Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact.
Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.
When I was ‘saved’ in a fire and brimstone Baptist church I was taught and believed that the only version of the Bible, or The Word of God, that was legitimate and directly from the Mouth of God was the King James Version. Perhaps it thought so because it was the only version available to the average person for centuries (I believe the King James translation came out in the 1600’s?) and because, in modern times, or for me, the 1970s, the language was (and is) so beautiful and formal and at some points beyond the average man or woman’s comprehension.
Some denominations still believe this to be the only acceptable version of God’s Word. But now there are many different versions, e.g., the Living Bible, Revised, New King James, to name a few. Whatever a person’s reading or comprehension level there is a Bible to meet that need. Me, I prefer the King James or the New King James. It is what I grew up on and feel most comfortable with. But KJ or NKJ is not for everyone; and that is a good thing.
For my brethren who believe rigidly in only one version of the Bible, I love you, but I do wish you would open yourselves up to God just a bit more. By accepting the Word of God in only one version you are seeing only the smallest facet of a multi-faceted God. There is no one version of God. The Old Testament showed the righteous anger of God. But the New Testament reminds us of His Love for us. And, those are just two of the innumerable sides of our Beloved.
God is bigger than you or I; He is bigger than any version of the Bible; He is much more than the Bible or Bible stories. We will never truly know Him until we have rejoined Him in Eternity because whatever version of the Bible we read it still has the taint of man’s opinion and perception on it.
The stain of mankind can’t be helped because God uses flawed men and women to disburse His Love and Light. Once that is accepted and that the Bible may, indeed, be flawed, the soul rejoices at the limitless possibilities that is God. The scripture, “The truth shall set you free” applies here because God is Freedom as much as He is Love and Help and Healing.
So be free in God today. Remember that all we know of God is what other people have told us and what we ourselves have perceived. And that knowledge and perception is flawed and distorted but God is not. Trust in the Eternal Nature and Constancy of God. Trust in the Eternal Love of God.
Sometimes you have to let reason go by the wayside and simply Trust in God.