I have not always followed the Bible in the past, but was raised on and hold dear to my heart the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible. When I attended a Lutheran university not all that long ago, classes on the Bible were taught out of the New International Version (NIV).
The NIV was released in 1978 which makes it a baby by Bible standards. The KJV was released in 1611, a teenager by the same standards. Comparing the two side by side shows many, many variances. Examples would be:
Luke 9:56 NIV reads “Then he and his disciples went to another village.” KJV reads “For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.”
Matthew 18:11 NIV does not exist whereas KJV reads “For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.”
Yet, Luke 19:10 in both versions are very comparable. NIV reads “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” and KJV reads “For the Son of man is come to seek and save that which was lost.”
The first version of the Bible in English was called the Tyndale Bible and was translated from Greek and Hebrew texts of the New Testament along with Jerome’s Latin translation of the Old Testament in 1526.
“Who is Jerome” you ask? At one point I asked the same question. Jerome, also known as Saint Jerome, translated the Holy Bible into Latin during his life from 347 AD – 420 AD. He was a priest, historian, theologian, and a confessor during his life and wrote many papers on religion. His translation of the Bible would be considered the grandfather.
Does this sour my view of being a Christian? NO! What it does do is drive my desire to know more about the original writings in their most complete form.
So my thought for today is:
How many times has the Holy Bible been pasteurized and candy coated over the centuries, deleting what the latest writer deems unnecessary and changing what the writer deems unacceptable?
Then the next thought is:
If it happened to the Holy Bible, what other religious texts including the Quran have been altered too?
So I took these thoughts to a theologian and minister that I hold in high regard and he told me that the reason that KJV and NIV differ is because older versions of the books of the New Testament were found after the writing of KJV and were translated into English because they were considered more accurate, resulting in NIV and English Standard Version (ESV).
Now I will have to relearn what was once already learned. Will you do the same?