PRIVATE INTERPRETATION OF SCRIPTURE? BY STEVE FINNELL
Have men been given the authority to give their own interpretation of Scripture? It would appear that way if you spend much time reading commentaries and other extra-Biblical explanations of Scriptures.
John 20:30-31 And truly Jesus did many others signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.
A PRIVATE INTERPRETATION
John 20:30-31......but these are written that you may believe if you are a scholar in the language of the original Greek.
The truth is the Bible was translated into many different languages by men who were scholars in the original Greek. No man needs to be a scholar in the original Geek to understand the Bible. Every man simply needs to understand the language of which he is reading the Scriptures.
If a man deems himself a Greek scholar then he should read from a New Testament written in original Greek. Simply cut out the middle man.
If a man considers himself capable to understand the nuances of original Greek lexicons. Then he should become a Bible translator.
God has given men accurate translations of His word in their own languages. Unless original Greek is your first language, then, use the translation that God has provided you in your own language.
Why do men believe that they understand original Greek better than the translators that God has provided to translate His word into many different languages?
THE ORIGINAL GREEK PROBLEM
Some of the so-called original Greek scholars contend that certain Bible verses have been mistranslated. For example they contend that Acts 2:38 is in error because it was translated "be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins..."
The pseudo Greek scholars claim Acts 2:38 should have been translated "be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ because of the remission of sins..." In the 50 translations I have seen not one translates Acts 2:38 as "because of."
Do you choose to trust your personal knowledge of the original Greek? Do you trust those pseudo Greek scholars who contend that all of the Bible translations are in error? As for me I trust God to give me a translation of the Bible in my first language that is inerrant, trustworthy, and the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
(Scripture from: NKJV)