So, I’ve been on YouTube for about three months now. Here is what I’ve noticed: More people hit the thumbs down than people hitting the thumbs up, more people comment negatively than positively, and more people will revert to circular argument than reasoning from the Scripture. The most common arguments that I’ve received are the King James only type arguments.
So, here are the questions that I ask.
If we can’t use the name “Yeshua”, because it says in our English versions the name “Jesus”, then what about the Spanish, German, Greek, Portuguese, Swedish, Polish, or any other language? You don’t read of “Jesus” in the Swedish Bible, because “Jesus” is specific to English. You don’t read of “Jesus” in the Greek, because in the Greek it is “Iesou” (pronounced yay-zoo). So, if we contend that it is only “Jesus” and not any other name that we can call God, then what about these other languages?
The question goes for KJV only. What about the Russian version of the Bible? Do Russians have to learn a specific type of English – one that is dead in modern times – in order to read the Bible? What about before 1600? Was there no viable “word of God” for 1600 years before the King James came along? And, if there was a “word of God” before this, then why can’t we insist upon using that? Why do we now have to make the switch? And, if it is only KJV, then why can’t we learn the original languages to read from the Masoretic (Hebrew KJV was translated from) and the Byzantene (Greek that KJV was translated from) for ourselves? Is it because we might “mistranslate” the words?
Here is what I’ve found…
When I speak on a certain subject, they who disagree will start talking about how this or that text, in the English, says this or that. Then, when I consult the original language with the lexicon (because I don’t always know the Greek or Hebrew words well enough to know their exact meaning and connotations), these arguments are simply waved away by, “Well, that isn’t what MY Bible says…”
How convenient… You have a direct link to God through your own opinion.
Then, when I start to reason on their own terms, they start to get even more angry, sometimes reverting to terrible insult or cursing. That kind of response is not only unchristian; it is antichrist. Why so harsh? Because he who hates his brother cannot then say that he loves God, who died for his brother. If you hate your brother, the love of God is not in you. That is plain in 1 John 4:20.
Here is what I mean to say:
Before you start writing on the Internet this or that response, thinking that you can act however you want because you aren’t talking to their face, know that God is still listening, He is still watching, and He will judge you even by the idle words you “type”.