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The King James Bible:

The Greatest Book in History

 

by 

 

Karen Pansler-Lam, J.D.

 

 

The accurate and faithful translation of the King James Bible 

 - inspired by the Holy Spirit - 

has transformed more hearts and minds and lives

 than any other book in history. 

 

 

 

Why do infidels and false Christians hate and reject the King James Version of the Bible? 

 

In the past, Christian homes treasured their copy of the King James Bible and read it often: aloud and silently.

 

Today, Christian homes trash their King James Bible and favor "progressive translations" (actually, modern politically-correct interpretations). 

 

Why do “progressives” hate and reject the King James Bible? 

 

Is it because the King James Bible is the greatest book in English literature?

 

Is it because infidels and false Christians reject knowledge?

 

Is it because the Holy Spirit inspired the translators of the King James Bible; and the King James Bible has transformed more hearts and minds and lives than any other book in history?

 

First, infidels and false Christians hate and reject the King James Bible because it is the greatest book in English literature.

The King James Version is an English translation of the Bible prepared by a special commission of 47 scholars in England under James I, and published in 1611.  And for over 500 years, the King James Bible was considered the greatest book in English literature.

The 1937 edition of The Book of Knowledge states (emphasis added):

No book, considered as literature, has had so great an influence on the English-speaking people as the Bible.

No book has done so much toward molding the English language.  Though in origin it is not an English book at all, it is the greatest book in the English tongue, the one best known and best deserving to be known as literary work. 

For more than 500 years the Bible has been more popular among English-speaking people than any other book, more read, more listened to, more known than any other writing. For more than 300 years it has set the standard and been the great example of English prose, with effects on our speech that cannot be overestimated.

What is it in this book that has given it such a lasting influence on our literature, an influence far more powerful than any it has had on other languages?

 

An important fact is that Hebrew, the language of the Old Testament, is very simple, with clear pictures readily understood and conveying their meaning in plain words that represent common objects, even when the thought is most poetical and beautiful.  “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.”  What could be simpler, or more tender and consoling?  “A thousand years in Thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.”  What could be grander and more impressive?

 

As for the 47 translators of the Authorized Version, or King James Version, The Book of Knowledge states:

 

Any set of men with special knowledge are inclined to create a formal language for themselves that does not readily give up its meaning to plain people.  It is so with philosophy, religion, the law, medicine, education and most of all with science.  There is a pretense that these dignified subjects cannot be discussed in plain speech, and so a special jargon is invented for each learned set, and in no instance does the jargon become literature.  This special formal language has to be shed before any piece of prose can be read with pleasure for its own sake.  How fortunate it was then that, from the first, there was a book in the language of the people, plain, strong, full, with a natural music in it, and that book one with an extraordinary variety of expression, rich in interest, and exhaustless in meaning.  Theology, which is the “science of religion,” swiftly hid its meaning in a clumsy jargon from which it has never escaped, but the Bible is clear, simple and beautiful.  And this purity in language and style, drawn from common English speech, has been influencing sincere writers ever since. 

 

In the world’s treasure-house of literature the share of space for the English tongue is generous; but in all that wide space the rarest gem is the translation of the Hebrew Bible and the Christian New Testament given to us by forty-seven studious men, not one of whom wrote anything remarkable on his own account.

 

The 47 translators were dedicated to the faithfulness of the text. Literary elegance was not a criterion in translating; but truth and accuracy.  The translators of the King James Version did not plan the eloquence: it was inspired by the Holy Spirit.

 

Again…

 

For more than 500 years the Bible has been more popular among English-speaking people than any other book, more read, more listened to, more known than any other writing.

 

No wonder “progressive” (false) Christians and infidels hate and reject the King James Bible.  “Progressive” Christians advocate diversity.  And in the past, the King James Bible united Christians by being more popular than any other book, more read, more listened to, and more known than any other writing.

 

No wonder false Christians and infidels hate and reject the King James Bible: It is the greatest book in English literature.

 

Second, infidels and false Christians hate and reject the King James Bible because they reject knowledge.

 

Puffed-up false Christians boast we are smarter than our ancestors; but, at the same time, claim the King James Bible is too difficult to read.  So, they demand dumbed-down (“modern” and “progressive”) interpretations of the Bible. Obviously, advancements in technology do not mean advancements in understanding and wisdom and knowledge.  The truth is false Christians lack the heart to understand the King James Bible.

 

Admittedly, if the King James Bible is not read properly it is difficult to read and understand.  But anyone who listens to a CD of Alexander Scourby reading the KJB will immediately awaken to the Bible's clear, simple and beautiful eloquence. If we diligently read the King James Bible and wholeheartedly desire to know the Truth, the Holy Spirit will give us understanding hearts and minds. And as we continue in His Word, "ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:32).

 

As for puffed-up modern Christians belittling our ancestors, our forefathers wisely understood the importance of  reading the Bible.  In fact,  in 1647, Massachusetts passed a law requiring every township having 50 householders to provide a teacher and a school building where the children were to be taught to read and write.  This law was known as the Old Deluder Satan Act.   Our ancestors wisely understood Satan is a deluder and tries to keep us from the true knowledge of the Scriptures.   Note the intent of the law was to teach children to read and understand “the true sense and meaning of the original” Scriptures so they would not be deceived by “saint-seeming deceivers” (false interpreters).

 

The Old Deluder Satan Act states:

 

It being one chief project of that old deluder Satan to keep men from the knowledge of the Scriptures, as in former times by keeping them in an unknown tongue, so in these latter times by persuading from the use of tongues, that so at least the true sense and meaning of the original might be clouded by false glosses of saint-seeming deceivers, that learning might not be buried in the grave of our fathers in the church and commonwealth, the Lord assisting our endeavors:

 

It is therefore ordered that every township in this jurisdiction, after the Lord has increased them to the number of 50 householders, shall then forthwith appoint one within their town to teach all such children as shall resort to write and read…

 

Clearly, our ancestors wisely understood that we must learn the true sense and meaning of the Scriptures so false prophets (false interpreters) will not deceive us.  And today there are many false interpreters and many false interpretations.  Modern false interpretations pervert the Bible into a politically-correct humanist bible.

 

And modern professing Christians are ignorant of the knowledge and understanding of the Bible. Sadly, it is reported that less than 10% of professing Christians have read the entire Bible.  And how many of the 10% have read the entire King James Version?  

 

Hence, the ruinous state of the modern church and modern Christians: they are destroyed for lack of knowledge.   

 

The Bible warns us in Hosea 4: 6, 12…

 

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

 

My people ask counsel at their stocks, and their staff declareth unto them: for the spirit of whoredoms hath caused them to err, and they have gone awhoring from under their God.

 

Hosea pronounces that since priests and people reject knowledge, God will reject them. 

 

Matthew Henry writes:

 

Both priests and people rejected knowledge; and justly therefore will God reject them.  The reason why the people did not learn, and the priests did not teach, was not because they had not the light, but because they hated it – not because they had not ways of coming to the knowledge of God and of communicating it, but because they had no heart to it; they rejected it. They desired not the knowledge of God’s ways, but put it from them, and shut their eyes against the light; and therefore “ I will also reject thee; I will refuse to take cognizance of thee and to own thee; you will not know me, but bid me depart; I will therefore say, Depart from me, I know you not.  Thou shalt be no priest to me.”

 

False Christians reject the Truth of the Bible; false ministers refuse to preach and teach the Truth of the Bible.  They want to appear “progressive,” so they pervert the Gospel and interpret it as a bible of man-made humanist doctrine and propaganda.

 

No wonder infidels and false Christians hate the KJV: they hate and reject knowledge of the Truth.

 

Finally, the most important reason why infidels and false Christians hate and reject the King James Bible:  The Holy Spirit inspired the translators of the King James Bible.

 

The Holy Spirit inspired the translators of the King James Bible; and the King James Bible has transformed more hearts and minds and lives than any other book in history.  

 

On the contrary, modern interpretations pervert the Gospel into a humanist bible.  Man may be reformed by a modern humanist interpretation, but he cannot be transformed.  We are transformed only by the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit as we read the true Gospel. 

 

Sanctify them through thy truth:

thy word is truth.

John 17:17

 

Dear friend, let us not continue in ignorance of the true Word.  Modern interpretations pervert the Gospel into a bible of humanist propaganda and doctrine. But the accurate and faithful translation of  the King James Bible  - inspired by the Holy Spirit - has transformed more hearts and minds and lives than any other book in history. And like our God-fearing forefathers, let us treasure the King James Bible in our homes and in our hearts.

 

Study to shew thyself approved unto God,

a workman that needeth not to be ashamed,

rightly dividing the word of truth.

2 Timothy 2:15

 

Sincere seekers of the Truth will be sanctified by the power of the Holy Spirit as they earnestly search the Scriptures and “study to shew thyself approved unto God…rightly dividing the word of truth.”

   

Irrefutably, the King James Bible is the greatest book in history.

July 2011
Liberty Advocate
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