Why Do People Think KJV Only is a Good Idea?

KJV or not KJV, that is the question

You’ve probably seen the sign in front of a church the proudly boasts about their allegiance to the KJV Bible translation? Or you may have had a conversation where someone informs you that the KJV Bible translation is the only translation you should be using?

This probably comes from good intentions. But I just don’t agree. And here are some reasons why.

  • The KJV is just a translation of the original much like the NKJV, NASB, HCSB, NIV, or ESV. So this means that it doesn’t hold more authority than these newer ones. The translators put in just as much care into translating the new version as the translators did with the KJV.
  • A lot of the language used in the KJV and even in the NKJV is not common to us. I can’t tell you how many conversations I’ve had where someone told me that they’ve tried to read the Bible before but didn’t really understand what they were reading. But after they used a translation like the NIV it just seemed to come alive.
  • As Christians, there are some areas we should never budge when it comes to the Bible- the inerrancy of the Bible, the fact that the Bible is the very words of God, that the Bible is God’s revelation of Himself to us. But holding a certain translation as if it was given by God is not one. If you’re going to hold to a certain version and be adamant about it, you’ll probably need to go back to the Hebrew and Greek.

I think for me the big question is what is God’s purpose for His word – the Bible?

Afterall, it is His word.

God and His word

Here are just a few verses that speak to God’s purpose for His word.

  • It’s meant to help us discern our thoughts and intents like no other book can.
    • Hebrews 4:12 ESV
      For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
  • It’s meant to be used as a tool for helping God’s people through teaching, admonishing, correcting, and training.
    • 2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV
      All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.
  • It’s meant to be more than a casual read. It’s meant to be the lifeblood of Christians.
    • Matthew 4:4 ESV
      But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
  • It is meant to be a guide, map, and a light in the darkness.
    • Psalm 119:105 ESV
      Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
  • It is meant to be accessible enough to be memorized.
    • Psalm 119:11 ESV
      I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
  • It is meant to lead people to saving faith in Jesus.
    • Romans 10:17 ESV
      So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
  • It is meant to be able to be used by everyone, not just those with a lot of Bible knowledge.
    • 2 Timothy 2:15 ESV
      Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
  • It is meant to be a book that leads to action.
    • James 1:22 ESV
      But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

You and God’s word

My goal in this post is for you to be able to start reading God’s word. Don’t let that fact that you can’t understand “thee’s and thou’s” keep you from the most amazing book in the universe.

Go to a platform like YouVersion and look at several translations. Pick one you like. I recommend ESV, NASB, NIV, and HCSB because I’ve read them.

The main thing is, that your Christian walk cannot be all that God meant it to be without a constant intake of His word.

The Bible is where the most amazing person, your heavenly father, wants to speak to you. Pick a translation and start living.

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