License to Lie

   Would it change your outlook on how you live your life if it was ok to tell a lie? Think about it. You could say anything to come off as something you aren’t, get what you want, or to stay out of trouble. The possibilities are endless. What if the Bible gave you that ability? In fact, what if it was Jesus Himself? Intrigued? Astonished? Curious? Well, that’s just what is happening with many people as they quote a verse out of John to justify lying. Let me show you the verse:

John 7:8
You go to the festival. I am not going up to this festival, because my time has not yet fully come.

   This, with just a small variation is how it appears in all modern day translations such as the NIV, NASB, CEV, ESV, ASV, Good News, CEV, NLT etc. What’s the issue? It comes in verse 10 where Jesus actually DOES go to the feast, as the newer versions read:

John 7:10

However, after his brothers had left for the festival, he went also, not publicly, but in secret.

   Incidentally, the KJV and NKJV tell the same thing in verse 10. Here’s the HUGE issue. Verse 8 and verse 10 in the modern translations make Jesus out to be lying. Jesus is without sin, no guile, spotless, and blameless, yet in the new versions, people can justify “white lies” as if any lie is good. Now take a look at this from the KJV:
John 7:8
Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast: for my time is not yet full come.

   The NKJV reads this way as well. Jesus says He goes not up YET. One word, one simple word, but it changes everything. Jesus would never lie! In fact, in John 8:44, Jesus tells us that Satan is the father or lies. You may now be asking, why do the KJV and NKJV read differently than all the new and improved versions. It’s the Greek and Hebrew texts that they were translated from. There are two streams of them. The KJV and NKJV both use the Textus Receptus, and the newer versions use the Alexandrian Texts. The difference is where they originate from. I cover that in another article on my website called “Does it Matter What Version Bible You Use?” and it’s located at

   That article will also show you the numerous missing verses, changed verses etc in the modern versions. Maybe you don’t understand how the Textus Receptus can was used and can be trusted over the Alexandrian Texts. Well, I have an easy to understand history of the Bible explaining that as well called “How the Bible Has Maintained God’s Word” located at

   Finally, I will NEVER say God cannot use any version of the Bible to speak to someone, save them, teach them, etc. But, if you had a choice of ALL the words versus missing ones, or incorrect translations, why would you not want the correct one?

In His Grace,

       Mike Harris Jr.




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