What The Bible Teaches About Music
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The Bible is very clear that we, as Christians, should not be involved in the lifestyle of rioting, envying, and strife. But rather that we are to abstain from these things which are brought about by lusts or greed. Our work is to bring about peace and quietness. What is the motive behind riots? Is it not to express our hatred or dislike for someone or that which someone is doing or has done. Even more clearly it is rebellion against authority. We are, as Christian to submit to those in authority believing that God has assigned them and He will handle any injustice done by them. He will care for us. He will repay and so we avoid such actions of disputing. Mt 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Ro 13:1-8 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour. Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. Ro 13:13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. (Romans 13:1-13 should be read.) Eph 4:30-32 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. 1Pe 2:11-12 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation. Isa 32:17-18 And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever. And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places;
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The purpose of this presentation is to put into layman’s language a clear and logical presentation of why we need and accept new “Bible Translations”. It does not infer the new translations are a correction or improved translation from the original text. Rather it is to help us understand clearly the meaning of the Word of God in our generation.
FIRST: Every Bible you have is a translation. A translation is an attempt by people to put into the current vernacular the Word of God as it was recorded in the Greek and Hebrew manuscripts. We must understand there is a difference between a translation and someone who paraphrases the Scripture. In essences a pastor or Bible teacher in his message is paraphrasing the Bible in that he is putting into his words what the Bible says to help you understand. Certainly we would not call that a translation of the Scriptures but it is helpful and a necessity to teach us what God’s Word says. A translation is done by people who take the words from the available manuscripts and attempt to translate them into the language of the people.
SECOND: The original Scriptures that were recorded in a direct revelation from God are not in existence. We believe the reason God removed them was so we would not find ourselves worshiping those manuscripts and miss the message God gave us. It would be as if we had the crown of thorns that Jesus wore, or the Shroud that was so popular recently or the cross on which Christ died. The world would make them an idol. They would worship the object and forget the God who made them and brought redemption through these things.
THIRD: the Word of God is settled in heaven not on earth. “For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven” Ps. 119:89. “The Word of our God shall stand forever” Isa. 40:8 “The words of the Lord are pure words; as silver tried in a furnace on earth, refined seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, from this generation for ever” Ps. 12:6-7, “But the Word of the Lord abides forever” I Pet. 1:25, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words shall not pass away” Matt. 24:35..
We may debate manuscripts, denounce translations, divide the body of Christ all to no avail. God’s Word is settled in Heaven, not on earth. It is His Word, not ours. The phrase “My Word” “Word of the Lord”, “Word of God” and others are used through out the Bible. How can we as mortal man believe we can protect His eternal Word? We can preach it, memorize it, study it, love it, defend it, deny it but not destroy it. The preservation of its purity and protection of its contents are in His hands.
God has been the protector of His Word, and for some six thousand years He has handled it well. He has personally taken the responsibility for the preservation and inspiration of His Word. He has not invited us to do this for Him. He is silent on how He protects His Word. He just does it. It is a little silly for us to fight over something so completely out of our control.
Believe me, if the devil could destroy the Bible, he would have done so long ago. One of the great testimonies of the Bible that cannot be explained by the enemy is its preservation. Kings, armies, atheists, philosophers, humanists, liberal theologians, and governments, (including our own), have tried to remove and destroy the Bible. It is still the world’s best seller each year. Again, God is the protector of His Word.
FOURTH: Dr. Warren Wiersbe says in his book, “Be Determined” that “We need new translations of the Bible, not because the Bible Changes, but because our language changes. Suppose you had to use John Wycliffe’s Version of the Bible, the oldest version in English. How much of this passage would you understand if you did not already know it from another version”
“Alle ye that traueilen & ben chargid come to me & I schal fulfille you. Take ye my yok on you & lerne ye of me for I am mylde and meke in herte: and ye schulen finde rest to youre soulis/ for my you for my yok is softe & my charge liyt.”
Listed below is another example using the same passage of Scripture from three early translations and two later translations? The first three translations were completed within a time span of about seventy years. There have been numerous other translations but these are well known and will show us why men see the need of new translations.
The Geneva Bible, 1560 AD. was the Bible used by John Bunyan, Oliver Cromwell, Shakespeare, and the Puritans. It was designated “The Peoples Book”. It held preeminence among English versions for about a century. It was also the Bible brought over on the Mayflower and it laid the spiritual foundations for America.
The Bishops’ Bible, 1558-1606 AD. There are fewer differences between the Bishops’ Bible and the King James Version than any other preceding translation
The King James Version 1611 AD. “It was designated the Authorized Version by King James of England however no Parliament ever approved this designation… For the first time, England was reading one Bible at home and hearing the same Bible read in church. It stilled all controversy and became so accepted that some said there was no distinction between it and the original text…Almost nine tenths of the New Testament is word for word from the Geneva Bible. This version has been revised several times but is a good and time honored translation that has impacted several generations.
These three versions are much alike. Again the reason we need updated translations is that languages change. Words and phrases that had one meaning years ago now have a different meaning. To illustrate these changes we have quoted the same passage of Scripture from three translations, II Corinthians 6:11-13, and it shows how the English language has changed
King James Version
V. 11. O ye Corinthians, our mouth is open unto you, our heart is enlarged,
V. 12. Ye are not straitened in us but ye are straitened in your own bowels.
V. 13. Now for recompense in the same, (I speak as unto my children) be ye also enlarged.
American Standard Version, 1901 AD now updated to the New American Standard Version translates the passage as follows:
V. 11 Our mouth has spoken freely to you, O Corinthians, our heart is opened wide.
V. 12 You are not restrained by us but you are restrained in your own affections.
V. 13 Now in a like exchange-I speak as to children-Open wide to us also.
New International Version 1973 AD translation renders the passage as follows:
V. 11. We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians, and opened wide our hearts to you.
V. 12. We are not withholding our affection from you, but you are withholding yours from us.
V. 13. As a fair exchange-I speak as to my children-open wide your hearts also.
Which was easiest for you to read? Which was easiest to understand? Did it change the meaning of the passage? Did it clarify the meaning of the passage?
The words used at the time of the translations were correct and clearly understood. However words change their meaning as they are passed from generation to generation. Consider the sample of words used in the King James Translation listed below. Some we do not understand today. Some have changed meaning. Some mean the opposite of their original use and change the meaning of Scripture. As you read the passages you will understand why men see the need for a new translation.
Here are a few examples:
peradventure-Rom. 5:7, concupiscence-Col. 3:5, conversation -I Pet. 3:1, straitly-Acts 4:7, gay-James. 2:3, privy-Acts 5:2 , bowels- II Cor. 6:12, concision-Phi. 3:2, cleave- Rom. 12:9, nought -Rom., 14:10, charitably-Rom. 14:15, swellings-II Cor. 12:20 lasciviousness-II Cor. 12:21, apace-Ps. 68:12, agone-I Sam. 30:13, cometh-Rom. 10:17, Charity, I Cor. 13.
Dr. McGee in his Bible teaching used a familiar cliché, “Where the rubber meets the road”. We understand this because we use rubber tires on so many vehicles. In parts of the world they have no idea what he is talking about. It must be translated into the language of the people. One translation of this is “Where the turtle crosses the road”. In their culture they understand this. It makes little sense to us in America. This is putting the translation into the language of the people. This is the objective of the translator.
FIFTH: Along with this you must consider that there are hundreds of translations in the world today. The Wycliffe Bible translators have done an excellent job of translating the Bible into many languages. We have heard many missionaries tell of trying to find a right word for such terms as nail, cross, sheep, sword, helmet, etc. to express the meaning of the Scriptures so the people of various cultures would understand.
BBN and its affiliates broadcast in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, German and Russian. We use 8 different translations of the Bible. All of these translations are compiled using the Greek and Hebrew text available to them, but the bottom line is you must put the Bible into the language of the people. Would everybody agree on every word the translators use? No. But again, God protects His Word and the message is clearly given to draw people to the Lord Jesus Christ. The missionary enterprise of the world depends on the Holy Spirit (the interpreter, revealer, teacher, and persuader) to draw people to Christ. The Holy Spirit has the ability to properly interpret every translation for the seeking person who wants to know God. “Him that comes to me I will in no wise cast out”.
Men of God have devoted a great portion of their lives and many have been killed trying to accomplish this feat of translating the Bible into the contemporary languages that you and I may understand in our tongue the unchanging message God communicated to us. We are privileged to have the whole Bible in our language. Is it not a little ridiculous for us to fight over a certain translation and theologians debate and preachers and teachers divide the body of Christ, while much of the world has little or no Scriptures in their language? Paul said, “Preach the Word”. Often it is easier to defend the Bible within our comfort zone, fighting other Christians, rather than to declare it in a hostile world in darkness and rebellion. In defending and declaring His Word we want peace surrounding rather than war. However this is not our option. As believers we are in a war zone, or are we? Today much of the Church is an army of occupation rather than an army of conquest. Eph. 6: 8-10.
Recently a preacher called me about a statement we had made. We said, “that in the translations of this century no major doctrine has been perverted.” He reminded me of a controversial translation a few years ago that translated verses in Isa. 7:14 “Virgin” into “Young Lady”. It was properly translated “Virgin” in Matt. 1:23. I asked him where that translation was today. He agreed that it has basically disappeared. We said, “Why?” Has not God again protected His Word?
Some would rather you not read the Bible at all if you are not going to read “their” translation. Most of America is ignorant of what the Bible really says. Surveys show that it is seldom read except on Sunday while at church. I would say, “Read the translation that you are comfortable with. But what ever you do, make it a habit to read, meditate and memorize it every day. Then share it with someone else. It is the source of your spiritual food to help you grow.” Take some time and read Psalm 119. You will really begin to sense the value of the Word to you.
SIXTH: The devil’s tactic is to divide and cause dissention to eventually destroy us. “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” I Peter 5:8. It is time to focus on the declaration of His Word and let God defend it. Let’s share the most important message with a world that is starving to know Truth. We have it in our possession. We are therefore responsible to carry it to the World. How would we answer this question on judgement day if the Lord should ask? “I gave you My Word. Why didn’t you take it to the world?” Bottom line; In that day all that will matter will be whether we absorbed the Word of God into our lives and shared it with a lost world for whom Christ died. Matt. 28:19-20
SEVENTH: The commitment of the Bible Broadcasting Network is to take the whole Word to the whole world through radio. Will you join us in this venture of faith? As Rom. 10:17 says, “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God”.
The ultimate questions that demand answers are these. “How then shall they call upon Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how shall hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring the glad tidings of good things.” Rom. 10”14-15
Our mission statement at BBN is found in Acts 26:18. “To open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, in order that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in me”. Will you join us in this mission of taking the whole Word to the whole world via radio and any other means available to us? At the end of the road we will all say, to God be the glory, great things He has done!
Humans were created by God in His image. (Genesis 1:26, 27) “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” Since God is a trinity, there must be a trinity in humans, as well. That would be body, soul, and spirit. When Adam and Eve sinned, some part of them died. God had said, (Genesis 2:6-7) “And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” Since their bodies did not die on that day, and their souls did not die on that day, it must have been their spirit that died. That spirit is what is born anew when a person comes to Jesus Christ for salvation. That is what being born again means.
Consider (Hebrews 4:12) “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
I would differentiate between soul and spirit like this. The soul is the system within the body that allows it to live. The brain and the nervous system are a part of the soul. At physical death, the blood is still in the body, the muscles are still there, the teeth and all body components, assuming that some were not destroyed in the act of death. However, those body parts cease to operate. That is because the soul dies. So, an unsaved person has a body and a soul. That is only a dual component person, not a trinity. The spirit is made alive in a human at the new birth. That makes the complete person that God intends for humans to be. That spirit is able to communicate with the Holy Spirit, making it possible for the human to understand God’s Word. (First Corinthians 2:14) “But the natural manreceiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness untohim: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
For more on the topic see: 0803 Creation
I don’t know about you but sometimes I struggle with living the consecrated life that truly exemplifies the Lord Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul when writing to the church at Corinth must have realized that they too had difficulty from time to time. For he wrote a letter of encouragement to help them stay on track. If we, as believers, are to continue to live for the Lord Jesus day by day, there are five principles that we must put into practice. Paul gave them to the Corinthians as he closed out his first letter to them.
1. BE ALERT
It is imperative that we fully understand that we have many enemies who wish to harm the body of Christ. Every believer must beware of the enemy, Satan. We must be continually on guard with our eyes always looking for those signs of his presence. He walks about seeking those who may be weak or wayward. He intends to distract and devour.
Two things are very important here. First must be the constant watch for evil. Even the appearance of it must prompt those who would escape to flee! But also, we must watch those who are the accomplices of evil. They will try to draw us aside from the strength of our faith and the unity of the Gospel.
2. BE FIRM
We who have placed our trust in the Lord Jesus Christ are to stand fast in our position. To hold in conscientious credence what we have already received as the truth of God. Keeping in our ranks and being determined to not allow them to be broken as we stay close together in faith and unity. For in unity there is provision of additional strength should the enemy approach. Should he succeed in breaking our ranks, and dividing one part of this sacred army from another, our defeat will be inevitable.
Let the truth that God loves us, and the fact that he has forgiven us, and the knowledge that He expects us to stand for Him in the faith, cause us to be unwavering. As faithful people let us make Godly decisions, march to God’s directions and move with a distinct difference as we hold fast our profession of faith together.
3. BE COURAGEOUS
We must also be as mature people who understand the truth. and so are determine to give up life rather than give up the testimony of God. The young and weaker ones may quit but we must not flinch. Even when attacked we must maintain our ground. Our resistance must allow us to press forward and fight knowing that our Captain will prevail and conquer any foe.
4. BE STRONG
We must be strong in the Lord, putting forth with all our might and energy to maintain the truth. For we know that as we exercise our spiritual strength it will increase. If the enemy seem too great a force, then we must encourage one another and so sustain each other. We must not fear. For that will drain our energy.
5. BE LOVING
The greatest motivator in the world is not money or power, or position. It is love! If we are to continue to live the powerful Christian life that points others to our Savior, then we must do all that we do in love. We must love God who first loved us, and we must love our fellow man. Love must be the motive for our conduct. Where a true principle of Christian charity prevails among the members of a personal family or a church family, it will cast out selfishness, pride, envy, and division. The sum of all the commandments, both towards God and towards our neighbor, is love.
For more about this topic see: BBN BI course # 21000 The Life That Pleases God
Introducing people to Jesus through the teaching of the Bible has been our mission here at BBN for over 30 years. The staff of BBN, like so many followers of Christ down through the ages have dedicated themselves to sharing the good news of forgiveness from sin with as many as possible around the world. Why? What makes Jesus different from other religious leaders? Here are just a few truths.
Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:16) He didn’t offer “A” way to God. He is “THE” way.
Jesus is the only one that can offer forgiveness for sin and eternal life. He said, “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” (John 10:28)
Jesus said, “I and my Father are one.” (John 10:30) The apostle John called him “the Word” and wrote of Him, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1) Jesus is God.
Not only did he willingly become the sacrifice to pay for our sins but he defeated death and rose from the grave to be seen by hundreds of eye-witnesses. Consider Luke 24:36-48.
“And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.
And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet. And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat? And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb. And he took it, and did eat before them. And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things.”
He is the only religious leader ever to die and rise again. Further, He lives today!
If you would like to study more about Jesus, we have a publication on our web site called What the Bible Teaches with a chapter about Jesus that summarized many of the scriptural passages that will help you know Him.
For more about this topic see: BBN BI course # 11300 Claims of Christ
It’s true! BBN only plays conservative Christian music and has for over thirty years; and during that time, our radio network has grown from just one radio station to over 250 radio outlets around the world. Those who argued in 1971 that we could not build a large radio network if we did not play contemporary music were wrong then – and are wrong now. BBN only plays Christian music with a message that is biblical and ministers to the heart as God intends.
Those who listen to BBN daily tell us repeatedly what a blessing our music ministry is to them and their family. And not just “old timers,” but more and more teenagers and young married couples, too. Recently we heard from a former “disc jockey” at a contemporary Christian radio station in Kentucky, who said after listening to BBN, “I quit the station because I got tired of playing and listening to music that sounded like rock and roll. Thank God for the music on BBN.”
In Ephesians 5:18-19, the Apostle Paul encourages us to “be filled with the (Holy) Spirit; speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord,” and the music on BBN helps us to do this – every day.
For more about music see: BBN BI course # 50300 Study of Music