Friday, 9 October 2015

Always back to Tyndale

Let me just state, I am aware that every few months I end up being KJV-only. I have seemingly towed the line for 3 years, and now I've moved on. I have a feeling now that this is it, I'm not KJV only, nor do I believe that God breathed a translated bible that is perfect - and if he did it would not be the King James version.

My first love is Tyndale's translation of the bible, My number 1 is the Matthew Bible (the one I have reviewed here. Yes it's a personal thing, not unpreached. But my "logic" tells me that God is not going to use a committee made bible, however old it is. God would 'breathe' a bible born of adversity, persecution, horror and religious revival. That is my theory anyway. The time prior to the KJV was just that time, and Tyndale was the one to shout "Lord open the King of England's eyes". If anyone were to be that God-breathed translator it would be him. His theological writings span two full volumes on my shelf - he stood against the great AntiChrists of his and our time; the Roman Catholic Church and the Pope - and he suffered their wrath.

So for me Tyndale's bible, however archaic the spellings, are a fine replacement for a KJV. Not only that, Tyndale believed in a Flat Earth and even translated it in 2 Samuel 11.

The simple fact of the matter is that Tyndale used no pretense, he simply translated the bible to the best of his abilities, and over the course of time his translation became the de facto "bible". Yes, his translation makes up approximately 90% of the KJV, making the KJV the purest Tyndale bible of the modern era. However, why settle for 90% when you can simply own a Tyndale translation?

Thats what I decided, to simply use a pure Tyndale bible - in my case the Matthew Bible. You can buy around 4 or 5 different versions of Tyndale's work 1525, 1534, 1536, Matthew, Great Bible. Yes, you have to adapt to the old spellynges, (Except for the 1534 version edited by David Daniell) Or you can buy a Geneva Bible which is a lot more Tyndale than the KJV.

In conclusion, for the past 5 years of being a christian, the translation that has provided me the most edification, enjoyment, and sense of wonder is that done by William Tyndale. For as much as I appreciate the KJV, and understand the belief in its superiority over all modern bibles, for me Tyndale soars past all in it's authenticity, reliability, and readability.

For instance, 1 Corinthians 13 in Tyndale, has love instead of charity (as in the KJV). This is just one example of changes that simply don't add to clarity in reading. Are we really to believe that having not charity means you have nothing, now perhaps in 1611 charity meant "great love", but nowadays charities abound, and it doesn't mean the same thing - yet love means the same. I will also recognise that Tyndale's english is older than the KJV, but, it's just as readable. Tyndale took it to the level where a 16th century ploughboy could read it, but the KJV took it to liturgical and scholarly levels, making it more difficult for that ploughboy to read - in that sense it is more like the original greek than any other translation of that era. If the Matthew Bible were to be updated in spelling, I believe that that translation would easily be as readable - if not more - than the KJV, and perhaps just as accurate.

So I have chosen Tyndale as my number one translation, and my go-to now for theology, I am currently scouring his works for theological insight, and even amending my theology to fit his.

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Salvation revealed through works.

I am a big believer in salvation via grace through faith, in fact it's the predominant message of the gospel. But for a long time I have been deceived, by myself. I believed that a man can be saved and never show signs of salvation. For instance a man (or woman) can live a life like Balaam and be saved.

Now, this came from watching Steven Anderson, he is an easy-believism preacher, and he essentially says if you need works to prove salvation, then it is the same as saying you need works to be saved - which I agree with.

However, the predominant view in the reformation basically said this, from salvation stems love and works - we work because we are saved. Now how can that be reconciled with knocking doors, giving the gospel, people "believing" and then carrying on living their lives as if nothing happened?

For instance, look at EVERY character in the bible who is saved..every single one - did something because of salvation. Look at Paul - did he continue killing Christians after getting saved? In fact, look at Judas, he knew Christ personally  and yet betrayed him, he was a son of perdition and is in hell now - he was never a christian, and never was saved.

So it follows to me that true salvation will make some changes, now that doesn't follow that its a must, but could we believe that someone is saved and never do anything differently anymore? I could believe that people will still sin, that is fleshly nature, but to literally NEVER acknowledge that they're Christians, as a minimum? Come on.

Yet that is what Steven Anderson teaches, that if they "believe" the gospel, they can then forget they're even saved and still go to heaven. It's a circular argument, the idea is that the "belief" leads to nothing, but "faith is still faith". Yet if that faith is dead - as James said - due to zero works, what about love? love isn't a work, it is a state of being, can a person truly NOT acknowledge that love, and then act upon it?

For instance, you believe on Christ, you WILL act upon it, just as if you believed that every fifth pavement slab you stepped on would explode - you would surely miss every fifth pavement slab. So if you believe that Jesus died upon the cross to save you, and that you are unrighteous without him, and that the law is a mirror to true Godly perfection, and that God's righteousness is perfect - you would act upon that, no?

You see, the belief - the faith - is something you will act upon, now the next question is the level to which it is acted upon, and I think this is where the mustard seed comes in, and WHY Christ continually calls his disciples "ye of little faith", because we will, nay, must act upon our faith, as it is within our being. yes, little faith - is faith and it is that which saves, but Christ calls us to greater faith - as an intrinsic argument within the gospel - IF ye had faith as a mustard seed ye could move mountains. So that in itself is an okay level of faith to have. So I would say this, if we have less faith than a mustard seed - that is okay. In fact even if we had the minimum possible level of faith, it is okay. Yes, faith is still faith. We spend too long worrying about the "works" that we have. But the simple fact is this, faith IS faith, we have faith and we will act, the better so if we don't think of it as works. For instance, carry an old lady's shopping for her, or help an old man who is struggling to cross the road - just do it!! (to quote Shia LeBeouf). That is your faith in action.

Why did I write this? Because there is so much confusion, people say having works is works righteousness, but the issue is not the works, but the salvation. A Christian wants to do right, and I find it so scary the levels to which preachers will go to push works, or to exclude them. Works are a natural extension to faith, and they can be as grand as global missionary preaching, or just simple niceness to your neighbour. We don't do them to be saved, but because we are saved - hence the title.

I've used Steven Anderson because he led me to believe that I didn't "need works", and I am being a little unfair, as I don't "need works" - but he is a great sophister, and sadly that sophistry can lead one to believe that works are out of the equation, as if they won't be there at all at any point - ever.
To account for this, and to explain why works are featured in the bible, Steven says we do works for bonus points in heaven - for a nicer mansion so to speak. So for all the good works you do, your mansion will be better, and as a "king" in the millennial kingdom, you'll be "given more" - utilizing the parable of the faithful and unfaithful servant.

So, one does works to get rewards, another does works because the Holy Spirit changed their nature, took out their heart of stone and made it that of flesh. One does it arbitrarily, another does it because of what Christ did on the cross, and because they cannot help but do so.

I think my theology is changing.

For more, please read Tyndale's "Pathway into Holy Scripture"

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

The Earth is Flat: The Strong Delusion is the Globe

Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 2 Thess 2:9-12

For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Matthew 24:24

The Earth is flat folks, I've been doing a great amount of research over the past couple of weeks, beginning incredulously, and eventually moving to the realization that the world is not as it seems. The clincher for me is the flat earth being described in the Bible, Many preachers view circle as meaning globe, however if God wanted us to view the Earth as a globe, he could simply have said the "ball of the earth" instead of "circle of the earth" (Isaiah 40:22)

Our eyes do not deceive us, walk out of your house, to the beach, and look forward into the ocean, you will see something like this:

At this point you are looking miles out into the ocean, if you were looking at a curved earth, there would be a hump in the ocean, perhaps not to the extent I will show you, but similar to this:

 The "curvature" of the Earth essentially works like this, for each mile, the horizon would drop 8 inches and square for each mile, so it would go 8, 64, 128, 256 etc.

Based upon the spherical earth model, the furthest one could see would be just a few miles, whereas people with a telescope on a flat plane could see dozens (sometimes even hundreds) of miles with no visible curvature.

Here are some educational videos:

Now, on to the Strong Delusion aspect of this. As I said the bible proves a fixed, flat Earth:

1 Chronicles 16:30: “He has fixed the earth firm, immovable.”

Psalm 93:1: “Thou hast fixed the earth immovable and firm ...”

Psalm 96:10: “He has fixed the earth firm, immovable ...”

Psalm 104:5: “Thou didst fix the earth on its foundation so that it never can be shaken.”

Isaiah 45:18: “...who made the earth and fashioned it, and himself fixed it fast...”

Proverbs 8:27-29: "When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth: when he established the clouds above:
when he strengthened the fountains of the deep: when he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth:"

Isaiah 40:22 "It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:"
Genesis 1:14-16 "And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. 

Isaiah 13:10 " For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine."

Revelation 1:7 "
Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen."

This is a small selection of verses which show how at the very least the biblical authors saw a fixed - or stationary - Earth, flat in nature, with the sun and moon orbiting above. Christians obviously want to appear scientific, and so call these verses "figurative", but this diminishes the truth of these verses,

"And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day." Joshua 10:13

Did the Earth Stop rotating and the Moon stop orbiting? Or did the Sun and Moon stop moving for a day?

The strong delusion is simple, tell people that they are nothing but an insignificant atom floating in gigantic universe, a marble floating around a soccer ball, tell them that this marble is billions of years old, that the bible is a lie and full of errors, that God cannot be real, because his book is wrong. Bronze age myths, Bronze age myths that we have progressed beyond, the Earth moves, not the sun, the stars are fixed but the Earth is not, the sun is a star, and insignificant one, theres probably aliens out there WAYYYYYY more powerful than us, we're alone, lonely, no one to look out for us, if any bad guy came along we'd have to either save ourselves or yield to their might. we're nothing in this universe, we're not even a type 1 civilization!

You see what I'm saying? How much easier is it to convince people that God isn't real if nothing the bible says in Genesis 1 is true. Christians are scrambling and have been for centuries to reconcile the globe myth with scripture, and some, even great pastors are managing it and defending the globe model, but it doesn't change the fact that a circle is not a sphere, and a fixed plane does not equal a moving planet.

The strong delusion convinces the population of earth in the last days, that NASA has been to the moon, that a composite image made by an artist is the real shape and scale of the Earth, that the moon is a solid mass, that the sun is 93,000,000 miles away and hundreds of times the size of Earth, that humans thusly are not created by God but are random accumulations of information caused by adaptation to an ever changing environment, that the human condition is to eat, sleep and reproduce and nothing more. That we are descendants and relatives of primates, and that the beauty of humanity is what we create, not our creation.

The truth however is quite simple - The Earth - IS THE UNIVERSE.

Let me explain,

God never said "let there be a billions of light years across universe that is ever expanding"

He instead created the heaven and earth - Heaven is God's throne and the Earth is his footstool. God made the sun moon and stars on day 4 - in the firmament (in the sky). Stars truly are lights in the sky made for our benefit, they're our calendar, they're a view into heaven. They're not a look into the past across the vastness of space, the Sun and moon orbit within the firmament - i.e. they're lights in the sky VERY high up, beyond our ability to travel. But not 300,000 miles away, or 93,000,000.

Also, the sun and moon are the same size, the sun is just way brighter, and hotter. The moon produces a cool light, and the sun a hot light.

With the power of the global strong delusion, humanity is likely to be convinced that aliens are coming, or are here on the Earth, and this will set the stage for the AntiChrist to rise. None of this would be possible if people knew the truth. Christians who believe the globe model are likely to be doubtful, some tempted to believe, some may end up believing, for remember "to deceive - if possible - the very elect". This isn't saying they won't be deceived, there are many saved who are looking at the bible with severe cognitive dissonance, saying they believe it to be true, but using eisegesis to make it say something it isn't. It's not a stretch to be deceived by your own eyes when "global" news media is telling you that there's aliens on the white house lawn.

I hope that you do not remain deceived, and that you look at the videos provided, and that you look at the actual evidence, that you think about the possible truth being presented here. God bless you, and may you come to know the truth.

Monday, 13 July 2015

The NLT: Why Dynamic Equivalence Fails.

I've used many translations of the Bible in my time. Think of one, and I've read it. I've now of course settled upon the KJV as my 'translation of choice', simply because it takes what is in the hebrew and greek and seeks a little as possible to change or interpret what is said.

Modern translating seems to disintegrate this 'formal' translation philosophy, apparently now the bible has to be read as easily and simply as possible. It has to read with as much ease as Harry Potter than with the grandeur of other ancient texts such as The Aenid, or the Enuma Elish.

Of course what this means is we are actually allowing translators to use their own opinions and beliefs to interpret what we must interpret for ourselves. No place is this more evident than in the NLT. People call upon the NIV as the devil's bible these days, but the real danger is in the NLT, a bible that I have 3 or 4 copies of in my library, because I like to have easy-read bibles, and I cannot for the life of me understand why a bible has to be less accurate than the KJV in order to be easier to read.

For instance:

"Genesis 6:2 The sons of God saw the beautiful women and took any they wanted as their wives. 3 Then the Lord said, “My Spirit will not put up with humans for such a long time, for they are only mortal flesh. In the future, their normal lifespan will be no more than 120 years.”"

Genesis 6, a pretty pivotal chapter in the history of man. Notice something - lifespan. There are two interpretations of this passage, one is that 120 years is the length of time that mankind has before the flood, another is that 120 years is the lifespan of humanity. Of course the NLT just takes one and goes with

Then the NLT says:
"4 In those days, and for some time after, giant Nephilites lived on the earth, for whenever the sons of God had intercourse with women, they gave birth to children who became the heroes and famous warriors of ancient times."

Do I even need to comment on this? GIANT NEPHILITES.
Who will understand this? What on Earth is a nephilite? The correct rendering is either Giant OR nephilim, and I would side with giant. Nephilim in itself is meaningless and causes people to google and end up believing that angels came to earth to mate with human women.

Now after this, the chapter is not too bad, why? because it sticks to the script, it doesn't deviate and it doesn't read into the text and try to interpret it for you.

Now in 8 places this translation uses the term "repent of your sins", In 2 more places it says "turn from your sins", and 2 more "turn from your sin". This is entirely without justification, but as the prevailing view in modern christendom, the NLT uses this to make things "easier".

Ephesians 2:8-9

"8 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it."

Now people think this to be heresy, I am not so sure on this, The KJV says "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and that not of yourselves it is a gift from God, not of works lest any man should boast" - I much prefer this, but it says the same thing. However it is another example of the NLT 'interpreting' for us, when it should just translate the passage cleanly as it should be.

I could go on and on, I only wrote this because I bought a Chronological LASB and decided to get it in the NLT rather than the KJV. The notes are no better if I'm honest, but I'm glad I got it. If anything this bible will allow me to do research into the mainstream views of doctrine.

The problem with dynamic equivalence, in both TR and CT translations lay solely on us not having all the answers, if we did every bible would be perfect - however 'scholars' do think that we have all the answers, and as far as each scholar is concerned it is their doctrinal standpoint. So they translate based on their viewpoints and we end up with catholics, baptists, methodists, presbyterians, lutherans, anglicans and so on, all adding their two-penneth, many not actually believing in God, or believing that the bible is divinely inspired beyond the "original autographs". Many times verses are translated according to ancient historical narrative, in the sense of it being a historical record rather than God speaking to his people or through the writers of the text.

Dynamic equivalence is a best guess, based upon the 'best' of worldly scholarship, history of interpretation and modern ideals of what the bible should say, and don't underestimate the influence of the latter. For instance, Matthew Henry never once refers to repenting of sins, yet 150 years later there is Charles Spurgeon talking about it like it's obvious. Opinions on what the bible says are constantly changing, and as such we have 2000 years of historical interpretation. Anabaptists, Calvinists, Luther, Tyndale, even Popes! All having influence in their time. Today false doctrines go un-noticed, even accepted by the vast majority of Christians. The greatest pastor in America today is Joel Osteen. This says it all.

The NLT will be remembered as a snapshot of mainstream beliefs in the 21st century, just as the NRSV represents the late 20th century. Whilst the KJV will still remain as a living, breathing, love-letter to the saved.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Manjaro 0.8.13 KDE Plasma 5

I am a great lover of Arch Linux, it's one of the most versatile distributions of Linux. Back in 2006 when I first began to use Linux I never imagined that one day I would use a distribution that you personally build from the ground up. But such is the evolution of ability that develops as you use something so advanced, so educational.

However, I am no expert, and as much as I love Arch I often find myself struggling despite the great wiki. I decided that I needed a distribution that did it for me. So I have opted for Manjaro, a spin of Arch with it's own repositories - it is to Arch as Ubuntu is to Debian.

Plasma 5 is the new and shiny version of KDE, well - it's KDE5. It's fresh and in my opinion far quicker than it's predecessor, and with Manjaro's take it's quite possibly the best version of KDE I've ever used - and I've used all of them since version 3. It looks AMAZING.

My personalization of Plasma 5

All the edges are clean, and sharp, unlike previous versions of KDE that tended for curved edges, this one goes for distinct right angles on the corners. The theme itself is a gray/black sort of color with green highlights.

Manjaro has had it's issues, and I'm not talking about security flaws. It tends to try and make changes that stabilize Arch but often they cause more problems, with Arch coming direct from the upstream with only minor changes to the Kernel, Arch actually tends to be MORE STABLE than other distributions. However issues I've encountered in previous distros are nowhere to be seen at time of publication. Perhaps this comes from the newness of Plasma 5, maybe bugs will creep in?

Plasma isn't drastically different in terms of usability, I've personalised various key commands, and all the usual things such as fn keys work out of the box, I had to blacklist the nouveau driver because the newer versions are an absolute wreck, and I've opted for bumblebee with the proprietary nvidia driver - these work without issue.

Setup was perfectly reasonable, it took about 10 minutes to install on my top of the range optimus V laptop. Whereas in the previews I couldn't actually install due to UEFI conflicts - this version had no difficulty.

I can open google chrome in approx 1 second from click to display. Plasma 5 is fast!

I do have a minor issue with GTK themes, they don't display correctly..maybe I will be able to resolve this in the future.

Compositing works fine, as do desktop effects.

Bluetooth works out of the box.

One thing I love about Manjaro is that yaourt is including out of the box, this makes accessing the AUR a doddle!

All in all it's a top system, I found myself admiring it and deciding that this actually is as usable as AwesomeWM - my previous choice for a desktop. I can personalize plasma to my desire, I can remove window titles if I choose - in fact KDE is just as customizable - and usable as any window manager. Yes, it uses more RAM and a little more CPU, but on this system it's not an issue.

I would recommend this for systems with 2gb ram or more, and at least an intel core duo, have that and you'll be fine!

Anyway, Plasma 5 looks set to be the one to beat this year, having tried Unity on Ubuntu 14.04 this month, there is no comparison. Try Manjaro 0.8.13 with Plasma and I cannot see you wanting to go anywhere else, and remember - no reinstalls!

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

New Laptop, Arch and Cinnamon.

Recently I purchased the unstoppable Optimus V, it's a PC Specialist machine and WOAHHH - it's fantastic.

Anyway, some of the cool features of this beast include:-

12GB ram
17.3 in screen
i7 with 8 cores
dual graphics:-
NVIDIA gtx860m
intel 4600 graphics
1920x1080 resolution
Oh did I mention SOUNDBLASTER?

Yes this machine is epic,

As always I installed Arch Linux, completely wiping windows 8.1 due to it being a pile of corporate doo doo.

Firstly I ventured into the usual awesome with the most basic stuff on there. But I felt a bit underwhelmed. I couldn't for the life of me get xbindkeys to register my multimedia keys and in the end I just gave up. I tried to install Manjaro Plasma 5 but Nouveau is so utterly sh*te (that's how angry it made the Christian) that every time I tried to load it it would crash, and if I ever managed to get to the install I got UEFI errors, I was sorely vexed.

I ended up reinstalling Arch, I tried Plasma 5 and got conflicts at install, so I decided to go with Cinnamon - good decision on my part.

The install worked like a charm, I installed GDM for my display manager, and the NVIDIA proprietary driver, bumblebee, and researched about how to activate it (primusrun. optimusrun etc)

Games work great, probably a little slower than windows, but not obviously. For instance, I get around 50-60 fps on WoW running at medium, and 45-60 in Ultra. Second Life gives me 60 fps on Ultra - which is unbelievable. The simple truth is, this is the fastest machine I have ever used, it takes ONE SECOND to run firefox - ONE SECOND!! On my old machine which (granted), was took 10-15 seconds.

About a year and a half ago I spent 200 pounds on a brand new Toshiba laptop, it was literally slower than the PC I was trying to upgrade - thank you AMD. I installed windows and linux and both crawled, I could barely even view 720p video.

Compare it to this, it runs everything you throw at it, Steam, 1080p, 4K, without a hesitation. This is a gaming computer but it does everything brilliantly.

Cinnamon has come a long way as well. About 4 months ago I called Cinnamon "gnome widgets". I disagree now, I have no issue with Cinnamon anymore, it's matured and is a desktop in it's own right. It caters to my every whim. Happy Chris.

I bought my machine on finance, £45 a month for 2 years, in two years this will still be doing everything I want it to. I can imagine this machine will be able to serve me for many years after that.

Did I mention the 17.3in screen??!

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

New Cambridge Paragraph Bible

There was a time when I said that the New English Bible I owned was the most beautiful bible I'd ever laid my eyes upon. I was correct - at the time. Now the New English Bible is on my bookshelf and this bible is never out of my hands. I love the King James Bible, it's evident from my statement of faith. I still hold to the King James being the word of God in absolute perfect form. The NCPB is that and more. It's the King James formatted like a modern bible, without the evilness of verse removal and doctrinal bias. Now, don't get me wrong  it has it's issues - and we will deal with a couple later - but I must say, as this is something I've wanted for a very long time, I'm blown away by it.

Firstly, this bible costs around £80 brand new, I paid £55 thanks to a small scrape on the gold edging, I'm lucky, it's minor and it would have happened anyway in my clumsy hands. The reason it costs so much is evident when you have it in your hands, firstly there's the formatting of the text:

One block paragraph, reminiscent of the hardcover NEB, with a font similar to the ESV study bible. Its right justified, allowing the margins to be used for editorial notes (both from the 1611 translators and Norton himself), this also aids in reading, the version I own has the apocrypha and it thickens it up a little, were it to be left justified it would make reading more cumbersome, and do I really need the notes so well exposed? No, the justification chosen by Cambridge is perfect, and it really justifies the extra dough.

Secondly we have the leather, Calfskin, it works, its soft, supple, and bends wonderfully. The text itself is a delight to behold. It's so well formatted that it actually makes reading the bible wonderful. Being the King James it allowed you to experience the word of God in all it's elegance and beauty whilst not having it broken by versification. Oh did I point out that this isn't going to be the best reference bible for you? No cross references (except what was in the 1611) and the verse numbers are microscopic, there's also no concordance - this is a reading bible - this is a 21st century Tyndale New Testament in resource terms. This is THE BIBLE and nothing else, and I'm fine with that.

There's quotation marks, this is a limitation, I first thought that quotation marks were a wonderful idea, and they are - where it's obvious who is speaking. But you take the epistle of James, or one of Paul's, and quotation marks are doctrinally worrying. Someone may think that James' talk about faith and works is all about works being necessary for salvation, whereas another may think that James is quoting a big paragraph of what someone else said and he is mocking them.
But, quotation marks aside, lets talk about the actual font. It's smaller than the original, but still massively readable. In fact the size of this bible shows just how easy a single column bible is if you put your mind to it. This is slightly larger than the ESV PSR, and a third thicker - that's all. It's light, and yet the font is perfectly readable - much more readable than the PSR, and all it sacrificed was a concordance and cross references - both of which you can get in a KJV concordance.

This is the beauty of the whole thing, it has 300 years of additional material, its modern looking, it has all the wonder of the past, and all the pluses of the present day. Its not some hybrid either, with the modern grammatical stuff added - it completely and utterly fits in today's world. Now, should you abandon your KJV for it? No, this is for someone who doesn't enjoy traditional KJV formatting and wants something new but old at the same time. I love single column, and this is by far the greatest single column KJV out today. The Thomas Nelson is disgusting, it's a hack job, and the font is unforgivable. Norton, for all his faults, has done an absolutely beautiful job here. I honestly cannot imagine myself ever needing a new bible, this is one of those bibles you will keep and treasure forever. Norton has scoured the 1611 KJV, updated the grammar, unified the thees and the thou's etc, so they're consistent, he's updated the names and unified them between the testaments, (so no more greekisms at the end of names) - he has been conservative in this. For instance if Joshua is referred to as Jesus - Jesus has remained where it's ambiguous - such as in Hebrews).

Norton is a clever man, and I have to give him kudos..he's made me a happy man. I own both the hardcover and the calfskin editions, and I am so glad I upgraded - it's changed things a lot. If you're considering purchasing the NCPB, I implore you to save for the leather version, it's so much better, lighter, and attractive.

Forget the NKJV, forget the MEV, get the NCPB!

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Marching to Zion: A Review

(I am in no way associated with this documentary, and as such my review will remain honest, unbiased and accurate)

PASTOR Steven Anderson is no stranger to controversy, since he started his church in 2005 he has preached doctrines that mainline churches throughout the western world are afraid to even mention - let alone disseminate.

This year alone Pastor Anderson has had protests outside his church against his views on homosexuality, has suffered the wrath of Irish radio listeners, has been on various news stations defending his doctrinal beliefs, and most recently spoken out against Creation Today chiefs Eric Hovind and Paul Taylor.

Whilst many in the modern church would label Anderson a heretic and extremist, his preaching regularly gets him thousands of views on youtube, and his documentary films have garnered millions. He is perhaps the most revolutionary theological figure of the 21st century, and his new documentary film may prove to be his most divisive, yet important film to date.

I was lucky enough to be sent an advanced copy of the film "Marching to Zion", heralded as an expose of the modern zionist movement, false theology, and the truth about the Jews' place in both history and end times bible prophecy. I must admit to have been filled with excitement as I had been waiting to see the film for months, when offered the chance to review it I was even more thrilled.

The film begins with the history of Israel, from Abraham through to the Diaspora. Showing that the history of this beleaguered nation is one of tumult and oppression, all stemming from their own rebellion. At one time they conquered, and now they were being conquered. I must say, this is a very compelling introduction, a necessary one as well, The introduction reaches its climax with the destruction of Jerusalem was, and the spread of the Jews across the globe, a critical point that calls to the films ending.

Marching to Zion is a powerful, enlightening documentary. It is filled with history, inspiration, and truth. It gives the history of Israel, it gives the verses, It spans the entire bible in order to show that Christianity is the true seed of Abraham, and that Zionism is a fraud, a deception - the work of Satan.

For instance, it quotes the Talmud - the true bible of Judaism - and exposes what Judaism teaches about Jesus (it even mentions a boiling vat of faeces), and may make you cringe to ever hear the term "Judeo-Christian" again. The Talmud of course is a compilation of Pharisaical teachings from the 2nd century BC to about the 5th Century. It calls Mary a whore, it calls Jesus Baalam. Yet this is just the beginning.

It discusses how Jews don't follow the Mosaic texts, how they disbelieve Genesis, how they think God is both male and female, how they view Paul as a despicable rebel who twisted scripture and history to make the Jews the murderers of Jesus.

It also discusses conspiracy theories, which may delight many viewers, it calls upon the House of Rothschild and Lord Balfour, it discusses Freemasonry and Kabbalah. Its a most necessary part of the movie. After all this isn't National Geographic or Discovery, this isn't intending to make you fall asleep, but intending to give a fully rounded history of how and why Israel came to exist in 1948 - its not what you've been taught.

When it comes to my views on Israel, and my feelings about the genocide in Palestine I have been ostracised from my former church. Zionism is as prevalent in the UK as it is in the US. I have heard my own former preacher present his case against 'Replacement Theology' as this: "If you don't support Israel you are not welcome in this church", and to be quite honest this is the case all over the world. God calls us to welcome all to Christ with open arms, however the modern zionist 'universal' church views anyone who speaks against Israel, or against zionism itself as anti-semitic, this is exposed in this documentary as well. It features all sorts of so-called christian leaders including John Hagee, Sam Gipp, Joyce Meyer - even Joel Osteen makes an appearance.

Anderson and his colleague Paul Wittenberger have literally left no stone unturned in their pursuit of evidence to support their case.

Pastor Anderson interviews various Jewish leaders including Orthodox, Humanist and Liberal Rabbis. Also featured is Conspiracy expert and Preacher Texe Marrs, Pastors Donnie Romero and David Berzins have their say, as well as various Baptist Pastors and scholars. This is not a cheap film, it must have taken hours upon hours of research and travel. Its definitely the most expensive and extensively researched film released by Framing the World Productions - this is evident just from watching it.

If you were a pro-Israel evangelical would you be convinced by this documentary that everything you believed was wrong? I have to say I doubt it. Probably within the first ten minutes you would turn it off enraged. This is not to criticise the production, its exemplary. I think this is probably better for the undecided, the researcher who scours the internet watching Youtube videos about the end times and who is already well aware of Daniel's 70th week, and who doesn't sit in the pew soaking up what his/her John Hagee clone preacher has to say.

One of the true strengths of this film is in showing that the Jews are literally waiting for the Anti-Christ - in order to FOLLOW him.

My only criticism has to be that the interviews with the rabbi's weren't longer, whilst I appreciate the tone of the documentary in that it exposes Judaism and promotes Christianity, I think that the Rabbis themselves do a great job of showing how fraudulent their religion is, and convict themselves by their own mouths, more of the interviews need to be seen on youtube - I sincerely hope that they do that as they did with the James White interview.

Furthermore, I hope that this video disseminates as well as After the Tribulation and New World Order Bible Versions, whilst this is unlikely to convert a Zionist right off the bat, it may spark a sense of doubt in their minds that will cause further research, after all - how could any Christian support a religion that calls the Lord Jesus Christ a false, failed Messiah?

I sense a big backlash upon the film makers - in fact it has already begun - so I must say that this venture is very, very courageous.

I absolutely recommend this film, in many circles this will be seen as just what we need to break the stranglehold of Zionism on contemporary Christianity. I don't think that change will happen overnight, but I do sense that as this film spreads throughout the internet it will be a big reference point to any debate. I have seen After the Tribulation cut into many documentaries on Youtube, and as other commentators such as Chris White have said that the Anti-Christ is likely to be the Jewish Messiah, I can see this high quality, well researched film being the herald of a growing movement of Christians that are awake, aware and theologically accurate in their beliefs, and now are willing to stand up against the plague that is Zionism.

The film is expected to be released in early April: Pre-orders of Marching to Zion are available here