Here's Why Christians Should Be Concerned About The Passion Translation of the Bible
Have you ever been tempted to change a word of the Bible to make it communicate something you wish it said? Ever been inclined to leave out certain verses that make you uneasy … or add ones that make you feel a little more comfortable? That's exactly what Old Testament scholar and NIV Translation Committee member Dr. Andrew Shead believes has happened with The Passion Translation (TPT) of the Psalms. In a recent international, evangelical, peer-reviewed theological journal, Shead describes TPT as:
Those are strong words to describe a best-selling Bible translation (1) that has some well-known church leaders raving. However, Shead and other highly regarded Christian scholars respond differently. (2) Here are three quick points:
1. TPT was not translated by credible scholars who have a command of the biblical languages.
Bible translations are typically written by teams of scholars who are well-trained in the original languages. There have been single-author exceptions such as the Wycliffe Bible, the Tyndale Bible, and The Message Bible (see update below). However, the writers of these works were qualified and respected in the field of biblical translation. In contrast, the sole translator of TPT, Brian Simmons, is not trained in the biblical languages, and lacks the credentials necessary to produce an accurate translation of the Bible.
Another thing that sets TPT apart from these other single-author translations is that Simmons claims that Jesus visited him personally, took him to the library of heaven, and asked him to write the translation. He claims to have received "downloads," and "secrets of the Hebrew language" from Jesus Himself. Simmons even admitted that he has minimal background in biblical languages and needed the Lord's help to translate.(3)
If all of that isn't troubling enough, in the television interview cited above, he claims that Jesus promised to bring him back to heaven and give him a brand new chapter of the gospel of John that has never yet been discovered—John chapter 22.
Although the website for the Passion Translation states that a team of "respected scholars and editors" evaluated the material, no names are given. Trustworthy versions of the Bible are safeguarded from the insertion of individual biases, interpretations, denominational backgrounds, theology, and personal preferences by utilizing teams of scholars who have one goal in mind: faithfulness to the original words and meanings of the text.
2. TPT adds to the text or changes the meaning.
In his review of TPT of the Psalms, Shead noted that the end result is at least 50% longer than the original. Here is an example:
NIV: "I love you Lord, my strength."
ESV: "I love you, O Lord, my strength."
KJV: "I will love thee, O LORD, my strength."
Compare these with Simmons's translation:
TPT: "Lord, I passionately love you! I want to embrace you, For now you’ve become my Power!"
At first glance this rendering may not seem very objectionable—loving God with passion is a good thing. However, Shead explains that for a translation to be faithful, it must not "add or subtract from the original words, or change their meaning." He goes on to warn that even if a translation is generally faithful, these additions can cumulatively add up to a picture of a different God—much like in the New World Translation used by Jehovah's Witnesses.
Along with adding words, TPT also changes the meaning of the text in several places. Shead notes that TPT frequently changes the conversation of speech about God or others into speech to God, concrete images into more abstract ones, and removes historical references—even deleting about half the references to enemies and nations.
Bible scholar Dr. Andrew Wilson noted:
3. The manuscript sources are sketchy.
Without getting too deep in the weeds about the science of textual criticism, the standard among scholars is to use the earliest and/or most reliable manuscripts when translating the Bible. (Sometimes the earliest manuscript is not the most reliable, but scholars who specialize in this field endeavor to discover the best manuscript evidence for a given text.)
Contrary to the consensus of the vast majority of scholars, TPT claims that the New Testament may have been written in Aramaic, rather than Greek. (4) Thus, Simmons translates some of his New Testament from the Aramaic, rather than the earlier and more reliable Greek manuscripts.
In his review of TPT of the book of Romans, Dr. Lionel Windsor wrote:
Andrew Shead sums it up, "The Passion Translation shows little understanding, either of the process of textual criticism, or of the textual sources themselves."
Shead's closing words are succinct:
The Word of God is perfect and doesn't need any embellishments, changes, or added emotional flourish. In the original languages, the Scriptures are exactly what God communicated to us, and our translations should endeavor to convey His words as faithfully and honestly as possible. TPT fails to capture the purity, intended meaning, and tone of the biblical texts, and therefore it should not be called a “translation,” nor should it be used as such.
*Since this article was originally published, I have become more informed about some problems with The Message Bible. See JR Miller's post here for more info.
(1) At the time of the writing of this post, the PT translation of the New Testament was #23 on Amazon in the Bible category.
(2) See Dr. Andrew Wilson's review here, and Dr. Lionel Windsor's review here. Also see author Holly Pivec's series of posts on TPT here.
(3) In an interview with the Welton Academy's Podcast, Simmons stated, "I had minimal background in biblical languages, so yeah, it was something that, honestly, something the Lord has really helped me with." (14:52) **UPDATE** Since the publishing of this article, the Welton podcast has been taken down. However, the audio is saved and can be listened to here: https://videopress.com/v/dDTilIPH
(4) In the introduction to the 2013 edition of Letters From Heaven by the Apostle Paul, (Five Fold Media) Simmons wrote, "Some scholars now lean increasingly towards the thought that Aramaic and Hebrew texts of the New Testament are the original manuscripts, and that many of the Greek texts are copies, and a second generation from the originals! This is radically changing translation concepts, and will result in many new translations of the New Testament based on Aramaic."
6/25/2018 12:24:16 pm
Thanks for drawing attention to this. Keep up the good fight.
8/14/2019 06:30:13 pm
Thank you so much for your thoughts on TPT me and my husband agree that this is not an accurate translation and should not be termed a translation of the Bible our former pastor of a church that we ended up leaving peacefully would not agree to even consider not using the passion translation and that was the ultimate reason why we left I couldn't sit there Sunday after Sunday and hear that preached as the word of God when I knew in my heart that it was not. It broke my heart and set off an internal alarm every time I heard it.
3/3/2020 12:27:16 am
Who or what receives monetary gain from the sales of this translation and how is it distributed?
KAPIL BALU B
3/20/2020 05:37:19 am
Text in raw form is not important, whatever version it may be. Holy spirit is the key to interpretation and understanding of the Word.
tyler ann harrison
8/6/2020 11:13:12 pm
I am in the same position Dawn Summers, over here in Australia, but one difference The Passion and The Message is also used, which makes life interesting. I am trying to leave peacefully. Honestly some times believing this kind of stuff I find the Pastors incredulously not aware of these translations .It just breaks my heart as so many people are deceived.
Billy Wall, Jr.
9/8/2020 08:39:56 am
Thank you for your comments, our pastor and wife have started preaching solely from tpt and i just don't have peace in my heart about it. I'm seeking God about what to do. 🙏☝️💪
12/15/2020 08:10:44 am
KAPIL BALU B you nailed it. Somehow we as the church have skipped over the part that Jesus said he gives us the Holy Spirit to teach and guide us in all truth. The Bible is the most important book ever by far. Nothing compares. However we've become too much like Pharisees and have studied 'the word' without KNOWING him. John 5:39, John chapters 14 and 16.
12/19/2020 10:09:35 am
Thank you for writing this article exposing TPT. Very deceptive that Brian Simmons is. He needs to repent. We would be wise to avoid him and any minister who supports him since he is a false teacher. Thanks again for exposing this heretical translation. Proverbs 24:11-12....we must warn people about this translation.
1/31/2021 04:33:31 pm
Quote “Nobody thinks that Paul wrote in Aramaic” and there lies the problem, not one can actually say he didn’t therefore why condemn The Passion Translation if it has been translated from the Aramaic.
2/11/2021 04:41:48 am
I am very suspicious of anyone who says they've been to heaven and looked through Gods library.????
4/7/2021 04:40:07 pm
What qualifies your meaning of scholar? Are they filled with the Holy Spirit? Do they believe in the 5 fold ministry? I’d like to know if they are mere book learned people who you are using or actual followers of Jesus
Rachel R Tonner
4/15/2021 03:38:33 pm
I tried lovelingly sharing my concerns with a public pastor and she kind of shrugged it off...kind of made it sound like it was ok because her peers do..This is a woman pastor!!!...who leads 2 churches with her husband. I felt like it was a fight worth fighting, but I did not think she would shrug it off...I guess my words fell on deft ears. I just cannot understand how someone in that role could be so careless as if not to have the fear of the Lord! Out of concern for the flock I gave her a video and some background info. and she basically posted a video the next day about how we need to be careful with our words.Geesh. I really have no patience with these people...Lord help me!!! 2 of her pastor friends (both woman...that's a whole other issue) also endorse the passion on facebook and I'm assuming in their congregations as well.
7/20/2022 08:51:47 am
Trenda F Lineback
6/14/2020 10:31:55 am
I want to thank you my sister for doing your homework I knew something didn't settle right in my spirit every time I would see someone share the scriptures using this (TPT) I love how God exposes The Truth from a Lie 📖🙏👍🙋🏼♀️
1/28/2021 11:22:53 am
I respectfully disagree with Mr. Zeagler and Mr. Balu B in their light view of the importance of scripture. John 5:39 is being taken completely out of context. Jesus was saying that they were missing the very One (Himself) that the scriptures they were studying should have been pointing them to. The Pharisees thought that obeying the law was their ticket to salvation. The truth is that the only way we today know anything about God, other than that He exists, is through the revelation found in scripture. If the text is not carefully preserved, how can we know the truth? Accurate, precise translation of scripture is of the utmost importance.
3/6/2021 11:49:58 am
I agree with Amanda. Read it and if it ministers to your spirit than good. Other words, Eat the chicken and spit out the bones.
8/11/2021 06:44:10 pm
We have a textural criticsm site and have looked at many translations so undertand the concerns - However, we believe that if it helps people come to Jesus it’s not dangerous to read the “good news bible or the TPT” as critics might insist but to look for accuracy in translations is not wrong - In fact it is prudent
11/21/2020 05:43:38 pm
Sounds like some jealousy going there
11/26/2020 11:58:18 pm
2 Tim 4:3
1/28/2021 07:11:49 pm
I've posted about 3 responses total in my life so not sure how to do this. I'm trying to reply to Jeremy but don't see a reply tab under his comment.
12/12/2020 11:49:08 pm
The Bible strictly states. Not to Add to or Take away from His Word!!! And when the Apostles were here God commissioned them to go ye and preach the gospels. So as to preach the Gospel. So it could spread. To all the World. This man is adding to taking away and being more expressive. I'm Not buying it...
12/29/2020 09:37:55 pm
Why stop at the Passion Translation? How about the two versions of the Amplified Bible or the ESV or the ever popular NIV (which absolutely leaves whole phrases out and adds new words).I don't claim to be a scholar, so how much of a particular Bible has to be translated from the original languages to make it a translation? Aramaic was certainly a language that was prevalent in Jesus day. Are there no reliable manuscripts in that language? Are all of the translations I mentioned above comparable to Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon?
1/19/2021 01:04:06 am
2/2/2021 03:04:53 am
God isn’t stupid. His word is as he wants it. It has stood the test of time. Re the NT: Persia succumbed to the Greeks Greek was the language when the apostles who penned the NT wrote it in the language of the time- Greek. Greece succumbed to Rome and Rome built the roads and ship routes that connected the ancient world. These were the very roads the apostles and Jesus would walk and take to spread the word of God. The very Roman road where Saul who became Paul had his encounter with the Lord. Jesus the lamb slain from the foundation of the world. God knows what he is doing. His word is as he intended it to be.
5/6/2021 01:12:49 pm
You are absolutely correct, especially regarding the NIV which is notorious for tampering with the text to force it to conform with the theological biases of the translators. Look what they did with 2 Peter 4:6. The deplorably added the word "now" which does not exist in the original language. They wanted to make it seem like Jesus did not preach the gospel to the dead, which is indeed it's plain reading.
1/29/2021 12:44:58 pm
Can we all not give the title THE Passion TRANSLATION to this? Rather the Passion "translation", or the Passion book, or the Passion novel, or the Passion supraphrase? Giving it the full title is like saying "choice" instead of abortion-murder. Titles are VERY important. Naming is VERY important. We give creedence to this abomination by adhering to this self proclaimed title.
3/16/2021 02:45:15 am
In truth we have the Holy Spirit who teaches us all things. I have been greatly blessed by this version. Some may choose to call it version, commentary, expansion, review, or whatever. Let's be mindful of the meaning it is conveying in comparison with other versions so as not to arouse unnecessary 'war' over it that can detract from its original intents - of bringing passion into reading and understanding the 'same' word. Which is what it has done for me. The English language has evolved so much from the original form, there is greater need for the younger generation - modern English speakers to speak, read and understand modern English
6/6/2021 04:21:51 am
Never tamper the Scriptures. It’s as simple as that. The Scriptures are complete, the Bible is already finished. It is Holy and set apart from other books. TPT undermines this attribute of the Bible.
3/19/2021 11:55:16 am
I am curious. Does Jesus matter anymore? When Jesus appeared to Paul he spoke to him directly. Does God need men or women or do we depend, live, move and breathe in God? Jesus saves and God Loves to do so. These divisions in the "Church" have nothing to do with the body of Christ. Where two or three are gathered in MY NAME I will be there. End of story.
6/6/2021 04:40:48 am
You cannot compare NIV to TPT for the very obvious reason that TPT adds new sentences to the verse. Don’t you see the stark difference when the creators of TPT add infuse new words and sentences. I’ve seen insertion of two or even more new sentences... that’s horrifying. If you’re not horrified, you clearly not value the integrity of the Holy Scriptures.
3/30/2021 11:42:54 pm
Jesus warns us about false teachers and preachers in the last days. Thanks for sharing this with us
6/28/2021 04:55:36 pm
My question is why would you trust NIV and not TPT? NIV takes stuff out of the bible!! For example in Matthew 6:13 NKJV it sayss “And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”
7/27/2021 03:12:13 am
The Passion Translation is just beaútiful, it só speak to my heart !! Why criticize any translation, as all of them have "mistakes" ? its the message of Christ that counts, His love for His Bride.. you and me :)
9/13/2021 11:46:37 am
I guess I’m pretty dismayed by the vitriol I read in too many of these posts, the judgmental attitude, and divisiveness. I would recommend reading the introduction to his Book of Genesis for an explanation of the purpose behind this work. I am an avid student of the word, of the “original” languages and own many and varied translations. When a passage in the TPT causes my brow to wrinkle, I go to other trusted translations (or sometimes to the Hebrew or Greek) for a clearer understanding or for clarification. Hebrew is a language of the heart, and simply cannot be fitted into a Western a=b formula. Even Jewish scholars cannot agree on the meanings of many words. I appreciate a scholarly evaluation of any new translation and will prayerfully consider what they have to say as I make a personal evaluation. I know that not everyone has the background to do this kind of evaluation, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but anyone can read prayerfully, and seek revelation and understanding! Some of my wisest mentors have been people with few credentials from this world, and very little scholarship, but they knew Him intimately, and that is far more valuable to me. Let’s try for a bit of gentleness, humility, and a Berean attitude. If you’re concerned about others’ understanding, why not pray for them and then make yourself available to the Lord for helping those whom you fear might be led astray.
11/7/2021 11:20:20 pm
I am a Christian and practicing Charismatic for 42+ years. I came from a pagan background. I knew nothing of the Scriptures when I first came to faith drawn by the Holy Spirit though at the time I didn't even know what that meant. But being born-again by faith hearing the Word of Christ, I wanted to know everything about Him I could. I am thankful today, more than ever, for God's Word which will NEVER pass away. Heaven and Earth and the CHARISMATIC movements may (the Holy Spirit made Heaven and Earth, too, so why not Charismatic movements?), but His Word will not.
6/18/2022 02:19:01 am
We are so dependent on these ancient manuscripts of the Bible, that we forget that sometimes, we just better take a break, & read what others have written about the Bible, by means of doing so & how it speaks to them, all through grace of the Holy Spirit. That’s exactly what the TPT is, a Christian man’s godly take on the Scripture from his perspective, a Holy one at that Though I am very skeptical of the inventor’s stories of how the TPT came to be, the TPT is a very good book of records.
6/25/2018 12:41:46 pm
THANK-YOU for your timely article on The Passion "Bible"! It is about time, too: I have been talking it up for many months now, to little avail. But you have some greater credibility on the Net, so I welcome this accurate purview, and am sharing it on Facebook! (Why NOT me??) Thanks!
As a chrustian and believer in Jesus Christ. As a child that was born into an old babtist church. As a vessel for the one and only God. We are supposed to pour out our love to the Creator and the creations. I undwrstand not taking wmaway ir adding verses. But how would you decribe your relationship with God ? How would you decribe your love for him and his creations ? We should love God with the upmost part of us. We as his children should give ALL of us to him. TPT shows the fact that we as his children should show the love and gratitude and the power he has given each and everyone of us. To show the world who Jesus is and who Jesus is so that they too might be saved. Our relationship with Jesus should be Greater Love, Joy like crazy, and giving ALL of us to him daily. I love the old king james version cause theres no add or take away. But a version to show the depth of his love towars us and how we should show that same love towards him and all creation is vital.
2/4/2020 03:48:17 pm
I love this, you're really on point. The world is fast changing, the use and understanding of the old english language is getting harder in the society today, so there is need to integrate the word of God into the current lifestyle so people could really identify with the word as it applies to their lives in this dispensation.
7/23/2020 12:33:56 am
I don't think it's the right thing to ask her to get personal with you about her own relationship with God. That is between Her and the Lord. If the Original manuscript isn't enough (that translated from the original texts and languages) then somehow God didn't get His message across and now we have to create a new translation adding fluff that isn't supposed to be there. I don't agree with this TPT translation at all. And the way it came about is completely unbiblical.
9/10/2020 01:43:23 pm
Thank you for standing out. I fully believe that God led me to this translation because it has so much love in it. Just like He has so much love in Him. It sucks that we as His children, still can't let our guard down with Him because we want to look scholarly correct instead of fallin' freely in love with our Savior. I'm grateful for what Jesus Christ has done for me, including giving me the TPT bible.
6/26/2018 06:39:45 am
Hi, I was just going to ask for links to the reviews by Dr. Wilson and Dr. Windsor but I now see that you gave them in the references. Great little article by the way. And one last thing... any links to material written by Dr. Shead? Thanks :)
6/26/2018 08:23:02 am
7/16/2021 07:01:59 am
Hi Donmali, so your answer to the darkness in the world is for Christians to 'modernise' God? Are you talking about the God who said in Malachi 3:6, "For I am the LORD, I change not"? Are you sure you know the "I AM WHO I AM" (Exodus 3:14)? I doubt that you have encountered Him or His Son Jesus Christ.
6/26/2018 08:53:00 am
Interesting that Simmons supposedly saw a "John chapter 22" - but chapter and verse separations are a man-made invention and were later added to the books of the Bible.
6/26/2018 09:28:10 am
10/8/2020 01:10:12 am
Why take everything literally when it's the idea that matters and serves to communicate a point. If John 22 expresses what is intended to be expressed, why not have a John 22!
6/26/2018 11:32:08 am
I've read and listened to "The Message" Bible and have some concerns about it, too. I understand that it's not promoted as a translation, but most people - even believers - won't understand the difference between a translation and a paraphrase.
3/21/2019 11:29:26 am
The Message is New Age inspired and includes New Age rhetoric.
9/29/2019 11:18:43 am
Have you read any of Eugene Peterson’s books? All of my research, I’ve never seen any of his stuff as rooted in The New Age. Just wondering. I do believe that TPT is borderline heresy, especially if they publish the “22nd chapter of John.”
5/6/2021 01:15:13 pm
absolute nonsense. The Message has brought countless people to Christ.
4/10/2020 08:32:50 pm
Brad Dixon, I appreciate you bringing up your concerns about "The Message" Bible. I have great concerns about it as well. When people have quoted from it in Bible studies I have been astounded at how much the verse is different (not just a synonym here and there) from versions like ESV and CSB and NKJV. The verses are sometimes almost unrecognizable. I would NOT recommend "The Message" as a good Bible translation even with it being a paraphrased version.
10/8/2020 01:12:01 am
A tree is known by it's fruit and we have seen a lot of good fruit from people who have been using The message bible.
5/5/2020 10:15:46 pm
6/17/2021 10:03:05 pm
My sentiments exactly, as if sentiment and passion were the way to ascertain truth. American Christians like all Americans are tempted by the more is better fallacy. More more more Bibles. We're swimming in Bibles. We need to start agreeing on matters of the Christian Faith and move toward unity in the one catholic (small c) and apostolic Church, which is the bride of Christ.
6/26/2018 04:02:09 pm
If you want a great defense for the AV1611 Bible and a great source to show the corruption of the new versions. I highly recommend Jack McElroy's book ''Which Bible Would Jesus Use: The Bible Version Controversy Explained and Resolved. (God Bless)
6/26/2018 08:02:12 pm
Hi Daniel, thanks for your comment. I'd recommend that readers also get "The King James Only Controversy" by James White for the other perspective.
2/20/2020 09:34:35 pm
Good catch on the King James Only adherent above and Great book recommendation.
6/5/2020 10:47:58 am
Yes I agree...wonderful book.
6/26/2018 04:06:48 pm
The author is a New Apostolic Reformation believer and has written this based upon their beliefs.
4/1/2019 10:39:02 am
7/11/2020 01:59:08 pm
Which Bible author were you referring to as being of the NAR - The Passion or The Message? Thank you. I wasn't quite clear on which one, after posts were written after yours. Thanks again, for clarifying.
7/11/2020 02:04:52 pm
I wrote about the author of Passion or Message being NAR - I forgot to checkmark to notify me via e-mail of your post to the website. Sorry! Thanks again -
6/27/2018 10:20:55 pm
The bible is the best selling book in history, and selling can turn to greed , and greed can turn to idolatry, and idolatry can turn us away from God, a lot of these versions and translations are unnecessary and nothing more than people trying to make a buck by bowing down to the ( golden calf of wealth and power) and watering down and perverting the truth along the way, whether intentional or unintentional (God knows) this is an intense subject, one that should not be taken lightly by anyone truly seeking Gods guidance in their lives, truly seek God (Jesus) with all your heart, and you will find Him and His (Holy Bible)!!!!!
6/24/2020 05:22:40 pm
Excellent point, in this day when corruption and greed overshadow everything...we need to be mindful of end times and the deception that is present. Confusion and distraction can lead you from God rather than draw you closer. Be prayerful and diligent in seeking and studying. I appreciate this information as I was considering the book.
6/29/2018 11:33:43 am
Brian Simmons' pseudo-Bible is the latest in a long line of tendential Bible versions. In 1933 George Lamsa created "The Holy Bible from Ancient Eastern Manuscripts" based on his claim that the Aramaic New Testament pre-dated the Greek New Testament ("Aramaic primacy"). Despite virtual unanimous rejection of Aramaic primacy by scholars, now Simmons appears to have resurrected Lamsa's error. That, on its face, is sufficient to reject "The Passion Translation." However, when one adds in Simmons' mystical revelations that are included in his "Translation" (an inaccurate term where there exists no formal ability to translate from the original text--"Paraphrase" would be more apt), then The Passion Bible bears the same problems as The Book of Mormon or the Qur'an, namely no way to empirically verify the "revelations" because they are entirely subjective.
1/23/2021 12:34:53 pm
I am late getting to the point of research on this subject; however, the Lord has shown me that what you say in reference to its being on par with The Book of Mormon or the Qur'an is true. I am not a renowned scholar of the Bible, but I know what the Word of God has done for me. I just wanted to thank you for your comments, as they were very supportive to what I had felt to be true.
I definitely agree with Miss Childers that this translation almost doesn't deserve the name, as the mostly straightforward meaning of the underlying text has been augmented with a lot of extra interpretation.
12/14/2020 05:16:37 am
Wow. Ok. So much to unpack with this comment. You’re right God doesn’t need scripture updated, but we are not God. If a translation is able to bring a person to Christ isn’t it worth it? Isn’t that the main goal? To be ambassadors? 1 Corinthians 9:22 - “I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some”.
12/14/2020 05:18:43 am
Wow. Ok. So much to unpack with this comment. You’re right God doesn’t need scripture updated, but we are not God. If a translation is able to bring a person to Christ isn’t it worth it? Isn’t that the main goal? To be ambassadors? 1 Corinthians 9:22 - “I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some”.
1/2/2021 09:35:03 am
I used to be a strong proponent of the KJV as the only truly accurate translation, and even mailed copies to various parts of the world... until I realized that for many of these people, English is a third language at the least. They have a tribal tongue, then a regional language, then they learn English in school. And I came to understand that the only Bible that is going to do anyone any good is a Bible that a person can understand. Why would they even pick it up if the language is so strange to them?
8/9/2020 08:07:12 pm
There is a reason why we Christians who are trained in the ancient languages: Greek and Hebrew, and some of the other ancient semitic languages, to translate the scriptures from the original language to modern English in a way that is not only keeping with the original language and the intent of the human author who wrote it, but also in keeping with the Lord who inspired the text. These folks work together and check each other on their translation accuracy and come to an agreement on the best possible translation into modern English. It appears the Simmons guy has no interest in this process.
11/14/2020 09:52:32 am
“In a way that is not only keeping with the original language and the intent of the human author who wrote it, but also in keeping with the Lord who inspired the text.“ - this is a slippery slope if doctrine gets involved! Such as the NIV’s use of the term ‘sarx’?’ Most other translations use the term ‘flesh’ when referring to the condition of man (i.e. Galatians 5:16) because the word means ‘covering of the skeleton’, but the NIV uses the term ‘sinful nature’ - a Calvinist concept. This is very doctrinal and should not be in a Bible translation. It’s a doctrinal concept, not a transliteration.
6/30/2018 05:16:50 pm
And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
10/17/2019 07:06:40 am
Brittania, In response to your comment, it is in reference to the book of Revelation. It says the BOOK (Revelation) of THIS prophecy. Just trying to keep what's written in context.
12/8/2019 04:28:25 am
Deuteronomy 4:2 King James Version (KJV)
2/9/2020 10:31:45 pm
Joel, it sounds like you are saying one can take away or add words to any other book of the Bible so long as it not the Book of Rev.if simmons could have just left the book of Rev. Alone he would have been home free
6/29/2020 09:40:39 am
Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.
7/2/2018 04:11:32 pm
Here's a counter-response from Simmons to one of the sources you used:
7/8/2018 03:34:27 pm
Alisa, you may want to examine this quote in more depth:
7/8/2018 04:44:35 pm
7/8/2018 04:47:29 pm
"Until then, I am taking his words at face value."
7/8/2018 04:51:14 pm
In fact, this:
7/8/2018 05:48:20 pm
One more doodle then I'll buzz off. A few minutes ago I said this:
12/8/2019 04:42:41 am
the part of the revaltion was that he was thinking of stealing
3/11/2020 05:35:25 am
I just watched the video. Brian Simmons says clearly "They will not add to the Scripture, and that's a sealed book".
11/21/2020 06:00:05 pm
I’ve always been sick when I see articles like this. There are many people who think the king James version is the only “godly one” come on people. Why don’t you worry more about sharing the love of Jesus instead of acting like everyone who experiences the holy fire of God differently than you do are worthy of a money changers in the temple beat down. Have you ever considered when talking down about Gods other kids that you might actually be of the religious spirit that Jesus was put on the cross under? Stop accusing! That’s Satans job! Why join him in his works and say “im a great Christian it’s my job to accuse”. Jesus sure as heck interpreted scripture in a very different way as their Holy Scriptures came to life right in front of them with their own participation unknown to them as the “most learned in the land”. God doesn’t always talk through scholars. Check all your versions for who wrote the original versions and tell me they all were as “learned” as you and the niv scholars. May God give you peace and an understanding that we should join Jesus in His work sharing His love and the gospel of freedom from fear rather than joining Satan in his works of beating down others and accusing them alongside him.
11/27/2020 12:10:30 am
1 Thess 5:20-22 "20 Do not treat prophecies with contempt 21 but test them all; hold on to what is good, 22 reject every kind of evil."
8/26/2018 09:27:35 am
8/31/2018 09:44:12 am
"I just wish he had not marketed his paraphrase as a translation..."
8/31/2018 11:26:22 am
8/29/2019 08:28:43 am
The Message 'have fun with it'! I think that sums up the Biblical discernment your comments are showing.
10/29/2018 01:46:19 pm
I respect the commitment to education of theological scholars and I join in holding sacred that which is holy. However, I couldn't help but look at this review in light of the way scholars of the day critiqued Jesus and charged him with blasphemy before they murdered him; or how William Tyndale translated our Bible from original language to English, but was strangled and burned at the stake because of it.
8/4/2019 02:38:04 am
That is lovely truth to bring in here. Thank you for saying it so eloquently. While we argue satan has his way.
10/29/2018 02:22:24 pm
Hello R.A. Wells,
1/18/2019 05:52:02 pm
Oh, my goodness. All this criticism from the guy who did the NIV? The NIV? Written in third-grade English and well known that large portions of KJV are left out. I didn't have my children learn "the baby bible" and which is written in a language so colloquial that they never could figure out whether it was a "scripture" they were quoting or just something from their head. I told them at least with KJV you know it's a Bible verse. NIV is dumbed down for the sad population, so they shouldn't be kicking the Passion.
4/20/2019 03:14:20 pm
The only Bible there that is fit to be called a Bible is the KJV. The NIV and ESV both used the corrupt Alexandrian text by Wescott and Hort who weren't Christians.
6/5/2020 11:00:46 am
Eds--you should read James White's book about the KJV controversy.
8/29/2019 08:32:47 am
Indeed Patricia Beggs, if the NIV is badly translated I totally agree that every future translation should be free from criticism.
2/20/2020 09:48:41 pm
Priscilla, you have been deceived by the King James Only Cult. The KJV used inferior manuscripts and archaic English that no one uses or understands anymore (including you). Read the "The King James Only Controversy" by James White. It will set you straight on some things.
5/11/2020 12:26:19 pm
5/14/2019 05:28:06 pm
I was reading part of TPT in comparison to the NIV and was feeling a little testy about the said 'translation'. So decided to do just a little digging and found that a not a few people take exception to it being called a 'translation'. I agree is should not be called a translation. I perhaps understand the added words may have been meant to clarify yet I found them at times to be just more confusing. If I was a new Christian trying to grapple with the language, sentences, and context then the TPT is not helpful. That said while I do agree who should not be adding it the Word of God I also am a little confused why people play the Revelation 22 card when verse 18 is more often then not taken out of context. Let me explain:
6/2/2019 02:17:11 am
It is a paraphrase and not a translation. If read as such it can be a real help as an incentive to greater devotion. I love the colourful turn of phrase and find the comments interesting although I believe some explanations go too far and are perhaps a little fanciful. (Eg to say that the the first letters of the inscription on the cross in Hebrew/Aramaic are the letters for the name of God is a bit of a stretch) But any reading of Scripture must be done with discernment and sound judgment.
6/2/2019 10:54:30 pm
When did we start playing God? God can, will, and has used ordinary people since the beginning of time to so sad the Good News of the Gospel by personal testimony of transformation in lives. There are countless people who have NO access the the written word who clearly have been transformed by the message of God's only Son, the Cross, and the blood. The Bible was never intended to make man more knowledgeable, it was written to transform us into the image of Christ. We know them by their fruit ... I happen to love the Passion Translation and there is NO doubt in my heart or mind that the KING OF ALL KINGS has used it to help me know Him better.
6/3/2019 09:40:15 am
I believe Simmons fell into the same trap as Taze Russell and Joseph Smith. Both were deceived by Satan. But we should use the same rule of thumb as we did with Russell's Translation with how he changed John 1:1 saying the word was "a" God. Simmon's changed John 14:16 by saying " I will pray to the father and he will send you another saviour" . Another Savior!! There is only 1 Savior and that's Yeshua(Jesus). That alone should be enough to throw this book out. There are other versus's here did the same. We have enough translations. We don't need any more. Thank you Alisa for revealing the truth about this translation. God Bless you
Austin C Verbeck
7/23/2020 11:00:42 am
John 14:16 in TPT says 'helper' not 'savior'. Jesus is talking about the Holy spirit which God would send after He left them. Your passion seems to be hardening your heart, but be careful not to blaspheme the Spirit. If the Spirit is working through Brian to create a new paraphrase of the Scripture and you're claiming he's serving Satan and not God you're doing more damage than good.
8/4/2020 09:16:15 pm
Austin - Here is the text as it reads in The Passion "And I will ask the Father and he will give you another Savior, the Holy Spirit of Truth, who will be to you a friend just like me—and he will never leave you." John 14:16
6/20/2019 07:29:10 am
Here is a comparison of the Passion rendering of the Scriptures with four Bible translations/versions. There is clearly a difference on verse 13 chapter 1 of the book of John where the Passion which is not a transalation or parphrase states a different thing than the others which is an important verse, in which it refers to Jesus in the Passion yet it refers to born again believers and sons of God in the four versions, how did scholars and other folks who were supposed to help with the Passion rendering could make this mistake https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=john+1%3A12-13&version=TPT;KJV;AMP;ESV;NLT
7/10/2019 04:01:12 pm
I've been reading up on this paraphrase for a while (yes, I said paraphrase). This site was chock full of technical and intricate details of language and translations.
7/23/2019 04:56:25 am
I was initially attracted to this seeming translation because there is, literally, passion in it. I have some knowledge of Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek and I know that quite often a single English word fails to adequately capture the full meaning of the original. This translation addresses this frequently by providing fuller meanings. However, there are several other occasions where I find no basis for addition, subtraction or change. As such, I get the sense that Mr. Simmons may have let himself be carried away by his own imagination rather than being inspired by the Holy Spirit.
8/29/2019 08:42:48 am
The amount of time people spend defending the Message and Passion translations seems pointless to me. Certainly seems like people spend more time defending Bethel and other totally messed up organisations than they would ever stand up for the Word of God.
12/21/2019 10:13:30 pm
Could you tell me what nar is?
5/2/2020 11:42:18 am
New Apostolic Reformation
6/8/2020 07:16:30 pm
The New Apostolic Reformation is a global church growth trend that Fuller Theological Seminary church growth professor C. Peter Wagner wrote about in his book Churchquake back in 1999. Somehow critics of Bethel Church in Redding, California decided that it's actually this 21st century Charismatic movement that has apostles with equal authority to those in the Bible with new revelations equal to Scripture that plans on taking over the world and imposing some kind of theocracy. Silly conspiracy nut stuff.
8/29/2019 11:44:39 am
I wonder what the consequences would be from such a blatant mistake in the Passion “Bible” in John 13:1? How could they make such an error with the claims of even Jesus “personal revelation” and of “respect scholars”
8/31/2019 06:14:47 am
I am sorry but have you even read this translation? And I say this in love, but Brian Simmons has an amazing command of the Greek and Hebrew languages! If you read something and it actually deepens your relationship with God and draws you closer in your walk with Him, well, what can I say, that is my experience with this translation! I am sorry that yours has not been the same and that you have missed out on such an incredible blessing!🙂
8/31/2019 10:05:58 pm
I am sorry but did you even read the article you've commented on? Quote "Another thing that sets TPT apart from these other single-author translations is that Simmons claims that Jesus visited him personally, took him to the library of heaven, and asked him to write the translation. He claims to have received "downloads," and "secrets of the Hebrew language" from Jesus Himself. Simmons even admitted that he has minimal background in biblical languages and needed the Lord's help to translate.(3)" End quote. And there are numerous sources (on the internet and elsewhere) that record (audio and video) where Brian admits to lacking in ability, experience and in terms of scholarly accreditation to under translation from ancient Hebrew and Greek.
12/8/2019 02:57:28 pm
brian simmons is a lair he claims to be a co translator for new tribes missions when he was only a church planter for the kuna people in panama
8/31/2019 09:23:02 am
Bottom line is we don't need any more translations/new bibles.
10/18/2019 11:35:33 pm
When we get a person from the niv version to say another bible translation is bad we have hit rock bottom. The niv has deceived so many and a bad translation
12/13/2020 12:38:55 pm
The NIV is certainly suspect, and your comment is well taken. One of my professors in college translated some of the Psalms for the NIV and didn’t even claim to be a Christian; he was just a Hebrew scholar. And he said he wasn’t the only such translator on the project.
11/5/2019 08:21:02 am
All one has to do is go to the original language and study for one's self the language of the times to get an accurate reading of scriptures regardless of the translation. Having studied Hebrew and Greek, I find the Passion Translation to be highly accurate. Also, I've learned to never discredit someone's heavenly visitation from my experience or lack thereof. In doing so, I would have to discredit the entire book if Revelations, regardless of translation. After all, John claimed to be taken to heaven and shown things n one else has experienced or seen and then had the task of relating that experience. By the way, he had no formal training either. So based upon your entire blog, no one can trust the book of Revelations, except for the fact that it is written in the earliest accepted form of the Bible, the KJV.
11/5/2019 06:16:43 pm
1/8/2020 12:34:29 pm
Hi Christine, could you say what happened with the TPT in John 1 verse 13 taking verse 12 into context compared with NKJV, ESV and Amplified version which explains things clearly, other versions too?
5/2/2020 11:46:51 am
Dive into this. It helped me to understand.
4/2/2020 04:18:30 am
What I know is this. As long as the Spirit lives in you and He is actively ordering your steps, you will be able to know when something is from me.
5/7/2020 09:04:50 am
Quote: "...Rule of thumb, Jesus followers are actually kind people,..."
6/16/2021 11:44:17 pm
Well said Christine
11/11/2019 06:48:45 am
TPT or KJV - either way, God will judge you based on your works, and not which translation you read!
JESUS IS LORD
12/5/2019 02:56:45 am
You do know the NIV has omitted 16 very important verses, right? And and someone else already mentioned, the very last verse in the entire Bible needs to be re-read. I (gasp) don't believe the King James version is exactly what it's supposed to be, as it, too has been defiled by man and cultural tradition. But I definitely don't agree with any verses being taken away or added to the original Greek, Hebrew, or Aramaic Scriptures.
5/10/2020 02:37:25 am
Could you please give the verses. That would be helpful.
5/11/2020 10:26:03 am
So it is explained on Wikipedia:
12/5/2019 08:33:37 am
The most important part of our life is a personal relationship with our Father God. I believe there will be many surprises when we go to Heaven. Jesus accepted everyone, the only ones he had issue with were the religious.
11/21/2020 06:13:48 pm
Amen! These scribes and “learned” missed everything in the scriptures they supposedly knew to the point that they became the perpetrators of killing their own savior themselves! God help those with a religious spirit That mock and beat up on their brothers and sisters that make up the save body!
12/10/2019 11:45:47 am
I agree with everything in this article, great article and well written. Except for you can find just as many problems with The Message Bible as you can with TPT. Stick to a real Bible like the ESV, KJV, NASB, or RSV or something.
1/8/2020 11:08:44 am
Wow, errors such as the one pointed out above by the Omar Perez should put an end to this discussion. Arguments about whether or not this is a true translation are rendered moot by such a glaring error as the TPT “translation” of John 1:12-13. This verse is central to all christian doctrine, folks! In my view, this error alone is enough to justify pulling this book off the shelves of every bookstore. Use this book if you must, but use it alongside other commentaries and with the full knowledge that it contains significant errors.
1/27/2020 09:36:43 am
I have been enjoying the Passion Translation, however I wouldn’t use it to study the Bible. I would go back to the King James Version. There are a lot of verses I have enjoyed meditating on in the TPT but only after I have read them in the KJV and the Amplified. There have been a few verses that haven’t really clicked with me when comparing them to the KJV and using Strongs. Overall it expresses a “passion” for the God. But I would recommend sticking with either KJV or NKJV to really study the Bible. Not matter what version you read or preacher you listen to be led of God. He will never lead you astray.Blessings!
3/15/2020 11:26:29 am
That is exactly why people are are hating christianity, because of the likes of people who wrote this article.
7/14/2020 08:29:41 pm
Simon, I try to understand where you might be coming from. I share hoping you receive this knowing it’s coming from gentleness and respect.
4/24/2020 05:33:49 pm
So true. I've known this now for awhile. Keep up the good work in shedding the truth on darkness and deceit. God bless you and your ministry.
5/9/2020 06:41:22 am
Excellent piece. I am researching a paper on the subject.
6/5/2020 07:52:46 pm
Joseph Smith did indeed translate the Book of Mormon by the power of God. He was a prophet called by God to restore Christ's church and reveal to the world another testament of Jesus Christ (just as the New Testament was another testament added to the Tanakh).
6/6/2020 02:32:13 pm
The problem with Mormonism is that it contradicts, modifies, and expands on the Bible. Christians do not have a reason to believe that the Bible is untrue or inadequate. To truly believe in and trust God means to believe in His Word, and all Scripture is inspired by God, which means it comes from Him (2 Timothy 3:16). -– excerpt from this article https://www.gotquestions.org/Mormons.html
6/6/2020 04:17:05 pm
Show me the contradictions. Latter-day Saints do not believe the Holy Bible is "false". The Book of Mormon is truly another testament of Christ, just as the New Testament was an additional testament added to the Tanakh.
6/7/2020 10:43:06 am
6/8/2020 01:59:24 am
You're welcome to believe in those theories. I know "Mormonism" very well. This isn't what the Bible warns as "false preaching". False preaching would be people like Steven Anderson, Kenneth Copeland, and Todd White.
6/8/2020 02:04:50 am
Remember that not everything taught by an LDS leader is counted as official doctrine.
6/8/2020 07:23:24 pm
Hi Sabrina (and anyone else following these comments),
6/9/2020 09:47:09 pm
1. That is a commonly misinterpeted verse. 2 Nephi 26:27 says salvation is a free gift. How can you earn a free gift?
6/8/2020 10:42:41 pm
Sabrina, have you read the article I shared here https://www.gotquestions.org/Mormons.html?
6/9/2020 10:05:48 pm
Thanks for sharing those links Omar, some great stuff there.
9/4/2020 07:12:58 am
Sabrina, Christians (who are Christians by second birth rather than nominally) do not accept another testament or another prophet, in this sense, precisely because the Holy Scriptures do not prepare us for such. The word of God is divinely complete in the collection of 66 books by 40 authors, and Jesus Christ is considered our final Prophet, as Hebrews chapter 1 explains... how God spoke in the past to the fathers by the prophets but (in contrast) has in these LAST DAYS spoken to us through His Son. This was foretold by Moses, how at the end God would raise up a prophet like unto himself. Of course, all people are free to follow and believe the latter-day, self-proclaimed prophets with their words and works.. and many religious men freely do. (Historically, various sects and cults have come out of this decision.) However, Christians born of the Spirit of God have no biblical reason to heed them.
6/6/2020 01:29:16 am
The Book of Mormon.... translated by supernatural power but not from God but of the god of this world. It preaches a different gospel.... salvation by works. Does it contradict? Possibly not with the points that have been have raised, the Devil believes these things to be true too by the way and that's generally why he constantly seeks to confuse on these issues... but it's the additions to God's revelation of Himself and His only begotten son Jesus Christ that it does err. Satan and Jesus are not brothers, as the book of Mormon and the Mormon church teach. Satan is a created being, a fallen angel, whereas Jesus is the eternal Son of God - He is God the creator, always was, is and always will be.
6/6/2020 04:14:23 pm
No where in the Book of Mormon does it teach that Satan and Jesus are brothers.
6/8/2020 03:07:09 am
Do you just rely on the Book Of Mormon for your views on God the Son - Jesus, God the Father, salvation, God the Holy Spirit? You would also use the Bible am I correct? But then have a proviso that says 'only as far as it is correctly translated'. So no, you don't just rely on the Bible - you have The Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants and The Pearl of Great Price and the Christian Bible. And yet... the Bible has had additions, changes if you like, by Joseph Smith. This "Bible" originated in the 1800s and was authored by Joseph Smith. He took the Bible and changed the content by taking away parts, added his own words, copied parts from his own Book of Mormon, and in the end, published it as his "New Translation". The question has to be asked, can it be trusted? Joseph’s translation was not carried out in the traditional sense. He didn’t consult Greek and Hebrew texts or use lexicons to create a new English version. Rather, he used the King James Version of the Bible as his starting point and made additions and changes as he was directed by a spirit who he thought was the Holy Ghost.
6/8/2020 05:32:13 pm
6/22/2020 09:28:11 am
Jim Warner Wallace is a police homicide detective, author of several books, speaker, Christian apologist, former mormon, grew up in the Latter Day Saints community, now is a Christian born again of the Spirit into the Kingdom of God. He has a website called Cold Case Christianity.
6/23/2020 02:12:14 pm
*correction, Jim was an avowed atheist, his six half siblings and their mother (step-mom) are mormon
6/23/2020 05:41:19 pm
Thanks for sharing those resources Omar. I had heard of Jim Wallace but had completely forgotten about him... now his website is bookmarked for future reference and I must get his book for my library.
6/19/2020 04:30:54 pm
the link provided for the interview is no good ... in order to verify your footnotes please provide an accurate link or another one with this interview... It would be a very powerful interview but without the link working it puts into doubt your argument.
6/20/2020 07:46:17 pm
Hi William, it looks like they took the podcast down. However, I typed this quote directly from the podcast myself. I was able to track down a recording that someone pulled before they deleted it here: https://videopress.com/v/dDTilIPH
6/20/2020 09:20:48 pm
Thank you. Do you have any referances or links for the other statements in your blog. "Another thing that sets TPT apart from these other single-author translations is that Simmons claims that Jesus visited him personally, took him to the library of heaven, and asked him to write the translation. He claims to have received "downloads," and "secrets of the Hebrew language" from Jesus Himself. Simmons even admitted that he has minimal background in biblical languages and needed the Lord's help to translate."
6/20/2020 09:52:46 pm
William, it looks like they took that down too! Here's another link to the same show. My hunch is that if they keep taking it down, someone will post it again.
6/20/2020 10:07:03 pm
Are you serious! I watched the video and the people there ate it up like I eat up my sugar crisp... they believed that ... we need biblical teaching that is founded and grounded in the Word of God ... not the experience of man. John 22 LOL.
7/1/2020 06:11:28 pm
I was reading The Passion translation, and was aware that there was considerable new narrative, upon which the translator sites Aramaic and Hebraic authority for NT scriptures (when Greek is the language of the original texts) which he then expands on, or extrapolates, extra-biblical content.
7/11/2020 03:14:32 pm
David Sandvik's comment on KJV's 2 Samuel 8:2 being difficult to understand -- the NKJV explains it very well.
It would be best if the discussion about the correct translation of the Bible sparked a movement: So that
8/10/2020 07:33:46 am
Thanks for that very useful as readers in my church are using it and house group members. We are about to start on The Book of Proverbs and straight away in Ch 1 v2 I noticed the word impartation which is very N.A.R. keep up the good work.
8/18/2020 07:18:31 am
Does anyone else find it incredibly ironic that someone who is associated with the NIV, which is notorious for leaving out whole passages of scriptures, is saying that TPT is not reliable because it leaves out and changes scripture?
9/5/2020 04:23:02 pm
Alisa Childers!!! YES!!!!
9/8/2020 02:53:06 pm
Thank you for such an excellent article. Or should I say, “Heads up.” You have really hit on a need. People have been replying for over a year now. A Bible presenting a new text such as this one is the last thing a person would expect to run across when choosing a Bible in a Christian bookstore. We can get caught off guard so easily if we do not do our homework. There are so many “translations” available that it is difficult to keep up with them. We do well if we are able to guide people to good Bibles that will help them grow in Christ and steer them away from the ones that are no good.
10/22/2020 03:11:47 pm
Psalm 32:6 is an example of where the King James version translation is wrong, and most other translations followed suit, though a few e.g: CSB, CEV, ISV, YLT; translated it better. However, even the NASB (my favourite), got it wrong:
12/14/2020 05:44:28 pm
HI Alisa, thanks so much for this article and for your research. I am a New Testament professor at a Christian college and was unfortunately not surprised at the inaccuracy of the Passion Translation as I am quite familiar with Bethel Church and similar movements and how they interpret scripture. I am wondering if it is possible to lobby Bible Gateway to get them to remove it from their website? I have sent them a kind email asking them to consider removing it, and linked your article as a good explanation as to why. I would guess you have greater influence than I do! Bible Gateway is so influential and so widely used, it seems important for them to give this one the axe.
2/11/2021 08:28:03 pm
check out Mike Winger who is doing something called "the passion project" on youtube researching this, and also videos of Alisa and him on "progressive" christianity https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=mike+winger+passion+project
2/2/2021 02:36:42 am
Truth is the word of God. It doesn’t matter what you feel. Faith is not a feeling. Gods word says in the OT and the NT Do not add to or take away from Gods word. So just as the word of God says, “Let God be true and everyman a liar.”
2/8/2021 01:32:57 pm
I respectfully disagree with this article. While we can tell that the TPT has a mix of interpretation and translation, the content faithfully keeps the God on the throne and all the core content. How do I know? Because I read many translations and I have the Holy Spirit in me who interprets the word. The bible is not an intellectual book it is a LIVING book that can only be interpreted with the help of the Holy Spirit. If the guarantee to know God was in the KJV, we wouldn't have so many misinterpretations and religious leaders who act like the pharisees trying to control the Christian community with their own opinion. These leaders are not the Holy Spirit and it's Jesus who we are to follow, not them.
3/1/2021 06:05:59 pm
As concerning the Word of life, Luke 10 section 25-28 says: On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. "Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" "What is written in the Law?" he replied. "How do you read it?" He answered: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'" "You have answered correctly," Jesus replied. "Do this and you will live."
4/11/2021 01:44:22 am
I purchased a digital copy of TPT from Olive Tree, as a Pastor I want to do my own research. I notice however that the wording cited here and on other websites is different.
4/15/2021 09:22:02 am
4/17/2021 12:24:55 pm
He says he revises the books every two years based on the critics suggestions. He explains that God told him that the critics will help make the book better that way
4/17/2021 12:02:07 pm
TPT is popular to the Charismatic and Pentecostal, cause we know we need spirit and word which TPT relates well.
I have read all of these opinions, I love this passion translation. I have read the Bible through as I had Bible in school as a child. Why does everyone have to be so judgmental. It’s a very good translation and it explains very well what we need to know and believe to have eternal life. Jesus is the son of God sent to earth to save us from all our sins. We are saved by Jesus death on the cross.None of us would possibly be saved without God Grace. We come to Christ like a child therefore we sometimes need help understanding. Read the passion translation along with another translation, you will get the picture.
2/1/2022 05:34:00 am
Agreed, this is sad to read, it’s like reading about the Pharisees…. Yea they killed Jesus. I’m interested in what Jesus said, or what anyone actually said, Jesus spoke Aramaic not authorized KJV. When I read the TPT I feel the love of God. So don’t buy it, & don’t read it. But don’t bash the word of God.
7/13/2021 10:43:26 pm
The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ apart from the Bible. Saying the The Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day saints is a cult makes one take your thoughts less into consideration.
10/11/2021 01:07:13 pm
Jesus Christ is NOT the "words" (plural)
1/2/2022 05:52:01 pm
Honestly, and this is upon reading the beginning of Proverbs for a bible study so I haven't read much, I feel this is speaking to my ego not my spriit.
1/6/2022 06:34:08 am
The YouTube videos posted her may help in discerning the controversy with the PTT.
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