These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. -- I John 5:13
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Biblical Perspectives - Go Back

"The Biblicalist"
Key Passage (II Timothy 2:15)
By Evangelist Clifford M. Smith, Th.D.

The Bible (The Word of God) is the "Blue-print" or "Guide-book" for Christians. It shows us the path to take in following God and becoming Christ-like. He/She believes the Word of God is "infallible" (True) with every "jot" and with every "tittle"(Matthew 5:18). Many Christians follow their pastors leadership without "double-checking", to see what God says in the Bible. We must study the Bible to know the truth about God, because pastors/preachers, even though they mean well, make mistakes sometimes. The Bible says in II Timothy 2:15, "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." About 85% of the Bible is by a "literal" interpretation(Such as the Law, the Gospels, the Epistles and other historical books) and the rest is by a "figurative" interpretation (Such as the Poetic books, the Prophets and the book of Revelations). There's an old saying that says, "God said it, I believe it and that settles it!" In response to this saying, I'd like to say, "God said it, that settles it, it doesn't matter, if you believe it or not!" A Biblicalist takes God at HIS WORD! The Bible tells us in Hebrews 6:18, "...That its impossible for God to lie." , in Titus 1:2 it says, "...That God cannot lie." and in Romans 3:4 it says, "...Let God be true but every man a liar." Please don't take my word for it, but take take God's Word! The Biblicalist believes in the verbal inspiration of God's Word(Checkout- II Timothy 3:16, Hebrews 1:1 and II Peter 1:20,21).

Now lets learn some interesting facts about the Bible. "The Bible" means simply "Book of books" (39 Old Testament and 27 New Testament books). The word "Testament" means "covenant" or "agreement." In God's Old Testament, people were looking forward to the Messiah. In God's New Testament, Jesus fulfilled the prophecies of the coming Messiah or Christ (All 109 different prophecies were fulfilled). The Old Testament was originally written in the Hebrew language and the New Testament was in the Greek. Jesus Christ came to complete the Law and proclaim himself as the "Savior of the World!" There's also 257 different prophecies of Christ's second coming(Most have been fulfilled - are you ready to meet the "King of Kings and Lord of Lords?")

The word "Canon"(Measuring rod or stick) means, "that which is measured." The Bible was successfully canonized (In A.D. 397 by the Council of Carthage) to meet all the requirements of cohesiveness (To fit together like the "setting" of bones, that had been broken),that God is the Author of the Bible(Canon of Scripture). Until the 1500's, the Bible had not been put into the English language. The Church Fathers(In the Elizabethan Articles of 1562, 1571) agreed in "the canonical books of the present day Old and New Testament", but not in the Apocrypha books. The Apocrypha failed canonization, because of the following reasons by Dr. Unger(A Great Bible Scholar of 20th Century):
  1. Inaccuracies in history and in geography.
  2. False doctrines taught that doesn't fit with inspired scripture.
  3. It displays artificial subject matter and styling that doesn't agree with inspired scripture.
  4. It lacks distinctive elements to prove genuine divine scripture.

In closing, I would urge all Christians, that speak and write in the English language, to stick with the King James Version of the Bible. In the 1600's, it was the most accepted and most widely read(Also called the "Authorized" version) Bible. It was not the first Bible to be translated into English, but it was the first to have the Old Testament in the Masoretic Text(Added vowels and accents to the Hebrew in A.D. 600-950) and the New Testament Textus Receptus(Greek Manuscript). After 1950, many English versions challenged the the popularity of the King James version, but "NONE" have come close to the "authenticity" of it. Many versions have used different manuscripts in their translations. They have lost the true meaning of the "original" manuscripts, by paraphrasing and using the modern English language. Every scholar should know, that the English language is "generic" and always changing. IMPORTANT NOTE: One of the most popular English versions today is the New International Version(N.I.V.). Here's some facts about the N.I.V., that you probably didn't know:
  1. It has seventeen(17) complete verses "omitted" from the K.J.V. of 1611.
  2. It has one hundred eighty(180) significant portions of verses omitted from K.J.V.
  3. It has one hundred seventy-three(173) omissions of the names of our Lord God (Jesus 38, Christ 43, Lord 35, God 31, other names 26).
  4. It has two hundred twenty-nine(229) other differences, that have a substantial effect on the meaning of the verse(Wow!).

Did this information blow your mind or what? Why use a Bible that is second-rate, instead of using the "BEST"(K.J.V.). This article only touches on the greatness of the Bible for our lives. As you read the Bible(KJV) with the Holy Spirit's direction, you will begin to understand God more. I pray, that you will choose to be a "Biblicalist," because God wants you to know HIM on a "one on one" basis. Again, please don't allow pastors/preachers to use you as a "puppet" for their own selfish reasons. "Keep your eyes on Jesus(The WORD - John 1:1-14)."