It is incredible as well as very unfortunate the number of various “translations” of the original and first English translation of the Bible. We must trust the there was Divine guidance in that event, but once it was complete, no further assistance would be necessary. In some groups, more than one version of the Bible is used and that can only cause confusion and misunderstanding, and we all know the author of confusion… There are so many different denominations of Christianity which is difficult to understand because there was only one Christ. God gave us the Bible and it is not open to interpretation or opinions, but that is exactly what these “translations” are.
If we examine a few of the misunderstandings, we can see how using different versions can only lead to incorrect understanding. There are some that believe that God punishes us for our sins.. The fact is that God took upon Himself all punishment for all of our sins and does not even recognize our earthly sins. He is not about to punish twice for the same thing and His redemptive death would have no use. However, He does not forget because we are told that we all must stand before Him and give an accounting of our lives. He may chasten us, but that is for our benefit not a punishment. Chastening can certainly appear to resemble punishment, but it is not. It may very well be a form of preparation for some purpose that God has in store for us, but it is not punishment.
There are those that believe that the Holy Spirit prevents us from sinning, but that is incorrect also. It is possible that there are times that we are prevented from doing something because it may physically hurt us, but God does not prevent us from sinning. He may nudge us and show us the error of our ways until we stop doing whatever it is that we are doing, but we all sin all of the time… So, obviously, we are not being prevented from sinning.
So, does this mean that we can sin all we want and it will not be accounted against us, and the answer is yes we can. But, as a Christian, if we are truly a Christian, we would not intentionally sin just because there is no punishment for it from God. A true Christian spends his or her life fighting against the flesh, but unfortunately, we seldom win. However, the important part is that we try !!! Paul speaks about this situation in Romans and gives us the understanding of the difficulties of the conflict between the flesh and the soul….
But, the problem begins as a result of so many various Bible interpretations. Theoretically, we are all one Church and we should be getting our information from the source that has been provided for us from God and not someone’s opinion as to the intended lessons or doctrine. We must unify our Church and return to the original and very simple instructions for our behavior that God has described for us….