John Y, you said "I am very bothered during Mass when unscriptural doctrines are presented." Lot was also very bothered about the way things were going in Sodom--II Peter 2:6-8. Sadly, he wasn't bothered enough to voluntarily come OUT of Sodom, and the price for his refusal to be separated was high indeed. So you go right ahead and remain in the Sodom of Catholicism. Keep ignoring sound advice from people who care enough to try to keep you from ruin. But remember, "He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy." (Proverbs 29:1)
Connor, I certainly never meant to slander you, and I stand corrected. So that no one will misunderstand me, I apologize for saying that no one gets saved when you preach out of the NASB. I should have said that no one gets saved no matter what version you preach from. My bad. I do hope you will have better results in the future. May God help us both to be what He would have us to be. God bless you, bro.
James, I had a feeling you would ask if I knew of any particular errors in the former translations that were corrected in the KJV, and so I went ahead and prepared my answer: No. And I'm not going to go back and restudy all the material I have read over the years to find the specifics. As a matter of fact, here is the last thing I want to say on the subject, and then I will rest my case. If you, Connor, or anyone else feel led of God to do so, then you keep on trying to win arguments. Meanwhile, I will keep on trying to win souls. When we get to heaven, if I find out you were right and I was wrong, I'll tote your rewards for you. Fair enough?
Connor, you are absolutely right. It is the Holy Spirit's job not only to convict, but also to convert--and I can say unequivocally and without boasting that He does that regularly when I and others preach out of the KJV. Now instead of playing verbal dodgeball, why don't you come right out and say whether or not people are getting saved when you preach out of the NASB? My guess is that the reason you are so evasive on this issue is because you know they are not, and that the great wizard behind the curtain is really just a puny little man. The power of God is not demonstrated in the ability to win arguments (which can actually be a work of the flesh according to Romans 1:29), but rather in the effectual preaching of the gospel--Romans 1:16, I Corinthians 1:18.
Tyndale's and the Geneva Bible are both good Bibles, and certainly superior to any of the fake Bibles (NIV, NASB, CEV etc.) that are based on fake manuscripts. However, the King James is better because it incorporates all of the excellencies of the previous versions while correcting some errors in them. That is why the title page of a king James Bible says, "Translated out of the original tongues and with the former translations diligently compared and revised."
Christopher000, I commend you for delving into this issue in search of the truth. A very effective way to deal with scoffers who say the Bible is full of errors and contradictions is to hand them yours and say "Show me a few of them." I've never had a taker yet.
Here's a quick quiz comparing the NASB and KJB: 1. Which version implies that Jesus was the illegitimate son of Joseph (Luke 2:33)? 2. Which one indicates that Jesus is a liar (John 7:8-10)? 3. Which tells us that the blood of Jesus Christ was not shed for our redemption (Colossians 1:14)? If you answered NASB (Nasty Bible!) to all three questions, give yourself a hundred. No one will ever convince me that there is a Bible version preferable to the KJV in any situation. The internal evidence knocks down the knockoffs every time. The proof is in the pudding: When you preach/teach out of the NASB and other perversions, do people get saved on a fairly regular basis? And don't resort to the limp excuse of "I have no way of knowing whether anyone gets saved or not." You certainly have a way of asking them if they did and seeing what they say. Go ahead and brag about how well your plastic spoon works in combat. I'll take my Toledo steel, thank you.
I have always taken "the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ" in Titus to refer to one person, and every educated Christian I know has also. A simple comparison of scriptures in English would bear this out.
Early in the Seventeenth Century, a linguistic dream team was assembled to translate the Bible into English. No comparable group of language experts has ever met since. To presume to know more about Greek and Hebrew than this group of eminent scholars is the height--or perhaps I should say depth--of conceit. "Sharp's Rule," which very few of us are bright enough to understand, has been used to dispute certain passages of the King James Bible, when in fact Sharp's Rule has itself been disputed by some scholars. I have stated before, and I reiterate here, that there has never been an English translation of the Bible that has been used more frequently and with greater power in saving souls and transforming lives than the Authorized Version. If you can show me one, Connor, I will gladly purchase the best leather-bound copy available. Meanwhile, I stake my eternal destiny and well-being on the Old Reliable. When I go into battle, I want a sword, not a soup ladle.