Consensus is not to be confused with a majority. Nor is it to be confused with plurality. I notice that some of the posters here seem to have a faulty understanding of what consensus means.
Consensus – position reached by a group as a whole
Majority – a number more than half of the total
Plurality (relative majority) – the larger or greater part.
There is no Modern Version in English, not even the NIV, that has ever reached consensus of belief. In fact no Modern Version has ever even been in the majority – not even in sales. My use of consensus does not mean that there are no objectors, it does mean however, that the English speaking Church of God as a whole recognized the AV as the word of God.
|Consensus is general agreement, or practical unanimity. A group of 12 might reach literal unanimity but a population of millions cannot in a million years on any of a million subjects. That is why the word “consensus” has developed in common usage. It indicates practical unanimity, a general agreement reached without force. This should be the goal of ALL Bible texts, and all Bible translations. When it is achieved, real practical authority ensues. Bill K|
I asked previously what would it take to get a consensus of believers across all denominational lines to recognize ONE VERSION of the English Scriptures as “Our Bible” or “Our English Scriptures”? Most agreed that it would take a miracle or some kind of recognizable “move of God” for that to happen. This very thing happened with not only the English Authorized Version of the Holy Scriptures, but Authorized Versions in other languages as well. Since 1881, however, it has been “every man for himself” and the questioning of “what the Scriptures are” instead of “what the Scriptures mean“! There was a certainty about God, a certainty about His word in English working towards a certainty about the meaning of God and His word. But since 1881 the direction has changed, we are now working from uncertainty about meaning to uncertainty about the Scriptures…
1) You claim to be an orthodox Christian. The fact that you modify the Biblical term Christian with the secular adjective, orthodox, demonstrates that you understand the reasonableness of my consensus view. Orthodox by definition is the adherence to commonly excepted standards or a view held by a consensus of people.
2) You consider yourself to be an Evangelical Believer. Why the need to modify the Scriptural term Believer with Evangelical if not to imply that you are a born again Spirit filled member of the Church of God in contrast to those who call themselves believers but have never been born again?