Updated: Feb 15
All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him, Matthew 11:27. If my readers were to browse the libraries of the next 50 Christians whom they happen to visit, they will find multiple works about the Holy Spirit. They will find books about Jesus Christ. What they will not find are books about the Father.
The Father is the least understood member of the Godhead. According to Jesus Christ he is only revealed by Jesus Christ. The absolute lack of literature about the Father, and the almost complete ignorance of him is pretty shocking proof of how few people are taught by Jesus Christ. The Father loses his identity as a distinct person within the Godhead in all new versions of scripture.
As an example of this, look at James 1:27, Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. God and the Father is so written that each are separate entities. In a King James Bible when God is mentioned, there are three distinct different persons who reside in that Godhead. The Father is a person in his own right just as Jesus Christ is a person and the Holy Ghost is a person. The Godhead is not complete with out the three of them.
New versions contradict that. For example, the NIV says, "Religion that God our Father accepts". By saying "God our Father", the Father loses his distinction as a person within the Godhead. The entire Godhead becomes the Father in that scenario. That places the NIV on a par with all non-christian religions who generically see God as the Father of mankind. What those religions don't believe is that within the Godhead exists an individual who is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ and can be the Father of every person born of God.
Anyone ignorant enough to be using an NIV will be just as Blind. How apt is Gail Riplinger's title for her seminal* book, New Age Versions of the Bible! Likewise, the New American Standard Version in James 1:27 says, "our God and Father". Again, the Father is likened to God, not a person in the Godhead. It is simply impossible for Jesus Christ to reveal his Father to anyone reading new versions of the English Bible.
The ESV is no better. It says, "God, the Father" The use of the comma makes the word "Father" an appositive, meaning that it is restating and defining the word that precedes it. The King James Bible says, God and the Father. They are two different entities in that statement. God (the Godhead) is one entity, and the Father who dwells within that Godhead is another.
The translators of the new versions labor to obscure the Father wherever they can. Over and over, our authorized version makes God and then Father to be distinct one from another. The Father is God just as Jesus is God and the Holy Ghost is God, but God is more than the Father, and more than the Holy Ghost. To be a Christian means that the term "God" implies three distinct different persons.
Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father, Galatians 1:4.
Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Ephesians 5:20.
Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen, Philippians 4:20.
We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, Colossians 1:3.
And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him, Colossians 3:17.
Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father, I Thessalonians 1:3.
Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you, I Thessalonians 3:11.
In each of the above instances, the other versions get it wrong.
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