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Does Your Bible Have Incomplete Information?

There are many reasons the Authorized version (King James Version) is superior to other Bible versions.  One reason is the fact that other versions leave out information, so that the dialogue is incomplete.  As a result, the new versions lack information that is critical to the subject, and many questions are left unanswered.  A few examples are listed below.

Questions left unanswered

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In Acts 8:26-39 we have the story of the Eunuch and Philip.  The Eunuch asks Philip a question, that in other versions is left unanswered.  The Eunuch asks Philip “What doth hinder me to be baptized?”  In other versions, Philip doesn’t answer him.  He just baptizes him.

TNIV
“Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?” 38 And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him.
God’s Word
“Look, there’s some water. What can keep me from being baptized?” 38 The official ordered the carriage to stop. He and Philip stepped into the water, and Philip baptized him.
NLT
“Look! There’s some water! Why can’t I be baptized?” 38 He ordered the carriage to stop, and they went down into the water, and Philip baptized him.
The Message
“Here’s water. Why can’t I be baptized?” He ordered the chariot to stop. They both went down to the water, and Philip baptized him on the spot.
Good News
Here is some water. What is to keep me from being baptized?  38 The official ordered the carriage to stop, and both Philip and the official went down into the water, and Philip baptized him.
CEV
“Look! Here is some water. Why can’t I be baptized?” 38 He ordered the chariot to stop. Then they both went down into the water, and Philip baptized him.

In the new versions, Philip just baptized him immediately after the Eunuch asked him the question, without even answering him.

The new versions leave out verse 37, which is necessary to understand what one must do to be baptized. In the AV, Philip clarifies what one must do to be baptized.  A person can’t be baptized until they meet certain qualifications.  The AV shows what those qualifications are.  All other versions do not put any qualifications on being baptized, which, without qualifications, even infants can be baptized.

AV
here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?  37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.  38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.

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Another question that is left unanswered is the one the Disciples asked Jesus in Luke 9:54.  Only the AV has Jesus’ answer to them.

TNIV
“Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?” 55 But Jesus turned and rebuked them. 56 Then he and his disciples went to another village.
God’s Word
“Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to burn them up?”  55 But he turned and corrected them. 56 So they went to another village.
NLT
“Lord, should we call down fire from heaven to burn them up?” 55 But Jesus turned and rebuked them. So they went on to another village.
CEV
“Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to destroy these people?”  55 But Jesus turned and corrected them for what they had said. 56 Then they all went on to another village.
ESV
“Lord, do you want us to tell fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” 55 But he turned and rebuked them. 56 And they went on to another village.

Only the AV has the answer to the Disciple’s question.

AV
Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did?  55 But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of.  56 For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.

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Incomplete Information

In John 5:3-7, we have the story of the man who had an infirmity 38 years, and was laying by the pool Bethesda.  Jesus asks the man if he would like to be healed.  Instead of saying “yes”, the man tells Jesus there is no one to put him into the pool.  So what does that have to do with anything?  It is an illogical and stupid answer if you only have the new versions, because they don’t explain why the man said what he did. 

TNIV
Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”  “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”
God’s Word
Under these porches a large number of sick people—people who were blind, lame, or paralyzed—used to lie. One man, who had been sick for 38 years, was lying there. Jesus saw the man lying there and knew that he had been sick for a long time. So Jesus asked the man, “Would you like to get well?”  The sick man answered Jesus, “Sir, I don’t have anyone to put me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I’m trying to get there, someone else steps into the pool ahead of me.”
NLT
Crowds of sick people—blind, lame, or paralyzed—lay on the porches. One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?”  “I can’t, sir,” the sick man said, “for I have no one to put me into the pool when the water bubbles up. Someone else always gets there ahead of me.”
CEV
3-4 Many sick, blind, lame, and crippled people were lying close to the pool.Beside the pool was a man who had been sick for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw the man and realized that he had been crippled for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to be healed?”  The man answered, “Lord, I don’t have anyone to put me in the pool when the water is stirred up. I try to get in, but someone else always gets there first.”
ESV
In these lay a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed. One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.”

Notice these versions leave out verse 4.  Verse 4 gives the reason why the man mentioned that there was no one to put him into the pool.  Without verse 4, the story is incomplete, because there is no information given as to why the man would need someone to put him into the pool. 

The AV, as usual, gives complete information.  The AV includes verse 4, which is critical to a proper understanding of verse 7.

AV
In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.  For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.  And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.  When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?  The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.

If you have a newer version of the Bible, you have a Bible with incomplete information, incorrect information and missing information.  God’s word is pure and true.  As a result, the information you get when reading the AV will be complete, correct and whole.  You won’t be left scratching your head.  

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Baptism – Is it necessary for salvation?

There are many who think that in order to be saved, one must be baptized. The Bible is Truth and is God’s word, so anytime there are any questions, we must look to God’s word to see what the Truth is.

God’s word is clear that Baptism does not cause any change in a person. It is not necessary for salvation and does not effect a person’s relationship with God. A Christian should want to get baptized, since it’s a command in the Bible. But a Christian should have no fear of being kept out of Heaven just because they aren’t baptized.

Baptism is a symbol of our new life in Christ. We are buried with Him in Baptism, and raised with Him in our new life as a born again believer. The normal mode of Baptism is to immerse a person by leaning them backwards to a position similar to laying down. Then the person is lifted up again out of the water. This is representative of two things. Our old sinful life dying, and then rising up with a new life as a Christian. And our physical death and burial, then our rising again at the resurrection.

Baptism is not salvation! It is a command from Jesus Christ after a person has been saved. Notice Matthew 28:19 does not say to go and get people saved. It doesn’t say to go and preach the Gospel. It says to go and teach all nations, baptizing them. You don’t teach someone until they are saved. Once they are saved, then you teach them the commands of Jesus Christ and what the Bible says about living as a Christian, and once they are saved then you baptize them. As baptism is mentioned along with teaching, it is normal deduction to see that baptism and teaching both come after a person is saved.

Many use Mark 16:16 to show that baptism is necessary. The verse states, “He that believeth, and is baptized, shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” Now notice what the verse does not say: “he that believeth not, and is not baptized, shall be damned.” To be damned, all a person has to do is not believe. It doesn’t mention not being baptized. But people assume that if a person isn’t baptized, they aren’t saved. It doesn’t say that. That is adding to God’s word, and is an interpretation without evidence.

The Bible is clear. Baptism comes after salvation. In Acts 8:37, the eunuch asked what prevents him from being baptized. Philip said, “If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” Here is it clear that to be baptized, one has to believe first. (this verse is taken out of all new Bibles) In Acts 10:47, the men with Peter, after being astonished that Gentiles could be saved, and after seeing them receive the Holy Ghost, said they should be baptized.

God baptizes with the Holy Ghost, not with water. What John’s baptism did, “for the remission of sins”, the Holy Ghost does now. (Acts 11:16) Acts is a transitional book that went from Old Testament Jew (Acts 1:6) to New Testament Gentile (Acts 28:28). Acts started with Peter and ended with Paul (see Galatians 2:7). In Acts 2:38, Peter preached baptism in the name of Jesus for the remission of sins. He was preaching to Jews only! (Acts 2:5,14,36; see also John 4:22 & Matthew 15:24) But after God showed him that Gentiles could be saved, Peter realized that remission of sins is through believing on the name of Jesus Christ (Acts 10:43). Notice it was after the Gentiles believed and received the Holy Ghost that Peter commanded them to be baptized (Acts 10:47).

In 1 Corinthians 1:14 & 17, Paul thanks God that he baptized no one but Crispus and Gaius. Now does that sound like baptism is necessary? If it was, why did Paul thank God for not baptizing? And in verse 17, he says that Christ sent him, not to baptize, but to preach the Gospel. If baptism was necessary for salvation, why didn’t he include baptism with preaching the Gospel? Why didn’t he say that Christ sent him to preach the Gospel and to baptize?

Ephesians 4:5 says there is one baptism, and it isn’t water! A person better be sure they are correct with what they preach, because if they are preaching that baptism is necessary for salvation, they are preaching another Gospel, and according to Galatians 1:8, they are accursed!

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