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Second part of ‘J’ is the biblical letter that kills


In the previous article, you were introduced to the four English versions of 2 Corinthians 3:4-6 in relation to the proposition that ‘J’ is the biblical letter that kills. The versions are as follows: 1) King James Version (KJV), American Standard Version (ASV), The Living Bible Version (TLV) and International Standard Version (ISV).

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You were previously tasked to ask yourself before reading this article, whether or not the ‘way that ends in death is related to the Ten Commandments of God, because while KJV and ASV translated substantially the second phrase of the Greek version of 2 Corinthians 3:6 into “letter that kills“, the ISV substantially translated it into “written text that brings death“, which ‘letter’ or ‘text’ are too general..

Note that, in essence, there is no significant difference between the translation of KJV, ASV and ISV. This will be explained in the next article why the “letter that kills’ does not significantly differ from “written text that brings death”. But, TLB differs from the three translations because it substantially translated the phrase into the “old way of  trying to be saved by keeping the Ten Commandments of God, ends in death“, which is very specific. 

In short, by comparison, if KJV, ASV and ISV had correctly translated the Greek version into English, TLB had already interpreted the verse, instead of just translating it, because it had already specified the letter or text, which are too general, into “old way of keeping the ten Commandment of God, which is very specific. Thus, if you consider the majority consensus, TLB has to fail in this aspect. Consequently also, its translation to “old way of trying to be saved by keeping the Ten Commandments of God, ends in death” may not be correct, at all.

Also, notice that TLB  logically excludes the proposition that ‘the letter ‘J’ in Jesus Christ, including the name Jesus Christ per se and, consequently,  the bible itself’ is the ‘letter or text that kills’ that is being referred in verse 3:6 but KJV, ASV and ISV, on the other hand, would support the immediately cited proposition.

Further, testing the validity of TLB translation of the phrase, the same has to finally fail because said translation is not consistent to Matthew 5:17-18, stating as follows:

“17Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.” (New International Version (NIV))

Explicitly, Christ stressed in Matthew 5:18 that “not the smallest letter” will disappear from the law until everything is accomplished, which is conditional-that is- there is possibility for its abolition ‘after everything is accomplished’ (in one’s consciousness).

Also, logically, by submitting to the proposition that the ‘old way of trying to be saved by keeping the Ten Commandments, ends in death, then Christ may be erroneously seen not “to fulfill them”, which is inconsistent to Matthew 5:17.

Further, even assuming the abolition of the law, same is not material to the proposition that “old way ends in death”, as it is the sin, which is the violation or the opposite side of the law,  that actually kills. Besides, the law was  designed, in letter and substance, to maintain peace and order, which ultimately promotes life, not death.

Faith in Galations 3:23-25 may be invoked further in support of TLB translation but it must also fail. For purposes of discussion, the verses are quoted as follows:

Before the coming of this faith, we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed. So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian.

Notably, from the above verses, faith has to be understood as a remedy, subject to qualifications, and never to be understood to abolish the law but rather as justifying circumstance so that sin will not result to punitive action. In fact, ‘faith in truth’ is a conditional requirement to attain forgiveness, which is centrally magnified in the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13).

Also, let it be understood that faith does not impliedly or expressly abolish the law-that is-for humanity, as a whole. This is because faith does not come simultaneously to humanity but, in trickle manner-that is-only to selected few, especially, to those who survive trials, which is highly dependent on one’s decision and grace.

That being so, faith in Galatians 3:23-25 that is very specific in scope, does not correspondingly answer the issue concerning deaths allegedly due to law, which is too general in scope and secondly, there is no death known so far to be caused by keeping the law, in the first place.  Therefore, the old way of trying to be saved by keeping God’s Commandments is  not the way, which ends in death.

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