Would the world be a better place if the bible as we know
it never existed? I know what kind of question is that? That's
what I thought as I began to ponder the question myself. As
in all situations I sought the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Ironically enough his answer was amazingly "Yes". I thought,
"how could that be"? And then I experienced a moment of revelation.
One that was simple, yet powerful and has changed my relationship
with God forever.
God asked me, "would you believe in Me, even if you never
read that I existed?" At first I was puzzled. So I asked how
else would I have known He existed. Isn't the Bible the "Word
of God"? The "Bible" as we know it today is a translation
or better yet, "his Royal Highness' (King James) translation
of ancient text that was written in Hebrew and Greek. It has
been revised more than a thousand times, and men of good intent
have misinterpreted most, if not all of the original meaning
of the actual holy writings.
The Gospel was not to be used to establish hypocritical doctrines,
biased decrees and beliefs, or to pass judgment on the world,
but to convert souls to Christ and cause the people to have
faith in a God they had never seen. There is no confusing
that Jesus lived, died and was resurrected. The fact is, no
matter how one would say it, what language one might say it
in, or what style one might choose to deliver the "Gospel",
it is to be expressed from one believer to another. When Jesus
instructed the disciples to go out spreading the word, He
didn't send them out with copies of the holy scrolls or the
laws of Moses. Instead, He sent them out with only their testimony
of Him. An account of what they'd seen and heard from Him.
And before Christ left the earth, his command was simple:
"Go into all the world, baptizing them in the name of the
Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit". Nowhere in the
command did He mention that they should form a book, make
it "holy", and call it "The Bible". He didn't say preach that
book from a literal interpretation of numerous languages and
words with different meaning from different cultures and from
different time periods.
Ask yourself this question, "would I still have the faith
I have now if the Bible as we know it never existed at all"?
The men and women of old believed by the testimony of the
believers. [For instance, the African slaves couldn't read
so] their belief was based on the testimony of what other
people said God did for them. What others learned or experienced
of the Holy Spirit. And the proof was in the manifestations
of the Spirit. The speaking in tongues, the healings in Jesus'
name, the miracles, and casting out of demons in His name
were all proof that there is power in the name of Jesus. This
would be fact and will always be fact whether there was a
King James Version of the Bible or any other version ever
published. I believe God allowed writings and such versions
of the ancient texts to get us to the place we are today.
So we would know what He did in the lives of people back then.
And you know what? GOD IS STILL SPEAKING! He wants us to move
out of the church buildings, out of the classrooms, out of
the temples and mega-churches into the streets, hearts and
homes of people in the world. I believe God wants us to witness
not from or by a book, but from our hearts and by the Holy
The truth is, God is real. Not because some book says so.
But because we can feel Him. We can see His works. The Holy
Spirit knows all things, even the deep things of God. As God's
mouthpiece, you don't need a man made book to witness. However,
you will need the God given light that shines bright from
within you. It's impossible to give the King James Version
or any other version the power to condemn, judge, or govern
any of God's children today. Have you ever noticed that the
only book [according to text] that was ordained by God to
be written is the book of Revelation? There is no other book
in the Old or New Testaments (OT and NT) that was ordained
to be published or signified by one of God's angels. The OT
and the NT are documents/records produced by men of God who
believed that they heard a word from the Lord. But nowhere
was it documented that God commanded them to write what they
heard, proclaim it to be Gospel or declare it unto God's people
as He did in Revelation. It is clear that God told John to
write everything he heard (Rev. 1.3,9). Nowhere (but in Revelation)
is it stated that one would be blessed for reading and understanding
Most of the NT are letters by Paul who never in any letter
directly states that God told him to write a letter of for
it to be put in a book. Paul only wrote letters because he
was one man; he couldn't be everywhere at the same time. However,
it is encouraging to know that Paul states in some of his
letters that he was inspired by God to write certain things
to the churches, but the letters themselves were of his own
doing. In some of the letters he wrote, he admitted he wrote
them because he loved and cared for those who would read them.
But whatever he wrote was only directed toward the people
he was writing to. Think about it. Did the people of Galatia
ever know what Paul wrote to the people of Collosse? Did the
people in Rome know that Paul told the women in Corinth to
be silent and to only speak to their husbands and to be subject
not to the Holy Spirit but to their masters? Actually, they
were subject to their husbands, but anyone you have to obey
is not exactly a "mate" but a "master". In 1855, taking the
things that Paul wrote in his letters literally led to lawmakers
in the state of Missouri to use those words to declare black
women to be the property of her master and was without the
right to defend herself against her master's acts of rape.
The point is, God may have spoken to Paul, and he may have
been inspired to write what he heard and thought at the time.
But I don't believe Paul knew his letters would be published
for the whole world to read. If he had, he would have written
some things differently.
The Bible as we know it has caused wars, the slaughtering
of innocent people (Native Americans), the founding of evil,
selfish, gold-seeking nations, the conquering of other nations
(Aztecs, Jews, S. Africans), slavery (African Americans),
murder (Matthew Sheppard and countless others), crime (church
burnings and lynchings), and hate. In fact, it's ironic that
the NAACP would honor a Rev. Phelps for his "work with black
clients" yet didn't take any objection to his being the founder
of Godhatesfags.com. Now, does this sound like something God
ordained? A God who has no hate? A God who is not like man?
A God who says, "in Me there is no confusion"? The God who
sent His Son to the world to liberate humanity from sin would
ordain a book that would create pain and horrifying events
that cost people their lives? I don't believe for a minute
that God ordained a book that would create all this confusion.
It is my sincere prayer that we as believers seek a deeper
and more intimate relationship with God. It is my prayer that
we use the Bible as we know it today as a point of reference,
a map for personal knowledge and understanding of times past
and relating as much as we can to the present. I pray that
we allow the Holy Spirit to inspire us, encourage and guide
us into the blessed will of our Heavenly Father.