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Bible Study Help: Which translation should you use?

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By now you’ve probably noticed that there are many English translations of the Bible.  In fact, you could easily say that there are too many.  Having all of these choices becomes overwhelming and confusing to Christians who are wanting to do some serious Scripture study. So what do you do?  How can you—a Christian without any special training in biblical study—study the Bible all on your own and actually get something out of it?

Well, let’s start with the basics.

You don’t have any formal training on how to study the Bible—congratulations!  This is actually a huge advantage.  You see, when you go to some expensive Christian school and pay people to tell you how to study the Bible, all you get out of it is a bunch of denominational brainwashing.  Formal Christian Bible study courses and Bible helps actually teach you to read the Bible through a mental filter—and that means they teach you to ignore much of what the Bible actually says.  So if you want to do it right, don’t pay.  If you’re shelling out a bunch of money for Bible study materials, you’re buying the wrong things.  In this post, we’re going to teach you a method of Bible study which won’t cost you a dime and it will help you actually learn the right things—the things that God wants you to learn.  After all, the whole purpose in studying the Bible is supposed to be to get to know God better so that you can treat Him better.  We don’t study the Bible to become show offs and braggarts. Read more of this post

Unicorns in the Bible

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He maketh them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn. (Ps. 29:6, KJV)

But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of a unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil. (Ps. 92:10, KJV)

Wow, who knew there were unicorns mentioned in the Bible?  This is just one of the many surprises you’ll come across if you start comparing various translations.  But what should we make of this unicorn business?  Well, these unicorns are not the magical creatures with wings and super powers that are popularized today.  But could they have been actual horses with horns?  Sure, why not?  The original meaning of the Hebrew word which we find translated as unicorns in certain Bible translations is unknown, but it could easily refer to an animal which is now extinct.  In some passages, the NAS translates the same word as wild ox.  The DYB says buffalo.  The DRA says rhinoceros.  The bottom line is that we don’t know, nor does it matter.  The context of the unicorn verses makes it clear enough what’s being said. Read more of this post

Creating a Different God: How the Bible is Being Changed to Lead You Astray

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When you pick up a translation of the Bible, you are trusting that the men and women who put that translation together for you were people of high character who were committed to helping you understand the true meaning of the text. Unfortunately, your trust has been sadly misplaced. Today’s Bible translators are not toiling to give you the most accurate understanding of the text. They have a far more sinister agenda. They are trying to control your theology about God. More specifically, they are trying to drive you away from certain realities about who God is and how He operates. They do this by making subtle changes to the text. A quiet modification here and there, the scrubbing out of some offensive terminology, and suddenly we’re getting a very different picture of God. His wrath isn’t so wrathful. He goes from being purposeful to being passive. The crude language and shocking threats that He uses towards His own people quietly fade from the text. Don’t believe it? Let’s look at some examples. Read more of this post