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Questions Regarding the E.V. [Engrafted Version]
By Herb Evans

Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. -- James 1:21

1. Does the Bible mention the "originals" and/or does it give them a superior distinction over the copies that Timothy had (2 Tim. 3:15,16). If a believer does this, is he not guilty of naughty superfluity?

2. Does the Bible give a superior distinction to the "originals" over the "preserved" or over the possessed scriptures extant. If a believer does this, is he not guilty of naughty superfluity?

3. In 2 Timothy 3:16, we are told that all  inspired scripture IS (not was) profitable for doctrine, reproof, instruction, and correction. Did Timothy have access to the "Originals?" How in the world could "inspired" scripture be profitable to him if he did not have the originals? If inspired scripture was profitable to him, why is inspired scripture not profitable to us? Would focusing on the originals here be naughty superfluity?

4.  How does one go about determining whether the terms "word of God," scripture,  the scriptures, and the holy scriptures refer to the "originals," "copies" of the originals, or "possessed" scriptures. What are the mechanics of such a determination? Would such man made determinations be naughty superfluity?

5. Apart from passages involving the complete word of God or merely portions of the word of God or passages involving time sequences, which of the terms - "word of God," "holy scriptures," and "Scriptures"apply to the King James Bible? All of them? Some of them? None of them? Which ones apply if they do apply? Naughty superfluity?

6.  Since the highest adjective that is applied to the scriptures is "holy," as in "holy scriptures," how can that adjective be applied to the copies, which Timothy had? Should higher adjectives like "originals" be invented? Naughty superfluity?

7. The "inspired" scriptures, which came from Paul, were transmitted in different ways. Some, he wrote with his own hand as in 1 Cor. 16:21, others,  he dictated as in Romans 1:1; 16:22. Also, the scribe, Tertius, seems to have added inspired scripture to Paul's' inspired scripture  (Rom. 16:22). The transmission of Jeremiah 36 represents an even different kind of transmission adding words of scripture that were destroyed as well as new ones. Why does scripture transmission deserve so much atten- tion as opposed to scripture possession? Is it because of naughty superfluity?

8. Since holy men of God "spake" the "sure word" (2 Pet. 1:19,21) and Paul dictated some of his "inspired" words to his scribe, which words, spoken or written word, are really the "originals?"  Which are superior? Originals or copies?  Is God's voice more authoritative than the words that were spoke and copied from these holy men? Than the copied words of these holy men? Naughty superfluity?

9. If the Scriptures were settled in heaven before they were written or copied on earth (Ps. 119:89), which ones are really the "originals" and which ones are superior? If both are inspired, would that con- stitute secondary inspiration or continual inspiration? Or would such distinctions constitute naughty superfluity?

10. Can we advance a convincing argument that there were once superior scriptures, which we do not have, by using various inferior, uninspired, fallible Bibles of various languages, includ- ing Greek and Hebrew as evidence? Obviously, said Bibles must have a source, but what proves that source was inspired and infallible? Fallible and uninspired evidence? Or is the doctrine of superior originals merely naughty superfluity?

11. If we had the originals, by what mechanics would we determine they were  the original scriptures? Would such a determination be authoritative or an exercise in naughty superfluity?

12. Would xeroxed copies of the "originals" really be inspired, since they were not the original transmitted documents? Would the first scribal copies be inspired? Would copies of copies be inspired? By what mechanics would such a determination be made. Naughty superfluity?

13. Were the original scriptures, which Jeremiah dictated to Baruch inspired? After these original scriptures were destroyed, were the new scripture replacements with added words inspired? Which scriptures were superior, the former or the latter. Was this a case of secondary inspiration? Continual inspiration? Naughty superfluity?

14. Since there is no proof-text that proves that the apostles were inspired (only moved), is it safe to say that only the scriptures are inspired? Would saying the apostle's were inspired be naughty superfluity?

15. What scriptures, according to John 12:48, are going to judge American Christians? The originals? The Greek and Hebrew copies? An English Bible? If so, which one? All of them? The ones in heaven? Naughty superfluity?

16. Since many folks place the emphasis on "inspiration" as meaning "God-breathed," how long did God's breath remain in the "origi- nals?"  Did the "Originals" remain "inspired" after the transmission was over? Did Timothy's copy have God's breath in it? If the scrip- tures used to be inspired, did they ever expire? When? Naughty superfluity?

17. Since Jesus claimed, ". . . the words that I speak to you, they are spirit . . ."  , can we expect that those recorded words are still

spirit?  Or are His words no longer spirit. Naughty superfluity?

18. Since Hebrews 4:12 tells us that the word of God is "quick" or spiritually alive and that it can "discern," are we to understand the writer to refer to the originals? Copies? Can that statement apply to our Authorized King James Bible? Is it alive? What Bibles are alive today? Can the KJB discern the thoughts and intents of the heart or no?  NO? Is it alive? No? Naughty superfluity?

19. What makes a Bible alive? Textual critics? Language professors? The Spirit of God?  Naughty superfluity?

20. How can  a Bible be alive and not have the spirit of God in it and not be inspired? Naughty superfluity?

21. How can a Bible discern and not be alive? Naughty superfluity?

22. Did God preserve inspired scripture or UN-inspired scripture? An inspired word of God or an UN-inspired word of God. Is there such a thing as an Un-inspired word of God or scripture? Naughty superfluity?

23.  Does the terms "incorruptible" and "liveth and abideth forever," (1 Pet. 1:23) refer to the originals? If so, where are they? More important, where are the scriptures that are living and abiding forever? Naughty superfluity?

24.  Do we have an "infallible, inspired,  and incorruptible word of God today? If we do, why are the originals more superior or more effectual? Naughty superfluity?

25.  If the original parchment and ink have corrupted, which all seem to agree, what did not corrupt? The words that are spirit? The originals? Naughty superfluity?

26. Is it fair to charge Bible defenders with having two inspirations and then advocate an inspired word and an uninspired word? Are there two different word of Gods? Naughty superfluity?

27. How can you say that the scriptures that Timothy had were not inspired in the same way as the originals and then charge others with two inspirations? Continual inspiration? Naughty superfluity?

28. If the Bible tells us that ALL scripture is given by inspiration of God, can a Bible that is not given by inspiration legitimately  be considered or be called scripture? Is there such a thing as uninspired scripture? Uninspired word of God? Naughty superfluity?

29. If a word were accidently torn from an original autograph and was resupplied from a copy, would the whole still be inspired? Would the resupplied word be inspired? Not be inspired? Naughty superfluity?

30. What is more important, the age of the scripture or the quality of the scripture? Is it possible that an older scripture be inferior to a not as old scripture? Or is older scripture always best? Naughty superfluity?

31. Is it right or wrong to join God in magnifying HIS WORD above all His Name and to praise His word (Ps. 138:2; 56:4,5,10,11). What Bible would you magnify? Praise? The originals? Naughty super- fluity?

32. Have you received the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls? Which word did you receive? The originals? A copy of them? A translation? Can one be saved by a translation? No? Naughty superfluity?

33. Are you willing to give up your naughty superfluity?

Should men pontificate superfluous distinctions, specifications, rules, or constraints that the scriptures do not make for themselves or that are not found in the scriptures or in any translation or Bible or the Greek or Hebrew?

Naughty Superfluity?