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The Literal Idiomatic Translation of the New Testament

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About How The LIT Was Produced


John 1:1 - Why Ignore The Nominative Case?

True Salvation

Modern "Christianity" - The Selling Of God's Word

Why We, Sons Of God And Disciples Of Christ Jesus, Are To Keep Ourselves Holy

"Christianity's" Big Ugly Secret

God's Desired True "Tent", His "Domed-Roof House"!

The Trinitarian Influence On Bible Translations

2 Pet. 1:20-21 - Private Interpretation?

We Are Commanded To Think For Ourselves

Agency And Jesus Christ, The Father's Agent

Jesus Christ was An Icon!

The "Cross" That Jesus Christ "Lifted" And "Carried"

"Eat" my "flesh", "drink" my "blood"...

Jesus' Genealogy

Titus 2:13, Does It really Say That Jesus Is The God?

How To Receive Answers To Prayers

Why Choose A Homosexual Lifestyle?

Belief And Discipleship - How To Be A Disciple Of Christ Jesus

Angel Or Messenger?

The Gifts Of God

Communion - Our Daily "Bread"

Is Salvation Wholeness?

We Wrestle Not Against Flesh And Blood

Denominationalism Is Not Approved In The Holy Scriptures

Luke 15 - Parable Of The Lost Things

Jesus Christ And His Oxygen Bottle?

Genesis 1-2, The Original Creation Or The Re-creation Of It?

Prophecy: Earthquake Frequency

Southlawn Lessons - Judges 4 And Jeremiah 23

Bible Publishers - Of The Most Popular Bibles

The Birth Of Americanism And Thanksgiving

The "Federal" Reserve Is Not A Part Of The Federal Government Of The US

Invest In CDs And Lose?


Home of the Literal Idiomatic Translation (LIT) of the

New Testament of the Bible


Last LIT update: 2018.03.11

Last LITG (Glossary) update: 2018.02.14  

Last LITAGL (Analytical Greek Lexicon) update: 2018.03.04

Last update to this page: 2017.03.13






My name is Hal Dekker.  I'm the translator of the Literal Idiomatic Translation (LIT), which is based upon the United Bible Societies v4 (UBS4) Eclectic Greek Text of the new covenant texts of the Bible, the books of Matthew through Revelation.  The UBS4 collection of texts is one of the most widely used in colleges, universities and seminaries.  What I present at this website is the LIT and my studies of the UBS4. 


What's unique about the LIT is that it simply quotes Jesus' apostles, who are believed to have written the new testament texts of the Bible.  If you may have assumed that Bibles in general are quotes of what Jesus' apostles wrote then you may be surprised to learn that they are not, and never have been.  Virtually all English Bibles quote single words correctly here and there, maybe half of the time, but seldom whole sentences.  In whole virtually all Bible translations are constant theological paraphrases of what someone, or a group of people, i.e., theological scholars and experts, think the ancient writers should have meant.  The causes for which this prevalent paraphrasing is based are various mortal-made theological inventions which have been pushed over the last two thousand years. 


But the theological theory most favored by men early on has been the triune godhead theory invented by Tertullian in the early third century.  The subsequent adoption of this theory in the fourth century by Constantine, in A. D. 325 at the council of Nice, and then again with a stronger push for its exclusivity by Theodosius in A. D. 380-381, at bloody spear point, forced the triune godhead theory to be worshipped by everyone in the Roman empire, with the possible consequences for disobedience being ostracism, exile, torture and death.  Those who thought they were worshipping various gods, and those who thought they were following Christ Jesus, were all forced to worship together in designated places where the collections plates could be passed to all, simultaneously.  After all, Constantinople still had to be built by Constantine as his new Roman capitol, legacy, and memorial.


Constantine and his armies went on the rape, pillage and murder for years after he supposedly saw a cross in the sky, and under which symbol he superstitiously murdered from that moment going forward.  After reviewing church history for myself, what these Roman god-man emperors did hardly convinces me they were working for the one true God and His son Christ Jesus, but just the opposite, they were working for the devil.


What happened to the perhaps hundreds of Christian-related texts from the first through fourth centuries one would expect to exist based upon various historical records about those years?  They were destroyed, hidden and buried.  Anyone caught in possession of this kind of contraband could suffer a fate for disobedience as I've previously mentioned.  Constantine's appointed bishops and sees agreed upon a canon of holy writings which now constitute our sixty-six books of the Bible.  All other writings else became illegal contraband.


I don't believe Constantine and his treacherous false bishops and sees, and Theodosius and his, were working for the one true God and His son Christ Jesus, since Jesus, and his apostles, didn't rape, pillage and murder people who didn't believe his orthodoxy.  But those who did believe, they healed them! 


Jesus and his apostles preached and taught people to love one another, and to give of their plurality to others who were lame, blind, sick and weak, one's who couldn't work to acquire things for their own needs.  The historical records show that Constantine literally taxed (stole) almost everyone into poverty, to build Constantinople.


The best way I can see for myself what a Bible translation would say if the triune godhead theory would never have been invented, what Jesus and his apostles may have said and written without triune godhead theory dishonestly paraphrased into a Bible translation, was to make for myself a translation which simply quotes the biblical writers, verbatim, adding nothing, changing nothing, and deleting nothing from boldly appearing from the Greek texts into English. This is the impetus behind the creation of the Literal Idiomatic Translation.


For the sake of argument, let's assume Jesus' apostles wrote the original new testament books of the Bible, the ancient Greek texts of those books, since the apostles' names are on them.  Why then is virtually every popular Bible ever printed not a quote, and far from it, of what Jesus' apostles wrote?  To what extent can a Bible have mortal-made theological theories fudged into it in place of quoting Jesus' apostles, and the Bible still be holy?  Is replacing what the apostles wrote with mortal-made theological theories the same as lying?  Is translating the exact meaning from Greek into English, word for word, an impossible task to perform?  I ask you to think for a moment about what may be the answers to these questions, which answers must be answered if our perception of a Holy Bible is to be maintained. 


What do you want in a Bible, quoted scriptural facts from Christ Jesus and his apostles, or fudged-in theological fiction from Tertullian and Constantine?


The fact that Bibles are full of mortal-made theological additions, changes, and deletions designed to alter and replace what Jesus' apostles wrote, should be a shocking revelation.  If son, then why are you shocked?  Is it because through all of the years of going to church you've never heard of these things before?  Why do you suppose these things have been kept secret from you?  Maybe it is so that what you believe can be controlled by others!  The leadership in most all Christian denominations practice this kind of control and manipulation, to keep everyone in rose-colored glasses, and especially under their control.


What about the fact that Virtually every Bible translation is chucked full of paraphrases, instead of quoting the scriptural writers?  This practice is pervasive throughout virtually all Bible "translations".  I know.  I've spent the last 24+ years looking very closely at Greek texts and many other Bible translations


Another fact which is shocking to me, is that by the end of the first century of the Christian ekklesia, which began on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2) in about 30 A.D., scholars believe the followers of Jesus knew of, and were exposed to, at least a couple hundred writings, or more, which many were believed to be spiritually-based and holy. 


Many of them dealt more directly and intensely with various Christian subject matters, such as the character of the God; what is the identity of Christ Jesus; what is the true prophesied temple of the God; what is true fellowship with the God, who is a Spirit-based being; exactly what and where is the Kingdom of God (Luke 17:20-21); how can a believer in Christ Jesus receive God's gift of His paternal holy Spirit, and then manifest it in his or her own life to defeat Satan and his little demon spirits; what is spiritual perfection, and so on. 


As you may know, a common Bible contains sixty six books written in ancient history by various writers, prophets and apostles.  What happened to the other one hundred and thirty four or so, or maybe two hundred - who knows the exact number - of ancient texts which were considered holy, from which the first century believers were learning and being taught? 


It's now known that the apostles wrote many more letters to the believers than those which have been "accepted", on account of so many manuscripts which have been unearthed and found over the last sixteen hundred years.  Who was responsible for causing them to be hidden, and the destruction and loss of an unknown number of other ancient biblical manuscripts?  Who made the monumentally ego-maniacal, self-omniscient, decision for all future mortalkind that only the sixty-six books in a Bible now are all that is necessary for our learning?  If the name Constantine means little to you it's because the leadership of denominational Christianity continues to eagerly hide the history of the church surrounding that name, about the Counsel of Nice in A.D. 325, and about the battle for Christian orthodoxy which occurred in the 4th century between Arius and Athanasius. 


The LIT presents a Truth in translation challenge to virtually all other English Bible translations, which are mostly paraphrased private interpretations of other's theological theories.  What would you rather do:  Read for yourself what the apostles of Jesus Christ actually wrote, and then decide for yourself what they meant, allowing God's Spirit to work in and through you, or, read the privately interpreted paraphrases of others who have decided for themselves what the apostles meant, or should have meant.  Would you rather read the paraphrases of ones who want to tell you what to believe, because they've already determined that you are too ignorant to be able to read and understand for yourself what the apostles wrote and meant? 


I don't sell God's Word to people in Bibles, to make money off of the things of God.  The LIT, which is simply a non-paraphrased quote of what the apostles of Jesus Christ wrote, will always be free, right here, for anyone who desires to see what the apostles wrote, and how they wrote God's Word.  Paraphrasing destroys how the apostles wrote God's Word, which most all Bible translations ignore and destroy.  I believe that what and how the apostles wrote God's Word, under inspiration of God's Spirit working in them, deserves to be witnessed by everyone.  Because how they wrote God's Word, especially contextually, has as much to do with determining its meaning as what they wrote. 



Brother Hal Dekker