THE BIG PICTURE was first published in 2004. It is now available again with some minor editorial changes.
"This 393-page book has some excellent studies on the crucial doctrines of inspiration, revelation, and preservation, with accompanying exposure of how modern man has undermined these. A valuable feature is the author's discussions of popular relativistic theories of linguistics and how these have permeated the field of Bible translation." (From a review in 2004)
"In the King James Authorised Version, we are reading in English something as close as it is possible to get to the original. The translators do not play fast and loose with the original text; they strive in a sensitive way to find some English form even for its literary play and rhythm."
The Big Picture, p. 346
"We cannot function without the Word of God – because it is the sole physical instrument, which by His Spirit, links our finite hearts and minds to the eternal heart and mind of God. " (p. 42)
"When we are looking at the reason why God has given us the Scriptures, we see a logical activity whereby the knowledge of God enters the consciousness of regenerated humanity by means of the inspired written Word of God. This one whole deposit of truth is given to one whole body of regenerated humanity." (p. 73)
"Only through language can communication of thought take place between persons. What we know of each other's thoughts must be mediated through the physical world; we cannot transfer thoughts mind to mind without language and a physical expression of it. Concepts are tied to language and thereby to the faculties of speech and hearing. ... The thoughts of God and the words that serve as its body together constitute the Word of God, even as the physical body of Christ is veritably Christ Himself." (pp. 133-135)
"Modern linguists deny that a precise and accurate reproduction of the thoughts of another is possible using the spoken or written words. The connection between words and meaning and their expression in speech or writing is an arbitrary one. Readers are said to create rather than recover meaning. ...Any translation methodology, such as that used for the New International Version and most modern versions, that is based on this view of language cannot give us access to the unchangeable Word of God, 'for ever settled in heaven'. " (p. 232)
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