As a born-again, Gentile man in Jesus Christ, I have always read English Translations of the Holy Bible, my favorite being the KJV. I do however (rarely) look at 'direct-from-original-texts' versions, regarding some Biblical Doctrines. One such doctrine, is "The Genesis Gap", aka "The Gap Theory", aka "The Ruin-Reconstruction Theory". Some would say "see there, it's already called THEORY!" The thing is, however, that Jewish/Hebrew translation sources show a somewhat expanded translation of, for example - Genesis 1:1-2.

These are not concordances but the original language scriptures. My opinion is that we don't ignore these but rather that we compare them for a more defined consensus of doctrinal meanings. Some might call this a move toward "false doctrine" but how could this possibly be? Are we, as Gentiles prepared to say that Jewish - Hebrew and other early language sources (all trustworthy translational Scholars), are not to be trusted? I will say again that my preference as an English-speaking Gentile, is the KJV and it always will be during my natural lifetime.

Some of us, however, came across teachings about an early earth destruction from sources that include early Hebrew and Greek language-definitions. These were of great interest when looking into particular doctrines. So, I'm talking about the original Jewish, Hebrew/Greek Holy Bible. This absolutely is not the same as "adding-to or taking-away" from the scriptural cannon, to look at what the scholars of these languages reveal from the Holy Texts.

BTW: I'm not a scholar myself in any of these languages but I know how to spot those who are (" the mouth of 2 or 3 witnesses... - Matthew 18:16 and 2 Corinthians 13:1). True scholars have indisputable credentials and they do not translate original Holy Bible texts in order to make particular doctrines stand out. Watch this 18-minute devotional-length teaching for more details.

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I am a graduate of Liberty University (1996) for completion of theological studies (33 college credits), and I completed "Bible Survey" with Assemblies of God - Berean College. I consider myself a "Bapticostal" (a Baptist also having Pentecostal beliefs). Bible studies are one of my most-covered book subjects. I am, however, careful to only address those subjects I believe God has given me correct revelation on. I was a Christian Youth Minister, beginning in 1983 for approximately 18 years. During, between and after youth ministries I served in other church capacities as well, including interim pastoring and retirement home ministry. MOST IMPOTANTLY, I am a redeemed man, who has received salvation by acceptance of Jesus Christ (John 3:16) and what he did for me in shedding his blood and dying for me on the cross, and in his resurrection from the dead, giving me the promise of eternal life, purely by grace; not due to anything I have done, other than to accept it freely.