I was reading The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren and came across the first scripture reference on pg. 10 which says:
“Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do.”
I looked up the scripture it was referencing. It was Romans 12:2. What the book said didn’t sound right to me, so I looked it up in a King James Version bible. Romans 12:2 in the King James Bible states:
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
What the book says seems way off from the original message of the scripture. So I followed references to get a better understanding of what it meant in Romans 12:2 to "prove". I was led to Ephesians 5:10, 17. Ephesians 5:10 says,
“Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.” Ephesians 5:17 says, “Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.”
How is that similar to what the book states? This is what bothers me about bible versions that translate verses so differently from what they were originally meant to convey. And even more so when publications emphasize those misinterpretations. This is why I question and study the way that I do. It's worth the search to get to truth.