The New International Version (NIV) is very easy to read and comprehend. Perhaps this is the reason it is given to so many children for their Bible study. Should we allow our children to use the NIV? Is it a reliable translation of God’s word? Since we know that all scripture is given by the inspiration of God and is our source of authority for everything we do in the name of Christ, these are serious questions. This article will examine the accuracy of the NIV with a view toward any Calvinistic influence by the translators.
A study of the New International Version should start with Calvinism. John Calvin was a Frenchman of the 1500’s. He was instrumental in the shaping of Protestant theology and a key figure in the Reformation movement. Most of the current members of Protestant denominations take for granted the Calvinistic doctrines of total depravity and predestination. To the Calvinist, total depravity means “on their own human beings can never achieve a true religious life based on the knowledge of God” (1); they must have grace (given by the Holy Spirit) to learn the truth about human depravity. All man’s actions are tainted with evil which he inherited from the original sin of Adam and Eve. (2) This explains the practice of infant baptism since, to the Calvinist, all babies are born as sinners. Continue reading » The Distaff: Should We Let Our Children Use the New International Version?