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WILL THE KING JAMES BIBLE DEBATE ACTUALLY EVER END?

AKA “TRUTH AND GOODNESS, WHICH IS GREATER?”

 

 

Copyright August 19, 2005 3:23 PM CST

By Dr. Michael J. Bisconti

 

Updated August 12, 2009 9:04 PM CST

Copyright August 12, 2009 9:04 PM CST

By Dr. Michael J. Bisconti

 

 

 

The Scriptures teach that there is never a conflict between truth and goodness.  However, to finite human intelligence there can APPEAR to be.  In such a case, what is one to do?  In other words, what do you do when SEEMINGLY you MUST choose between truth and goodness?  Note that we are talking about a situation where, if you do not choose, a choice will be made anyway.

 

Well, the Lord has given us the answer in our very natures.  How has he done this?

 

The very process of choosing between truth and goodness consists of pursuing what is GOOD.

 

In other words, the question of “Which has priority, truth or goodness?” is decided by GOODNESS.  This tells us that:

 

TO OUR FINITE MINDS, GOODNESS RULES TRUTH.

 

Now, the application of this principle can vary from one person to another FOR THE SAME SITUATION.  This means that people can hold contradictory views AND BOTH BE FOLLOWING GOODNESS AS IT APPLIES TO THEIR SITUATION AND THEIR LIFE.  This leads us to the “Eternal Debate Principle,” which states:

 

There will always be differences of opinion between good people.

 

The Eternal Debate Principle leads us to the “Eternal KJV Debate Principle,” which states:

 

There will always be differences of opinion between good people about whether the King James Bible is the “final, textual authority of God in the English language.”

 

One might, then, ask, “Why debate if God intends that there be different viewpoints?”  The answer is that people need to believe SOMETHING.  Therefore, people need to be PERSUADED by something.  Therefore, because of the need for persuasion, debates may arise.

 

In conclusion, to our anti KJV friends we say, “Carry on,” and to our pro KJV friends we say, “Carry on.”  The Lord accepts all of you and, whichever side you are on, be relentless in defending it.  Before we finish, here is a word to the wise:

 

“The mature can tolerate breadth of authority, the young cannot.”

 

We conclude with this:

 

The Bible teaches that all may be accepted by the Lord but that the Lord does NOT accept all viewpoints.