Not from my perspective has the Bible been deliberately altered for political purposes or to support one theology over the other in the original manuscripts. However, when it comes to the English translations of the Bible, these all carry elements of a projected worldview, from what I can ascertain.
The King James Version is very much in the Calvinist mold and there is evidence of this throughout. Whereas the Revised Standard Version appeals more to the Wesleyan perspective because the responsibility of the individual is more clear within its pages.
- He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. (Romans 4.20-21 KJV)
The non-Calvinist, who accepts personal responsibility is conditional upon freewill, acknowledges that salvation is a matter of assuming the responsibility of exercising one’s own volition, because people are not robots that are programmed not to make choices. People have freewill and, because of this, choice is a matter of each one’s own responsibility.
- No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. (Romans 4.20-21 RSV)
Therein lies the difference between those two translations, which are purported to be among the most literal.
Here are two paraphrased translations:
- He drew strength from his faith, and while giving the glory to God, remained absolutely convinced that God was able to implement his own promise. (J. B. Phillips)
- In spite of all this, his faith in God’s promise did not falter. In fact, his faith grew as he gave glory to God because he was supremely confident that God could deliver on His promise. (The Voice)
The suggestion that this is deliberately done would be denied by the translators. Rather they would insist that they are being true to their conviction that this is what the text means. The question then becomes: Who are the deceived? The ones who believe that because one has “the faith”, one can give God the glory? Or, because of what God does, He is worthy of glory and those who acknowledge this grow in faith?
There Are Those Who Grow In Faith & Those Who Live A Life Of Deceit And Unbelief