Would it make a difference if you knew that the New Testament of your Modern Bible did not have First and Second Peter? Yet if the total number of missing words were added up, this is how much shorter the modern translations are than the King James Version. Is it a cause for concern if the names of Christ are missing 175 times, or if the word "hell" is not found in the Old Testament, or if key doctrinal passages have been diminished? And, the biggest shock of all! Is it possible that the most basic and blatant of all early heresies concerning the Person of Christ has been given a "new lease on life" through the Modern Versions? That these things are so, with the reasons why, are set forth in the following pages.
Source: MODERN BIBLES: the Dark Secret
I thought I’d take a little detour to talk about the difference between the Majority Text and the Critical Text of the Greek New Testament.
Here’s Matthew 5:44 in KJV and RSV. Spot any differences?
There’s a major chunk of text missing from the RSV. Why is that? The RSV was based on the 17th edition of the Nestle Aland Greek text as opposed to the KJV which was based on the best Greek text of its day, the NT editions of Theodore Beza.
Commenting on the omission of this passage from the Critical text, Bruce Metzger writes:
Later witnesses enrich the text by incorporating clauses from the parallel account in Lk. 6:27-28. If the clauses were originally present in Matthew’s account of the Sermon on the Mount, their omission in early representatives of the Alexandrian, Western, Eastern, and Egyptian witnesses would be entirely unaccountable. The divergence of readings among the added clauses likewise speaks against their originality.
Source: Bruce M. Metzger, Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament, 2nd ed. (Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 1994). p. 12.
This is the source of the frequent claims that modern translations remove parts of the Word of God. The argument goes like this, “Would God allow speakers of English to use a flawed version of the Word of God for more than 300 years? Of course not.”
Is it true that Modern Bibles have a dark secret? Are they undermining the trinity, the virgin birth and the deity of Christ?