I believe that our language and understanding of it are ever increasing but it is and has always been limited to the extent of it's embracement.
longevity dose not prove best nor dose popular demand (think about prostitution, lying, adultery and even monarchy (not to mention M.A.S.H. which is still on tv!!!)). Consider this passage for my point:
13Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
14Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
I don't quote this passage to say that the KJV leads to destruction. Please don't think I believe that. I love my KJV! I am saying that the argument that "the most used is the best" isn't the best defense for God's Word.
And for that matter, lets not even use the argument that any particular translation is the most successful in leading people to Christ because I live in a place where I personally don't see the fruit of it's success. I don't see many people trained up, sold out and passing it on. My great grandfather had the KJV and so did his son and his grandson, None of them raised me me up in the way I should go and I believe a lot of people today could quote that statement. I am saved by the power of the Holy Spirit not by a translation. So just to be clear my NIV does NOT say Jesus and Satan are the same, it tells me Mary WAS a virgin, it tells me that the water WAS stirred up by an angel of the lord. Remember: the footnotes are there for a reason, embrace them but never dismiss them.
And lastly: I will be NOT doing any more blogging in response to my commenters. I will from this point on either leave a comment or leave them alone. I love my readers and their opinions. I always welcome an idea that provokes thought (even though I swore off thinking in an earlier blog :).