Friday, June 04, 2010

Chopped Up NIV

I lost my bible that I love.  Hopefully, it's just lost somewhere in the house but I haven't seen it in awhile.  :( 
Soooo, I went through my book case and found my old bible that I had totally dissected back in 2002.  As I'm looking through it, I have loved seeing all the notes I've written in it.  :)  So I calculated it and my oldest was 21 months old and my second was 9 months old.  I only had two babies!  I was 22 at the time.  Wow!  I can't imagine. SO MUCH can happen in such a short amount of time.  Now I'm 30 and I have six children.  It's so sweet finding old bibles because it's almost like finding an old diary because of all the notes in it. 
I had to share a few notes I found that I remember being very interesting to me that I have forgotten about.
What is the difference between old testament and new?  This is what I found.
Old Testament = Law (standard), (Self Discovery)
We are not as righteous (alone) as we think.
The law is a framework that exposes sin.
New Testament = Grace (undeserved favor or acceptance)
We now know that we need the blood of Christ to save us.  The Old Testament only proved that we are unrighteous.
(Note I wrote)  "Thank you, Lord, for my salvation.  Only by your grace I am saved."
Anyway, later on I had discovered something about the NIV after I had read all the way through.  I was really disappointed.  Many scriptures were CUT out. MANY.  I went through and found tons of and tons. Sometimes the scripture was there but half of it was chopped off.  Here is an example right out of my NIV bible.  This is out of Mark 11.
(25) "And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins. (27) They arrived again in Jerusalem, and while Jesus was walking in the temple courts, the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders came to him."
Did you notice I didn't write in verse 26?  In the NIV it's NOT there at all.  Why would this important verse be omitted?  I was sad as I flipped through and found many missing.  Naturally, I went out and bought a NKJV instead because I didn't want a chopped up bible. I still keep the bible of course because I have many notes written all through it. 
Anyhow, I just had to share with you my discovery!  At that time I was totally sad and freaked out.  I was highlighting all the parts that were missing and I was angry.  This is a sin to do this.  We are never to add or take away from scripture.  By the way, it's not anything dumb thats taken out.  It is VERY important scriptures.  I looked into the history to find out who put together the NIV version and it is from a Catholic Cardinal.  Ever since then I have bought different versions but this is the only version I found that takes out scriptures. 
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