[Linux4christians] Re: Cultural Relevance [Was: Conservative Bible
pastordavid at bibleseven.com
Wed Oct 7 01:30:26 EDT 2009
htgage3 at chartermi.net wrote:
> ---- Pastor David <pastordavid at bibleseven.com> wrote:
>> There is no human who is "faithful in every other way",
>> only Jesus did that, our fallen natures make that
>> If a sect that claims the name of Christ holds
>> zealously to one of many translations of the Bible in
>> an idolatrous manner one is wise to anticipate
>> additional problems - however well hidden.
>> The Apostle Paul made it clear that we must meet the
>> culture at points where they can hear the Word of
>> Christ "I will be all things to all people that some
>> may be saved." Insisting upon the use of a Bible
>> translation, which is written in a version of English
>> that has not been used anywhere on Earth for 400 years,
>> is evidence of rebellion against the clear Word of God
>> in favor of a human tradition.
> Assuming that you are right, which of the languages
> should we all speak and know, just like we know English,
> either the Hebrew or the Koine Greek? Or both?
God calls and gifts translators for a reason - to make His
Word available in the native language of people- to maximize
It is the clear strategy of God from Genesis to Revelation
to use illustrations and language to communicate which are
most relevant (comprehensible) to the culture-of-the-moment.
Jesus and Paul reserved their most harsh condemnations for
those who clung to man-made traditions, ones that obviously
interfered with the best-comprehension by people of God's Word.
Why communicate in the second or third "language" or a
dialect with which a person has limited familiarity when the
language/dialect with which they are most familiar is
Paul taught us to be culturally-relevant, Jesus used
agricultural illustrations in an agricultural society and
fishing illustrations where there would be best received.
In the OT God used the Suzerein Treaty illustration to make
a point (He did not do so later in history). The pattern of
culturally-relevant teaching tools is unmistakable.
>> If that sounds harsh look to the way that God allowed
>> Job to be sifted by the Enemy in order to remove one
>> element of doubt buried deep in Job's heart.
> Out of curiosity, as I have never heard of this before,
> just what was that one element of doubt buried deep in
> Job's heart?
Job believed God was perfectly "just" but doubted that He
was all-knowing. Thus he claimed that all he needed to do
was to remind God that he (Job) was blameless and God would
make things right; God sarcastically challenged Job to
explain where he (Job) was when God created the world as
well as saying "Who is this who speaks without knowledge?"
David cried out to God "Search me for any dark places and
shine your light there." He is in that moment a role model
- the desperate desire for absolute transparency before God
- desperately desiring to be made incrementally more righteous.
Have an http://Ultrafidian.com Day! Pastor David
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