New Testament study of the word “Infidel”

by Stella Paterson

“Infidel” can be found only twice in the “authorized” KJV Bible.  Other translations use the word “unbeliever” – the correct meaning.

This study is useful as a companion with the article “Worse Than an Infidel.”

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Greek #571

apistos (ap’-is-tos) From G1 (as a negative particle) and G4103

Definition: “(actively) disbelieving, that is, without Christian faith (specifically a heathen); (passively) untrustworthy (person), or incredible (thing)”

Translated: “that believeth not, faithless, incredible thing, infidel, unbeliever (-ing)”

- The words “believe(th) not” were used in the “authorized” KJV.  See bold words for their use in the older Revised version.

1 Corinthians 10:27: “If one of them that believe not biddeth you to a feast, and ye are disposed to go; whatsoever is set before you, eat, asking no question for conscience sake.”

1 Corinthians 14:22: “Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to the unbelieving: but prophesying is for a sign not to the unbelieving, but to them that believe.”

2 Corinthians 4:4: “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should not dawn upon them.”

1 Corinthians 7:12-13: “But to the rest say I, not the Lord: If any brother hath an unbelieving wife, and she is content to dwell with him, let him not leave her.  And the woman which hath an unbelieving husband, and he is content to dwell with her, let her not leave her husband.

1 Corinthians 14:24: “But if all prophesy, and there come in one unbelieving, or unlearned, he is reproved by all, he is judged by all:”

- The word “faithless” was used in both the “authorized” KJV and the older Revised version.

Matthew 17:17: “And Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him hither to me.”

Mark 9:19: “And he answereth them, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him unto me.”

Luke 9:41: “And Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you, and bear with you? Bring hither thy son.”

John 20:27: “Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and see my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and put it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.”

- The word “incredible” was used once in both the “authorized” KJV and Revised versions.

Acts 26:8: “Why is it judged incredible with you, if God doth raise the dead?”

- The word “infidel” was used in the “authorized” KJV, changed from “unbeliever” in the older Revised version.

2 Corinthians 6:15: “And what concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what portion hath a believer with an unbeliever?”

1 Timothy 5:8: “But if any provideth not for his own, and specially his own household, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an unbeliever.”

- The word “unbelievers” is used in the “authorized” KJV.  See bold words for its use in the older Revised version.

Luke 12:46: “The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he expecteth not, and in an hour when he knoweth not, and shall cut him asunder, and appoint his portion with the unfaithful.”

1 Corinthians 6:6: “But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before unbelievers.”

1 Corinthians 14:23: “If therefore the whole church be assembled together, and all speak with tongues, and there come in men unlearned, or unbelieving, will they not say that ye are mad?”

2 Corinthians 6:14: “Be not unequally yoked with unbelievers: for what fellowship have righteousness and iniquity? Or what communion hath light with darkness?

- The word “unbelieving” was used in both the “authorized” KJV and the older Revised version.

1 Corinthians 7:14-15: “For the unbelieving husband is sanctified in the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified in the brother: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy.  Yet if the unbelieving departeth let him depart.  The brother of the sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us in peace.”

Titus 1:15: “To the pure all things are pure: but to them that are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their mind and their conscience are defiled.”

Revelation 21:8: “But for the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and fornicators, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, their part shall be in the lake that burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

A printable version of this study is available at: http://www.ekklesia4him.net/Infidel_study.pdf

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