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How To Study And Understand The Bible

Unique Bible Study Method
 
 A. The Unique Bible Study Method Of Studying ...
 B. The Five Biblical Rules In Studying ...Scriptures
 C. Determining Contradictions And Inconsistencies
 D. Example: Determining Contradiction And Inconsistencies
 E. Who Will Be Able To Understand The Wisdom of God

 F. Using Other Versions or Translations Of The Bible

       

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You may have already noticed that we have been using several versions of the Bible in presenting this
Unique Bible Study Method (UBSM).

F.1    Is it more practical and expedient to just use one version of the Bible? 

The Holy Bible is a collection of 66 books. The Old Testament contain 39 books originally written in Hebrew, with few chapters written in Aramaic. The New Testament contain 27 books and letters originally written in Greek. The Holy Bible has undergone numerous translation through the centuries from it's original form in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek to the old English language, and now to the current English versions. 

In it's original form the Bible contain no contradiction because:

  • "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God" ( II Timothy 3:15-17).

  • There are no contradictions between the different verses of the Bible because "spiritual things or spiritual truths  are expressed in spiritual words" (I Cor. 2:13).

  • This is because God is the ultimate author of all the books and letters in the Bible though it was spoken and/or written by the Prophets, the Lord Jesus Christ and the Apostles as they were moved by the Holy Spirit (II Peter1:20-21).

But, with the Bible translations we use today, it is not practical and also not expedient to use just one version or translation because of the existence of  contradictions and inconsistencies.

F.2    What are reasons for using more than one version of the Bible:

  • Using one Bible version may look easier and practical to many people, but they may not be aware that a big problem is in the offing, and that is by being misled from the truth written in the Scriptures.

  • Using one Bible version should not pose any problem, if and when those who translated the Bible in various languages are completely free of bias or are theologically neutral.  Unfortunately, they are not.  And this has resulted not only in differences in shades of meaning in some portions of the verse, but also in differences in interpretation of the entire passage. 
    In the book Accuracy of Translation, this is written:

"All translation involves interpretation.  Interpretation, of course, involves the influence of theology; and as all translation involves interpretation, so all translation involves theology. ---  Translators cannot avoid totally the necessity of making the interpretative decisions, nor can they avoid completely the influence of personal views of truth on their work. Translation is not hermeneutically neutral and translators are not theologically neutral."  (Accuracy of Translation,  p.41)

F.3    How should one choose the Bible version or translation to use?

For the above reasons, there are times when it is necessary to:

  • choose the version that is not only easier to comprehend,

  • but most of all choose the version that renders the precise meaning that is in conformity with the biblical truth.

Thus, the need to use more than one version of the Bible.

F.4    If it is justified to use different translations or versions of the bible, can we also use other books dealing on the same subject?

In 2 Timothy 3:16-17, this is written:

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right. It is God's way of preparing us in every way, fully equipped for every good thing God wants us to do. ( NLT)

Certainly not!  We should not use any other book aside from the Bible, for the following reasons:

  • As Apostle Paul said, "All scriptures is inspired by God",

    • it can teach us what is true,

    • It can make us realize what is wrong in our lives,

    • it can straighten us out and teaches us to do what is right.

  • Thus, the Bible is complete. It is God's way of preparing us in every way, fully equipped for every good thing God wants us to do.

We should not use any other book because God's words written in the Bible is already complete. The scriptures is God's way of preparing man to be fully equipped for the every good thing that God wants him to do.

What is the reason why the scriptures is God's way of preparing man to do what God wants him to do? 

In Matthew 7:21, the Lord Jesus himself said this words:

"Not everyone who keeps saying to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will get into the kingdom of heaven, but only the person who keeps doing the will of my Father in heaven. (ISV)

Since the Bible contain the will of God, it is only the person who keeps on doing the will of God  that will enter the kingdom of God in heaven.

What is in the Bible that makes a person attain eternal life in the kingdom of heaven?

In John 20:30-31, the truth is written:

Therefore many other signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name. (NAS)

It is what is written in the bible that is important for man's salvation. Note: that it is true that there are also many other important things that Jesus did in the presence of His disciples, but these are not deemed important to be written by the Apostles.

  • What is written is enough for a person to believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.

  • And  that, through believing in Christ, a person may have life eternal in His name.

There is no need for other books apart from the Bible, because God's words written in the Bible is complete in every detail on what God wants man to do in order to enter the Kingdom of God and attain eternal life through Christ. The use of other books will only mislead man from the truth written in the Bible, and may make them believe what is false.

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