Thy word is true from the beginning: And every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.
Psalm 119:160 kjv
Adam Lewis Greene, a Santa Cruz typographer, has set out with the goal in mind to make the bible more readable to today’s ever-developing society.
Greene claims that the layout of the old and new testaments of the bible discourages readers from reading the book from front to back.
He later adds “ No wonder that while 73% of Americans say they are Christian, only 1 in 5 Americans will cop to actually reading the Bible on a regular basis.
It’s name will be the Bibliotheca, and the idea is to print the bible as just another long book; four attractive hardcover volumes, 2 for the old testament and 2 for the New.
Greene, also goes on to state that the verse and chapter numbers used as reference points are actually new; finding their origin in the Medieval times.
Finally he states, and when I say he I mean Adam Lewis Greene, and not Jehovah, that the bible was meant to be experienced not as a spiritual encyclopedia, but literature.
Now here is my take and personal opinion on the new project the Bibliotheca. While good intension and sincerity may have been at the center of reasoning behind this project, there have been many people throughout the history of mankind that have been sincerely mistaking.
The lack of interest in reading of the bible consistently among the American christians has nothing to do with the lack of readability of the old and new testaments, but more so a lack of understanding and a desire not to be convicted of sins that they hold dear.
How does the bible tell us that we are to understand it?
Answer: Isaiah 28:10 kjv – For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:
The bible tells us we must compare scripture with scripture to understand it and we will only find God when we search for Him diligently with all our hearts(Jer 29:13). So simplifying or modifying the bible will not bring the reader any closer to the Lord. The reader needs to come to God with an open heart and learn at the feet of Jesus.
Who’s job is it to convict us of sin?
Answer: John 16:8 kjv- And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
The answer is the Holy spirit convicts us of sin (see also John 16:13) if we deny the rebuke we feel when we read the more difficult scripture of the bible we deny the Holy spirit working in our lives. Which if is done too consistently is the only sin God cannot forgive ( MT 12:31)
According to the top bible scholars of the world- if honestly admitted- after the king james version of the bible were completed there was no further need for any other translation of the bible.
It’s the closest and most accurate resource we have to the original text. Also in many of the latter forms of the bible it’s been found that some versions actually contain verses that gear different meaning than that of the hebrew & greek translations intended and even gave way to some missing versions and I’m willing to bet my lucky stars friends, that this new project, the bibliotheca, won’t be the exception.
Remember God’s solemn warning concerning His holy word…
Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.
Proverbs 30:5-6 kjv
For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
Revelation 22:18-19 kjv
Taking away or adding to for a more readable content does make us liable to God for profaning that which is Holy and making no distinction between what’s Holy and what’s profane.
I dare say, that we should stay far away from these “simplified bibles” and cling to the truth of God friends. I will leave you with these scriptures.
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 kjv