Listen, we all suffer from spiritual ignorance to one degree or another, for none of us knows everything—and, to be ignorant of something simply means it is not known or understood. However, there is a difference between being spiritually ignorant about something, and choosing to be stupid about it.
I was spiritually ignorant for many, many years, and for most of that time, I was not even aware of just how ignorant I was. The false teachings of christianity are usually not questioned by most christians, so they have no idea how much spiritual truth is out there that they don’t even know exists. And, often, when they happen to see a bit of it, it initially strikes many as heresy—because they are so ingrained in their false teachings.
I had an online conversation with a guy about the KJV, and his comments were pretty typical. The argument for his idolatrous reverence for the KJV was that, since he didn’t know Hebrew or Greek, the English translation was then SUPERIOR to the Hebrew and Greek—he actually believed that nobody ever needs the Hebrew or Greek when they have the English.
While some of that is just a symptom of a shallow intellect, it is also fueled by false teachings that are derived from the English translations themselves. KJV idolaters usually cite one small passage—Psalm 12:6-7; but, in that passage, because they dig no further than their English translation, they will literally swear that it is speaking of the KJV.
“Words” in that passage is the Hebrew “imrah,” and that can mean literal words, utterances, or commandments. Knowing David’s focus on the law, we can deduce that he was speaking of the commandments there; but, even if he were speaking of all utterances of Yah, there is still no logical argument to be made that it has anything to do with the KJV.
There is nowhere that Yah has promised to preserve His scriptures in English, for the scriptures are what the Holy Spirit Himself inspired, which are His actual words.
His “words” are preserved in the Holy Spirit, who inspired them, and the Holy Spirit indwells those who are Yah’s children. There is nothing anywhere that states Yah’s words will be preserved in a human-translated book—let alone an English one. To believe such a ludicrous assertion is a gross perversion of what we are told. It is also indicative of those who have never actually been led by the Holy Spirit, so they end up equating their English bible with the Holy Spirit Himself. That’s idolatry.
That the English translations have conflated two different things as “word” makes it even more confusing for those who dig no further than English. Two different things—the Hebrew “dabar” and Greek “logos,” which are linguistic equivalents, are defined by the same English word as the Hebrew “imrah” and Greek “rhema,” which are also equivalents. But, the logos and rhema are not the same thing, even though the English calls them both “word.”
Moreover, nothing the Holy Spirit inspired would contain even a sliver of error, and the KJV is full of human translation errors. While, overall, it is a fairly reasonable translation of the scriptures, all translations of scripture should be examined through the widest and deepest meanings that we have of the earliest words used—that would be the Hebrew and the Greek. There are nuances in language that must be understood through the contexts in which the words were written.
The argument of “I don’t speak Hebrew or Greek, so they are irrelevant” is not only ridiculous, it is a symptom of laziness, as we have the luxury of mountains of information available to us online. It is so simple to examine the earliest words that were used in Hebrew and Greek, and to study their actual and varied meanings.
If your only understanding of scripture is your English translation of men, you have no real understanding of the words of scripture. HOWEVER, if one is not led by the Holy Spirit, he will not see the Spirit’s meanings within those words—Hebrew, Greek, OR English. The disciples knew the literal words of scripture very well, as they were inspired in their native tongue, but before what happened in Luke 24:45, they didn’t understand their true meanings. They knew the physical meanings, but the real meanings of scripture are spiritual.
As scripture came from the Holy Spirit, 1 Corinthians 2:14 makes it clear that those who are not led by the Holy Spirit will not be able to discern the meanings of His words.
A person will never learn the truths of the Spirit as long as he arrogantly clings to his ignorance (which is called “stupidity”), and refuses to understand that much of what he has been taught by christianity is just not so—and, that being the case, it is quite possible he has trusted his eternity to the false security that christianity’s teachings offer. If you think the KJV was inspired by the Holy Spirit, that’s a good place to start, for if you have believed that lie, you’ve likely believed many.
For more information: Was the KJV Inspired by the Holy Spirit?