From "The Answer Book" ©1989 Samuel C. Gipp. Reproduced by permission
QUESTION: What about a contradiction that can't be
ANSWER: You will have to accept the perfection of the
Authorized Version by faith.
EXPLANATION: Many years ago the phone in my kitchen
rang. On the line was a young man who was a student in a class I
was teaching in a nearby Bible College.
He said that his pastor had showed him a contradiction in the
King James Bible. (Great "man of faith.") He asked if I could
explain it. As he began to tell me the contradiction, I , being
familiar with the argument, finished quoting it.
"Oh, you know about it then?" he asked.
"Sure," I replied.
"What's the answer?" he urged expectantly.
"I don't know," I answered, knowing what I had just done to his
faith in me. (In me, that is.)
I explained my reply to him as I will now explain it to you.
NO ONE can have ALL of the answers. There are two
reasons for this.
First, if I or any other defender of the Authorized Version had
ALL of the answers, we would be GOD. But there are
innumerable differences between our infinite GOD and His finite
creatures. Thus, although some can have many answers, and a few
can have a great many answers, no one can have ALL of the
Second, and most importantly, if we could get ALL of our
questions answered then concerning the Bible issue, we would be
walking by sight not by faith. (Hebrews 11:6, II Corinthians 5:7)
I believe there will always have to be some questions which
remain unexplainable by our human reason. This would make our
FINAL judgment on the infallibility of the Bible contingent on the
reliability of God's statements such as Psalm 12:6,7 and Matthew
24:35 instead of the education and intellect of our favorite
"defenders of the faith."
Of course, the proponent of the Authorized Version feels a little
vulnerable with this conclusion. Knowing that our antagonists will
be quick to exploit what they perceive as a hole in our armor.
BUT a resort to "faith" as our final and "last ditch" defense is not
as inconsistent or precarious as it first might seem.
Not inconsistent, because, as previously stated, God would
rather we have faith in Him in the face of the unexplainable, as so
many of the Old and New Testament saints have exhibited, than to
have faith in our own human ability to "find an answer" concerning
It is certainly not precarious in that it does not leave us at the
mercy of our vindictive opponents. For believing in the perfection
of a Book which we can hold in our hands is surely not as
vulnerable as a professed faith in the perfection of some lost
The reason most critics are so vehement about the infallibility of
the originals is because they know that the originals can NEVER
be produced, so their faith can never be tried or upended.
We are willing, on the other hand, to take the abuse from our
"self conceited brethren" and give answers for our reasonable faith
in a tangible Book rather than in an idealistic original. We need