“If only the originals were inspired and without error what was the purpose of God giving us a perfect Bible and then losing it?”
When asked this question by a King James Bible believer (as a critique of the other’s position), a modern version proponent answered in this way. This is an actual post at one of the Bible clubs the writer (of the anthem) belongs to: His answer was this: “It was not lost. God simply did not preserve it in the way that you demand that He should have. Why do you question the will of God? It is preserved in 5000+ mss, 12000+ ancient versions, and 12000+ ancient witnesses.” In other words, God didn’t preserve His Word in a particular text or version, but in all extant manuscripts. To which the KJB believer posted this great little song:
Christian Universities Anthem!
Tune: from “An American Tale”
Somewhere out there, the Word of God exists;
Somewhere in those manuscripts all the words consist.
Somewhere out there in parchments worn and rare,
Lies a text that could be the next That would prove beyond compare!
Somewhere out there, the Word of God is true;
Somewhere in those pyramids it waits for me and you.
Somewhere out there beneath the sands of time,
There’s a scroll that could yet unroll And reveal God’s Word sublime!
Somewhere out there, the Word of God is sure;
Somewhere in old languages it rests so very pure.
Somewhere out there in variants so vast,
There’s a reading that we’re still a needing,
So we have God’s Word at last!
Oh just imagine what a wonder it would surely be
If we could have the Word of God completely error free!
If we believe our dreams can really come right shining through
hen we shall ever have our wish — the Word of God come true!
Somewhere out there the Word of God is found;
Somewhere in those autographs all the words are sound.
Somewhere out there if only where we knew,
We could cope with a ray of hope Out there — where dreams come true!
Song Written by Timothy D. Fellows, Jr.
Dedicated to my alma mater,
Bob Jones University,
which inspired its writing.
(Used With Permission)
By the way, we do have the complete inspired, inerrant, infallible, preserved Word of God for us in English – the King James Bible! Why settle for a dream, when you can have the reality in your hands – the living Word of God! Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Psalms 12:6-7 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, Thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever. Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My words shall not pass away.
Isaiah 59:21 As for Me, this is My covenant with them, saith the LORD; My spirit that is upon thee, and My words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever.