Raised Catholic, this writer had never seen a complete Bible. The Gideons were the first to arrive and pass out their New Testament.

At 13, she got a Bible for Christmas. Her mother allowed her to choose the one she wanted, then wrapped it up. A King James version, it had gorgeous reprints of famous paintings, a concordance, and a genealogy section. It became a haven for this writer. As an only daughter, a middle child of three, it was difficult growing up. She spent a lot of time reading Scripture and going to God when life got rough. At 18, she left the Catholic church forever, once God’s Truth was revealed to her through His Word and Spirit.

Today, there are more versions of the Holy Bible than ever before.

After arriving in Wellington, Kansas, this writer was told by fundamentalists only to read the Jewish and Interlinear Bibles. She was forbidden from bringing a Bible to church, apparently because the legalist-in-charge didn’t want anyone challenging him. Although this writer purchased the two recommended Bibles, she no longer attends those services.

The King James version of Scripture has always been the most revered. According to www.1timothy4-13.com, 41 percent of homes in America have it. Although many choose not to use it because of it’s old-fashioned language, this writer still prefers it over others. She always reads it aloud because “…Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” (Romans 10:17) One must hear God’s Word so the Truth can infiltrate one’s spirit.

All versions of Scripture have been under fire at one time or another. It seems the more versions written, the more man has chosen to change the truth of God’s Word. This is one reason the King James is so popular. Since 1611, it has been the one most related to God’s original Truth. Granted, it can be difficult to understand, which is why there are so many easier-to-understand versions of Scripture out there. Some, such as The Message, have been so paraphrased as to be ridiculous and clearly are NOT God’s Truth.

Variety can benefit us. We can compare other versions of Scripture to the original King James. This is fine so long as these versions contain God’s Truth…

and none of man’s lies.

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

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