Question of the day: perfect Bibles. other languages.

First of all, I want to wish each and every one of you a very Happy 4th of July! Does anyone have any fun and specials plans for the day – any picnics, BBQ’s, rodeos, fireworks, concerts, anything? Leave a comment and let me know how you plan to celebrate Independence Day!

Now, back to business…

Today is week 7 in the series of questions put forth by Dr. Sam Gipp in His book “The Answer Book.”* I feel like these questions have been beneficial for people on both sides of the fence:  you share your thoughts, others share their thoughts – everyone learns something in between.

As I said before, 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 believe everyone’s doing a good job at sticking to the purpose.

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.

I will post Dr. Gipp’s written answer to the question tomorrow, so be sure to check back on here for the answer to today’s question.

Here’s the question for today…

If there is a perfect Bible in English, doesn’t there also have to be a perfect Bible in French, and German, and Japanese, etc??

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.


Posted on July 4, 2011, in Question of the Day and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. This question certainly makes sense, and there are indeed some in Germany (especially Lutherans) who hold that Martin Luther’s translation is the only that is reliable. I still have family and friends over there; that is the only reason I know this! The Japanese had a rather large influx of literature (I read a couple months ago that it was fifteen New Testament translations in one year over a century ago) that they are rather indifferent about the translation as long as the message gets through. However, the Japanese church is rather small, per capita, as the government has attempted to retain its Buddhist Zen and ancestor worship traditions intact by outlawing other religions here and there several times over the past few centuries. With the advent of modern technology there has also been a rise in atheism.

    As for celebrating Independence Day, we only have one relative (her grandmother) in state, so we spend time with “extended family” (in Christ and through “adoption”). We had lunch with grandma yesterday and then saw a bunch of friends from church (including the guys I am discipling). We are about to head to a lunch cookout with our roommates’ parents (his parents, specifically), our roommates, and a dear brother in Christ. Later this evening we will be joining other dear friends for the light display. As you might be able to tell, we are all about the family (whatever that word may mean).

  2. I would like to point out that there are only about 2500 of the 6860 languages used in the world that have at least 1 book of the Bible in their language. This should not be an argument of who is right, but rather, why aren’t we doing more to get God’s word into these languages?!

  3. Well, there is no perfect Bible in English, thus the second question is invalidated. Every translation has problems. The infinite problem that they all have is that they are unable (*cough* *cough*) to render “baptizo” immerse, even though anyone with the most remote basic understanding of Greek knows it should be done that way (all you need is a dictionary!).

  4. If King James had the Bible that we as Americans and the UK read in English translated from Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic…and that we believe it from beginning to end…then why is it so hard to believe that this Bible could be translated again, into another language and still be the Word of God?

  5. And, it was lousy of me to not put this before…

    (Late) Happy 4th, Grow-Uppers! May God save America.

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