Question of the day: “original autographs.”

If you’re reading this, that means the world didn’t end Saturday. I wonder how Howard Camping is feeling these days…? Probably slightly…(I’m not sure how to say this without sounding judgemental)… but, umm, “moronic” comes to mind.

As I mentioned in this past Saturday’s SDS post, today we’re starting a series of questions put forth by Dr. Sam Gipp in His book “The Answer Book.”* I know that everyone who reads this blog doesn’t agree with or even necessarily “like” Sam Gipp – and that’s okay. Really. The point of these questions is not to start a Baptist War, but rather encourage everyone to engage in a discussion and learn from and among fellow believers.

I don’t want you to rely on “he said, she said” or even unconfirmed history. Read your Bible, study accurate accounts of History, pray about it, and take what you don’t understand by faith.

Also, as I mentioned Saturday, the Tuesday following each QOTD post I will post Dr. Gipp’s written answer. So be sure to look for that tomorrow.

Here’s the question for today…

Shouldn’t we be loyal to the “original autographs” and not a mere translation?

Thoughts?  Opinions?  Scriptures to back your position?

*All material from “The Answer Book”© is used on Grow Up! with permission received directly from Dr. Sam Gipp.

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Posted on May 23, 2011, in Question of the Day and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. In a word, yes. But until the moment we can all read them, we must translate.

  2. Of course it’s a trick question, but isn’t it a great way to make someone question what they believe and then to present them with your ‘correct’ view instead?

    There is a difference between a translation and a copy of something in the same language. The kings were commanded to write out their own copies of the scriptures (Deut 17:18). Joshua made a copy of the law (Josh 8:32). These were referenced as the Word of God even though they weren’t the ‘originals,’ but they’re direct copies in the same language. It is a trick question because it should say ‘original language’ not ‘original autograph.’ Where did the first copies go? Lost or destroyed over time, no doubt; so does that mean God didn’t care about them? Of course not!

    The Lord let Moses destroy the stone tablets the law was written on, does that mean God didn’t care about the originals? That’s ridiculous logic.

    There were many prophecies not recorded in the OT, and many works of Christ not recorded in the NT (John 20:30), that doesn’t mean God didn’t want to ‘preserve’ them, it just meant it wasn’t crucial for us to know them. It doesn’t mean God didn’t value whatever was written and not preserved.

    And to answer the question: If the originals were available today, we have EVERY need for them because they are BETTER THAN THE KJV.

  3. Basically, I say “Ditto.” to the first few comments.

  4. NIck, you really brought up some great points. I guess to me this question is a bit pointless, because we all know the “originals” disappeared off the scene a long time ago. However, that is not to say the “originals” are/were unimportant. They were God’s Word! I think it’s a good thing we don’t have actual, authentic originals because someone would probably elevate them to some sort of god-like status, and they’d become idols.

    As a side note, I read Sam Gipp’s “The Answer Book” about 14 years ago, and I found much of the information in it helpful.

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