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When Bible teaching is compared with Church teaching, it can be seen that Christendom at large is astray from the Bible. For further information regarding the saving truths of Scripture, read the articles opposite.

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THE GOSPEL WAS PREACHED IN ALL THE WORLD

We know from Scripture that the Apostle Paul may have visited Spain as well as Rome (Romans 15: 24,28) preaching the things concerning the Kingdom of God and the Name of Jesus Christ and there is clear internal evidence in Scripture to show that God had caused His written Word to be in circulation (with the exception of the Book of Revelation) in the Roman Empire before AD 70. Jesus told his disciples towards the end of his earthly ministry that, "this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; then shall the end come." (Matt. 24:14). The "end" which Jesus was referring to was the end of the Jewish world which came within 40 years. The destruction of Jerusalem and the scattering of the Jews by the Roman armies took place in AD 70.

Paul confirms that the prophetic words of Jesus were fulfilled in his own day:

"...continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister" (Col. 1:23).

"...the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel; Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world" (Col. 1:5 6).

The written Gospel message was in circulation in the Roman world of Paul's day. The Apostle Peter confirms this in saying that Paul's inspired writings were in circulation before AD 70:

"...even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction" (2 Peter 3:15 16).

So the evidence of Scripture is that God caused his written Word to be spread throughout the Roman world before AD 70. God has not relied on Rome for the carriage of His Word.

Constantine's Bible

When the Emperor Constantine embraced Christianity he commissioned his own version of the Bible. This was based on texts edited by Eusebius and compiled by Origen. The result was the intermingling of the Word of God with Greek philosophy and Gnosticism.

One translator, JA Richter, suggests that the Sinaitic Codex was one of fifty copies of the Scriptures that Constantine directed to be made in 331 AD. Emperor Justinian, founder of the convent at Mt. Sinai, had sent a copy to the monks there. Richter commends the value of the Sinaiticus, Vaticanus and Alexandrian Codex. The views of Eusebius, Origen and others weighed favourably with him. However, it is only a minority of manuscripts that support these texts approved by Rome, while the majority of manuscripts (80% 90%) support the Received Text used for the Authorised Version.

Doctrinal differences

There are a number of significant shifts in the text of the NIV which strengthen those doctrines which bring readers nearer to the teaching of Rome and her daughter churches. These changes arise in varying degrees in most modern versions which are based upon the Alexandrian group of manuscripts—even including the Jehovah's Witnesses New World Translation. The most significant version however, appears to be the NIV (1973).

The NIV generally supports the position taken at the Council of Nicea in 325 AD convened by Emperor Constantine on the relationship of Jesus to the Father. This Council declared that the Son was "consubstantial" (meaning of one substance) with the Father. Changes to individual verses may seem minor when taken in isolation, but when the picture is viewed as a whole we can see that the teaching of Scripture, that Jesus is the Son of God, is being eroded in favour of the Trinitarian concept of God the Son.

Conclusion

The Truth has not changed and God has not left Himself without witness in the earth, yet the proliferation of new translations seen today is evidence of Rome's agenda. The papal policy is to promote a universal Church with doctrines acceptable to all. If the Lord remains away and the next generation rely on the NIV, the gospel will be eroded to the point where they will have Bibles which do not support the first principles of saving Truth.

We should not forget that the NIV is one of the products of the declared papal ecumenical policy, and should therefore be used with caution. If we ignore this, we do so at our peril.

Most versions of the Bible have a place as aids to Bible study. However The doctrine of the Trinity is a cornerstone in the Vatican's ecumenical strategy. This is stated in the encyclical letter Decree on Ecumenism.

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