In Matthew 5:18, Christ said:
“truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.”
I never really understood the concept Christ was conveying in this verse, until I worked as an editor for a top 20 website in America. I came to be aware of coding and began learning some programming language. That experience opened my eyes to the structure of websites.
Most people are unaware that if even a comma or a full stop (period or dot in America), or a letter is missing or added to a code, it will create a bug that will either bring down a website or render it unable to function the way it was intended to.
Just like organic languages, computer programming languages are structured by rules of grammar and punctuation. And when you break these laws, a syntax error occurs which will stop the program from running the way it was intended to run, and may even crash it.
The same is true of Scripture.
One of the biggest mistake Christians make is to think that the King James Version of The Bible is an exact or evening equivalent translation of the original Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek Scriptures. Not true. Not true at all.
The King James Version is similar to a version of one of many sides of an argument. When people argue, they tell their ‘own side’ of what transpired. As an independent and objective bystander, you will be foolish if you hear only one side of the argument and conclude based on that.
Sadly, that is what many people do with the King James Version. And this has led to a situation where their faith is built on lies, half truths and inadvertent errors by the translators.
There are actually people who have said, ‘If King James Version was good enough for the early church, it is good enough for me!”. Such is the ignorance of many so called Christians that they are unaware that the KJV was translated in 1611, more than 1500 years after the ‘early church’. Many people you know, actually think that Peter, John and Paul, among with many of the Apostles, wrote the KJV. I am not joking.
I have previously dealt with this issue at length, however, it takes several dose of medicament to cure some diseases. So let me give this another go.
The King James Version of The Bible was not translated from the original scriptures, or a copy of it. As a matter of fact, the KJV was translated largely, but not completely, from the Latin Vulgate, which is a 4th Century Latin translation of Scripture (Scripture is not written in Latin, but in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek), commissioned by the Catholic Church.
Let me shock your religious mind: When Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 3:16 that “All scripture is given by inspiration of God”, he was not referring to the Bible. The Bible is neither accurate or complete Scripture. In fact, at the time Paul was living, the Bible had not come into existence. What existed was Scripture. The Bible as you know it today, came about by the decision of men at various councils of which the most notable were the First Council of Nicaea in 325AD, and the Council of Trent (AKA Council of Rome) in 382AD.
These men who held these councils were guided by their denominational dogma (doctrines that are traced to a church, not to Scripture), and many believers of those days did not accept their decision on the 66 Books they chose as The Bible.
What happened to those believers? They were persecuted, burnt at the stake, killed violently and publicly, until all organised resistance to the accepted Bible was crushed.
Today, about 20,000 descendants of those pure and undefiled Christ followers live in modern day Turkey and I encountered them in 2017, when I ministered in Selçuk and Laodikea (both in Turkey). Another 300,000 live in modern Day Iran and Syria and are known as Syriac Christians. Their language is Aramaic, which is one of the original languages of Scripture.
It is very clear from Scripture that the choice of Western Christendom of which books they chose to be in The Bible was wrong, because they mistakenly included the Book of Jude, which, unknown to them, included two verses were Jude (the brother of our Lord the Christ), quotes from The Book of Enoch in Jude 1:14-15:
“Enoch the seventh from Adam, prophesied about them: “See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones to judge everyone, and to convict all of them of all the ungodly acts they have committed in their ungodliness, and of all the defiant words ungodly sinners have spoken against him.”
The part of those verses, starting from “See, the Lord…” is a direct quotation from the Book of Enoch.
Why did the various councils not include that book in The Bible? It was obviously believed to be Scripture by Christ’s brother and His apostles.
Incidentally, 1600 years AFTER these Councils, The Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1946/7 at Qumran. Along with the en-Gedi Scrolls, which were discovered in 1970, The Dead Sea Scrolls are the oldest Scripture in existence, and they contain the Book of Enoch! They also contain other books.
The oldest surviving COMPLETE Christian Scripture are the Garima Gospels of Ethiopia from 400AD (see attached photograph). (The Dead Sea Scrolls are actually a Jewish Scripture). They contain the Gospels and in their Gospel of Luke, there are extra pages that are not in The Bible approved by the various European Councils.
These all are corroborated by John 21:25, which states:
“There are also many other things that Yeshua did, which if they were to be written, each one, I suppose even the world would be insufficient for the books that would be written.”
So, what is the purpose of this writing? It is to expose to you, the believer in Christ, that Scripture is not The Bible. Scripture is the undiluted word of God, and The Bible are translations that include verses that are not in Scripture (1 John 5:7, and Mark 16:9-20) and exclude entire books and verses that are in Scripture.
One of the Scriptural verses that the KJV got either deliberately or inadvertently wrong is Isaiah 45:11 which reads in that version as follows:
“Thus saith the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me.”
Based on that, many genuine believers have been commanding God. Let me put it this way, it is actually stupid to command God. And the original Hebrew Scriptures never said such.
The truth, which is clear if you read the original Hebrew, or even if you read the preceding and succeeding verses, is that God speaking through Isaiah was showing disappointment in people who were questioning His judgment.
The preceding verse (Isaiah 45:10) says:
“Woe to the one who says to a father, ‘What have you begotten?’ or to a mother, ‘What have you brought to birth?’”
The verse before that (Isaiah 45:9) says:
“Does the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you making?’ Does your work say, ‘The potter has no hands’?”
Now think. After giving out such warnings as was given in verses 9 and 10, why would God now ask His creations, you and I, to command Him about the work of His hands? The answer is that He did not.
Almost every other translation gives the right translation to Isaiah 45:11. I will give four below and you can compare them with the KJV:
“This is what the LORD says– the Holy One of Israel, and its Maker: Concerning things to come, do you question me about my children, or give me orders about the work of my hands?”-NIV
“Thus says the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and the one who formed him: “Ask me of things to come; will you command me concerning my children and the work of my hands?”-ESV
“This is what the LORD says— the Holy One of Israel and your Creator: “Do you question what I do for my children? Do you give me orders about the work of my hands?”
There are two verses in the King James Version which have always troubled me and made me question my faith as a youth. Those verses are 2 Kings 2:23-24 which read:
“And he went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head. So he turned around and looked at them, and pronounced a curse on them in the name of the LORD. And two female bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the youths.”
I was always troubled by the fact that God would allow a prophet, (Elisha), curse “little children” to death. I know of many people who stopped believing in God on account of these verses.
It was not until I read Scripture in the original Hebrew, that I discovered that the KJV mistranslated that verse. The word translated as “little children” is ū·nə·‘ā·rîm, which actually means “young men” in Hebrew. Do not take my word for it. You do not have to go to Israel as I did. Just research it for yourself. My eyes became open and my faith was strengthened. Of course it makes sense that young men should be punished for mocking God’s prophet, who was known to them.
One of the numerous other verses which proponents of the Kings James Version uses to dominate people and padlock their minds is 2 Corinthians 3:6. That verse reads in the KJV as follows:
“Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.”
When you use Scripture to expose the errors of many church doctrines, hardcore believers of such doctrines are quick to say “the letter killeth” as a way to end the discussion. By this, they mean that reliance of scriptural verses that contradict their doctrine is wrong, since that doctrine was revealed to them by “the Spirit”.
But is that what 2 Corinthians 3:6 is really saying? No. l read Scripture in the original languages and I can tell you that that verse is another deliberate or erroneous translation.
What that verse is actually saying is that reliance on the Old Testament laws of Moses kills, but reliance on the New Testament of salvation through faith in Christ gives life.
I will now give that verse in some translations to give my readers clarity.
“He has enabled us to be ministers of his new covenant. This is a covenant not of written laws, but of the Spirit. The old written covenant ends in death; but under the new covenant, the Spirit gives life.”-NLT
“He makes us worthy to be the servants of his new agreement that comes from the Holy Spirit and not from a written Law. After all, the Law brings death, but the Spirit brings life.”-CEV
What that verse is saying is that we cannot achieve salvation by keeping the law. We can only achieve it by grace, through faith in Christ.
Now, I will give a final example, which I hope will help my readers build their faith.
Matthew 11:12 in the KJV reads:
“And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.”
This verse has been used to justify dangerous and violent prayers and actions by many evangelicals and Pentecostals. But is that really what the verse is saying? Far from it. That translation even contradicts other verses such as 1 Samuel 2:9 which reads “by strength shall no man prevail.”, and Zechariah 4:6, which reads “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.”
So, what is Matthew 11:12 really saying? Is it justifying spiritual or physical violence? Not at all. Not at all. To help my readers get the real meaning, I will render that verse in several translations below:
“From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been subjected to violence, and violent people have been raiding it.”-NIV
“And from the time John the Baptist began preaching until now, the Kingdom of Heaven has been forcefully advancing, and violent people are attacking it.”-NLT
“From the time John preached his message until this very day the Kingdom of heaven has suffered violent attacks, and violent men try to seize it.”
As you can see from the above, that verse is not asking you to engage in any kind of violence, be it spiritual or physical. In fact scripture urges us to be “wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.”
I have previously taught on 1 John 5:7, which is the greatest evil in the King James Version because it ADDS to Scripture, what was NEVER in the original scripts. The KJV reads:
“For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.”
Everything after the word “record” is a lie. It was added to Scripture by the translators of the KJV to support the unscriptural doctrine of Trinity. And if you doubt me, read that verse in other translations, or get copies of the Greek Koine Scripture and read it yourself. I will cite four other translations of that verse below:
“For there are three that testify”-NIV
“So we have these three witnesses”-NLT
“For there are three that testify”-ESV
“For there are three that testify”-NASB
So what is the conclusion of the matter? My counsel to believers in Christ the Saviour is this. Get the Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek Scriptures. You can order them on amazon and you can even download it online. Get a Hebrew, Aramaic and Koine Greek dictionary and use it to read Scripture. The word of God is worth it.
If you find that sacrifice too difficult, what you could do in the alternative, is to read The Bible in multiple translations. This is the word of God we are talking about. Surely, every effort that is made to get a thorough understanding of God’s message to us is worth it. Doing so will help you lose your religion and gain your salvation.
You may ask why did the European religionists try to recreate Scripture to suit their dogma? Your guess is as good as mine. Obviously, they had their own agenda. But, we as Christians have a duty to discover the truth, because, as Christ said:
“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
So, I, Reno Omokri, urge you to do what Christ said in John 5:39:
“Search the SCRIPTURES; for in them you think you have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.”
Child of God, please, search the Scriptures!
Gospeller. Deep Thinker. #1 Bestselling author of Facts Versus Fiction: The True Story of the Jonathan Years. Avid traveller. Hollywood Magazine Film Festival Humanitarian of the Year, 2019.