Comparing Two Concepts of Bible Accuracy
Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away, Luke 21:33.
There are two different things that need to be believed if we are to believe that the King James Bible is perfect. We need to believe that the Holy Ghost is interested in and directs men when they faithfully labor to translate the correct text. Though I and many others have dealt with this subject, this post will not go any further into it.
What we will look at is whether or not God preserved the correct text for all men to access, or whether as our critics maintain, God's inspiration was only present at the inception of scripture. Then, after its initial infallible written form, the imperfect ways of man and ravages of time have scattered the text throughout the ancient manuscripts so that no man can really ever know that he has the perfect words of God.
Let's compare two places in scripture. Here's God giving his opinion on how ostriches keep their eggs.
Job 39:13 Gavest thou the goodly wings unto the peacocks? or wings and feathers unto the ostrich?
Job 39:14 Which leaveth her eggs in the earth, and warmeth them in dust,
Job 39:15 And forgetteth that the foot may crush them, or that the wild beast may break them.
Job 39:16 She is hardened against her young ones, as though they were not hers: her labour is in vain without fear;
Job 39:17 Because God hath deprived her of wisdom, neither hath he imparted to her understanding.
The ostrich lays a perfect egg and then walks away from it letting the circumstances dictate whether they stay whole or are crushed. Isn't the concept that God gave man a perfect scripture but then left it up to the winds of time and chance as to whether we can access all of it reminiscent of the ostrich and her perfect eggs? Whether or not any particular egg is preserved or crushed is no concern of hers. She has been deprived of wisdom.
Now look at this verse; As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the LORD; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed's seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever, Isaiah 59:21.
The idea that God gave us perfect scripture when the original copies were made, but that that perfect scripture was lost to us because God just left it up to the whims of men reminds me more of the folly of the ostrich than it does of the wisdom and power of God. Never doubt God's willingness and ability to give us a perfect bible. He ain't much of a God if he can't. Let the scholars teach and worship their ostrich god. I'll stick with the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ and the God of the King James Bible.