8 Jul 2022

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Saintman 2022-07-08 04:28

Jappel that is wonderful! 😄
Thanks for sharing the good news with us. 🥳🎉

23 May 2022

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Saintman 2022-05-23 05:50

Sure you can. And you have my condolences for living under "Dictator Dan" 😟

22 May 2022

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Saintman 2022-05-22 18:26

I found that the intervals of the final 30% are too large to be of any practical benefit, so now any verse that reaches 50-70%, I reset so it doesn't disappear into the long review periods.
I figured out early on that I don't need a computer to tell me if I have 'fully learned' something, and it's better to have more control over what verses I want to review.

14 May 2022

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Saintman 2022-05-14 11:16

My favourite antidote for anxiety is Isaiah 26:3
And then focus on Jesus, the Prince of Peace 😊

12 May 2022

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Saintman 2022-05-12 04:44

Thanks Jappel, I am slowly improving. 😊
I would still appreciate your ongoing prayers.
Do the farmers still need prayer?

4 May 2022

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Saintman 2022-05-04 10:53

I appreciate all your prayers.
Some days I struggle very much, but I have noticed an improvement the last few days.
I believe the Lord hears our prayers and can heal me fully.

3 May 2022

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Saintman 2022-05-03 00:32

I have another prayer request.
I had heart surgery over a year ago but have not recovered back to normal, and my O2 sats have been lower than usual. All the tests cannot find anything.
As a result of the heart problem, my energy is sapped most of the time.
Could you please pray for healing of my heart and lungs and energy?
I know the Lord is able to heal.
And the more people who pray, the better.
If you would take the time to pray, that would mean so much to me. Thank you!

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Saintman 2022-05-03 00:16

Yes, Australia.
Thank you for your prayers.
Just a few days ago, I confirmed a house-sit which will give me 5 months of free accommodation, looking after some fish!
Praise God!

30 Apr 2022

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Saintman 2022-04-30 04:13

Some of the big advantages I found were:
1. Being able to study at my own pace, and learning how to learn for myself which was a valuable life skill.
This saved me two years of time.
2. No bullying (which I had in public school), not wasting time listening to the teacher yelling at naughty students.
3. No influence of ungodly world views (which have become much worse since then).
4. Time flexibility to learn scripture and do extracurricular activities.
5. Positive family atmosphere. Peace and quiet being able to learn without distractions.
6. No influence of ungodly friends.

I could go on, but I want to encourage homeschoolers that anything you think you're missing out on is far outweighed by what you gain by homeschooling.

28 Apr 2022

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Saintman 2022-04-28 21:46

From what you've said about your mother, she sounds like a wise and loving person, who has made a big impact on you and your faith in Christ.
I can see your love for the Word of God as evidence of that.
I am thankful that my mother was "convicted" (her words) to homeschool us.
We did ACE, which has a heavy emphasis on Bible memorization and gives certificates (Silver Apple Award and Golden Apple) for memorizing books of the Bible.
My mother also gave us a dollar for each chapter we learned.
Of course I didn't do it for the awards, but for the spiritual benefits and how it brought me closer to God.
Still it was nice being fully supported in the process.

I am thankful that so many mothers are homeschooling today, and hope that they also take the opportunity to foster a love of the Word of God in their children.

And I hope the homeschooling children put in the effort when it comes to Bible memorization. It's certainly easier to memorize when you're younger, and the benefits are beyond understanding.

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Saintman 2022-04-28 08:11

Excellent list, Onfire.
I have a list of about 300 and there's a lot of overlap there.
So you were homeschooled too?

27 Apr 2022

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Saintman 2022-04-27 21:51

If you know that one already, how about this one:
Matt 6:33
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

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Saintman 2022-04-27 21:50

Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

26 Apr 2022

25 Apr 2022

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Saintman 2022-04-25 01:50

I will pray for the farmers.

Also can you please pray for me.
About 2 weeks from now, I will need to leave my apartment (lease ending) and there are no units available for rent in my budget.
(there is a severe rental shortage in my area)
So I will need a kind homeowner to let me stay with them (preferably a Christian).
I would appreciate your prayers.

24 Apr 2022

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Saintman 2022-04-24 03:12

Onfire, sounds like a good idea!

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Saintman 2022-04-24 02:07

I don't know who came up with the arbitrary and rubbery yardstick that it's ok to remove words and verses from the Bible, as long as "core doctrines" are not affected.
We have been conditioned for too long that this is acceptable.
I, too, fell into the trap of accepting it, so I'm not pointing the finger at anyone.

Any kind of tampering with the Word of God should be viewed seriously, and removing the word "Lord" from the title of the Lord Jesus Christ is disrespectful.

Jesus said, "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away."
and also, "For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled." Matt 5:18.

So from this we know that God cares very much about the accurate preservation of His Word, which we can find in the Byzantine/KJV text.

23 Apr 2022

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Saintman 2022-04-23 21:27

So, in summary these important Christian doctrines are weakened or in some way affected by the changes made to the manuscripts:
1. The Trinity, with Jesus Christ as the Alpha and Omega.
2. Baptism and the Great Commission
3. The title of the Lord Jesus Christ
4. Hell

There's probably more, but these are just the ones that come to mind.

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Saintman 2022-04-23 21:21

Hi Onfire,
My comment was in relation to this:
"And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest."
I can't see this proviso in any of the verses you mentioned, and it seems like a very logical requirement.

And, yes, repentance is required, but paedobaptists would say that an innocent baby doesn't need to repent.

And if a baby cannot even talk, how can the baptizer know that they believe with all their heart?

It's a very inconvenient verse for a church system that teaches the necessity of infant baptism.
So, not surprisingly the verse was removed from the three famous manuscripts, Vaticanus, Alexandrinus, and Sinaiticus.

Unfortunately even Protestant academics have been tricked into believing that these are the best manuscripts we have, and forsaken the Byzantine ones which include Acts 8:37 and are consistent with believers baptism.

Also, as I mentioned, Jesus said,
"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit".
Nothing that Paul said cancels this out.
And Paul does speak of the people he baptized, although that was not his primary objective, of course.

Acts 2:38 highlights the importance of baptism even more.

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Saintman 2022-04-23 10:14

And Joosep, as you're my brother, I sincerely hope the Lord uses you as an evangelist, with whatever Bible version you use.

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Saintman 2022-04-23 09:34

Another difference I found today.
"Lord Jesus" and "Lord Jesus Christ" are found many more times in the KJV than other versions.

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Saintman 2022-04-23 09:24

And, speaking of burning, I did a search today and found that "Hell" is mentioned 54 times in the KJV, but only 17 times in the ESV.
And JWs don't believe in hell, however it's a very important theological subject, and we need to be trying to save people from going there.

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Saintman 2022-04-23 09:22

Yes, Evangelism is important, and I recommend to everyone that we should be sharing the gospel as often as possible.
In my attempts to share the gospel with JWs, the version used is important, for the reasons I have mentioned.

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Saintman 2022-04-23 05:05

As far as I know Acts 8:37 is the only verse that gives a requirement for Baptism, and establishing believers baptism rather than paedobaptism.

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Saintman 2022-04-23 03:48

Here is another one:
Revelation 1:11
KJV starts with, "Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last:
ESV omits this.

Why is this important?
Because it's Jesus speaking. In verse 13 it says he is the Son of Man.

This is linked to 1:8 which says,
8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

If you were trying to convince a JW that Jesus Christ is God and used this verse, you would want to have a KJV, not an ESV.

That's one thing they teach - Almighty God = Jehovah. But they won't believe Jesus Christ is Almighty God or Jehovah.

From my perspective, these omissions are an attempt to remove Jesus Christ from the Trinity.
(combined with removal of 1 John 5:7)

You would be familiar with Revelation 22:19
And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

So if these words were removed deliberately from ancient manuscripts, those scribes will be in trouble.

It shows how important the role of copying manuscripts was, and from what I've heard, most scribes took it very seriously.
If they made a slight error, they were trained to start over again, as ink could not be erased.

Take another look at Sinaiticus and all the alterations seen on a single page.

http://www.sinaiticus.net/other%20mss.html

Of course I used the ESV for years and consider it better than perhaps all the other alternatives, but I'm glad to be in the KJV camp now.

22 Apr 2022

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Saintman 2022-04-22 23:13

Onfire, I may be in the minority opinion compared with modern day theologians,
but I join in the tradition of historical KJV preachers and theologians, such as John Wesley, John Bunyan, George Whitefield, Jonathan Edwards, William Carey etc.
So I'm not feeling too lonely!

I understand your position though.
I used to hold it.
But I would encourage you to prayerfully consider the KJV again, as now you're mature, you should be able to handle the Old English.
Perhaps just try it for a while and see what difference it makes?
I think you'll adapt quickly, as you seem pretty smart!

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Saintman 2022-04-22 23:06

FinalAsgard, take a look at Acts 8:37.
Do you think it was added in the KJV or removed from ESV and the others.
It is the answer to a question, which if not answered, seems strange.
Also, what motive would a church, such as the Catholic Church have for removing this verse?
Note that it's removed from Codex Vaticanus, kept at the Vatican, as well as Alexandrinus and Sinaiticus.

It requires a profession of faith for Baptism, which babies cannot do.
This excludes Paedobaptism and is the only verse in the Bible which clearly does that.

Is Baptism an important doctrine?

It's part of the Great Commission in Matt 28, and obedience to Jesus Christ is of major importance.

Also, do you think fasting is important?
Well strangely is was deleted from 1 Cor 7:5 and Matthew 17:21.
If you want a successful exorcism, KJV is the way to go!

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Saintman 2022-04-22 12:44

Also, compare Romans 8:1 in ESV and KJV.
This has implications for whether Christians are permitted to "walk after the flesh" or not.

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Saintman 2022-04-22 12:39

The ESV is a literal translation (compared to others such as the NIV) and when I was at Bible College, I compared all the translations with the Greek text (UBS) and ESV was the best. So that's the version I used for years afterwards.
And yes, you can derive the doctrine of the Trinity from it, however the clearest presentation of the Trinity is 1 John 5:7 which in the ESV just says, "For there are three that testify."
KJV says, "For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one."

Usage of 1 John 5:7 dates all the way back to 200 AD by Tertullian who obviously had an even earlier manuscript of the Byzantine type.
https://www.scionofzion.com/1_john_5_7.htm

By comparison, Codex Sinaiticus is dated 325 AD.

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Saintman 2022-04-22 09:25

If thou knowest not the meaning of a word, thou canst search for it in many sites.
eg. https://www.kingjamesbibledictionary.com/
Which shall render the meaning unto thee immediately.

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Saintman 2022-04-22 03:56

Also, what's wrong with Sinaiticus.net and Chick.com?

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Saintman 2022-04-22 03:54

FinalAsgard, I have found that after switching from other versions to the KJV, my walk with the Lord and effectiveness for Him has improved substantially.

I am sure that everyone on this site wants to be closer to the Lord and more effective for Him.

And yes, there are major theological differences at stake, the Trinity being one of them. (eg. 1 John 5:7)
It's important to know that God himself, as God the Son, experienced life and suffered for us.
So He understands how difficult things are as humans.
Hebrews 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

Also, if you talk to any JW (who don't believe in the Trinity) about having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, they won't have one and usually don't want one because the don't believe Jesus Christ is God.
They don't know Jesus as their Lord and Saviour and this stems from their faulty Bible "Translation".

I use the standard 1769 KJV which is close to modern English, and far easier to read than the 1611 version.

Sure, you have to learn the meanings of a few archaic words, but this small inconvenience is outweighed by all the benefits, and I won't list all of those here.

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Saintman 2022-04-22 03:28

With a little research I came across something interesting today.
Have you heard that Codex Sinaiticus may be a fake?
On this page:
https://www.chick.com/information/article?id=sinaiticus-wastebasket-story
Is the ‘World’s Oldest Bible’ a Fake?
"...it is clear that someone stained all the Sinaiticus pages that Tischendorf brought to Cairo in 1859, and that Tischendorf never said a thing about it. They were all witnessed as white before then (and the Leipzig CFA pages still are), but after that the 1859 pages were stained and aged-looking.

You can see the actual pages here:
http://www.sinaiticus.net/other%20mss.html

The Codex Vaticanus is kept at the Vatican and not available for observation.

The Byzantine type (KJV) manuscripts are far more numerous, and collectively are a strong testament to the accurate preservation of the Word of God.

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Saintman 2022-04-22 03:11

I used to believe the story that Tischendorf was the hero who saved the best manuscript in the world from being burned by foolish monks.
However, I have since spent more time watching documentaries on how rigorous Orthodox monks are in their work and discipline, and how seriously they take their responsibilities.
One of their most important responsibilities is preservation and copying of Bible manuscripts, and they are also scholars of the ancient texts.
I don't believe now that not a single Eastern Orthodox monk (for over 1000 years (including those who received the manuscript) in Saint Catherine's Monastery had any idea of its origin or contents.

Also, I don't believe that true believers were deprived of the best copy of the Word of God until 1850.
Remember that the Great Reformation occurred prior to this using the KJV and Bibles from the Byzantine text.

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