I'm reading a book by a fairly known author who has done indepth study on the language of the Bible, specifcally comparing words, phrases, geographics, etc, of modern versions, such as NIV, or KJV to the orginial texts. In summary, he is claiming that because we don't read the Bible through the eyes of ancient middle-eastern scholars, we are not getting the true meaning of words, situations, or cirucumatances depicted in the Bible. We're trying to see and understand a book written to Hebrews, for Hebrews, with Hebrew language. In other words, our modern translations don't always say what the originial text meant. So I ask, before we can read the Bible's true message, must we first take Latin, Greek, or ancient Hebrew in order to fully understand and appreciate what God is telling us? The author confesses he has changed his mind several times on his beliefs, but this author must state he hasn't convinced me so far to change mine.
I fully understand what his premise is; modern versions of the Scripture shouldn't be accepted at face value because, for example, there are situations in the Bible when the word 'all' doesn't necessarily mean 'all'. I agree there are versions of the Bible that don't give the truth, but soft peddle around topics such as the virgin birth, original sin, etc. But I adhere to the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible. This is what I read, study, and trust, and as I tell others of Christ, I read the Romans Road right off the page. I haven't tried to decipher these verses, disect them, or define them. I trust in the power of God's written word, especially when it comes to salvation, repentence, redemtption, baptism, and other verses directly associated with salvation.
I don't haggle over if the word 'all' really means 'all' or believing the rapture takes place before, during, or after the tribulation. I do wonder about the gap between Genesus 1:1 and Genesis 1:2, but I don't debate it. In Book 2 of The Genesis Factor. I even specualte on what may have happened, but I believe these things will be revealed to us in God's time.