Scrivener – commonly received or standard text

“It is the design of this little volume to represent, in a convenient and accessible form, every variation, however, minute or insignificant, of the Codex Sinaiticus from THE COMMONLY RECEIVED OR STANDARD TEXT of the Greek Testament (Stephens’ of 1550); distinguishing by an arbitrary mark (√) mere errors of the scribe or peculiarities in the spelling, from other changes which more or less affect the sense of the sacred authors.” A Full Collation of the Codex Sinaiticus with the Received Text of the New Testament, Frederick H. Scrivener, M.A., Rector of St. Gerrans, Cornwall, Introduction, V.

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Merril Unger on the Authorized Version

Merril F. Unger

The Authorized Version “The excellence of the work done is attested by the simple fact that this version [AV] has held the heart of the English-speaking world for nearly three centuries, and that no subsequent version has been able to supplant it.”

The Revised Version “The aim of the translators was to introduce as few alterations into the text of the A.V. as faithfulness to the truth would allow; and to make the language of such alterations comform to that of the rest of the book. The New Version has not won the heart of English-speaking world, but is accepted as an able commentary on the text which since 1611 has been a sacred classic.”

Merrill F. Unger, Unger’s Bible Dictionary, 1976, pgs. 1114, 1115

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About the Scriptures

John Calvin

“We owe to Scripture the same reverence which we owe to God.” John Calvin
Loving God, Colson, Charles, pg. 43

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Bill of Non-Rights

‘We the sensible people of the United States, in an attempt to help everyone get along, restore some semblance of justice, avoid more riots, keep our nation safe, promote positive behavior, and secure the blessings of debt-free liberty to ourselves and our great-great-great-grandchildren, hereby try one more time to ordain and establish some common sense guidelines for the terminally whiny, guilt ridden, delusional. We hold these truths to be self evident: that a whole lot of people are confused by the Bill of Rights and are so dim they require a Bill of NON-Rights.’

ARTICLE I:
You do not have the right to a new car, big screen TV, or any other form of wealth.. More power to you if you can legally acquire them, but no one is guaranteeing anything.

ARTICLE II:
You do not have the right to never be offended. This country is based on freedom, and that means freedom for everyone — not just you! You may leave the room, turn the channel, express a different opinion, etc.; but the world is full of dummies, and probably always will be.

ARTICLE III:
You do not have the right to be free from harm. If you stick a screwdriver in your eye, learn to be more careful; do not expect the tool manufacturer to make you and all your relatives independently wealthy.

ARTICLE IV:
You do not have the right to free food and housing. Americans are the most charitable people to be found, and will gladly help anyone in need, but we are quickly growing weary of subsidizing generation after generation of professional couch potatoes who achieve nothing more than the creation of another generation of professional couch potatoes.

ARTICLE V:
You do not have the right to free health care. That would be nice, but from the looks of public housing, we’re just not interested in public health care.

ARTICLE VI:
You do not have the right to physically harm other people. If you kidnap, rape, intentionally maim, or kill someone, don’t be surprised if the rest of us want to see you get the blue juice.

ARTICLE VII:
You do not have the right to the possessions of others. If you rob, cheat, or coerce away the goods or services of other citizens, don’t be surprised if the rest of us get together and lock you away in a place where you still won’t have the right to a big screen color TV or a life of leisure..

ARTICLE VIII:
You do not have the right to a job. All of us sure want you to have a job, and will gladly help you along in hard times, but we expect you to take advantage of the opportunities of education and vocational training laid before you to make yourself useful.

ARTICLE IX:
You do not have the right to happiness. Being an American means that you have the right to PURSUE happiness, which by the way, is a lot easier if you are unencumbered by an over abundance of idiotic laws created by those of you who were confused by the Bill of Rights.

ARTICLE X:
This is an English speaking country. We don’t care where you came from, English is our language. Learn it!

Lastly

ARTICLE XI:
You do not have the right to change our country’s history or heritage. This country was founded on the belief in one true God. And yet, you are given the freedom to believe in any religion, any faith, or no faith at all; with no fear of persecution. The phrase IN GOD WE TRUST is part of our heritage and history, sorry if you are uncomfortable with it.

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Where did God come from?

“The question, “Where did God come from?”, demonstrates that you are thinking of the wrong God, because the God of the Bible is not affected by time, space or matter. If he is affected by time, space or matter he is not God. Time, space and matter are what we call a continuum; all of them have to come into existence at the same instance. Because if there was matter, but no space, where would you put it? If there were matter and space, but no time, when would you put it? You cannot have time, space or matter independently. They have to come into existence simultaneously. The Bible answers that in one verse: Gen 1:1 In the beginning (time) God created the heaven (space) and the earth (matter).  A trinity of trinities – time is past, present and future – space has length, width and height – matter has solid, liquid and gas. A trinity of trinities created instantaneously. The God that created them has to be outside of them.” Ken Hovind

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Plain Language

“I shall endeavor to clothe my ideas in such plain language, that..if the poor and unlearned can comprehend, the learned and rich must.” George Whitefield

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Unauthorized Rhetoric

Unauthorized Rhetoric

The oft repeated jingle, “Things different are not the same”, is a half truth spouted by those attempting to defend our English Bible. I suspect that the jingle first came into vogue among KJVO when trying to demonstrate that a sectarian, particular or individually preferred Version was indeed different and not simply an “easier to understand Version” as Critics of our English Bible pretend. The truth is things different can indeed be the same, this should never be construed to mean all things different are the same.

For example:

1) the equations 2 + 2, 2 x 2 and 4 / 2 are all different, but the results are the same.

2) the autograph was written in a very different language than our English Bible, but they are both Scriptures in their respective languages despite the differences.

3) synonyms are two or different words that have the same meaning.

4) the four Gospels are different yet each one has the same character being the word of God.

The English Authorized Version of the Holy Scriptures has changed not just in orthography as some imply, but in jot and tittles, added words, word counts, plural to singular, his to her, our to your, etc. yet it remains the word of God in English.

God’s word does indeed “remain the same”, but “the same” is not defined, nor can it be, by word counts, differences in pronouns, tenses, plurals, etc. The word of God is always pure (doesn’t change), always true (doesn’t change), always infallible (doesn’t change), always given by inspiration of God in its written form (doesn’t change), always the final authority in matters of doctrine (doesn’t change), etc. It is the CHARACTER of God’s word that “remains the same” and not language, syntax, jot & tittles, word counts, etc.

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