QUESTIONS ANSWERED – What Translation of the Bible should I use?


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What Translation of the Bible should I use?

As far as I’m aware, there are over 120 versions of the Word of God translated into the English language ranging from a very good, to a very poor translation. And herein lies the key; the scriptures were recorded In Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic and these languages are simply far more superior to our own. Where we have a word for love as an example, the Greek language will have several, being very detailed about what kind of love is being demonstrated. So, an English translation must be as close to the original meanings as possible, or a person would form incomplete or even false teachings.

When you think about it, imagine if you’d bought a very complex laptop with many operating systems and that same laptop, had an instruction manual. But, the instruction manual was faulty and erroneous, relating to very few of the features of that laptop. Then in all likelihood, you’d have a very problematic time making mistakes, but more than that, you’d never be able to unlock the features which make that laptop so great. This is exactly the same as God’s Word, if you have in your hand a great translation, then you’d be fed with what God had actually said, but if you have a poor translation, many mistakes will be made and you’d never find the higher doctrines.

Speaking for myself, I tend to use the King James Translation of God’s Word due to the great lengths the King went, to have the original texts translated as accurately as possible. But again, the English language is limited, so when I study a verse, passage or a wider subject, I refer to each word in their original meaning, to soak up as much of what God actually said. This cross-referencing, along with all of the other methods of scripture interpretation, gives me a peace that what I’m writing and preaching, is very much God’s spoken Word, backed up by the Holy Spirit. So, the choice of translation is up to the individual and let me assure you, that the greatest revelations of Jesus Christ and salvation are clear to see. But in deeper study, the original texts are a must.

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About Pastor Steven

Steven Birnie is a former local Church Minister and the author of Christian publications which include non-fiction, fictional and teaching eBooks with audio sermons. From the north-east coast of Scotland, Pastor Steven is married to Sharon and together, they have two young children called Emily and David. After seven years of training, three years of overseeing youth and young adults and, three years of being the Assistant Pastor in his local Church, Pastor Steven moved on to focus on writing Christian Publications. In the future, he hopes to write The Tribulation Soldier, his newest Series of Fictional, Military EBooks on the End Times, the Rapture and the Tribulation Period, as a 2.5 Million Word Series. But despite continuing pastoral work and writing, Steven remains devoted to his children, enjoying his family life with caravan holidays in the Highlands, fishing, canoeing and his favourite pastime, riding his motorbike through the Scottish countryside.