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A foundational, practical aim and activity of the Faith

Here is the most foundational, practical aim you can accomplish in the Faith; it's the most foundational because it's the necessary foundation:

Read the Bible complete, Genesis through Revelation, every jot and tittle, every genealogy, pronouncing every hard to pronounce name, every book, every chapter, every verse. Every 1,189 chapters, one after another, one foot after another until you trek across the great, diverse continent that is the complete Word of God the Old and New Testaments.

Do this once. That is the only practical aim if you've never done it. Do it twice if you've already done it once. Ultimately, three times is the first level of getting serious with the foundational aim of reading the Word of God. Three unique, dedicated, complete, Genesis through Revelation readings. Seven times is the complete mark. But doing it once is the biggest step in this aim.

Other kinds of Bible reading and study will take place in and around and in the wake of the foundational effort to read the Bible complete in unique, dedicated efforts.

You can't be desultory and scattered in your reading of the Bible and get what it potentially gives. You have to be serious with it. You have to download it complete into you to get the complete Living Language into your inner being... Regeneration is effected by the Word and the Spirit, and beyond that rather big fact and event the Bible is a living language once inside you that effects you in ways you can't know prior to making the serious, real effort to engage it complete.

[Read the KJV, or, second best, the NKJV.]


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recommend the NASB, as I would say it is more precise than King James (my opinion). On top of other things (such as the fact that many people don't understand how to properly read Old English), Granville Sharp's Rule (used for correctly translating certain things in the Greek) wasn't formulated until after the publication of the KJV. That is only a small thing, as it didn't real hinder much of the doctrine which the KJV discussed. The rule just helped to clear a few things up. I just think that, overall, the NASB is a good, literal, solid translation, although the KJV is still a good one.

August 17, 2005 at 11:49 AM  
Blogger c.t. said...

I always recommend the KJV (though I recognize the language is too distracting for most people at this point) based on manuscript issues alone. The NKJV at least doesn't delete words and verses and passages that change doctrine, so though it's not my first choice it's better than the versions based solely on the corrupt manuscripts.

This article shows plainly how doctrine is changed by the modern versions.

It's really not a translation issue for me solely, it's foundationally the underlying manuscripts that are the issue.

To each their own though... (Actually, read the KJV complete at least once. At least once complete...)

August 17, 2005 at 12:31 PM  
Blogger centuri0n said...

I'll be glad to read your article.

While I'm doing that, would you care to list any specific doctrine that is absent from the NASB that is firmly asserted by the KJV? It would be interesting to see exactly how badly deceived 75% of all Bible-readers in English must be, given your point of view.

August 17, 2005 at 8:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your a complete idiot. You can't write, and you have no idea what your writing about.

August 18, 2005 at 7:42 PM  
Blogger c.t. said...

Mr. CenturiOn,

Satan's attack on the Word of God, which was begun in the Garden, is progressive. Don't adopt battered wife syndrom. It's not 'ok' if after the devil erases and changes 10% of the Word of God there's 'still' "alot left in the remaining 90%!"

The deception took place when people thought the issue was merely translation and thought it not a bad thing to have an easier to read translation than the KJV when the deception itself occured at the level of the manuscripts.

God's elect won't stop telling you your Bible versions based on the corrupt 'Satanicus/Vaticanus' manuscripts have Satanic origin. You won't like hearing it (until your eyes are opened, and, perhaps most difficult, your vanity in not allowing you to admit you were wrong loses its power over you), but we won't stop saying it...

August 18, 2005 at 8:30 PM  
Blogger c.t. said...

Disclaimor 1: Please don't allow any attitude or arrogance (or whatever) you may perceive coming from me on this issue to effect how you see it all. I don't own the KJV. If you read it you're not reading the Bible owned by the 'KJV people'. It belongs to time and humanity, and, as a translation should be judged as any translation, but the fact remains there are only two translations not based on the corrupt manuscripts: the KJV, and the NKJV. (Hardcore KJV types have alot of problems with the NKJV, but it at least contains what the versions based on the corrupt manuscripts leave out.)

Disclaimor 2: Of course a person can be saved reading even a bad (and even a mangled) translation of the Word of God. In the defense of the Word of God though it is better to call a spade a spade and to sound the alarm and put an end to the progressive defiling of the Word of God by the forces of darkness that never sleep...(and that take the 'long view' in their strategy...)

Disclaimor 3: I realize people who are more atuned to inspired works of literature, and have come to the Bible from this direction, have a more impassioned view of this issue, but it is still at its core a manuscript issue and not an issue of the virtues of Elizabethan English over modern New York Times English...

August 18, 2005 at 8:48 PM  

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