[Linux4christians] Re: NIV Bible for Linux (off list topic)
livingsky at gmail.com
Sun Aug 13 19:28:46 EDT 2006
> You are making excuses. The text is still written in English and any
> English speaking person should have very little trouble understanding it
> given a reasonable 4th grade education level and reading it in
> context. Given that Christians would also be reading it with the
> benefit of having the Holy Spirit present, it would, therefor, be that
> much easier to grasp.
I am not making excuses. I pastor a church where some do not have the
requisite, according to you, education to understand. Not only do I pastor
such a church, I teach in a college, and the current crop of people coming
out of high school into college, (north america wide) do not have a
sufficient grasp of grammar to be able to work out what is being said in
much of the KJV.
Jesus, when he spoke to the people of Isreal, did not use the language
spoken in Isreal during Joshua's time. He spoke in the vernacular of the
people around him, so that they would understand what He was saying. Paul,
John, Peter, James, the writer of Hebrews, Matthew, Luke, all wrote in the
language of the people of the day, using expressions that they would
understand and immediately grasp. Some things were left unspoked (unwritten)
because they would have been understood unconsciously by the people to whom
they were writing or speaking. Should it be any less so for us?
You are selling both God and people *way* short here. I can tell you
> that I have spent many years in the ministry working with severely
> underprivileged people. I worked with gang bangers, muggers, homeless
> on all levels, rich and poverty stricken. Never once have I heard
> someone yearning to know about Jesus complain that they can't read or
> are having difficulty understanding the KJV I gave them. In fact, it's
> *always* the opposite.
I have. Many times. In fact, it is not *always* the opposite.
> In the Beginning there was nothing, which exploded - Yeah right...
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