Editing God’s Words: Modern Bibles and Textual Criticism Analyzed

As a young adult, I loved the NIV, but I was troubled by footnotes that said things like, the oldest and best manuscripts do not have this verse. But I believed that the experts knew what they were doing.

What I did not know, is that they were not using the same Greek texts to make their English translation as was used for the KJV, the Textus Receptus (TR). I later learned about Westcott and Hort who created a Greek text based mostly on two Greek Bibles that show signs of being edited numerous times and do not even agree with each other.

Many decades later, as a researcher, journalist, and historian, and I set out to investigate and find the truth. I read the information presented by the King James Only advocates, and then I read whole books by those who support the modern versions and Westcott and Hort.

I understand why many people have rebelled against the modern Bibles and use only the King James Version (KJV). But as I researched I began to see that both sides of the debate were partly right and partly wrong.

I learned that the KJO believers have gone to an extreme by teaching that the English of the KJV translation is, itself, divinely inspired, and therefore perfect without a single verse or word that could be translated better. This is sad because it causes many people to reject their argument completely and accept the modern versions, which I have found is indeed corrupted.

I am not even a KJV advocate, and long prayed that God would give us a better translation of its original Greek, which happened with the MEV. Though it is a lot better than the KJV and the corrupted versions, it is still not perfect.

I must thank the KJO group for keeping alive the truth about the modern versions, without which we may have accepted these modern versions without asking questions, and never gotten to the whole truth of the matter.

For those of you who are just learning about this, I will present a concise history of how we got the KJV and our modern Bibles, what textual criticism is and how the textual critics sometimes engage in faulty reasoning.

As an outsider to the field of textual criticism, I can examine the evidence and come to conclusions that are difficult for people on the inside. My skill-set is thinking outside the box and figuring things out, as seen in my other books. As such, I have discovered some surprising information which I present in a new theory about the Byzantine text-type, which is the bases for the TR and the KJV.