrong doctrine with a verse if you biasedly picked the word’s definition of the verse?

So even if neither you nor the skeptic can answer the question, this does not change the fact that we believe we have the perfect Word of God that will correct us while correcting the book. So if they can’t answer our question and we can’t answer their question. Who do you think is in a better position? 

KJV-Only Believers are in a Better Position than the Skeptics

These skeptics are biased and think they can correct the words of the Bible. Therefore, they cannot have faith that every word God says is right, and they cannot trust their doctrine on it. We KJV-Only believers still have our faith secure and strong because we believe the KJV Bible is perfect. We do not use biased beliefs and instead let the book correct us. 

Every high educated scholar knows there are things in life we cannot answer. Just because there are things we cannot answer, it does not overthrow truth and fact.