New Bible Versions REMOVE ‘Father’ and ‘Son Of God’ Because It Offends Muslims

A controversy is brewing over three reputable Christian organizations, which are based in North America, whose efforts have ousted the words "Father" and "Son" from new Bibles. Wycliffe Bible...

Modern bible continue to blaspheme God’s word

“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.” Revelation 22:19

A controversy is brewing over three reputable Christian organizations, which are based in North America, whose efforts have ousted the words “Father” and “Son” from new Bibles. Wycliffe Bible Translators, Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL) and Frontiers are under fire for “producing Bibles that remove “Father,” “Son” and “Son of God” because these terms are offensive to Muslims.”

Concerned Christian missionaries, Bible translators, pastors, and national church leaders have come together with a public petition to stop these organizations. They claim a public petition is their last recourse because meetings with these organizations’ leaders, staff resignations over this issue and criticism and appeals from native national Christians concerned about the translations “have failed to persuade these agencies to retain “Father” and “Son” in the text of all their translations.”

Biblical Missiology, a ministry of Boulder, Colorado-based Horizon International, is sponsoring the petition. The main issues of this controversy surround new Arabic and Turkish translations. Here are three examples native speakers give:

First, Wycliffe and SIL have produced Stories of the Prophets, an Arabic Bible that uses an Arabic equivalent of “Lord” instead of “Father” and “Messiah” instead of “Son.”

Second, Frontiers and SIL have produced Meaning of the Gospel of Christ , an Arabic translation which removes “Father” in reference to God and replaces it with “Allah,” and removes or redefines “Son.”

For example, the verse which Christians use to justify going all over the world to make disciples, thus fulfilling the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19) reads, “Cleanse them by water in the name of Allah, his Messiah and his Holy Spirit” instead of “baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Rev. Bassam Madany, an Arab American who runs Middle East Resources, terms these organization’s efforts as “a western imperialistic attempt that’s inspired by cultural anthropology, and not by biblical theology.”

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Third, Frontiers and SIL have produced a new Turkish translation of the Gospel of Matthew that uses Turkish equivalents of “guardian” for “Father” and “representative” or “proxy” for “Son.” To Turkish church leader Rev. Fikret Böcek, “This translation is ‘an all-American idea’ with absolutely no respect for the ‘sacredness’ of Scripture, or even of the growing Turkish church.”

SIL has issued a public response stating “all personnel subscribe to a statement of faith which affirms the Trinity, Christ’s deity, and the inspiration of Scripture.” However, in the same statement, which is similar to Wycliffe’s, it claims “word-for-word translation of these titles would communicate an incorrect meaning (i.e. that God had physical, sexual relationships with Mary) [sic],” thus justifying substituting “Father” and “Son” in new translations. Calls and emails to Wycliffe and SIL to clarify their positions were not returned. Frontiers responded to calls with articles that critics have already dismissed as skirting omissions of “Father” and “Son” in new Bible translations. source – Yahoo News

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January 29, 2012 12:16 am

I think this is a disgrace. No one has the right to change the word of God. They will pay with their souls going to hell. God has promised that. As far as the muslims being upset over it, they can just go back home from where they came from. We did not ask them to come here in the first place. They are not a real religeon anyway. They worship someone that died and went back to dust just like a human body does. He will definatley not be in heaven.

January 30, 2012 10:09 am

When are they going to reword the Koran so that it doesn’t offend Christians… this is absurd…

January 30, 2012 3:22 pm

Judy, these translations are produced to share the good news of Jesus the Messiah with Muslims IN THEIR OWN COUNTRIES, not in the US. So they can not just “go back home where they come from.” What is the point of translating if not to share it with the people in that country/language?

Wycliffe and others are trying to translate in a way such that they do not stumble over “Son of God” into getting a wrong meaning that will immediately turn them off of the message. (e.g. God had sex with Mary to father Jesus). It’s tricky, but there… Read more »

January 30, 2012 11:14 pm

You are either with Jesus or against Him and his word. This is NEW AGE mumbo jumbo that will lead you straight to Hell.

Trying to change the Word of God for any reason is crucifying Jesus again.

I won’t do that.


January 31, 2012 9:24 am

Jesus said the world would hate him and that he would be an offense. Before I got saved it offended me to no end. That is what the word is supposed to do…shine a light on evil. They are basically giving them a flashlight without batteries. Well done oh you proud defenders of the faith. They shouldn’t even call themselves believers. They are planted saboteurs. There are enemies in the camp!!

February 3, 2012 5:36 am

True. The gospel is an offense to many and there are elements we should not change: The cross, the fact that God would sacrifice his son.
However, we should not offend people with EXTRA information that is not included in the original texts and is as offensive to US and as it is to THEM: e.g. the idea that God had sex with Mary and bore a son.
Revelations says we should not ADD or Take away from the words of the prophecy.

July 19, 2012 4:45 am

The bible doesn’t say God had sex with Mary. It says God caused Mary to be pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit. You claim is an outrage. You should also note that it says in Deuteronomy that we are not to add to the words of God. The point is that we are not to change the meaning of the words. Lord is not the same as Father. They have distinctly different meanings, The same goes for substituting Messiah for Son. It is a clear misrepresentation of what God said,… Read more »

December 6, 2012 7:56 am

That’s why Bible clearly states that Jesus is God’s BEGOTTEN Son, not sons like created or adopted. (except the new crazy versions which totally swallow that important word out).
Bible also says He was born because of Holy Spirit upon Mary’s womb.
If you know that BIBLE is the infallible word of God, how stupid would it be to change it to one’s own convenience? God said it the way He said it for a reason, we humans have no right to change it!
Muslims don’t believe in Bible becoz they say its corrupted and what do you know, we just proved… Read more »

January 30, 2012 11:17 pm

It is the Holy Spirit that leads in truth not mans translations. Man changes the words of the scriptures and he can be guaranteed the plagues that come with it… ever lasting burn fire. We are tampering with the WORD of God way to much and it has confused and misled many!

February 1, 2012 11:33 am

Nicely put Tim, we as Christians need to get the word of God out to everyone any and every way we can.

January 30, 2012 3:42 pm

This is absolutely absurb. Why should we change, and what right do we have to change the Inspired Word of God. They, Muslims, do not change anything to meld in our ways and that is their own problem. We are Christian and believe in God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Do not change this. You have totally emersed yourself in the false teachings of the world, which have no substance in Christianity.

February 1, 2012 12:42 am

I do agree with your word Linda, I know also many Muslims who have accepted Jesus Christ Lord & Savior and they have no problem and also have great joy, because they found the hidden treasure and only source of life… instead of opening the eyes of the blinded Muslims and other blinded powerless Christians hold inside the iron net of the devil, this group who have allowed themselves to be led captive by the snare of the devil, are even sending these people a worst darkness then what they have before… Muslims knows Jesus Christ very well, and the… Read more »

January 30, 2012 11:09 pm

martin luther did it

January 31, 2012 8:52 am

and look what it let too. 30,000 plus denominations all teaching and believing different things about Jesus, the bible, baptism, the holy father, the trinity etc. The list could go on forever. God has only one meaning through his sacred word and tradition not 30,000 variations of what you think is correct. Martin Luther was trying to help reform The Church (which he deeply loved and respected) not start a new belief or denomination under himself. This is always what will happen when you tamper with the Word of God, even if you have good intentions. That’s why… Read more »

January 31, 2012 11:27 am

sorry but you really sound like a Roman Catholic cultist.
Jesus is the Rock, the Word is our foundation and NO institution with its ritualistic system can “help” us to salvation. Please in the Name of the LORD stop worshiping the Beast through the Mother Whore.
IF YOU WOULD ONLY READ the PURE Word of God with faith you would see that this satanic masterpiece is just the opposite of God’s will.

January 31, 2012 2:41 am

You’re a religious zealot no better than the Muslims who strap bombs to their chests and murder innocent people. Listen to yourself. You say, “they can just go back home” and “they are not a real religion (yes this is how it is spelled) anyway” just clearly shows your bigotry. You are what is wrong with this world. A radical Christian is no better than a radical Muslim.

January 29, 2012 12:25 am

this is blasphemy!! Heretics!! John Wycliff would turn in his grave and haunt them if he were not in heaven. One step closer to the last of the last days, when men will not endure sound doctrine and will turn to those who will tickle their ears with doctrines of demons. Imagine this may be the transaltion used by the 12th Imam to turn many away from Jesus as Messiah, Son of the Living God. They will most likely also agree with Muslims that Jacob was not the son intended by God as the lineage of Christ, but will find… Read more »

January 30, 2012 5:54 pm

What about us christians, the muslin religion offends us, Does that means USA is sending them back to their country because they are offending us?

January 29, 2012 2:40 am

I am physically ill. If this does not serve as a wake up call to the Body of Christ, I cannot fathom what it will take. I pray the Lord to rebuke the enemy from His Holy Word. Let God arise and all His enemies be scattered.

January 29, 2012 2:58 am

Leslie Boyer Bass
who do you serve if you are too weak to use the name of the Deity you claim to worship… are switching to name the god you follow,,hmmm, then stop using the Bible as your book….. i am disappointed to learn of the deliberate corruption of the Scriptures, the Bible is NOT allah’s book…if you want to call allah use the quaran. if you lie to these muslim people by creating this confusion,you will be responsible for their lives,,,

January 29, 2012 7:48 am

It’s apostasy. If Muslims get upset over them then don’t read the Bible. We don’t ask them to change language in the Koran to fit our Christian beliefs.

January 29, 2012 8:47 am

And the Moslems would not change it, even if they thought it might help proselytize christians to allah.

You are absolutely correct. It IS apostasy of the worst sort – it is syncretism with a Canaanite religion. Such things got Israel dispersed to the nations. Do the xians in charge of these organizations think they will NOT suffer a similar judgment?

January 29, 2012 8:35 am

Wow….This is not good….God have mercy on us, and stop these bibles from being published. Remove the fear of terrorism from the Church, and help us know/understand the truth about Your Name! Wake up the Church to worship You in Spirit and in Truth; without compromise. Thank You, Amen.

January 29, 2012 1:08 pm

I second that Amen with my AMEN, especially ‘Truth without compromise.’

January 29, 2012 9:53 am

Convincing Christians to change the wording of the Bible, proves to the Muslim psyche that Judaism and Christianity are ‘False,’ since we are able/willing to change the attributes of our God so we don’t upset their god, since they feel they have the true god, because they are not allowed to change the words.
This may well be a part of the overall insanity that ends up causing Christians, and Jews, to look like haters, false in faith.
We can only stand on ‘Truth,’ refuse to cooperate, and be prepared to be removed from the cross-hairs, as they… Read more »

January 29, 2012 9:06 pm

I agree with you. There is no justification for changing the name of our God denying the Son of God and trying to please man… the focus and intent of all true Believers, followers of the LORD is to honor him not man… it goes to show how little regard they have for the LORDSHIP of Jesus Christ… I am sure had they asked HIM first, and listened to HIM…they could not have done something so stupid….

January 29, 2012 12:17 pm

God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit from beginning to the end. I pray for each one of the people that choose to and willfully change the written and inspired word of God. I pray that all Christians step up and use there GOD given voice to stand against what the enemy is trying to do. The word of God written in the KJV Holy Bible is our strength from God and HIS promises and anyone / everyone who’s trying / attempting to change it will reap what they sow. God’s warnings are very clear and should… Read more »


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January 29, 2012 12:57 pm

Then it will be ok if we change a few things in the koran because it offends us.

January 29, 2012 2:49 pm

amen brother !!
why must we always change and adapt to suit their wants and needs?
USA needs to stand up like in the greatest generation, and say ” your either for us, or against us.”

funny thing is, the koran plainly tells muslims to kill christians and infidels. i HAVE a copy and i KNOW what it SAYES !!
i will NOT bow down to kiss a muslims butt, nor will this CHRISTIAN mold and change MY BELIFES to suit thier twisted belifes.
they cannot simply be satisfied with “you do your thing, ill do mine”.
there can be NO peace with muslims ever.
the… Read more »

January 29, 2012 11:21 pm

Not that I would bother to read that junk.

January 30, 2012 6:02 pm

AMEN!!! they don’t have to read OUR HOLY BIBLE!!! I ain’t gonna read the karan. so they don’t have to be offended!