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Who is God?

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Who is God?

Let’s look at the Holy Scriptures or what is known as the Bible which consists of the Old Testament and the New Testament.  There are 66 books in total, 39 Old Testament books, 27 New Testament books.

First we need to discuss the book itself.  The Old Testament was originally written in the Hebrew and the New Testament was written in the Greek.

What translation should you read if you don’t know Hebrew or Greek?  There are several English translations readily available on-line. Many language scholars have sought to translate this “book of books” and understanding the motive of the translation is helpful in finding answers to questions such as “Who is God?”

Translations are defined by a scale which ranges from actual word-for-word to paraphrase.  Because the Bible is such a comprehensive work compiled over thousands of years by many different writers each book has its own challenges.  To grasp the overall content, that is to get a “snapshot” or sketch of the book being read, a paraphrase such as the Contemporary English Version (CEV) can be used.  To search out the deeper meanings and understand doctrine a word-for-word translation is best. The King James Version is one of the most accurate translations.

An excellent free tool to use on-line is http://www.biblegateway.com. On this site you set up several translations in parallel. Along with the KJV and CEV there is the New Translation (Darby) and Amplified. Reading scriptures using these four translations in parallel will give you a very complete interpretation of the Bible.

To answer the question of “Who is God” requires three things; a source of truth (Bible), a receptive mind and help from others.  God wants to reveal himself to all men who are searching Him out and He has made his mind known in the Holy Scriptures.

If you question the Bible as the source of truth, then I doubt you have given the bible a chance with an open mind. Reading this book, as recommended above, we are certain God will speak to you – not verbally but in thought- and give you the faith to believe it and understand it.

This is an example of viewing four translations in parallel and it is a quote by Jesus and His thoughts about every human being born.

John 6:37

King James Version (KJV)

 37All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

King James Version (KJV)

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John 6:37

Amplified Bible (AMP)

37All whom My Father gives (entrusts) to Me will come to Me; and the one who comes to Me I will most certainly not cast out [I will never, no never, reject one of them who comes to Me].    

Amplified Bible (AMP)

Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation

 

John 6:37

Darby Translation (DARBY)

 37All that the Father gives me shall come to me, and him that comes to me I will not at all cast out.

Darby Translation (DARBY)

Public Domain

 

John 6:37

Contemporary English Version (CEV)

37Everything and everyone that the Father has given me will come to me, and I won't turn any of them away.

 

Contemporary English Version (CEV)

Copyright © 1995 by American Bible Society

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John 1:1-2

King James Version (KJV)

John 1

 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

 2The same was in the beginning with God.

King James Version (KJV)

Public Domain

John 1:1-2

Darby Translation (DARBY)

 1In [the] beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

 2*He* was in the beginning with God.

 

John 1:1-2

Amplified Bible (AMP)


 1IN THE beginning [before all time] was the Word ([a]Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God [b]Himself.

    2He was present originally with God.

   

Footnotes:
  1. John 1:1 In John's vision (Rev. 19), he sees Christ returning as Warrior-Messiah-King, and "the title by which He is called is The Word of God... and Lord of lords" (Rev. 19:13, 16).
  2. John 1:1 Charles B. Williams, The New Testament: A Translation in the Language of the People: "God" appears first in the Greek word order in this phrase, denoting emphasis--so "God Himself."
Amplified Bible (AMP)

Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation

John 1:1-2

Contemporary English Version (CEV)

 Word of Life

 1In the beginning was the one

   who is called the Word.

   The Word was with God

   and was truly God.

    2From the very beginning

   the Word was with God.

   

Have you come to Jesus who is God the Son?

Why not read the rest of this book called the “Gospel According to John” which was a letter written to proclaim that every person born can have a personal relationship with God, through being born again, this is the good news (Gospel)!

Click on this link to start reading now using all four translations in parallel.

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John%201&version=KJV;AMP;DARBY;CEV

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