A brother, who reads my blog from Tanzania wrote to me asking about the uniqueness of Jesus when contrasted with every other religious figure, and why He is worthy to be followed. In response I have thought right to write a series of articles addressing this question. I hope this proves helpful for many. These articles will not be exhaustive, but in them I hope to will stir up serious thought, that culminates in a personal relationship with Christ as Lord and Savior.
In one of my previous articles that can be found here, I addressed the question of whether there exists an etymological difference between the words ‘Holy Ghost’ and ‘Holy Spirit’. I had promised to do a write-up about why some Bible versions ‘miss’ some verses or words, and my friend Tayebwa Allan did well to remind me. In this article therefore, I will address the question of bible translations, and whether we can surely trust the Bibles we have.
Ben Sasse, Senator from the state of Nebraska emphatically stated this week at the Commencement week for Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Hamilton MA that ‘we are generally a people of the Book’. He remarked that indeed, the graduates of the Seminary were trained to take the text seriously. As I listen to him, I am reminded of Dr. Albert Mohler’s diagnosis of the postmodern worldview, as one of the symptoms he mentions is the demise of the text.
Now when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceedingly glad; for he had desired for a long time to see Him, because he had heard many things about Him, and he hoped to see some miracle done by Him. Luke 23:8
There are people whose excitement for Jesus is only because He can perform miracles. In fact they name their ministries after that. Herod’s gladness was not for Jesus as the treasure, but for the miracle Jesus can do.
As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness. Psalm 17:15
I am going through the Psalms. Again. Oozing out of these sincere prayers are nuggets and nuggets of treasures of wisdom. I could sleep there. I could hold all my conversations there.
The world has increasingly grown averse to truth. We run with rumors and scoff at truth. We hate correction, repulse honest rebuke and loath any absolute Truth claim that discomforts us in any way. As the Master said, we love darkness and loathe every appearance of light (John 3:19-21).