Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Bible Myth #39: Catholics burned Bibles

Yes they did. Wouldn’t you?

Let’s pretend for a moment. Let’s say you have been given Truth, the very Word of God, and have been told to protect it, keep it safe, and share it with all people. You would take this seriously, wouldn’t you?

Now let’s say someone takes the Truth you’ve been told to guard and changes it; either accidentally or to suit their own ends. What would you do? Would you shrug your shoulders and look away or would you defend the Word of God?

Before the printing press was invented in the fifteenth century the Catholic Church individually verified the accuracy of each and ever Bible written since they were copied by hand. After the printing press the Church verified each version before authorizing printing. Those that failed the accuracy test were destroyed. Why? The Church was given the responsibility of defending the accuracy of the Word of God; and she takes it very seriously.

Is it really all that important for the Church to verify the accuracy of our Bibles? Let’s take a look at what happens when you don’t:

King James Version (KJV) of 1717: The chapter heading that should read “the parable of the vineyard” reads “the parable of the vinegar”.

KJV 1795: The word “not” was forgotten in Exodus 20:14 so it read “thou shall commit adultery”. Perhaps this is the version soap opera characters use? Well, I digress…

Another version changed Mark 7:27 from “let the children first be filled” to “let the children first be killed”.

Early Protestant translations (which no one reads anymore) were rife with intentional errors. Luther added the word “alone” to his German translation so it read we are saved by “faith alone”. He didn’t mis-translate; he did it to support his personal theology.

Tindale’s Bible had as many as thirty errors per page and according to St. Thomas Moore, a Catholic theologian in England “finding errors in Tindale’s Bible is like studying to find water in the sea”. Even King Henry the VIII (who later started the Anglican Church) outlawed the Tindale Bible because of its blatant corruptions.

Are these Bibles the Word of God? Can you trust these Bibles to contain all truth of salvation? No, these Bibles were the works of man and whether the errors were intentional or accidental doesn’t matter; the Catholic Church had a responsibility to destroy them.

1 comment:

dave ruiz said...

dan you really slam the king james with typos and claim they were intentional . The fact is a lot of my english bible that I use today was made with the blood of saints at the hands of church powers ,in self seeking power both in a pope and in a king(england).You fail to answer why Rome resisted good translations that she could have done but refused.In fact ,popes condemnded vernacular reading of scriptures and condemned bible societies,condemned freedom of conscience in the 1800,s. You can not deny that saddness .You could point out that she has changed and today the Catholics are finally on board with the "protestant" program(silly term but it was necessary-the reformation) of a bible for evey home and every language. Again C.S. Lewis, "those ignorant of history are slaves to the recent past"- meaning ,you keep insisting on a nice catholic church, which it is "today", but it was not always "yesterday". "Today" does not cover two thousand years.............You might get further with other saints by not rationalizing or denying past errors. Yes Rome did burn some bibles with bad intentions covered, veneered with good intentions. She does not today. Alleluia.