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by Dr. Stanley L. Morris IDIOMS AND EXPRESSIONS: “a land flowing with milk and honey”. — Lev. 20:24, IEB: “{It is} a land where much food grows.” Literally, “a land flowing with milk and honey.” NOTE: This is a traditional, poetic description of the rich, natural resources of the hill country of Canaan. See also Num. 13:27; Deut. 6:3; Josh. 5:6. “A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump” (KJV). — Gal. 5:9, IEB: “Just a little yeast makes the whole batch of dough rise.” NOTE: The meaning is: “Something small can become a very big problem.” “a still,…

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We Must Not Give In To Prevailing Popular Opinion

by Dr. Stanley L. Morris The sacred words from God which are recorded in the Bible must be dealt with in a very special way. No attempt should be made to be “politically correct.” Church politics or the undue influence of money cannot be allowed to hold sway. In translating the Holy Bible, we must not yield to man-made “theological slants” or other dubious human opinions. Regardless of the consequences, denominational doctrinal bias must not be permitted to change God’s Word (Rev. 22:18-19) or obscure the original historical meaning. As much as is humanly possible, The International English™…

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Language For The Common People

by Dr. Stanley L. Morris In creating the International English™ Bible, it was very important to maintain good writing standards. However, simultaneously, our new translation needed to communicate effectively to a general audience in everyday language (being careful not to stoop to the use of slang). The IEB would need to feel comfortable to most people but not be too colloquial in its style. We desired to employ a popular vernacular that would reach several levels of society, whether the reader was a college professor or a high school drop-out. We had to avoid two principal extremes: 1.…

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Being Faithful To The Original Wording

by Dr. Stanley L. Morris We must always be true to the original text. This means that we must faithfully restore every authentic detail of what was there in the first place. Even though proper “reconstruction” work is always very tedious work, it was the only way to go with The International English™ Bible (IEB). Here is a famous statement written many years ago by Robert Chapman: "This Book (the Holy Bible) contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers. Its doctrines are holy,…

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The Word Of God

by Dr. Stanley L. Morris What is the Bible, and what makes it so “Holy”? The word “Bible” is from a Greek word (biblos) which means “book” or “scroll”. The Bible is holy because it comes directly from Almighty God. It’s inspired (or “God-breathed”, 2 Tim. 3:16-17). It is like a huge text-message from God. We should never ignore His “e-mail” from heaven! The Bible is the infallible, written record of God’s will. God communicates to all mankind through the Bible. From the very beginning (see Gen. 3:15), it shows how God intended to redeem all of us…

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The Inspired Word Of God

by Thomas F. Eaves "I believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God" sounds like a statement a New Testament Christian would make, or one which would come from a Bible-believing individual. Before we can really understand what the spokesman intends we must know what he means by the word “inspired”. The theories of inspiration are numerous. As Dr. Lemoine Lewis stated: "Theories of inspiration are legion. The watch-words of some are natural inspiration, degrees of inspiration, partial inspiration, inspired concepts, universal Christian inspiration, verbal `dictation', verbal inspiration, plenary inspiration, etc." Some hold that the Bible…

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The Inspiration Of The Bible

by B. C. Goodpasture The Bible is here. No one can doubt that it exists. How did it come into existence? Is it wholly the work of man? Or, wholly the work of God? Or, is it a product of the cooperative work of man and God? It is not wholly the work of man. He could not have produced it if he would. Its contents are beyond the reach of human authorship. He would not have written it if he could. It condemns too many things which men by nature hold dear. It did not come, like…

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The Bible Is The Infallibly Inspired Word Of God

by Gus Nichols The Bible claims to be given by inspiration of God. God would not give us a book containing error and falsehood. A great and good God would not give us a book for our guide throughout all our earthly lives which would deceive, mislead and ruin us in this world and damn our souls eternally in the next world. The Book of Nature In the book of nature we see God's goodness evidenced in a thousand ways every day. He adapted the fishes' fins to the water in which they are to be used in…

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The Bible And The Mind Of Man

by Dr. James D. Bales Because Christianity speaks of faith, there are those who assume that it is contrary to reason. They divide the world into those who walk by faith and those who walk by reason. Those who walk by faith belong to the "age of faith" which has been discredited and replaced by the "age of reason." The freedom of the mind is all important; therefore, they discredit Christianity because they think that it fetters thought. As a matter of fact, the world is not divided into those who walk by sight and those who walk…

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Back To The Bible For Authority

by James Meadows Introduction: 1. "Most Americans say they want guidance from God or the Bible, but few believe in moral absolutes, according to a new survey by the Gallup Organization" (Religious News Services). a. 70 percent agreed with this statement: "There are few moral absolutes; what is right or wrong usually varies from situation to situation." b. 70 percent said they believe it is important to "do what God or Scripture says when choosing between right and wrong, but 63 percent of the group reject the concept of moral absolutes." 2. One of the most tragic episodes…

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Our Biblical Heritage

by A. Lowell Altizer When we see the word "Heritage" and its relatives, "Inheritance" or "Legacy," we reflect upon the accomplishments of our progenitors and the fruitage of their labors coming our way. As we anticipate blessings coming therefrom, we view with great interest all that is involved. Where humanity is involved, such can be a blessing or a curse according to the path our benefactors have traveled. If their path has been that of righteousness, good comes therefrom. If it be that of unrighteousness, we might be influenced to be accordingly. In our consideration of "Biblical Heritage,"…

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A Good Translation Must Be Understandable

by Dr. Stanley L. Morris When God revealed Himself to mankind, He expected to be understood. He inspired the writers of the biblical books to communicate exactly what He said. The various authors of the sacred writings also expected to be understood by their audiences. Therefore, it is not unreasonable that we should demand that a translation of God’s Word be understandable. When God spoke a truth, He meant one thing by what He said. It was clear-cut. The prophets preceded the words with: “Thus saith the Lord.” God’s revelations were unambiguous (unlike the Delphic oracles). We consider…

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