The Agenda of the Concordance
Author: Bruce W. Roeser
We have discussed in previous lessons the issue of modern bible version corruption – how over the last 400 or so years Satan has managed to introduce corruption into all but one English version of the Bible. (Keeping in mind that the first English Bibles were produced in the early 1600’s). The KJV is the only translation that has managed to escape this mangling process. The details of this corruption, though, are covered in a separate lesson.
As a result of another study I was beginning to work on, however, I discovered that the tampering is not limited to the just the text. (Not that this is really any surprise). Though Satan hasn’t been able to touch the KJV text he has seen to it that the reference material bundled with the text is modified and, as you will see, these modifications can promote an agenda.
Between the covers of most bibles what do you find? Well, the bible text of course. What else will you find in there? Right … references! Study aids! A concordance! Bible Helps!
The thing that doesn’t occur to most new bible students is this: the Bible “Helps” are not the bible. They are tools (if you will) added by whoever produced their particular bible that are supposed to aid in the study of the text. These tools are often accepted “Carte Blanche” as part of the bible so (to a new or unsuspecting student) they are above suspicion.
They shouldn’t be. Not all concordances (or reference works) are created equal. In fact, many of them are trash. If the concordance you’re presently using is the one in the back of your bible then quit using it. Go out and buy an exhaustive concordance or get a computer-
Why? Simply this. Your concordance may very well have an agenda.
In my library I have a big bible (that I seldom use because I always use a computer now). Anyway … it’s a really nice one. Big margins to write in, well built physically, text is easy to read. (even for 50+ year-
Did you follow my last comment? Only the important ones. My immediate question when I gave this a little thought was: “important to whom?”
Knowing that the concordance was abridged, I began to wonder just exactly what the decision making process might be behind it. How did the authors decide which references to include and which to omit? I originally thought (assumed!) that the abridgement process simply didn’t provide look-
Knowing the importance of rightly-
First, using my computer search-
The results of the search were very interesting. As I said above, my expectation was that an abridged concordance would simply not include a reference chain on all words in the bible. What did not occur to me, however, was that a search chain that was included would leave out verses! In other words ... It would be OK to, maybe, not include a search on “mystery” but to include one and only list some of the verses. What could possibly be the reason for that?
Here’s the list of references returned by a computerized search of the KJV text. Notice that I have colored some of them in red. The red ones are the ones left out of the concordance in the back of my bible.
1 Cor 2:7
1 Cor 4:1
1 Cor 13:2
1 Cor 14:2
1 Cor 15:51
2 Ths 2:7
1 Tim 3:9
1 Tim 3:16
It became obvious to me after looking at this for a little while that the agenda of my bible’s concordance was clearly Catholic in nature. Someone didn’t want me to learn about the mystery program as revealed to the Apostle Paul.
Clearly this is only one agenda of my concordance. I’ve no doubt that there are many more which is why I no longer use less than an exhaustive concordance or a computer.
Neither should you.