QUESTION: If there is a perfect
Bible in English, doesn't there also have to be a perfect Bible in French,
and German, and Japanese, etc?
ANSWER: No. God has always given His
word to one people in one language
to do one job; convert the world. The supposition that
there must be a perfect translation in every language is erroneous and
inconsistent with God's proven practice.
EXPLANATION: This explanation comes in
three parts: the Old Testament, the New Testament, the entire Bible.
(1) The Old Testament:
It is an accepted fact that, with the exception of some
portions of Ezra and Daniel, the Old Testament was written in Hebrew.
It is also accepted that it was divinely given to the Jews.
Thus God initiates His pattern of operation. He gave His
words to one people in only one language.
God, apparently unintimidated by modem scholarship, did
not feel obligated to supply His words in Egyptian, Chaldian, Syrian,
Ethiopian, or any other of the languages in use on
the earth at the time the Old Testament was written.
The Old Testament was given exclusively
to the Jews. Anyone desiring the word of God would have to convert to
Judaism. Ample provision was made for such occurrences.
(2) New Testament:
It is also an accepted fact that the New Testament was
written in Greek. Koine Greek to be exact. Again, the Lord apparently
saw no reason to inspire a perfect original in all of the languages
of the world extant at that time.
Only this time, instead of giving His Book to a nation,
such as Israel, He simply gave it to the Christians who were told to
go out and convert the world. (Matthew 28:19) His choice of Greek as
the language of the New Testament was obvious in that it was the predominant
language of the world at the time.
(3) The Entire Bible:
It is obvious that God now needed to get both His Old
Testament and His New Testament welded together in a language that was
common to the world. Only English can be considered such a language.
The English language had been developing for many centuries
until the late sixteenth century. About that time it finally reached
a state of excellence that no language on earth has ever attained. It
would seem that God did the rest. He chose this perfect language for
the consummation of his perfect Book.
First England and later the United States swept the globe
as the most powerful nations on earth, establishing English in all corners
of the globe as either a primary or secondary language.
Today nations who do not speak English must still teach
English to many of their citizens. Even nations antagonistic to the
West such as Russia and Red China must teach English to their business
and military personnel.
Thus in choosing English in which to combine His two Testaments,
God chose the only language which the world would know. Just as He has
shown in His choosing only one language for the Old
Testament and only one language for the New Testament,
He continued that practice by combining those two testaments in only
But let us not forget the fact that, by choosing the English
language, God has given us a mandate to carry out the
great commission. He did not give us a perfect Bible to set placidly
on the coffee table in our living room to let our guests know that we
are "religious". He did not give it to us to press a flower
from our first date, or to have a record of our family tree. He gave
it to us to read! And to tuck under our arm and share
with the lost world the good news of Jesus' payment for sin that is
Let's get busy!