18 April 2012

'The Voice' Bible Translation Causes a Stir

From Christian Research Network:

A perusal of the shelves of any bookstore, whether Christian or secular, will find one inundated with a multitude Bible translations. Amid these many available translations arrives a final edition of The Voice. According to the official website:
The Voice helps people connect with Scripture, so it can impact their lives. It's ideal for those who are interested in spirituality, and want their spirituality to be real in their lives and relationships. The Voice helps them to encounter "the glory of the Lord" and be "transformed by the Spirit of the Lord" (2 Cor. 3:18). (Source)
This latest translation, however, makes some interesting omissions from the well-known Biblical text. USA Today reports:
The name Jesus Christ doesn't appear in The Voice, a new translation of the Bible. Nor do words such as angel or apostle. Instead, angel is rendered as messenger and apostle as emissary. Jesus Christ is Jesus the Anointed One or the liberating king. 
That's a more accurate translation for modern American readers, says David Capes, lead scholar for The Voice, a complete edition released this month by publishing company Thomas Nelson. Capes says that many people, even those who've gone to church for years, don't realize that the word "Christ" is a title. " 
They think that Jesus is his first name and Christ is his last name," says Capes, who teaches the New Testament at Houston Baptist University in Texas. 
Reporting on this same story, the Christian Post notes:
Frank Couch, Thomas Nelson's lead editor on the project, told The Christian Post that the purpose of The Voice was to make the Gospel message easier to understand for modern audiences. 
"The Voice has not claimed to be more accurate than any other translation, rather it is more easily understood than any other translation," said Couch. 
The Voice, published by Thomas Nelson, first appeared in 2008 as The Voice New Testament. Upon initial publication, the new translation was not without critics. Chris Rosebrough, Christian apologist and host of the radio show, Fighting for the Faith, expressed his concerns over this translation early on. A primary consideration for Rosebrough was the fact that the creative writing team for The Voice boasts several key leaders in the Emergent Church, including Brian McLaren, Phyllis Tickle, Leonard Sweet and Chris Seay.

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  1. Whhhaaaatttt???? A Bible without "Jesus Christ"? Are you kidding me? And I thought "The Message" was as bad as it could possibly get. What's next, a Bible without "God"? Maybe substitute "Higher Power"? Or has that already been done?

  2. Same old pile of garbage in a new and shiny package complete with a double dose of subtilty. Too many will fall prey to these changes made to help them "understand" the Bible when what is really needed is a hunger and thirst for righteous and the Word of God. So the word 'Christ' is a title, so? The word 'Lord' is a title also reserved for Jesus Christ, have they removed that also? The main contributors to this disgrace are proven heretics (McLaren, Tickle, Sweet, & Seay) who do not hold to the truth of the substitutionary death of the Lord Jesus Christ for the salvation of sinners. This "voice" thing is just one more blasphemy of the Father, and one more time they spit in the Face of the Savior. With further study and comparison with a real translation there is no telling how they have dishonored the Word and our Lord. This is a prime example of seducing spirits doing their dirty work to undermine the work of the Holy Spirit. Even though these seducing spirits know full-well their end will be in the Lake of Fire they are desparate to keep man away from the Lord and to insult, lie about, and blaspheme the Trinity. Jesus Christ has already defeated all His foes by His death and resurrection and has made a public spectacle of them (Col. 2:13-15).


  3. Raw, New age demonic spiritism invitation ...all smartly wrapped in a seemingly palatable " Bible " motif for the myriads of "discernment dead" and spiritually naieve for the tragically adventurous to imbibe on to their spiritual peril.

    If it were possible...even the elect would be deceived.

  4. Blasphemy. Tragic. I wonder what they did with this scripture:

    Philippians 2:9-11
    "9 For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."

  5. Here we are with another "bible" which I would call an abomination that causes misinformation. This is not a bible.


  6. I think this is a major problem with having so many translations. The translators have been elevated to near divine status and those sitting in the pews are trusting what the scholars tell them instead of researching it out for themselves. The "updating" of the Bible began to really take hold in the 1970's with the arrival of the popular NIV in 1978. Since that time, there's been an explosion of "new and improved" Bible translations. But, really what did we expect? When the first major English translation after the KJV appeared in 1881, did we really think that would be it? The Revised Version made hundreds of changes from the KJV, and they were more than just spelling and archaic word updates. With the NIV dynamic equivalency became a legitimate form of translation. And so the downward spiral continues. Perhaps if Christians treated God's Word for what it claims to be, perfect, inspired, inerrant, living, powerful, true and tried, and gave it the reverence and respect it deserved, we wouldn't have seen such gross departures from the sacred text claiming to be Bibles.

    We need to stop trusting the scholars and start trusting God! God has revealed Himself in His Word, so if we can't trust that His revelation is perfect truth then what do we have to build our faith upon? If there are errors in the Bible then God has lied. Every Christian has the responsibility to make sure he/she can trust the Scriptures he/she is reading as 100% accurate and pure.

  7. Has any one read the article????

  8. The further I progress as a Christian, the more I desire a literal translation - I've gone from NIV to NKJV, and now to NASB (updated). I also realise more and more the power, truth and testimony to God in the very words I read.

    The sad state now is because we are seeing a 'creeping in' of the idea that the word of God is hard to read - no it is not. It is the attitude of sinful people that makes it hard to read, not the working of the Holy Spirit through the word.

    Now we (I use the term loosely) are becoming accustomed to easier and easier versions that we will still not read, because we lack the discipline in our very own lives to find the time to simply sit and read, and read as much as we are able. This is why we now have 'bibles' like the NIV2011, The Voice, and a billion other variations, like 'NIV Faithgirlz! Bible, Revised Edition' or 'Playful Puppies Bible' and 'NIV Engaged Couples' Bible'... Sad.

    The Voice is merely another attempt by publishers to make money (and for that I can't blame them for trying), but I also feel that this is a way to soften the impact. What next? A PG-Rated bible withuot all the violence and war?

    PS - all the Bibles I mentioned are for real. They're published by Zondervan.


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