“Every bible translation has its strengths and its weaknesses.” That statement just expressed humanism in its purest form and a desire to compromise truth. I truly disagree with this “strengths and weakness” statement. I have been involved with the actual production of a published bible translation for 27 years. You have a different opinion when you are in trenches.
Some people collect stamps I collect bible translations. In the past 10-15 yrs. I have pretty much stopped buying the ‘pay for’ versions if they fail this quick “Translation Acid Test”.
TRANSLATION ACID TEST
(To determine if you
should be using the translation you
are using or go get a better one so you can truly learn
about Jesus & God.
This test is for people who have a 6th grade reading
level or above).
WHO DOES IT SERVE?
First thing is just to let you know if your translation was done to serve God or Money. Open your bible to Matthew 3:11 and see if it has “baptize” and “with water.” A bible contradiction, because it is impossible to “immerse with water.” You can “immerse IN water.” But you can sprinkle, pour, “with water” all day long. “Baptize” serves “Money.” “With water” serves Money.
So now you have found in one verse the goal of the translation in which you are using.
NOW FOR THE TEST
PART 1 this gets rid of about 1/3 of the denominationally indoctrinated bible translations; if you use these translations, to be as kind as possible “I worry about your soul.”
1. Open your Bible to Matthew 5:17 and read it. Does the word “abolish” appear? STRIKE ONE!
2. Open your bible and go to John 3:16 does is have the word(s) “shall or will” in there? STRIKE TWO!
3. Open your bible and go to Revelation 20:5 and look for some wording like "came to life"? STRIKE THREE-- IT'S OUT!!!
Put it on the shelf; it’s done for or better burn it so you can never be influenced by it again. (Garbage in garbage out.) You have a translation that was purposely Denominational-ized. (You could even say demonized.)
1. Here the 'so called' translators put in a contradiction because they believe the O.T. Laws are still in effect. Seven Day Adventist like this too for their 'sabbath keeping'. Also the Pre-millinealists.
2. The 'translators' put in "Believe only doctrine." (This is the way the Baptist were trained to recite Jn 3:16, even before newer perversions existed.)
3. The 'so called' translators believe and indoctrinated you translation with Pre-millineal doctrine.
Okay, say you get 2 strikes so far, this is the next test to see if whether or not to keep your bible anything below becomes STRIKE THREE IT'S OUT.
4. Open your Bible to anywhere and look for italics. They should be all over the place used to generally mark one word like "the." If you do not find them then most likely (95% chance) your bible translation is some form of a “paraphrased” translation. This “paraphrase” has all kinds of pretty terms to confuse you, written generally in the Preface. Terms like “better than word for word,” “dynamic equivalence,” and “free or free style,” just for a few. This means the opinions of the translators has become your "Word of God". Strike three!
5. Open up and read 1 John; about 15 minutes or less. Mark down how many times you read the word PRACTICE / PRACTICING / etc. IF not at least 8, strike three!
6. Look up Mark 16:16 does your bible say "baptized" vs. the real translation of "immersed" "dip" "submerge" (I have never seen anything but "immerse & dip". But I only own 2/3 of all the full translations every published in book or electronic form of the N.T.). This shows the translators were not willing to tell the you the truth or are willing to compromise the truth. Strike three!
7. Read Romans 12:1, is
the word(s) 'worship' or some form
of it there vs. 'service'. Strike three!
Remember me saying I have a “Bible Collection” well in the electronic world the following are the ONLY translations that we give out to our proofreaders of the “Modern Literal Version” to use for comparison (if the NKJV hadn't been made for profit, it would be in the download).
(ignore the stupid Microsoft Smart Screen Filter warning in IE 10/11).
Hope now you know for sure how good or bad your currently used translation is.
Have a great day in the Lord.
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