COLLEGE OF THE OPEN BIBLE Institute
Does The Bible Have Errors?
"Dear Dr. Belanger, Does the Bible contain errors, contradictions, or discrepancies? The reason I ask is that the church I attend uses various translations of the Bible and it is confusing and leaves me wondering if the Bible contains errors. Thanks for any assistance in this matter. God bless you. Ronald B, Toronto, Canada."
The answer is NO!
Yes, there are difficult passages, and there are verses that appear to contradict each other. We must remember that the Bible was written by approximately 40 different authors over a period of around 1500 years. Thus, we will approach some differences. But a difference is not a contradiction or an error. Even if we do not have a sufficient answer now, that does not mean the answer is not there. Many have found a supposed error in the Bible in relation to history or geography only to find out that the Bible is correct once further archaeological evidence is discovered.
The Devil's ultimate desire is to bring doubt to the reliability of God's Word by a provocative ongoing effort to mandate and produce multiple translations that are supposedly easier to understand? At best, modern translations breeds more questions about God's Word than it does faith in God's Word.
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King James Bible - Is It God's Preserved Word?
The unsuspecting Christian, having been manipulated to believe they cannot understand nor appreciate the "old archaic" King James Bible is seduced to yield to the modern English Bible and unknowingly gravitate themselves to a representation of God's Word versus the revelation, inspiration, and preservation of the Bible. Modern translations may be easier to read but they are not easier to understand. A Christian can understand God's Word only by the direct influence of the Holy Spirit (John 16:13).
Christians who understand the importance of depending on the Holy Spirit for illumination of God's Word are assured we have the infallible preservation of God's Word. In no possible way is the preserved Word of God inferior to the original. God never intended for that to happen (Psalm 119:89).
The King James Bible is God's provision of His revelation perfectly preserved for an English speaking world that is increasingly becoming universal in these last days. Unlike the many modern English translations... The King James Bible is NOT a representation of God's Word... It is the revelation of God's inspired Word by virtue of preservation. God did not preserve the original manuscripts... He did, however, preserve the origin of His Word to this very day. While the King James Bible has been revised since it's conception in 1611 A.D., the revision has gone through such a strenuous purification process that the reader can have complete confidence in its accuracy. The difference between the 1611 KJV and today's KJV is extremely minor. Though there are thousands of differences, these are largely inconsequential. You can be assured God has preserved His holy Word to this very day and beyond.
The seduction of our day for toleration of equality between Bible translations has incapacitated the effectiveness of many New Testament Churches. Many do not believe it necessary to embrace a Bible that carries heaven's exclusive claim to the English-speaking and listening world. The result is an ambition of ideology over theology which spells tragedy.
With all that being said: Make no mistake about it... the Bible has NO mistakes.
Sincerely, Dr. Arthur Belanger