Long time church goers and fellow southern Christians will tell you there is but one translation of the Bible. The 1611 King James Version of The Bible. I heard someone say it’s so bad that some old southerners believe Moses gave his Sermon on the Mount from the King James Version of the Bible. This still makes me giggle, because it’s absolutely true, nobody messes with the KJV of the Bible.
In a way I find this good because it means that people grasp the understanding of how important it is to preserve the content of our sacred book. Those 66 inspired Holy books that comprise the Bible must never be re-written or changed in anyway that distorts what God wrote. As believers we protect each and every scripture, in olden days people gave their lives gladly to protect the validity of the Bible. In modern times, as things change so rapidly, I take solace in the Word of God that’s stays the same.
Unless you study beyond what the normal believer normally does you may not be aware that there was a English translation preceding the KJV of the Bible called the Geneva Bible (1560) it was translated from Jeromes Vulgate which is actually the Great Granddaddy of most translations of the Bible. To this date every time a new translation comes out it is proverbial nails on the Christian chalkboard to those that hold fast that there is but one true translation of the Bible, the tried and true, King James Version of Bible.
Rewriting or changing even the smallest scripture in the Bible would alter it forever. It stands as absolute truth in its present preserved form. If we start subtracting passages that are not politically correct in this day and age because they make people feel uncomfortable we bastardized the whole Bible and effect the faith of future generations. Parts of the Bible are uncomfortable. King Herod ordering the slaughter of all children trying to kill Jesus is a gruesome thought. The Old Testament is full of bloody wars and entire societies being obliterated. So what happens if you edit those out to make the reader feel more comfortable?
The Bible is a teacher. The Bible is a mirror. It allows us to see our spiritual self. It convicts us of sin, it advices our walk, it guides our lives and sometimes the lessons it uses are to learn from others mistakes. Once we start chiseling away at what we don’t like to see or hear the Bible no longer stands for absolute Truth but becomes truth as we see it.
History is like a mirror too, because we can look back and compare ourselves to what we find. I often look back on my own life and make adjustments based on things that worked for me or things that failed. That’s the absolute truth of history, it happened. We can either have a truthful recollection of it or we can chip away at it until it’s a lie and comforts people. The problem is with history just like the Bible, if you remove too much, the power to learn anything from it dissolves, and people will repeat it.
Truth is America was built on the backs of slaves that were treated inhumanely and suffered greatly. This is the painful, ugly, festering truth. And we must ask why would our government WANT to destroy all evidence of this part of history? Why are they allowing statues to be removed or flags to be taken down? I liken it to a Christian allowing someone to put out a new Bible that’s been conveniently hacked away at to promote their own agenda.
Why do they want all record of it destroyed?
Two words : Historical Revisionism
I want our government to erect a wall similar to The Vietnam War Memorial Wall in Washington DC that all current surviving family of slaves could submit their ancestors name or names to be engraved on that wall forever….never to be forgotten.
I also feel that there should be a NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SLAVERY dedicated to the story of those human rights abuses slaves suffered on American soil. There should be a conscientious effort to preserve every artifact and every story of the atrocities that occurred not only in the South but in the North as well. Instead of demolishing every remnant that it happened, we need to finally stand together and demand a NATIONAL recognition of it and an effort needs to be made to make a TRUTHFUL record of it. Preserving every disgusting detail of the abuse slaves suffered on plantations, on the boats bringing them here, and on wealthy northern owners farms. I want every family ripped apart, every woman used for breeding and every man beaten or killed unjustly stories told.
We need to see REAL NUMBERS, REAL FACES, REAL STORIES. And not the story of the Civil War with a sideline on slavery. Slavery needs to be upfront and center and exposed from every angle.
I want our children to leave this museum in tears. I want schools to take trips to see this wall. I want to preserve how horrible it was. I want children to see what evil men are capable of doing. In 100 years what will the slaves story look like if the history is rewritten, all artifacts and remnants destroyed? Will children be taught about it truthfully or will it be rewritten in a softer more swallowable fashion that degenerates the vulgarity of the truth? Will it make certain people look better or less guilty? What will be the outcome of destroying the evidence?
The last slaves to live have passed away. They live on in stories told to their children and their children’s children. The record of their lives is preserved more in oral tradition than recorded fact. This make their heritage, their very existence , vulnerable to be destroyed. By erasing all books, monuments, flags and other symbols we are only solidifying this situation to be forgotten or remembered in a way that is “more comfortable” for those who learn about it in the future.
Protect the truth.
The truth shall set you free.
A National Museum was started but currently it sits in a state of oweing 215K in back taxes.
*** I recommend the Interlinear Hebrew Greek English Bible for an accurate study of scriptures. Also available in a 4 Volume Set (larger print than single volume) Interlinear Hebrew Greek English 4 Volume Set