Posted on: December 17, 2011 Posted by: Felicia S. C. Gooden Comments: 13

The King James Version of the Holy Bible is the most widely published book in the world. There are over one billion copies in circulation. There are many who live their lives by this version of the Bible, especially in America. Pastors preach by this translation of “The Word of God”, families are raised upon it, and individuals base their faith upon it. But there is more to this text than what evidently meets the eye. There is a dark history behind this translation of the Bible and the person who authorized it’s printing and distribution.
King James I ruled over England from 1603 to 1625, and Scotland from 1567-1625. He strongly believed in the “Divine Right of Kings” that was taught to him by his mother Mary Stuart. This philosophy is that the power of kings was given unto them by God himself, and that kings have to answer to no one but God as they themselves, the kings, we true divine beings. The good or evil of a king was a blessing or punishment from God, respectively. In his time, religion and government worked hand-in-hand. Government ruled over religion, actually. There was no separation of church and state. The Bible that was widely read and followed at the time was the Geneva Bible. This version of the Bible had marginal notes that spoke against tyranny and monarchistic rule. With the various passages that did not coincide with his personal convictions, King James insisted that there be a new translation of the Bible in order to suit his agenda and beliefs in God and rights of the king.
Unfortunately, this translation of the text was not meant to enlighten the people, nor help steer a divine connection to God. It was to be a spiritual governing tool in order to teach the people that all power is to be to the King by way of God. Allegedly, he instructed that various terms be mistranslated, and other passages to be altered to his liking. King James did not physically translate his version of the Bible, but he gave strict guidelines as to what was to be changed and how.
Sources cite that King James was a very intelligent man, more educated than anyone to ever take the throne. However, with his great amount of knowledge, he had his faults. It is said and cited that King James possessed a sense of cowardice as when he became involved in heated arguments he retreated to a safe place. It is also widely documented that he had male lovers, despite his marriage to Anne of Denmark. He is often named to have been gay and/or bi-sexual. There is also some documentation of poetry that he had written to one of his young male lovers, Esmé Stuart, Earl of Lennox. Could it be? The man who authorized and had the most widely read and preached version of the Bible named after him was, in fact, a homosexual of some sort? This should raise some questions. Who was King James, really? What what his real motivation? Why do I believe what is taught to me based upon this version of The Bible? Why do I read this version of The Bible? What is The Truth?
The Divine Truth lies within all of us. There is no need for us to base our faith on what we read in books that are labeled to be “Holy” by one man or another. We have come to a point in time when people have more faith in the word of man than they do in God itself. Yes, God itself, for there is no definitive answer to whether God is a He, She, both or something that we cannot currently comprehend in humanity’s limited capacity to assimilate the grandiose existence of The Real and True God. That answer is all left up to one’s faith in God and what one chooses to believe on his or her own accord. The Bible is not so much the word of God, as it is man’s interpretation of God and historical anecdotes of “Divine” experiences, directly or indirectly, with God. We are taught to “walk by faith, not by sight.” That is because faith in the higher power comes from within, and what we see will ultimately deceive us and lead us astray from The Truth.
I strongly suggest that we all take time to do research on any and all subjects. Take nothing at face value. If human-beings were created in the Divine Image and Light of God, then The Truth about all there is lies within, and there is no need to solely depend of what we read or hear from others. We should be able to discern The Truth for ourselves with no help from anyone or anything else other than The Divine Creator. However, this does not mean that we should limit what or how much information we take in. We may read one text on a subject, find that in our own divinity that there is truth, and read another text that causes us to further question, ponder upon and even alter what we originally believed to be absolute truth. Honestly, there is no Absolute Truth, for The Truth is ever expanding like the Universe that we dwell within. Read much, teach much, learn much, become enlightened and never be afraid to question. The greatest teachers never stop being students. If the external manifestation of God is all knowing beyond what we seem to know, then there is always much more to learn. And I continue.

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        1. No I did not miss his point. I think you are oversteppibg boundaries by making it a point to get into conversations that have nothing to do with you. My reply was saying that he was right in having said that, for if there is no absolute truth then even that statement is to be questioned as truth. I’m not telling people that I know it all, I’m saying that there is always more to know and people should not limit the amount of information they take in. Clearly you may have taken this post inward and it was not particularly meant for you. 😉

      1. My point and reason “for overstepping the boundary” was that you are contradicting yourself by saying there by first saying in your post that there is no absolute truth only to turn right around and respond to him by saying yourself that your original statement was wrong by agreeing with him. How can you be absolutely sure if we can’t be absolute about anything?
        That’s why I didn’t think you understood his point to begin with. My apologies if you actually realized that you were contradicting yourself. I guess when truth is whatever we want to make it then contradicting our self is not a big deal when people are trying to talk logic.

        1. I am not pushing an absolute right or wrong, nor did I say that I, personally, was absolutely right or wrong. I am not looking to be the next preacher with millions of individuals who follow my words. I want people to think for themselves. All the people in the world ultimately believe the same concept differently, and we often witness wars because one group of people wants to push the fact that their particular way of believing is “The Right Way”. What you divinely feel from within needs no text book support because it is your own personal faith, beyond the words read in any text. You continuously bring the text up to prove your points, but I don’t really feel anything from you other than your basis of life solely on what is in this book. Our life experience should be more conscious and aware than limited, and often times people limit themselves based upon what someone else has told them to believe based on their interpretation of a book. I say we must move on to our own spiritual connection and enlightenment with the higher power, that is beyond what we read. I will not change who I am nor how I believe because you feel that you are more correct in what you believe. The path is narrow because it is ultimately your own, singular path and relationship to God. Your relationship with God is your own, as is mine. Let it be.
          Logic to me is very limited and based on physical, tangible reasoning. There is no true logic to the ascension of Christ or his resurrection beyond the spiritual belief in God, or higher power. A lot of mysticism and spiritual beliefs are beyond the limited views of logic. But I am not one to tell you or anyone else right or wrong, as stated I am sharing my thoughts. The fact that you personally disagree does not make my thoughts and feelings right or wrong, no matter how many people agree with you. Thank you for your time and perspective. 🙂

  1. Hi Catalina, I have just a few things that I want to respectfully say about some of the statements you made concerning the scriptures and other things.
    My purpose is not to defend King James but I will say that the scriptures predate the King James Bible so we can look to the original language which has not changed since they were recorded (Koine Greek is a dead language/unchanging – English may change but the Greek will not). Whatever a person’s opinion is about King James does not change the reliability of God’s word.
    “There is no need for us to base our faith on what we read in books that are labeled to be “Holy” by one man or another.”
    If there is no standard of the faith then what is “the faith once and for all delievered to the saints” that Jude talked about in Jude 3?
    “Yes, God itself, for there is no definitive answer to whether God is a He, She, both or something that we cannot currently comprehend in humanity’s limited capacity to assimilate the grandiose existence of The Real and True God”
    God is a spirit (John 4:24) so He is not “flesh and bone” like we are and hence without sex in the way we understand (Luke 24:39). God reveals Himself in the masculine as the “Father of Jesus Christ” (John 14:6 among many, many more verses).
    “The Bible is not so much the word of God, as it is man’s interpretation of God and historical anecdotes of “Divine” experiences, directly or indirectly, with God.”
    That is flat out wrong. The scriptures themselves claim to be sourced by God and if one chooses not to believe that then one cannot reliably depend upon ANYTHING recorded to be true at all. Man’s opinions get us no where…only God’s word leads us to Him (Matthew 15:7-9; 2 Peter 1:16-21; 1 Peter 1:22-25; 1 Corinthians 14:37; 2 Timothy 2:15, 3:16,17; Psalm 119:105; John 16:13, 17:17).
    “We are taught to “walk by faith, not by sight.” That is because faith in the higher power comes from within,…”
    The faith Paul talked about there is found only in God’s word (Romans 10:17) and His standard not from within ourselves to choose whatever we would like to believe in (Jeremiah 16:12).
    “Honestly, there is no Absolute Truth, for The Truth is ever expanding like the Universe that we dwell within”
    The truth that man needs has been completely revealed through the gospel of Jesus Christ (Hebrews 1:1,2; 2 Peter 1:3). God’s word is THE absolute truth and teaches itself to be so (John 17:17; Acts 26:25; Ephesians 1:13; 2 Timothy 2:15; James 1:18; Hebrews 4:12).
    “For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.” 1 Thessalonians 2:13
    “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32) Truth starts and ends with Jesus (John 14:6).
    I know I have placed a lot of scripture references in my reply but only because there are so many (and many more that could be given) that plainly go against what you’re saying. If you’re not interested in what the Bible has to teach then say so at the beginning when you chose to discuss it so people do not confuse you with someone who believes in the Bible.
    If I have misunderstood anything that you said, I apologize and please correct me but if not then please listen to what God’s word says about the God that created and loves you and I enough to send His Son for us.
    Take care Catalina.

    1. The purpose was not to say that the Bible is not worth reading or being understood, it’s to state that many too often take the truth and skew it to their liking, as King James did. Were you quoting the King James version, or another version? The post was not so much to discredit the Bible as it was to encourage people to continuously seek knowledge and truth. The truth we seek about the word of God is not limited to the “million dollar version”. I understand your response and I feel that you took the post as a seeming personal/spiritual/religious attack. It was not. It was to state that there is more than what meets the eyes and ears. Even your points supported by scripture are personal or taught interpretation. Someone else may take those same verses and feel differently. Hence the statement of no absolute truth, maybe I should have said singular absolute truth. Thanks for your comments! 😉

      1. The version I quoted does not negate the absolute truth that they teach. Believe it or not there are many, many verses (when the tenses of the words are updated in the King James…i.e. we get rid of the “eth’s” and the “thou’s” etc.) that are exactly the same across the spectrum of any other “word for word” translation and not “paraphrase Bibles” that teach what people think the scriptures are teaching instead of what the scriptures are saying. If you don’t believe a person can correctly translate things from another language then how could you ever believe anything that was not originally written in English? When it comes to God’s word His providence has made sure that His intent has not gotten lost in translation.
        Now, you’re right that God’s intent can get lost in “OUR interpretation” and that’s why the scriptures themselves urge to make sure we are listening with the “right ear/heart” (Jeremiah 5:21; 17:23; Matthew 13:15; Mark 5:41, 15:22,34; John 1:38,42, 9:7; Acts 4:6, ect.). When a person seeks to interpret something the very nature of the goal is to find THE TRUTH and not our truth like when archeaologists interpret old languages. They don’t want their truth but the truth found in the original language…the same principle must be and can be applied to the Word of God.
        We will be judged by God’s meaning of His word and not what we think it means (Matthew 22:29; John 12:48; 2 Corinthians 5:10,11). How can we be judged by truth (deeds that are good/evil – 2 Corinthians 5:10) if there is no truth for us to know? You do believe in the judgment right? If you do not then how can you believe in a Savior?
        Listen to the mistake that the old gentile world made…”who exchanged theTRUTH of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.” (Romans 1:25) The Bible is God’s word, not the opinions of people (2 Peter 1:21).
        Thanks for replying Catalina and I do hope that you read the verses I have referenced (here and in my original post). They plainly teach that the BIble itself claims to be from God and that it claims to be THE truth that we can KNOW. If it is neither of these then it is no different than any other book in the world.

        1. Key word in your last statemrnt was CLAIMS. I question everything. I believe in everything and nothing. I believe the Bible is the word of God, but there is also a possibility that it is not. I do see the Bible as another book to be read, interpreted and believed by the reader in his or her own faith or lack thereof. It is not my place to tell someone what to do or how to believe. Although I express my thoughts, I do not expect them to be taken as gospel. Either you agree or you don’t. Your relationship with God is your own, and no book can truely dictate that. 😉 I enjoy this debate my love.

      2. Catalina, what bothers me is all the people who say they believe in the God of the Bible and in Jesus and in the salvation that He offers (of which the word of God is the only place that we even learn of His heavenly mission) only to turn right around and say that a person can’t trust the very book that teaches us everything we can know about God.
        “I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.But I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ.” Galatians 1:6-11
        “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” (1 John 4:1) How can person test anyone if there isn’t anything absolute to test them with?
        The gospel (the Bible) is a very narrow book because the way of life (singular truth) is a very narrow path. “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matthew 7:13,14) How can we be sure if we’re entering the narrow gate if there is no absolute way to tell? (Ephesians 4:1-6) One means one no matter the opinion or the translation or one’s belief.
        Back to my original point. The scriptures predate ANY English version of the Bible because they were recorded in a dead language that does not change with the cultures of the world because truth does not change.
        Again, thanks for your reply Catalina. I pray that you (and all others) would take or leave the scriptures for what they say and not for what we think they say; we can absolutely know the truth because of the absolute source of it (John 8:31,32; Acts 17:11 – they didn’t use thier “gut-feelings, or personal truth” to determine the truth). I will respect this blog as your space so this will be my last reply. Take care.

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