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Why the New International Version (NIV) Bible leaves a bad taste

The NIV has extremely suspect interpretation compared to the preferred KJV Bible
The NIV has extremely suspect interpretation compared to the preferred KJV Bible

Although the Bible is by far the number one best seller in the world, there have been a plethora of versions published that attempt to put the word of God in more simplistic, understandable, and even into contemporary language. Some have done a magnificent job, some have done a marginal job, and others are not even worthy of being mentioned.

There is one Bible version that is extremely popular and has gain much acceptance in the church world for being easily understandable and a good text for studying scripture and that is the New International Version (NIV) Bible.

Although the NIV has been tweaked from the original Greek and Hebrew so it can be more easily understood, the verbiage in scriptures have clearly changed the meaning and intent far too much to be simple adjustments in the language. Let us examine one of the most popular scriptures in the Bible.

NIV John 3:16: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

KJV John 3:16: For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

The distinction of the two John 3:16s may appear inconsequential, however it is not the case. The NIV John 3:16 flatly declares belief alone in Jesus Christ will result in eternal life by the “whoever believes in Him SHALL not perish”, whereas the KJV John 3:16 declares “whoever believes in Him SHOULD not perish”.

The stipulation with the KJV declares believing in Christ should put you on the road to eternal life, but does not automatically do so.

Believing is nice, however as the Bible declares elsewhere in the Bible is believing is not enough. James 2:19 declares, “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe and tremble.”

The Bible clearly warns that even the devils believe, but the demons are not destined for eternal life as the NIV promises. There must be an additional requirement as stated by the KJV John 3:16 since you “should not perish” if one believes. As being in obedience to the traffic laws, one should not get into an accident but there is no guarantee one won’t have an accident if compliance is maintained.

A very important issue is revealed in 1 John 4:3 which states, “every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God” implies that speaking the truth about Christ manifesting distinguishes a spirit bound for destruction or not. The preceding verse of 1 John 4:2 declares “Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God” is a deciding factor.

Belief is a good step, but the confession of faith in Jesus Christ brings appropriate closure to salvation in accordance to the KJV John 3:16.

Since the Bible standard of “out of the mouth of two or more witnesses, let every word be established” applies to this writer’s observations, let us look at one more example of why the NIV falls short.

He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.” NIV Daniel 3:25

He answered and said, “Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.” KJV Daniel 3:25.

This is as blatant a different as getting run over by a train spiritually. The NIV Daniel 3:25 gives no designation to any particular deity while the KJV specifically attributes “Son of God” or a manifestation of Jesus in the Old Testament. Those recognizing the story of the three Hebrew children being saved by a non-descript unknown heathen deity and not Yahweh God is a travesty.

This total farce of interpreting from the Hebrew by the NIV is just one example. There are other verses of changing prayer and fasting from the Hebrew or Greek into merely praying by the NIV, but the two verses in the Bible from the New Testament and Old Testament is sufficiently changed enough to encourage seriously minded scholars of the Bible to dispatch the NIV post haste.

The NIV makes too many significant changes from the original languages to be considered an inspired version by men of learning.

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