THOSE WHO WORHSIP THE WORKS OF THEIR HANDS
And the Word of Jehovah came to me the second time, saying, What do you see? And I said, I see a boiling pot; and its face is from the face of the north.
And Jehovah said to me, Out of the north, evil will be set loose on all those living in the land.
For, behold, I will call all the families of the kingdoms of the north, declares Jehovah. And they shall come, and they will give to each his throne at the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem, and against its walls all around, and against the cities of Judah.
And I will speak My judgments against them regarding all their evil, those who have forsaken Me and have burned incense to other gods, and have worshiped the works of their hands. -Jeremiah 1:13-16
Jeremiah was a prophet of Israel who lived about 600 BC.
God told Jeremiah when he was but a boy (perhaps just a teenager or younger), that He – God, had set Jeremiah apart to be a prophet to the nations while he was still in his mother’s womb.
“Then the Word of Jehovah was to me, saying, I knew you before I formed you in the belly; and before you came out of the womb, I consecrated you. I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:4,5.
Jeremiah replied to God, “Then I said, Ah, Lord Jehovah! Behold, I do not know how to speak for I am a boy.”
Jeremiah as a lad had a correct perspective of his own limitations.
What God was telling him was too big a job for such a young person, for any person really – to perform in his own strength and ability. Unless God enabled him to do it, it could not be done. But God who made the heavens and the earth and everything in them, is a God who delights in doing what is impossible with man, and for man, if only we would trust Him truly.
We find Mariam (Mary), the young virgin woman who was engaged to a Jewish carpenter named Joseph, also recognizing her limitations when the angel Gabriel was sent from God to give her a most startling message….
And the angel said to her, Do not fear, Mary, for you have found favor from God.
And behold! You will conceive in your womb and bear a Son, and you will call His name Jesus.
This One will be great and will be called Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David.
And He will reign over the house of Jacob to the ages, and of His kingdom there will be no end. Luke 1:30-33
Mary also had a right perspective of her limitations….
“But Mary said to the angel, How will this be since I do not know a man?”
Like Jeremiah, and many others too, Mariam recognized the limitation of her person when confronted with such a message from God.
Moses is another prominant figure in God’s dealings with the nation called Israel. He too could see the weakness and inability in himself to do what God was requiring – but not until he was an old man. Moses had been raised in Pharoah’s palace after being drwan out of the River Nile by the princess. The princess assumed motherhood of him and the court treated him as a son.
But…“By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward. By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.” Hebrews 11:24-27
After fleeing for his life Moses spent another fourty years in the desert looking after a few bleating sheep and goats which belonged to his father in law…Moses ended up marrrying into a desert tribe of Midian, and Jethro, his father in law was a priest. During that 40 year stint in the desert, he lost all confidence in his own expertise and ability gained back in Egypt.
When God began to reveal Himself and His purpose for Israel to Moses, this ‘prince’ become shepherd knew he could not do what God was requiring from him…he was unfit, untrained for the job.. Jeremiah and Mariam were both very young; Moses on the other hand was no chicken baby when God showed up – he was eighty years old.
It doesn’t matter to God how old you are.
What matters is how ready you are to listen up
and humble yourself
and submit to God’s great will.
Centuries later, Mary was thinking upon the words the angel spoke to her, How is this possible..how will this thing come to pass, seeing I have not slept with any man.
Mariam had not slept with any man, and she was not yet married; the ceremony had not yet taken place.
Young women, learn a lesson from Mariam. Don’t have sex with a man until you are lawfully married to that man. And when you have married him, be faithful until your days on earth are finished. God will hold you accountable, and will if you trust Him, make you to be faithful.
Young men, do not have sex with a woman until you have married that woman. And likewise, be faithful to that woman until God separates you in death. God will hold you accountable and will if you trust Him, make you to be faithful.
It is vital that you DO NOT fornicate, or commit adultery. (see footnote)
So Jeremiah wrote:
But Jehovah said to me, Do not say, I am a boy; for you shall go to all that I shall send you. And whatever I command you, you shall speak.
Do not be afraid of their faces, for I am with you to deliver you, says Jehovah.
Then Jehovah put out His hand and touched my mouth. And Jehovah said to me, Behold, I have put My Words in your mouth.
Behold, I have today appointed you over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to tear down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant. Jeremiah 1:7-10
And so the young prophet began his daunting life long task, enabled by the mighty power of God.
Moses also, long before Jeremiah, had been enabled by the mighty power of God. That power brought Egypt to its knees, and worked a mighty deliverance for the children of Jacob whom God called Israel, and their decendents . God is still the same today. His power has not grown weaker. He is still able to save just as powerfully, one person, or a nation.
And God is still able to bring down
one proud and arrogant person
or a nation
which is proud and arrogant.
He can save, or humble by few or many.
Mariam likewise received a glorious visitation of God when the Holy Spirit of God overshadowed her, creating within her the very seed of the promised Messiah from Heaven. And God did it by working outside the normal natural means.
One of the many things that God was incensed with Israel about was that there were “those who have forsaken Me and have burned incense to other gods, and have worshiped the works of their hands.” Jeremiah 1:16.
….BURNED INCENSE TO OTHER GODS
….WORSHIPPED THE WORKS OF THEIR HANDS.
This was a far too common lament of God towards His people Israel. After many miracles, after many showerings of mercy and forgiveness from God, they still would regularly backflip on their singular devotion to Him.
“…because they have forsaken Me
and have burned incense to other gods,
that they might provoke Me to anger
with all the works of their hands;
therefore My wrath shall be kindled against this place,
and shall not be quenched. 2 Kings 22:17
and it wasn’t that God had not given them plenty of time to do so….God was patient for hundreds of years.
because they have forsaken Me
and have burned incense to other gods
so as to anger Me
with all the works of their hands;
and My wrath shall be poured out on this place,
and it shall not be quenched. 2 Chronicles 34:25
Their webs shall not become clothing,
nor shall they cover themselves with their works.
Their works are works of evil,
and the act of violence is in their hands. Isaiah 59:6
And I will speak My judgments against them
regarding all their evil,
those who have forsaken Me
and have burned incense to other gods,
and have worshiped the works of their hands. Jeremiah 1:6
Silver beaten into plates is brought from Tarshish,
and gold from Uphaz,
the work of the craftsman and the hands of the goldsmith.
Violet and purple is their clothing;
they are all the works of skillful ones. Jeremiah 10:9
And they made a calf in those days,
and led a sacrifice up to the idol,
and made merry in the works of their hands. Acts 7:41
And the rest of men,
those not killed by these plagues,
did not repent of the works of their hands,
that they will not worship demons,
and “golden idols, and silver, and bronze, and stone, and wooden idols,
which neither are able to see,
nor to hear,”
nor to walk. Revelation 9:20.
see also Dan. 5:23; Psa. 115:4 -7; 135:15-17
Does this happen today?
God reveals to Jeremiah the stupidity of His people…..For My people are foolish. They do not know Me. They are stupid children, and they have no understanding. They are wise to do evil, but they do not know to do good.
Today the nations of the earth are mindlessly on a rampage of evil. But evil today is presented in society as something desirable, something to be laughed at, enjoyed, even experimented with. This modern world of the 21 Century is becoming increasingly in-toxic-ated with madness, all things hellish, devilish and foolish, and ‘alien’.
Even many parts of the established ‘Christian’ religion has become enamoured with various things of the world.
Israel of old demanded of Samuel God’s prophet.
“We want a king like all the other nations around us. A king who will go before us to lead us into victorious battle against our enemies. We can’t see God. We want someone we can SEE in the flesh, and touch and feel, and hear audibly, and you Samuel are getting too old and decrepit..and your sons are no good to do the job… time to move on Sam..give us a king like the rest of the world.”
And it is not much different today.
“WE WANT…WE WANT…WE WANT!!
We want a god of our own making, one who will accomodate all our needs and wants.
We DON’T want a God of absolutes.
Don’t give us a God who can’t be bribed
…who can’t be cajoled,
…who won’t be hoodwinked
…who doesn’t like our kind of fun or humour.
Don’t give us a God who thinks he knows everything and can do everything, and see everything, …one who tells us we will go to Hell if we do not change our ways.
Don’t give us a God who tells us to believe in a son whom he had killed, and then tell us that we must be washed in the blood of his son to have our sins removed in order to be acceptable in his sight. And who will say that this Jesus is the only way we can find GOD.
DON’T GIVE US SUCH A GOD! – the public voice of the World
My people are foolish. They do not know Me.
My people are foolish. …They are stupid children,
My people are foolish…. they have no understanding.
My people are foolish….They are wise to do evil, but they do not know to do good.
The world is listening to the Serpent, the Deceiver – Lucifer, Satan, the Devil. Those who do so are called his children, because they are doing his works. The world is filled with lies, thefts, hypocrisy, hatred, murder, adultery, fornication, jealousies, rage, threats, intimidation, wars and rumours of wars, perversion of justice, greed and anti-morality, covenant breakers, disregard for the poor, killing of the innocent, disregard for the value of human life, dishonouring parents and authorities.
While there are few individuals within the system who go against this tide of depravity, death and destruction, and some who in their fraility even speak against this morass of evil, the system which supports promotes it all, is decaying, corroding, eroding and passing away.
And the Devil who is the Prince of the air, the god of this world, the Deceiver and avowed Destroyer of human kind by whatever means he can invent, is on a frenzy for more blood – especially human blood.
The Devil wants more child killings – sacrifices. Every abortion is a killing of a child; a child innocent and precious in God’s eyes. Children are kidnapped and disappear off the face of the earth. It is a Trade in human bodies, even by people in high places.
Wars are the instrument of death, and for the most part the intention and motive behind it all is to depopulate the earth through mass human sacrifices – genocide, wars, bloody fueds and the like. OF COURSE IT MUST BE SAID THAT NOT EVERY BODY INVOLVED IN SUCH TERRIBLE THINGS HAVE ANY KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT IS GOING ON BEHIND THE SCENES.
Satan worked his cunning on the serpent in the Garden of Eden to steal, kill and destroy humanity through deceit and cunning. see Genesis 3.
The Devil does not come for any other eason than to steal, kill and destroy. see John 10:10
Destruction of human dignity in sexual abuse of children.
Alex Proud writes on this subject as part of a larger view of modern conspiracies under the heading
PERHAPS THE WORLD’S CONSPIRACY THEORISTS HAVE BEEN RIGHT ALL ALONG
in The Telegraph 12:18PM BST 15 Jun 2015
This one seems like a particularly dark and grisly thriller. At first it was just a few rubbish light entertainers. Then it was a lot more entertainers. Then we had people muttering about the political establishment – and others counter-muttering don’t be ridiculous, that’s a conspiracy theory. But it wasn’t. Now, it’s a slow-motion train crash and an endless series of glacial government inquiries. The conspiracy theorists point out that a lot of real stuff only seems to come out after the alleged perpetrators are dead or so senile it no longer matters. It’s hard to disagree with them. It’s also hard to imagine what kind of person would be so in thrall to power that they’d cover up child abuse.”
To steal children from their lawful parents or guardians, then destroy their innocency, and kill any hope of decency or hope of life – often ending in homicide or suicide, is the work of the Devil through human agents of his kingdom of darkness. The cover ups and deceitful practices pepetrated by such people in low or in high places are motivated by greed, lust, hatred and manipulation – these are sure signs of witchcraft; a witchcraft dressed up in modern clothes, prestige, fame and ‘respectability’.
Modern wars are at least enlarged, if not prolonged and mostly if not always contrived by greedy men.
In an article titled CRUDE CONSPIRACY THEORIES COULD BE RIGHT
“Researchers from the Universities of Warwick, Portsmouth, and Essex modelled the decision-making process of third-party countries in interfering in civil wars and examined their economic motives.
They found that the decision to interfere was dominated by the interveners’ need for oil over and above historical, geographical or ethnic ties.
Civil wars have made up more than 90 per cent of all armed conflicts since World War II and the research builds on a near-exhaustive sample of 69 countries which had a civil war between 1945 and 1999. About two thirds of civil wars during the period saw third party intervention either by another country or outside organisation.”
Vincenzo Bove from the University of Warwick, says ..
.“We don’t claim that our findings can be applied to every decision made on whether to intervene in another country’s war, but the results clearly demonstrate supply of and demand for oil motivates a significant number of decisions taken to intervene in civil wars in the post-World War II period. (http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases)
Terrorism is a tool for political purposes.
“FBI Agents, Time Magazine, MSNBC Newsman Keith Olbermann and Washington Post have all stated that the Administration has issued terror alerts based on scant intelligence in order to rally people around the flag when the Administration was suffereing in the polls. This implies – as an initial matter only – that the Adminsitration will play fast and loose with the facts in order to instill fear for political purposes.” http://www.911proof.com/
The same article says
“More to the point, current republican U.S. Congressman Ron Paul stated that the Government “is determined to have Martial Law. And that Government is hoping to get people “fearful enough that will accept the man on the white horse.
A former prominent Republican U.S. Congressman stated that the U.S. is close to becoming a totalitarian Society and that the current Adminsitration is using fear to try and ensure that this happens.
General Tommy Franks stated that if another terrorist attack occurs in the United States “the Constitution will likely be discarded in favour of a military form of Government.
And Daniel Ellsburg, the famous Petagon Papers whistleblower, said, “If there is another terror attack, I will believe the President will get what he wants”. which will include a dictatorship.”
The reason why I have included these things in this post is that the present events happening in the world represented by these articles, is to show the present work of the Devil of stealing, killing and destroying just as Jesus said way back.
As every month passes by, more and more evangelical, protestant churches are being swallowed up in an ever increasing movement towards the universal church of Rome. That all embracing church of Rome. That church of Rome known as the Vatican or Vatican City sits on Seven Hills
- Aventine Hill (Latin, Aventinus; Italian, Aventino)
- Caelian Hill (Cælius, Celio)
- Capitoline Hill (Capitolinus, Campidoglio)
- Esquiline Hill (Esquilinus, Esquilino)
- Palatine Hill (Palatinus, Palatino)
- Quirinal Hill (Quirinalis, Quirinale)
- Viminal Hill (Viminalis, Viminale)
…and drank the blood of tens of millions of people who refused to bow the knee to this relgious giant, but rather decided to followed Jesus Christ and Him alone in simple faith and trust. And its appetite is seemingly unquenchable.
And have they ever repented of those massacres? Jesus told Peter to put back his sword into its sheath after Peter hacked off an ear of one of the servants of the high priest who had come to arrest Jesus.
“And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest’s, and smote off his ear. Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. Matthew 26:51, 52. (see John 18:10)
Peter had to repent of that sin and never do so again. Rome claims Peter the apostle of Jesus Christ was their first pope. But they do not take heed to what Jesus told Peter to do – all of it, nor do they take heed to do what Peter later preached on – all of it.
Anybody can claim anything. But the claim is not necessarily true. Claims that do not match up to verifiable facts and do not witness to undeniable truth are lies – blatant lies.
Today protestant evangelical, charismatic Christianity is becoming increasingly infatuated with icons, images, visual stimuli, wealth, acceptability and prestige…. AND ENTERTAINMENT. World class entertainment… with all the razz tazz effects.
Denomination after denomination are opening there doors to things once considered idolatry but now is called decoration or by some other benign name. There is a real move towards UNITY among all ‘christians’!!! The unity that is being openly and broadly canvassed is a unity based on what we can agree on. It is a unity of – Peace! Peace! It is a unity of a conglomerate “faith”…a mixture of faiths.
When the pope invites leaders of all ‘faiths’ and all religions even eastern religions,
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis will join dozens of religious leaders — including Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople and Anglican Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury — and hundreds of their faithful in Assisi Sept. 20 to pray for peace.
In addition to holding some private meetings with individual religious leaders, the pope will participate in the concluding ceremonies of a three-day event sponsored by the Rome-based Community of Sant’Egidio. With the theme, “Thirst for Peace: Faiths and Cultures in Dialogue,” the meeting marks the 30th anniversary of St. John Paul II’s Assisi interfaith peace gathering in 1986.
According to a schedule published Sept. 1 by the Vatican, the pope will be welcomed to Assisi by Patriarch Bartholomew, Archbishop Welby, Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II of Antioch, and leaders of the Muslim, Jewish and Tendai Buddhist communities.”(http://www.catholicnews.com/services/englishnews/2016/pope-religious-leaders…)
Another article on the blog – ZENIT The world seen from Rome, has the pope (‘Francis’) saying
“It is always important to me that, when I come to visit the Catholic faithful of a local Church, I have an occasion to meet the leaders of other Christian communities and religious traditions. It is my hope that our time together may be a sign of the Church’s esteem for the followers of all religions; may it strengthen the bonds of friendship which we already enjoy. …….
Dear friends, this year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council, at which the Catholic Church committed herself to ecumenical and interreligious dialogue in the service of understanding and friendship. I wish to reaffirm this commitment, which is born of our conviction of the universality of God’s love and the salvation which he offers to all. The world rightly expects believers to work together with people of good will in facing the many problems affecting our human family. As we look to the future, let us pray that all men and women will see themselves as brothers and sisters, peacefully united in and through our differences. Let us pray for peace!”
(the full article may be read at – http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2015/11/26/address…)
While it all sounds lovely and inviting, that unity promoted by the Vatican State through their head – the man they call the pope ‘holy father’, is not a unity based on Truth – the unity of the Spirit, even the Spirit of Truth which is the Spirit of Jesus Christ. They use His name but they do not do what He says.
Another article quotes Francis…
“I begin my Apostolic Ministry in this year which my venerable predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, with truly inspired insight, proclaimed the Year of Faith for the Catholic Church…..
For my part, I wish to assure you, in the wake of my predecessors, of my determination to continue on the path of ecumenical dialogue and I would like to thank in advance the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, for the help that it will continue to offer, in my name, for this noble cause. I ask you, dear brothers and sisters, to bring my cordial greeting and the assurance of my remembrance in the Lord Jesus to the churches and Christian communities here represented, and request of you the charity of a special prayer for my person, to be a pastor according to the heart of Christ.” (part of an address given by the head of the Church of Rome ‘Pope Francis’…read the full article at https://zenit.org/articles/pope-s-address-to-representatives-of-the-churches
Rome will not give up it pursuit of this ‘ecumenical dialogue’. They are locked into it and have a one way ticket. The Church of Rome cannot repent. Only people can repent.
God asked Israel... Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil. Jeremiah 23:13.
When the Ethiopian can change its skin, and when the leopard can change its spots, then the Vatican will change from its evil and do good…Good AS GOD REQUIRES…NOT as man thinks.… My people are foolish. They do not know Me.
My people are foolish. …They are stupid children,
My people are foolish…. they have no understanding.
My people are foolish….They are wise to do evil, but they do not know to do good.
Things once considered heresy in the evangelical world is now put aside for the sake of peace and unity between ‘brothers’.
The Pope’s first-ever video message on his monthly prayer intentions was released Tuesday, highlighting the importance of interreligious dialogue and the beliefs different faith traditions hold in common, such as the figure of God and love.
“Many think differently, feel differently, seeking God or meeting God in different ways. In this crowd, in this range of religions, there is only one certainty that we have for all: we are all children of God,” Pope Francis said in his message, released Jan. 6, the feast of the Epiphany.
“We are all good Christians, and we all say the name of Jesus and love Him. And we all believe God loves us, and all worship the same God and have his spirit. We are all going to Heaven. Let us not allow doctrine to come between our sweet fellowship, and our much needed peaceful unity. We are a loving community of faithfilled people. The pope is a truly wonderful Christian.
….Such are the sentiments of those leaders in the ecumenical movement towards unity of ALL faiths.
Things Christians once died for are now no longer an issue for many in the Western affluent church. “We are rich, and have need of nothing”…but we do not know that we are “poor, wretched and blind.”
The people of Israel were brought out of Egypt with a mighty hand of salvation. God redeemed them from all the power of that spiritual enemy Egypt which, as a nation were themselves enslaved to the worship of vain and useless gods; gods which they had made for themselves out of stone, silver and gold; gods of the river, of the animals, of the sun and the moon and all the host of heaven, and had even made men – kings, to be gods..
Egypt was a land of idolatrous worship, attributing all the blessings of the God of Heaven and Earth to the works of their own hands. Their man-made hand-made gods had eyes, but those eyes could not see. They had ears but they could not hear. They had noses, but they could not smell. They had feet but they could not walk. They had hands but they could not work. They had mouths but they could not speak.
Pharaoh learnt the hard way that all his hand-made gods, were useless pieces of junk. But the real deception was that they did not know that they had bound themselves to demon worship. It was the case with apostate Israel, and it is still the same today.
When people do this (and only people turn their noses up at God, animals don’t), they bring themselves under greater control of the fallen angel “Lucifer” and all those miserable angels that followed after him in that first rebellion against their Creator. –
Israel had been born again in a sense. They had been set free from all the bondages that idol – image worship brings men and women under. Set free to serve God in faithfulness. They were bound to a ‘lord’ – (husband) in Pharoah, but when that Pharoah died they were free to ‘marry another (Romans 7:1-3)
God who had only weeks before delivered Israel from an impossible situation of four hundred years of enslavement to Egypt and all its gods, and all the trouble that came upon them, were now at the slightest difficulty turning back in their minds and hearts, and were demanding from Moses’ brother Aaron, wanting him to make us a a god which they could see and touch with their hands, a sensual god. Oh the madness, the stupidity, the craziness of the heart of man when he makes a god or gods for himself. How foolish he is.
When Moses was up in the mount receiving God’s message of life for His people at that time, the people grew weary of waiting for Moses and demanded that he make them gods of gold who would lead them back to Egypt where they had a nice life. How quickly we forget.
The Roman Catholic Church teaches
‘But, if I may say to a sinner on this earth, and he may say to me, another sinner, “Pray for me,” for what reason may we not say to the sinless Mother of God enthroned in heaven, “Pray for us”? http://www.catholic.com/magazine/articles/devotion-to-the-blessed-virgin
This is a lie.
Mary the mother of Jesus was not sinless. The very passage which they appeal to in Luke to prove their point also says she proclaimed under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit that God was her Saviour. “And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.” Luke 1:46, 47.
But of course, true to nature they twist and pervert the scriptures to their own destruction.
A sinless person does not have need of a Saviour to save them from their sins, they have no sins to to be pardoned.
While they deny they adore Mary, in their ascribing sinlessness to Mary they are adoring her.
“For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” Hebrews 4:15
STOP PUTTING JESUS BACK ON THE CROSS
WITH OR WITHOUT BLOOD.
HE DIED ONCE
WILL YOU CONTINUE TO PUT HIM WHO LOVED US TO AN OPEN SHAME?
YOU SHAME JESUS BUT YOU HONOUR MARY
“And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.” Revelation 18: 4,5.
Many Bible translations – versions no longer define sin
– including fornication, or homosexuality as clearly as the older versions
(Many versions of the Holy Bible are fast becoming unholy, because the work of how to do translation has been influenced by ungodly men like Westcott and Hort cir 1800’s; and the publication to a large degree is financed by huge amounts of money. Money has to come from somewhere.
7. Protestant Versions. a). The King James or Authorized Version (AV) was published in 1611 in the reign of King James I. The Authorized Version is not a new translation but a revision of an English Bible known as the Bishop’s Bible and published in 1568. The translation is often colored by anti-Catholic prejudice which in certain instances leads to outright falsifications of the text. The purity of its English, however, has made it the Bible of English Protestantism. b). The Revised Version (RV) (1881-1885) is a modern critical revision undertaken – at the instance of the British Parliament – by a group of English and American Protestant scholars. The committee departed in at least thirty-six thousand instances from the text of 1611. c). In 1901 the American group of the same committee brought out its own text of the Revised Version and this is known as the American Standard Version. (SV). Material taken from http://www.cathtruth.com/catholicbible
There is more to the story than this explanation given by cathtruth.com
Note the following:… “(5) The American Bible Societies’ Today’s English Version, which was published in 1966, gained almost immediate acceptance by the Roman Catholic Church. “The best-selling Bible translation in history has been cleared for use by Catholics as well as Protestants. … The translation has received the official approval or imprimatur, of Cardinal Richard Cushing, the Catholic archbishop of Boston. It was Cardinal Cushing who earlier gave an imprimatur to the Protestant-sponsored Revised Standard Version. Protestant and Catholic scholars in recent years have reached substantial agreement on the translation of the Bible into English, and CARDINAL CUSHING’S EXPERT CONSULTANTS DID NOT SEEK A SINGLE CHANGE IN THE TEXT OF THE TEV BEFORE APPROVING IT FOR CATHOLIC USE” (Louis Cassels, United Press International).” http://www.wayoflife.org/database/biblesocieties.html
THERE ARE SUBTLE AND NOT SO SUBTLE CHANGES IN MANY OF THE VERSIONS. MANY OT THEM HAVE FOOTNOTES WHICH CAST DOUBT ON THE AUTHORITY OF THE TEXT. All this added material while imprssing the intellect, does not produce anything but doubt as to what is or isn’t Scripture. Doubts repeated often enough will produce either, serious warnings, or a platform for lies.
The saying – Follow the Money Trail is often used in connection with subversion, corruption, and perversion in the Political arena, and Big Business. Money has often been used to corrupt good intentions, and dictate agendas which are not always just and true. This is so not only in the these two arenas. This also affects the religious world. An ancient example of this is found in Numbers 22-24, and ch 31; also Jude 1:11 and Revelation 2:14.
You cannot do much in this world, including the work of publishing Bible versions – translations without money. This is a big subject. There are scores of Bible translation and more variations are appearing each year; and I am not so much speaking about translating the Bible into languages where people have no Bible in their mother tongue, as I am the English versions that cointinually appear in the West ad nauseum. Unscrupulous persons with the right ‘Christian’ label, and with money and or position, can secretly influence decision making in translation, and editing.
It is safer to use some of the older versions, like the KJV, or LITV (The LITV was a family venture relying on personal income or small donations from friends, and small volume sales. They did NOT have big business backing nor Bible Society money), and others like them. These few versions and a some others like them did not rely on pro Romish manuscripts like Vaticanus, Sinaiticus, – the Alexandrian type texts.
Ask God to guide you in the obtaining of a good translation of the Scriptures. But if all you can get is one of the many modern versions of prarphrases, ask God to show you and give you understanding beyond what may be written (or not written). After all it is His word that you seek to know.