Reasonable translations aside, there are a few that are without a doubt absolutely corrupt and should not be trusted! In many cases these versions are spawned by particular denominations, cults, and societies based around naturalistic interpretations of the Scriptures. While some are well known, others are less than obvious, and new corruptions come – it seems – with each passing year.
On the academic end of the matter comes the so-called Jesus Seminar’s Scholars Version. Born from the efforts of an extremely liberal group of researchers in the late 1980s, this “Bible” was composed by popular consensus, with the words of Jesus being selected through a voting system! Furthermore, those behind it elevated the Gnostic Gospel of Thomas to canonical status, including it amongst the four true Gospels of the New Testament. To literally add insult to injury, the minds behind this translation then set about condemning other translations in such a way as to elevate their own while marginalizing the traditional works as simple and biased in their renderings.
New and heretical translations sometimes are the product of cults or fringe denominations. Such an example is found amongst the Jehovah’s Witnesses with their New World Translation. Throughout this book is found a great number of problematic mistranslations and blatant falsehoods, especially in its presentation of the nature of Jesus Christ. Similarly, we have Joseph Smith’s Inspired Version, the Bible of the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Starting with the classic King James Version, Smith – a self-proclaimed prophet and visionary – set about “correcting” it, injecting his own subjective and utterly unfounded notions throughout. In each of these cases, both the New World Translation and the Inspired Version, one can clearly find fault in their composition and their doctrines, especially when comparing them to tradition Scriptural renderings over the years.
“Corrupting the Sacred” continues next time…
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