I was walking by a New Age bookstore one day and was intrigued by a sign in the front window that said, “Bibles for sale.” I thought to myself, “Are you kidding??? When did New Agers start marketing the Old and New Testament?”
So, I went into this fairly large bookstore (imagine ½ the size of a Barnes and Noble). I walked past the incense isle and the healing crystal isle. On a prominent shelf toward the back of the store, there were twelve or so books in the “bibles” section.
I opened each “bible” to John 1:1 to test the accuracy of the translation. John 1:1 is literally translated, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” I wasn’t surprised to find everything BUT the literal translation in these misleading and unfortunate non-bibles;
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was a god.”
“In the beginning, God spoke a word…” “In the beginning was God…”
These misquotes reject the foundational truth of Christianity proclaimed in scripture; that God has had a plan in place to send Jesus Christ to redeem the world since BEFORE time began.
John 1:1 is an affirmation of God’s plan to choose to love mankind fiercely and attests to His desire to restore nearness with us. God’s Plan A (Jesus) is a perfect plan for us, for all who lived before us, and for all who will come after us. There is no Plan B. Maybe you have a neighbor or friend who needs to hear this truth spoken to them in love today.
“…God had planned something better for us
so that only together with us would they be made perfect.”