Did God Only Inspire the Original Autographs of the Bible?
"The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever." -Psalm 12:6-7
No! We do have God's inspired and preserved Word today—the King James Bible. The Bible was completed with the Book of Revelation in A.D. 96. The first bound Book of the Scriptures (called a codex) was produced on parchments (animal skins) in the 2nd century. The Bible was a BINDING COLLECTION OF COPIES OF PREVIOUSLY WRITTEN AUTOGRAPHS. Thus, it is clear that a copy can be inspired, for that was all they had to work with. Some "experts" today claim that a copy [translation] of God's Word cannot be inspired; but that is untrue. Yes, a translation of the originals can be inspired.
Consider that when Matthew quotes Isaiah 7:14 in Matthew 1:23, he alters the text somewhat:
Isaiah 7:14 - "Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel."
Matthew 1:23 - "Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us."
Although the wording is different, and a different number of words used, we clearly see that Matthew 1:23 is just as inspired as Isaiah 7:14. Matthew faithfully conveys the meaning of Isaiah 7:14. Likewise, the King James Bible faithfully conveys the meaning of the autographs, and its words are thus inspired. In Matthew 5:18 Jesus said, "Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled." As Pastor Jack Hyles used to preach... "I believe in jot and tittle inspiration!" A "jot" and "tittle" are the smallest grammatical marks in the Greek language (similar to the dot above the English letter "i." It is plain to see from Jesus' Words that the integrity of the Scriptures is a big deal to God. In fact, Psalm 138:2 declares... for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name." The reason why is obvious to see, because God's name is only as true as His Word. In Matthew 4:4 Jesus said, "It is written [quoted from Deuteronomy 8:3], Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God." If I am to live for God, then I need an "EVERY WORD" Bible. From these Scriptures, it is abundantly clear that those imposters today, who say that we don't have God's Word, and that all Bible translations are flawed at best, are LIARS!
Many apostate so-called "Bible scholars" today claim that we DON'T have God's Word. The introduction to the New International Version (NIV) of the Bible confesses that it "falls short" of being "perfect," and the NIV certainly does! However, the translating committee of the NIV also claims that "ALL" Bible translations today "fall short" of perfection. The translators of the NIV wrote in the preface, "Like all translations of the Bible, made as they are by imperfect man, this one undoubtedly falls short of its goals." It falls short of being God's Word too! The translators of the NIV are telling us that no one has God's Word today, that all translations are flawed and have errors in them. Do you really believe that the same God who spoke the universe into existence is incapable or unwilling to preserve His Word for today's generation? The NIV translators claim that we are all at the mercy of imperfect men to give us a reliable Bible; but what about a sovereign and omnipotent God? God gave us the King James Bible. This is clearly evidenced by it's loyalty for the Lord. All modern versions attack Jesus' deity, the Godhead, Jesus' sinlessness, et cetera.
Psalm 12:6-7 is a promise from God, that He would PRESERVE His Word unto all generations and forever... "The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever." The NIV translators deceitfully changed "from" to "us," thus making the believer the object of preservation instead of the Words of God. However, verse 6 clearly evidences that God is speaking about HIS WORDS which are as PURE as silver tired in an earthen furnace 7-times. Today's Bible corrupters (butchers) have perverted the Words of the living God.
The King James Bible is unquestionably inspired by God, which is clearly evidenced by it's faithfulness to strongly proclaim the great foundational doctrines of the Christian faith, and it's uncompromisingly stand against sin. In sharp contrast, today's milquetoast perversions of the Bible remove, water-down, corrupt, and twist the truth. For example: The NIV completely removes the self-explanatory word "sodomite," thus disassociating homosexuals from the wicked city of Sodom which God destroyed with fire and brimstone. The NIV removes the name of Jesus (the name above every other name - Philippians 2:9,10) in 37 places in the New Testament. The important word "Godhead" is completely removed from the NIV, as are the words propitiation, Calvary, fornication, trucebreakers, winebibbers, carnal, slothful, unthankful, effeminate, backbiting, vanity, lasciviousness, whoredom, devils, Lucifer, damnation, brimstone, and the bottomless pit (and thousands more). Yet, ignoramuses by the droves are defending the NIV, and refuse to listen to sound wisdom, because they don't love the Lord Jesus Christ enough to defend Him (Revelation 19:13).
For an excellent study on this subject, I highly recommend the book, FINAL AUTHORITY, by Dr. William P. Grady; 1993, Grady Publications; ISBN 0-9628809-1-4
Dr. Jack Hyles (1926-2001) believed that the King James Bible is inspired. The following quote is taken from his book, The Need for an Every-Word Bible, page 54...
“I'm tired of colleges and universities advertising that they use the King James Bible. Tell the whole story! Tell everyone that you do not believe that it is inspired word for word.” —Dr. Jack Hyles
John 8:32,36, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free ... If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”