"...The church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth." I Timothy 3:15
Did Our Inspired Bible Expire?
Herb Evans, Ltt. D.
"...the Word of God which liveth and abideth forever..." (1 Peter 1:23).
"...the Word of God is quick ... and is a DISCERNER of the thoughts and intents of
We must admit that there was a time when we were terrified at the prospect of defending
the "inspiration" of the AV 1611 (King James) Bible. Of course, like many Christians,
we were influenced by Bible correcting educators and scholars and their accepted,
traditional, man-made, theological definition of "inspiration".
Define Your Terms
As with all theological definitions, the Bible correcting educator's definition of
inspiration is not infallible and is subject to error. Moreover, any error in definition
can mean a more serious error in concept. Bible correcting educators, like the Jehovah's
Witnesses, have discovered that if they are allowed to define (or redefine) Bible
Words, then they can easily establish their pet doctrines and theories.
Bible correctors and Jehovah's Witnesses both must be challenged as to whether they
have a Scriptural basis for these definitions. Transmission Bible correcting educators
contend that only the "Original" transmission of the Scriptures constitutes "inspiration".
They hold that the "inspiration of the Scriptures" and the "transmission of the Scriptures"
are perfectly synonymous terms.
All emphasis, in most fundamental universities, is placed on whether the "Originals"
were transmitted mechanically, dynamically, or by illumination; while the quality
of the Scriptures, after they have been transmitted, is practically ignored.
The "Original Manuscripts" are lost and no living person has ever seen them (a serious
flaw in the Bible educator's theory). Moreover, if anyone would ever find the "Originals";
they would not be able to tell if they really were the "Originals".
We have been told for years that the Bible was originally written in Greek and Hebrew.
However, no one can actually prove that they were so written. They assume, suppose,
surmise, and deduce; but no one can come up with either a Proof Text or concrete
The first five Books could have been written in Egyptian, the language in which Moses
was educated and the country where Israel had lived for years. One thing is for sure,
it twarn't Hebrew that Moses was a speakin' down thayer in Egypt", and conversations
in the Greek were certainly not spoken in Greek.
There had to be some translating going on somewhere either way you look at it. Selah
(think of that D.A.W.)! Just because you have second and third century Manuscripts
that are written in Greek, does not mean that they were originally written in that
Whenever we make dogmatic assertions without the benefit of concrete evidence or
a Proof Text; we are guilty of pure assumption. Therefore, if we are expected to
submit to this intangible, unprovable basis for an inspired Greek/Hebrew only argument;
then if you don't mind, we will look elsewhere for our views.
After the "Originals" had been initially transmitted, or inspired, or "God Breathed"
(as our scholar friend love to emphasize the literal meaning of the Greek), what
then? Do the "Originals" cease to be inspired, or do they cease to contain the Breath
of God after the initial act of transmission is over? Are they still inspired after
forty years have passed ? Are they still alive? Are they still inspired? Do they
still contain God's Breath?
Let us go a step further; suppose that we made photocopies of the "Originals" before
they either perished or were lost. Would the Photocopy Scriptures be alive? Inspired?
Have God's Breath in them?
We insist that these questions must be answered with an emphatic "Yes"! It is not
the parchment or the ink that is alive; it is the Words! The inspired Copies of Copies
that Timothy knew as a child (II Timothy 3:15-16) were certainly not the "Originals"
as admitted by the Bible correctors themselves.
God did not preserve the parchment and the ink; He preserved His "Word", the "Scriptures".
He did not preserve an uninspired Bible: He preserved an inspired Bible, and it's
alive! It has not expired!
Anything that God breathes into or inspires is alive for eternity. God breathed in
Adam a living soul.
Now, God did not have to breathe into every man a living soul thereafter. (Man's
fall complicates our parallel; however, man's soul still lives on somewhere forever).
God breathed the breath of life into the Scriptures, never to be breathed into again.
The Bible that we have today (AV 1611) is alive! Inspired! It still has God's Breath
in it and will never expire, because it lives and abides forever (1 Peter 1:23).