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    I was very excited to see your website and had the privilege of viewing one of your newsletters. I was searching and studying the verse comparisons (KJV vs NIV) and began to get disappointed about the omissions and changes. As I studied further--since I have a NIV and KJV bible-- I discovered that the omissions and changes were not entirely omitted or not present. I found in my NIV all the verses that I compared on your literature were in the footnotes. I think that it would make a lot more sense to have the verses complete (KJV), but didn't find it to be all that disappointing. in fact, when I studied the NIV, I found that not only were the scripture verses and words present in the footnotes, but also expanded into other scriptures which enhanced my bible study. I don't know if anyone has ever brought this to your attention or not, but I thought maybe I should. I was first under the impression that the NIV scholars were trying to omit the verses, but I guess it wasn't like that at all. I think we should concentrate on the "big picture" of bible study, and not look only on the "surface". It would sure keep people like myself, who are trying to learn about the Infallible Word of God, from second-guessing everything I read. Thanks.

    Response:

    Thank you for your interest in Search the Scriptures. I also want to thank you for your suggestions in the KJV vs. NIV comparison. Before I even got a chance to respond to your first letter, I saw that you had mailed another and I am glad to see that you are enjoying what God has laid on my heart. I am encouraged by the fact that you did not take my word for what I had written, but you checked out the NIV Bible for yourself.

    First of all, I want to say you are absolutely right about the NIV containing in their footnotes what the KJV has complete in its text. I will consider making changes to this newsletter to include the "big picture" as you have pointed out and clarify that the NIV also has its footnotes.

    There is one thing that I wanted to point out that you might or might not be aware of. If you noticed in the footnotes of your NIV version it had a reason for placing the designated text at the bottom of the page. You might have read something to the effect of "not found in any Greek manuscript before the sixteenth century" or "some manuscripts do not have or say this and that". Others times you might have come across "some less important manuscripts" or "some early manuscripts" only to have the meaning of the scripture changed or void altogether. It is these such explanations that I want to address in this response.

    In the garden Satan had the opportunity to deceive mankind with almost anything. With all the temptation in the world at his disposal, riches, lust, pride, the first thing out of Satanís bag of tricks was concentrated on the something entirely different.

    He asked Eve "Yea, hath God said" causing Eve to doubt, disrespect, and disobey what was clearly and literally the Word of God. Satan asks the very first question in the bible and it was questioning Gods Word. After questioning Gods Word he then began to change it ever so slightly. It seems that he has not changed at all in his tactics. To this day we are being asked the same question at the bottom of almost every page in the NIV bible that exists. When we read at the bottom of the NIV that certain verses are not really supposed to be there, are we not being confronted with "Yea, hath God said"? Is it Godís Word or is it not. I know that you would agree with me that it is Godís Word.

    What forces could possibly be behind bringing doubt that parts of Godís Word are not really Godís Word? I do not think it is the NIV scholars that we have to be concerned with as much as it is the subtlest creature in the whole garden. You would think that something that God believed was so important that He placed at the very beginning of the bible would not be forgotten, but God, knowing how forgetful we are, did not stop there. Let us also, never forget how the bible ends.

    (Rev 22:18-21 KJV) For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: {19} And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. {20} He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. {21} The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

    I have read and seen a variety of commentaries on this subject and I myself do not agree with everything that is believed by those in the "KJV Only" camp. When I found this verse comparison I felt it cut through the red tape and dealt with the heart of the matter, which is the scriptures are being violated. After reading the comparisons I hope that it will cause believers to wake up to the fact that Gods Word is under attack just as it has been for centuries. Satan kept my grandmother from being able to read the scriptures as a little girl. She was raised Catholic and as a child she and her family were forbidden to read the bible. To this day she has never read it and this is all because Satan has been successful in keeping her from the truth. Today things have changed and the bible is more readily available. Satan has found other means to keep potential converts from receiving the truth of Godís Word. It is obvious that the confusion brought about by having many bible versions and the doubt caused by not knowing what God really said is being used effectively as it was in the garden.

    I am not afraid to use the other bibles but I believe they have nothing on the KJV. God has showed me many things in the KJV that I could not have gotten from any other translation. I do not believe it is infallible because it is still just a translation, but I believe it is inspired. I believe the KJV is the best translation that both you and I have access to, being in this place, at this time, on this Earth.

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