Dear brother Luis, I like to read the New International Version of the Bible (NIV)”. However, Geoffrey Grider of the blog “Now The End Begins” said this is a “Satanic, trash” Bible. What kind of Bible should I use? – Brenda.
ANSWER: I’m sorry you have been offended and confused by someone who claims to speak with God’s authority and yet is so blatantly ignorant as to call the NIV Holy Bible “Satanic, trash”. He is obviously unaware of the impressive amount of work that went into translating the NIV (see the NIV history below*).
To answer your question, there is nothing wrong with utilizing the NIV translation of the Bible. It is one of the many modern translations that enable us to better understand the message of God’s Word. I use the NIV myself in my ministry as a valuable teaching and study resource. I also use other translations such as the King James Bible, the New King James Version, the Amplified Bible, the New Living Translation, and many others.
Regardless of your Bible preference, rest assured that the majority of the accepted translations are indeed reliable. Although some have minor differences in certain choices of words, the overall content of God’s message is trustworthy. To believe that the King James Bible is the only version that should be used reveals a narrow-minded and fanatical mindset. I also believe that anyone that labels the NIV as “satanic, trash” is committing blasphemy, I believe, and their ministry should be viewed with caution and suspicion.
– Luis Josephus
* History of the NIV Translation – The New International Version (NIV) is a completely original translation of the Bible developed by more than one hundred scholars working from the best available Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek texts. The initial vision for the project was provided by Howard Long. Long was a lifelong devotee of the King James Version, but when he shared it with his friends he was distressed to find that it just didn’t connect. Long saw the need for a translation that captured the truths he loved in the language that his contemporaries spoke. In 1965, after several years of preparatory study, a trans-denominational and international group of scholars met in Palos Heights, Illinois, and agreed to begin work on the project – determining to not simply adapt an existing English version of the Bible but to start from scratch with the best available manuscripts in the original languages. The New International Version was finally completed and endorsed by a large number of church leaders who met in Chicago in 1966.
COMMENT FROM BRENDA: “Thanks so much, Pastor Luis. After I asked Grider to stop referring to the NIV as ‘Satanic trash’, he responded: ‘I call it what it is, and neither u nor the hounds of hell possess the power to make me, a servant of the Lord, stop…’