Don T Add Or Take Away From The Bible

People often debate if we should add or take away from the Bible. In some circles, it is considered sacrilegious to suggest such a thing as the Bible is believed to be an amended version of the infinite knowledge of a higher power. Those in favor of these conversations believe that people should be open to a dialogue on how we can update and transform this timeless collection of narrative, poetry, and prose.

The Bible is a divinely inspired record of God’s plan for humanity and is composed of writings from many different authors. From the Jewish Torah (the five books of Moses and the Prophets) to the New Testament, this compilation of wisdom is the basis of many different religions practiced all over the world. It has been used to answer difficult questions and it encapsulates invaluable lessons on how we should treat one another and approach the bigger questions surrounding life.

One of the primary reasons why people are hesitant to make changes to the Bible is due to the nature of its origin and authorship. The ‘old’ and ‘new’ testaments are written by many different authors and span different generations, cultures and regions. Many of the writings have been based on oral tradition and passed down through generations. These stories have been adjusted, manipulated, translated and reinterpreted many times, so the original versions are almost impossible to find.

Those in favour of making changes to the Bible approach it from the standpoint of trying to adjust the content and relevance of ancient texts to the modern world. They believe that the scriptures need to be re-evaluated and appropriate additions and deletions to be made in order to ensure that the wisdom remains relevant. They suggest that even with the best intentions and an approach rooted in loving one another, changes can be made to make the content more meaningful for a modern two-way dialogue between God and man.

Perhaps the most difficult aspect of making changes to the Bible is to find a suitable way to balance the benefits of modernising the text with traditional values and beliefs. It is perhaps easier to make additions rather than deletions as this carries less of a weighty implications than deleting or replacing existing content. In spite of the potential difficulties, people should be open to a dialogue on altering the words within the Bible in order to make them more meaningful and relevant in the modern age.

Popular Bible Versions

The Bible has been translated into many different languages and editions. There are several versions of the Bible that are widely used includes the King James Version (KJV), New International Version (NIV), New American Standard Bible (NASB) and the English Standard Version (ESV).

The King James Version (KJV) is an English translation of the Protestant Bible first published by the Church of England in 1611. It is often referred to as the ‘Authorised Version’ and has been the version of choice for many bible study groups and churches.

The New International Version (NIV) was created in 1978 and is the most popular bible translation in the world. It is often used by churches in the United States and is the preferred version for many bible study groups.

The New American Standard Bible (NASB) was first released in 1971 and is the preferred version for many evangelicals. It is considered one of the more literal translations due to its focus on accuracy in word choice. It is also the most commonly used translation for the Bible memorization movement.

The English Standard Version (ESV) was first released in 2001 and is the preferred version for many conservative Protestant churches. This translation uses a blend of traditional wording and modern English to convey the original meaning. It is also used by many bible study groups and is the preferred version for many bible apps and websites.

Relevance to Modern Age

The relevance of the scriptures can be maintained by altering its contents to suit modern times. Many people suggest that the stories and advice within the Bible can be reinterpreted to make them applicable to today’s world. For example, what was considered right in ancient times may now be seen as prejudiced or outdated. Guidelines for living can be updated to reflect the values of today’s society such as treating all people with respect, regardless of race, religion or gender.

Another way to ensure the relevance to modern age is by introducing new stories or narratives that reflect current life and values. Stories of strong women, those from different backgrounds and culture and those from different countries, can be added to provide an all-encompassing and relevant message for readers of all ages.

Adapting the language used in the Bible is another way to ensure that it is more accessible to all people, regardless of their background or language capabilities. This can involve simplifying the language used or providing a version of the Bible in a different language.

Adding or removing scripture is a difficult but necessary prospect when trying to keep the Bible relevant to modern times. It is important to seek out the advice of bible scholars and religious experts when considering changes to the scripture, as it is often difficult to discern which passages still contain relevant and meaningful messages for today’s society.

Impact of Altering Bible

Altering the Bible and its contents has implications both internally, within religious circles, as well as a broader, broader global impact. Internally, the changes to the Bible may be seen as a threat to traditional values and beliefs that have been held for many generations. Many people may perceive that the changes are an attempt to alter the gospel or deny the truth of scripture. This can lead to feelings of mistrust and confusion.

The external implications of changing the Bible can be seen in how it affects the view of religion in general. The changes could be seen as an erosion of what is ‘true’ and could lead to a decrease in the credibility of religious traditions in the eyes of the public. This could lead to a sense of distrust in religious institutions and could lead to a decrease in religious observance. Additionally, external changes to the Bible can also lead to a decrease in respect for the Bible itself.

These implications should be taken into account when considering any changes to the Bible. It is important to consider how one’s actions might be perceived and how they could affect both the internal beliefs of religious communities as well as the public perception of religion in general.

Citations and References

All changes to the Bible should be done with the utmost care and caution, and citations and references should be used to back up any new additions or deletions. Citations and references can help to provide a better understanding of the context of the passage and can help to ease some of the concerns associated with changes to the Bible. Additionally, by providing citations and references it can help to bolster the trustworthiness and validity of the new changes.

It is also important to consider the source of the citation or reference and to ensure that it is an impartial and unbiased source. This can help to ensure that any changes are made from a place of understanding and not from a place of prejudice or bias.


The Bible is a divinely inspired collection of texts, and consideration should be given when suggesting any changes to it. People should be open to discussing how the content of the Bible can be updated and adapted to remain relevant in the modern world, but due care and caution should be taken when considering any new additions or deletions. Citations and references should be used to back up any changes and the source of One’s information should be unbiased in order to ensure that the changes are made from a place of understanding.

Marcos Reyna is a Christian author and speaker. He is dedicated to helping create disciples of Christ through spreading the power of the gospel to others. He has written several books and articles on a variety of theological topics, including matters of faith, worship, biblical studies, practical ethics, and social justice. A trained theologian and devotee of spiritual writing, Marcos has a mission to spread Christian love everywhere. He lives with his family in Nashville, TN where he spends his days encouraging others to seek Christ's grace in all things.

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