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11/26/2007

Because why should 'abominations' be rationally considered?

by Jeremy Hooper

You know how we're always pointing out how our religious opponents absolutely, positively refuse to consider that the Bible should be looked at with an open mind or critical eye? Well, this latest from Christian Post only further confirms our belief:

Conservative Christian bookstores are refusing to sell copies of a new Bible study guide that challenges standard New Testament translations that teach gay sex is sin.

U.S. distributor God’s Word to Women has banned the Australian publication and withdrawn another Bible translation by the same publishing company, Smith and Stirling, for promoting a lifestyle contradictory to scriptures, according to the Australian newspaper The Age.
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In the study guide, Nyland contends that the word “arsenokoites” has been wrongly interpreted to mean homosexual. According to the classical Greek lexicographer, the word’s meaning is one who anally penetrates another and does not exclusively apply to males, according to The Age.

She further claims that most New Testament translations are based on a lack of understanding of Greek word meaning, context, and disregard for academic research.

Because of Nyland’s authorship of the gay study Bible, two American scholars have withdrawn their endorsements from her other works.

Yes, many Christian bookstores are banning a book because it dares to look at a multi-translated work and consider that maybe, just maybe, it is not the lock-solid tome of anti-gay condemnation that modern evangelicals have presented it as being. Forget reasoned consideration. Forget using your God-instilled capacity for analytical examination. Forget complexity. All of those things are just SO MUCH HARDER than throwing stones that are based on one sided interpretations of a handful of "clobber passages."

::sigh:: Can't some eye doctor find a cure for anti-gay myopia?!

Christian Bookstores Refuse to Sell Gay Study Bible [Christian Post]

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Your thoughts

Yeah, 'cause if the King James version was good enough for Jesus, it should be good enough for everyone!

Posted by: Andrew Williams | Nov 26, 2007 11:46:55 AM

How about everyone learn ancient Hebrew, Aramaic, and Sanskrit so as to read the bible in its true original form?

If certain Rabbinical scholars are to be believed, this would lead to the implosion of all of Christianity - something to do with the Hebrew word for "young woman" being mistranslated into "virgin."

I don't know how far back you've got to go to find the word of God, kids, but this is hardly the first translatorial interference to show up on the radar. Most of my Christian friends don't give a shit about any of this because they say it's about faith, which is true. And I really fail to grasp how a new translation is meant to interfere with people's well-ingrained faith. In fact, some translation scholars argue that the more translations that are done of a particular text into a given language, the more possible it becomes to identify what the original text was really trying to say in its original language. So if they wanted to be rational about it and really work out what God was saying, they'd want as many translations made as possible.

Posted by: Sarah | Nov 26, 2007 2:55:10 PM

Especially telling is that the version of the Bible in question, because it deals more openly with homosexuality, is not merely an alternate version but a "gay study Bible."

Posted by: sam | Nov 26, 2007 3:56:13 PM

Annalists are already predicting a huge sweep of leftists coming into both houses of congress along with the white house this fall. These leftists openly consider christians the enemies of the state even above the terrorists. These people itch to pass gay marriage and write hate legislation aimed directly against christian patriots. They plan massive overhaul of the judicial system to impose legislation against 1st and 2nd amendment rights.

McCain will make the Iraq war the central issue of this campaign because Obama promises to withdraw our troops regardless if the terrorists declare victory. Christians may have one last chance to grandstand against another Vietnam and the establishment of an anti christian socialistic state in America. But there is now a new hope!

A new biblical discovery has just hit the market bringing a miraculous prophecy about Iraq. There are a large number of related biblical scriptures which have passed silently under the radar until now.

Iraq is to be freed by a great eagle wings in the latter days! This is welcome news coming straight from the Bible just before the election.

If the war in Iraq represents Gods will as predicted in Bible prophecy, this may be our chance to unify christians patriots before this critical election takes place. Obama claims to be a good christian. Could he now be exposed publically for apposing America or "the great eagle" freeing Iraq in Bible prophecy .
A Salem christian group have published an important press release concerning this true Biblical discovery! This stunning declaration comes from one of the most reputable christian publishers in America... www.eternaltruth.net

One critic asked this author how he could possibly announce that he had discovered 9/11 and Iraq in biblical prophecy? "Aren't you exploiting thousands of American deaths in both the war and 9/11 just sell a book?"
Author.." "That is my greatest consolation! As we speak many people including veterans are perchasing this book and witnessing the very references which witness this books biblical promises. People are now witnessing actual biblical prophecies unfold before their eyes concerning 9/11 and Iraq being freed by a modern eagle. Amazon.com just announced on their websight that they have just sold out this book and are ordering more!
There are no unsatisfied customers complaining which have not received any thing less than promised from the author. There are steady reports of people finding far more than they ever expected possible. It would be unforgivable for any author to promise people something like this just exploit a national tragedy and the Iraq war for book sales. Many lives are lost and many families grieve including children who have lost parents. This author will not let people down who buy this book in good faith. We delivering a real message written by true biblical prophets directed for today. "I have four children of my own and if my book were to be exposed as a manipulation of Bible text I would forever mark my childrens name as well as my own."

I have been so blessed to have discovered a message placed into the Bible which might pull millions of believers together before this election.

I need your help because the media ignores everything about this discovery.
Author of the book...
Paul Gregersen

Listen likewise to an educated critics expert opinion regarding this miraclulous book.

"Reading this particular book has made me aware of how christians have come to accept biblical spin and less than honest interpretations when reading books on Bible prophecy." When I started reading "Bible prophecies of 9 - 11" the whole idea of 9 - 11 and Iraq being in Bible prophecy admittedly was quite appealing to me.

But it seemed very far fetched and I fully expected to discover another fiction story cleverly masked behind a another "new" biblical declaration. I fully expected to see the familiar hand picking of quotes deliberately coming from the authors’ selection of unrelated texts to manipulate the meaning of Bible text. I've learned that it is a common trick to cleverly combine unrelated verses from separated biblical context in order to stretch readers’ perception beyond the original focus toward the authors’ conclusions, creating the appearance that authors conclusions are also supported by the Bible.

My first surprise while reading this book was to see this author approach things quite differently by laying a biblical foundation from Adam and Eve with the tree of life story, establishing common threads for his entire biblical claim. As the first chapters began to build solidly on biblical themes I quickly realized this particular author was either seriously attempting to link legitimate patterns of bible prophecy, or he was using an even more clever deception to mislead me. This author surprisingly understood the procedure to outline proper types and shadows and stay within one context while linking proper biblical themes. Since the author was not spinning I suspected that he would postpone taking of his liberties until he would be forced into a corner having to demonstrate 9 - 11 towers falling and eagle's wings into modern Iraq.


To my surprise the transition was smooth and never broke context or prophetic flow. Not only was 9 - 11 coming straight from the Bible but almost every highly specific detail, including the number of planes that hit each target, was referenced in the Bible with numerous exact details specifically related to 9 - 11. This book does not just stop there, but continued to unwind the scenario of America going to Iraq spelling out the exact manner of Saddam’s capture and execution. This was a highly unusual book! This book was based on what was written in the Bible and relied solely upon that premise. How do I react to this other than try to convince someone to read it and find out? I feel concerned that christians are so used to being tricked by each cry of wolf that when the real thing appears there will be a little comprehension that something amazing has occurred. I have wracked my mind as to how this could have possibly been fixed and there is no possible way other than Gods prophets deliberately sent us this intentional message about Iraq and 9 - 11. Ross David www.eternaltruth.net


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