Do Modern Bibles really obscure the Deity of Christ?


Here are just a few examples of the worst changes that have been made in modern Bibles that distort clear references to Jesus’ deity. The doctrine of the deity of Christ is simply that Jesus Christ is God manifest in the flesh. When modern Bibles change verses that strongly support this doctrine, they are in essence attacking the deity of Christ.

  1. 1 Tim. 3:16 – “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh…” Here the Bible says without a doubt that God showed up on this earth in a flesh and blood body. That’s what Christ professed when he said, “And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me,” (Jn. 12:45). However, the modern Bibles take the word “God” out of the verse and substitute the words “who” or “he who” leaving doubt as to whether Jesus was really God or not.
  2. Luke 2:33 – “And Joseph and his mother marveled at those things which were spoken of him.” This is the verse that the Lord used to convince me about the differences in Bibles. Joseph was not Jesus’ father, God was (Lk. 2:49). The modern bibles, however, substitute the word “father” for the word “Joseph” in this verse, thereby destroying Christ’s deity. They instead corroborate the Pharisees’ accusation that Jesus was the bastard son of Mary (Jn. 8:41) – nice guys!!
  3. 1 Jn. 5:7 – “For there are three that bear record in heaven. The Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.” This is by far the greatest verse on the Trinity in the Bible. It says clearly that Jesus Christ and God the Father are one and the same God. However, the modern Bibles remove this verse altogether. Of course, you won’t be able to tell that at first glance because they either split verse 6 in two, or verse 8 in two. That way the verse count remains the same and yet one is missing. Pretty crooked, if you ask me!!

The words of God are in precise balance in the Bible. When a scholar messes with verses like these, he not only inserts very subtle changes to water down this most important doctrine, he also throws the book out of balance. “…The scripture cannot be broken” or else Satan gets a destructive advantage against the saints of God (Jn. 10:33-36, notice the context of this verse is an attack on the deity of Christ).

Hope this helps,

Pastor Bevans Welder