The Clear Word Bible and Miscellaneous Verses

by Matt Slick

Here is a list of different verses that are not under any particular theme.

 New American Standard BibleClear Word BibleComment
Psalm 5:5The boastful shall not stand before Your eyes. You hate all who do iniquity.Pride is offensive to you and you recoil at the sight of wickedness.Here an apparent preference to show God as being loving to all has overshadowed the actuality of what the text actually says.
Psalm 11:5The LORD tests the righteous and the wicked, and the one who loves violence His soul hates.The Lord tests the faith of the righteous. He despises the arrogance of the wicked and their love of violence because of the pain and hurt it brings on others.Here the text is altered so that God does not hate an individual, but hates the sin of the individual.  This is a common statement made by people who want God to only be a God of love and so lessen his justice, holiness, and judgment upon the sinner.
Daniel 8:14He said to me, “For 2,300 evenings and mornings; then the holy place will be properly restored.”He answered, “After two thousand, three hundred prophetic days (which represent actual years), God will restore the truth about the heavenly Sanctuary to its rightful place. Then the process of judgment will begin of which the yearly cleansing of the earthly Sanctuary was a type, and God will vindicate His people.”This verse is well-known among Seventh Day Adventists, and you can clearly see that it is changed to suit their theological leanings.  It is unfortunate that such changes are made in this "paraphrase," especially since it does not reflect the original text.
John 6:65And He was saying, “For this reason I have said to you, that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted him from the Father.”He continued, “No one can believe in me unless he first responds to the love of my Father, who will then enable him.”
The obvious man-centered theology of the Seventh Day Adventist church comes through loud and clear.  Instead of God being the Sovereign Lord who grants that we come to Christ, the Clear Word Bible paraphrase changes the entire meaning of the text so that coming to Christ is completely in the hands of the sinner and his sinful free will instead of what Christ actually said.
Rom. 9:13Just as it is written, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”That’s what God wants us to understand when in the Scriptures He says, “I have chosen Jacob, the younger one, not Esau, the older one.”This specific verse is not simply about God choosing Jacob over Esau.  The verse clearly tells us that God clearly hated Esau.  Such truths do not fit into a lot of people's theology, and obviously it does not fit into the Seventh Day Adventist framework either.  But the verse still says what it says, and the CWB should reflect what it says, not what SDA theology wants it to say.
1 Tim. 2:12-13But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet. 13 For it was Adam who was first created, and then Eve.I do not allow a woman to lord over a man the false claim that a woman was created first as the pagans teach. 13 Adam was created first and then Eve, not the other way around. Woman was molded from a rib taken from man’s side, made to be equal with him, not to exercise authority over him.This verse is important because it deals with the authority structure of the church and how women are not to be in teaching authority positions over men.  Since Ellen G. White was a woman who founded the Seventh Day Adventist movement and was in a teaching authority, this verse must be altered;  and it is, drastically.  It is so badly paraphrased that it clearly violates the original teaching.

 

 

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