Saturday, March 31, 2012

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To be consistent if we are going to start using newer translations of the Bible we would need to update some of our long time beloved hymns as well. Our first example is with the word Calvary from Luke 23:33. This word doesn't exist in the ESV, NIV, NASB or other modern translations. Instead they use the words The Skull. So instead of calling the hymn At Calvary it would need to be updated to At the Skull. The first verse would go something like this:
Years I spent in vanity and pride,
Caring not my Lord was crucified,
Knowing not it was for me He died on The Skull. 
Mercy there was great, and grace was free;
Pardon there was multiplied to me;
There my burdened soul found liberty at The Skull. 
By God’s Word at last my sin I learned;
Then I trembled at the law I’d spurned,
Till my guilty soul imploring turned to The Skull.
The Old Rugged Cross would also have to be updated.
Oh, that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,
Has a wondrous attraction for me;
For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above
To bear it to dark The Skull.
Not only would we need to take out the word Calvary from our hymnals we need to remove mansions! If you have not heard yet God is not preparing mansions for us any longer in John 14:2. The latest word from modern translations (ESV, NIV and etc) is that we have be down sized to rooms! So we need to update Victory in Jesus.
I heard about a room
He has built for me in glory.
Don't  forget about Mansion Over the Hilltop, or should I say Room Over the Hilltop?
I've got a room just over the hilltop
In that bright land where we'll never grow old
And some day yonder we will never more wander
But walk on streets that are purest gold
Words are not the only things we need to change in our hymnals. The theology needs to change as well. According to the modern Biblical critics who wrote the ESV, NIV, NASB and other translations peace and good will in Luke 2:14 was not really meant for all men. It was only meant for those in whom he is pleased with. Here are just a couple of favorite Christmas hymns who's theology would need to be updated.
Hark the Herald Angels Sing 
Hark! the herald angels sing,
Glory to the new born King, peace on earth,
and mercy mild to whom God is pleased with, God and sinners reconciled!"
Joyful, all ye nations rise, join the triumph of the skies;
with th' angelic host proclaim, "Christ is born in Bethlehem!"
Hark! the herald angels sing, "Glory to the new born King!"

I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day 
I heard the belIs on Christmas Day
Their old familiar carols play.
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of Peace on earth, good will to men whom God is pleased with.
This is just another of the many reasons we need to stick with the long trusted King James Bible when working in the English language. We don't need to update our hymnals and we don't need to update our Bibles.

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