God has important doctrines and messages to give believers through the Bible, and it makes sense that he would only do this through one Bible. As we have already seen, God promised to preserve his inspired word, and it is a Christian’s job to find the one true English Bible that God authored.
Psalm 119:104 says “Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.” We gain understanding through the precepts and commandments God gives us in his word, therefore we should hate every false way – every modern ‘Bible’ that pretends to be the word of God.
Although God promised to preserve his word (and always will), it is possible that counterfeit Bibles are made to corrupt the word of God.
Genesis 3:1-5 reads, “Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.”
The first appearance Satan makes in the Bible is to question God’s word and sow doubts in the mind of man. He says, “Yea, hath God said” – this is Satan’s biggest deception, he questions the words that God has spoken and causes man to sin because of it.
In Genesis 2:17, God tells Adam, “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” Their only instruction was not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. However, when Satan questions Eve, she says, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.” She adds that they could not touch it either. Satan makes people add to God’s word and change it.
Satan then says, “Ye shall not surely die”. God clearly said “thou shalt surely die”, but Satan makes this warning unclear by contradicting God, but he makes the sin of eating from the tree appeal to them by saying it will open their eyes. Modern Bibles today exalt man and make man be “as gods, knowing good and evil”.
We should want to use the words that God truly spoke, not man’s interpretation and false understanding of them. Bibles that are a paraphrase, such as the Message Bible, are clearly not God’s intended words, and even more supposedly ‘accurate’ translations such as the NIV change and distort God’s word.
2 Corinthians 11:3 says, “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” It is through Satan’s “subtilty” that he deceived Eve, and this is what he does today through modern counterfeit Bibles, he makes subtle changes and removes words gradually over time, and causes people to think that these translations are easier to read, beneficial for comparison, or choose them because of a pressure to be ‘up to date’ with the word of God.
Satan knows that if he radically changed the Bible, Christians would (hopefully) not fall for it, so he changes it word by word, verse by verse until it no longer becomes recognisable, and no longer reads with the same teachings and doctrines. Just as the Bible is a Christian’s weapon (Hebrews 4:12), Satan uses the Bible (for example when he used scripture to question and tempt Jesus in Matthew 4:6) but tries to take the power and clarity away from modern Bibles.
Furthermore, we also know that Satan uses people to corrupt the Bible. Even in Paul’s day, he wrote in 2 Corinthians 2:17, “For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.”
When God creates a book that shows men their sin and how to be saved, Satan will always try and counteract it. Men will always try and edit it to fit their own wisdom into it, and also to remove ideas they do not like or contrasts with their view of what the Bible should say. “Every word of God is pure” (Proverbs 30:5) and every word is there for a reason, it is not our job to discern what should be there or how it should be said. All throughout history, mankind has tried to discredit or reject God’s word to soothe their conscience, but God will preserve it and convey his truths.
Finally, the Bible says in 1 Corinthians 14:33, “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.” God does not want to confuse us on his message, but wants to make it clear. It is Satan’s intention to hide God’s word by making us doubt which Bible we should use.
Since the 1880’s, over 200 different English versions of the Bible have been published, but God cannot be the author of all of these, especially since they all contradict each other and give different teachings. God does not change ever, he does not need to ‘update’ his word or change it to suit the modern world.
1 Corinthians 1:27 says, “But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;”. God allows foolish Bible versions like the NIV, NASB, NKJV and so on, which actually do contain contradictions and remove or confuse key doctrines, to sift out those who are truly interested in seeing what he actually has to say.
Satan’s aim is to make man think God’s true word is elusive and unattainable, so we have to work with ‘the best we can’ and compare versions to find the most truthful meaning. This is wrong, God wants us to study, learn, teach his word, so he will keep his promise to preserve an English Bible that gives us every word he wants us to have in the way he wants it to be said.