Quoting for Authority, contexts that have no Textual Authority
February 11 2007 at 4:25 AM
Denominations have begun over arguments about doctrines that are not found in scripture.
This does not mean that a doctrine cannot be justified by an appeal to scripture, but it must be shown what scripture is involved to verify a doctrine. For example, many references oto scripture are in reality, references to a translation, which may or may not actually say what it purports to say.
This can create havoc when used in a debate to prove a point, only to find upon examination, that it is not in the original language, but was provided by translators with a bias.
Now it must be said translators could not do their job if they worked without a bias, but sometimes that bias gets in the way of being true to the text, and by default, alters the resulting context.
Let us demonstrate from an example or two.
Example: Ephesians 3:9 [KJ Translation] says; And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the ystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ;"
The Greek supplies; "And to bring to light what is the stewardship of the mystery having been hidden from the ages in God, the one all things having created."
Note: "By Jesus Christ" is an interpolation given by the translators to "make things clearer." Only it does not "make things clearer" as they purport, rather it makes things more difficult to comprehend, as it changes what is written, what is read, what becomes doctrine, and what causes division among Christians.
Interpolation and Extrapolation are ALWAYS responsible for divisions among us, some to a lessor degree, and some to a major degree. Eph 3:9 is one of major consequences.
Example: I John 5:7 [KJ Translation] says; "For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one."
The Greek supplies; "Because three there are, the ones bearing witness."
The KJ Trnslation ONLY source for the "context" in which "that bear record in heaven, the Father, the word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one," is the Complutensian Bible which was developed by a Roman Catholic Arch-Bishop beginning in 1502.