Did the Devil Get a Hold of Your Bible?

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If you don’t think one word can make all the difference in the world, think again. I recently found out with just a little research that one of the exceedingly dangerous outcomes of how many countless people have decided to keep bringing out new versions of the Bible is that one changed, or missing word, can make ALL the difference. But that shouldn’t surprise any of us, should it? Not when the devil upon his first appearance in the Bible deceived Adam and Eve by twisting and perverting God’s words. The devil did the same thing when he tempted Jesus in the wilderness; he twisted around the scriptures. Jesus didn’t fall for it, but are we? As false teachers, false prophets, false teaching, and false gods abound more and more just as the Bible said they would, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that the devil has managed to worm his evil way into some of the modern day Bible translations. Though advertised as extremely, and even increasingly accurate, some of these translations contain gross, dangerous, and potentially deadly errors. And one word can seriously make ALL the difference. Like this one.

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Ever heard what is perhaps the most well known verse in the Bible? “God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16 KJV)?” Guess what happened? The word “begotten” got dropped from some of the newer translations. Don’t think that makes much of a difference? Think again. If your translation simply says that God gave His only Son, this is wrong. All those who repent and believe the Gospel that Jesus died for our sins become sons and daughters of God. But we are NOT the only “begotten” Son of God. Begotten means that Jesus did not have a human father. God was, and is, His Father. Jesus was born of Mary, a virgin. And if your Bible translation drops the word “begotten,” then Jesus just becomes yet another human born of human parents. Not so!

Do yourself a favor. Do some research on the Bible translation you use. Don’t go by the advertising. Don’t go by what others tell you to read. Know what you’re reading. And make sure you’re reading the true Word of God – and not a Bible the devil subtly, sneakily, sickeningly, manipulated his way into.

I am not here to tell you what Bible you should or shouldn’t read. But I am here to warn you. Seek the Lord. Do research. Do as He tells you. I read the King James version, which is considered by many to be the most accurate Bible. I have heard lots of controversy about lots of Bibles. I only know this. God knows the answer. And rather than trust the one you have just because you’ve used it for years, a loved one gave it to you, your church gave it to you for free, etc., seek the Lord. Do research. And obey the Lord. He does know the answer. He always does. He is God. And the Bible is His Word. 

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16, King James version

scriptures below courtesy of biblehub.com

New International Version
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

New Living Translation
“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

English Standard Version
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

New American Standard Bible 
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

King James Bible
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
“For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. 

International Standard Version
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his unique Son so that everyone who believes in him might not be lost but have eternal life. 

NET Bible
For this is the way God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For God loved the world in this way: so much that he would give up his Son, The Only One, so that everyone who trusts in him shall not be lost, but he shall have eternal life.

GOD’S WORD® Translation
God loved the world this way: He gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

King James 2000 Bible
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

American King James Version
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

American Standard Version
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For God so loved the world, as to give his only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in him, may not perish, but may have life everlasting. 

Darby Bible Translation
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whosoever believes on him may not perish, but have life eternal.

English Revised Version
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life.

Webster’s Bible Translation
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whoever believeth in him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Weymouth New Testament
For so greatly did God love the world that He gave His only Son, that every one who trusts in Him may not perish but may have the Life of Ages.

World English Bible
For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

Young’s Literal Translation

for God did so love the world, that His Son — the only begotten — He gave, that every one who is believing in him may not perish, but may have life age-during.


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