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His Promises - How valid?

Last-edit:  March 20  2018

In defence of the sidelined God Jehovah, Creator of the Universe and Father of Humanity

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About translating the Bible - the why, the how and political correctness.

My goodness, I think I've bitten off more than I can chew with a heading like that.

It promises much, but may disappoint.

I am in absolute awe of all the devotion, sacrifices and hard work of bible translators over the many centuries.

Though not necessarily penned specifically with translators of Scripture in mind, the following words of the Apostle Paul in Hebrews 11, after detailing many faithful persons of old, cannot be far off the mark:

36  Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment.  37  They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword.  They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented––  38  of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth.  39  And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, NKJV

There is not a great deal I could say, because it has already by untold others.

Entire colleges and university departments are devoted to it.

That is perhaps why there is so much unanimous confusion:

11 The words of the wise are like (ox) goads, and the words of scholars are like well–driven nails, given by one Shepherd.  12  And further, my son, be admonished by these. Of making many books there is no end, and much study is wearisome to the flesh -Ecclesiastes 12  NKJV

Why has a clear understanding eluded them?   

Simply by interpreting Scripture without a clear appreciation of its intent and the will of Him who authored it.

The bible profoundly contradicts itself  are the thoughts of many when asked.

The reality is that it contradicts established, doctrine-driven assumptions of what the bible contains rather than it being in conflict with itself, although it gives that impression at times.  Why?  How can it?

Was God confused?  Is He?    If so, would I want to know Him nor have anything to do with Him?

Would you want to?  I think not!

Once the beautiful virginal bride of Christ had eloped with the state early in the 4th century, the stage was set for oppression.   The necessary alterations in the biblical text to justify that, having already begun not long after the last Apostle had died, were given their final polish.

Scholars and translators certainly need to provide for themselves and their families.

Without food they can neither scholar nor translate.   So someone has to fund their earnest efforts.

At times they are commissioned by whatever church, ruler or other dignitary or, after embarking on the mammoth task of translating the Scriptures, solicit potential sponsors.  Others may be affluent enough to finance themselves.

Whatever the case, their survival depends how well they translate in a manner to accommodate the doctrinal mindset of their sponsor and the political correctness of the time, driven by the religious overlords.  

That's fine.  Perfectly understandable.

These sponsors, usually in positions of considerable ecclesiastical and secular power,  needed to find justification for that power and their attendant lifestyle in the sacred texts, if not directly from God Himself.  

So what does a translator do?   Tickle the ears of his paymaster?   Yes! says survival instinct.

Given the circumstances of the times and the need to eat, they did the best they could.  And they did it well.

We need to thank them for making it possible to have a translation of the Bible in almost every language.

Tough the motives of some may at times be tainted, most were devoted to a God they didn't really know all that well and they generally made every effort to please and not misrepresent Him.

Most modern translators are driven, I am hopeful, by wanting others to have a translation that reflects the latest discoveries and scholarship to build their faith in the Lord Jesus on.  Commendable.

But there's money to be made and prestige to glean.   How does one reconcile all of this?  It must be difficult.

The Author of the Bible anticipated fiddling with the sacred text;  well documented in the Epistles and the last chapter of Revelation.

And why not?  Though He did not allow such fiddling, because no one had ever asked Him, it is perfectly in keeping with the freedom afforded to humankind by Jehovah and the exquisite gift of choice with which He equipped us to make us completely responsible for our actions.

The Old Testament largely escaped much of the fiddling, since the designation old leaves most people rather disinterested save for a few campfire stories and well-oiled cliches for all those special occasions.

I mean, like yesterday's newspaper; what value has the OT?

It is the very foundation of the New Testament!

It is everything that went before and lead to the Messiah!

Ah yes, everyone may pay lip-service to that, but the reality of it has eluded them.  Why?

Because it exposes apostate fiddling with the N.T. and the false doctrinal mindset in its wake.

Yes the O.T. had its marginal fiddling.  

Israelite/Jewish superstition which is really based on a keen awareness of treachery against their God who had fashioned them at the Exodus, made using or pronouncing God's name it all its versions, even His job description God taboo, just in case they had unknowingly transgressed the Law of Jehovah and thus used these in vain.

Didn't they know what they were doing?  Was their Law through Moses so terribly incomprehensible and confusing so as not to know if and when they erred?   What a stupid God eh, who is unable to convey to His people Israel laws and commandments in a manner they were unable to understand?

Moses told them that the Law was not too difficult, nor was it too far away.  They did not need to acquire high educational qualifications to understand it nor did they have to traverse the oceans of the earth to fetch it.  It was right there among them.  Behold Deuteronomy 30:11-14:

"For this commandment which I command you today is not too difficult for you, nor is it out of reach.  12 "It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will go up to heaven for us to get it for us and make us hear it, that we may observe it?’  13 "Nor is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will cross the sea for us to get it for us and make us hear it, that we may observe it?’  14 "But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may observe it.

Some so-called Christian churches teach that the Law was given to Israel to demonstrate once and for all that imperfect sinful humans are incapable of keeping such a perfect law.  To add insult to injury, they then have God punishing them for not keeping it.  Their God must be stupid.

He is, as Jesus clearly indicated as reported by John in Chapter 8:42-44:

42  Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me.  43 "Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word.  44 "you are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.  45 "But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me.

Paul further enlarged on that principal truth when he said in 2 Corinthians  4:4  that the supervising angel who became a slanderer (Devil) of God was really the God of their world or epoch (Gr. aion) of Israel:

In  whom the god <2316> of this <5127> world* <165> hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel* (good news) of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine  unto them.

* another word is used for the world of Mankind: Strong's 3625 oikoum.   The other word 2889 kosmos, like aion, applies almost exclusively
    to Israel in the NT

* These were Good News only for Israel, who were redeemed from all their accrued debt of transgression through Jesus' death as Israel's final Atonement and second Passover lamb; they died in him.  That is what that phrase actually refers to and thus applies exclusively to that little flock of 144000  to whom the Christ will give the kingdom.  These were first taken only from redeemed Israel, to whom that privilege initially belonged and then from the Gentiles to make up the #. -Luke 12:32; Revelation 5:9, 10; 14:1-5; 7:3, 4; 20:4-6; Galatians 3:28 ,29; Exodus 19-3-8; 1 Peter 2:9.

So what did the copyists do then?   Take the name of God right out of the Law and the prophets.  I mean, if you don't know His name, you can't identify Him and in turn can't offend Him.   Smart cookies, eh?

This also highlights that they knew what they were doing while pretending they did not or just faked it.

They reasoned that, if they can't acknowledge the one who signed His name to the Law He gave them, the shepherds of Israel could do and teach the flock whatever they wanted or invented to be deemed the will of their unidentifiable G_d  to suit themselves, while continuing to pay lip-service to Him for control and attendant benefits.

When Psalm 8, which is a beautiful poetic embellishment of Genesis 2:26-28,  say that humans a just a little lower than God*,  they alter that to lower than angels in the Septuagint, because it might be taking G_d's name in vain and offend Him in any which unidentifiable ways.

Here from Strong's Dictionary of Bible Words:
* 0430 'elohiym el-o-heem'
AV-God 2346, god 244, judge 5, GOD 1, goddess 2, great 2, mighty 2, angels 1, exceeding 1, God-ward + 04136 1, godly 1; 2606

Then trinitarian Christians jump on the bandwagon, completely oblivious to the presence of Hebrew scrolls of the Sacred Text in the 1st Century and, I know this is difficult ;-), that the people there actually spoke Hebrew, which was not Martian, but the language of the Law still spoken by the Jews throughout that Roman province in Jesus' day and have the apostle Paul lie twice in Hebrews 2:5-9 as he quoted from Psalm 8 to say that generic man was made a little lower than the angels.

Paul was no Septuagintian, but was fluently familiar with both the language and content of Hebrew scrolls readily available to him  and quoted so eloquently by him throughout his epistles.

All Paul was arguing for here in Hebrews 2, was Jesus' complete and utter humanity in support of which he quoted from Psalm 8:4-9.   

That Psalm was not about Jesus, prophetic or otherwise.  Paul never said that it was.  He simply used it to show Jesus' equivalence with Adam.

Albeit, trinitarians wouldn't have a bar of it.  In their mindset it would be impossible, if not blasphemous, for one of the gods of their trinity to be lower than the other two, hence the godhead.

So, in desperation, they ran with the superstitiously doctored verse in the Septuagint.

Here is another spin-doctors' sleight of hand where Paul quoted  from Psalm 40 in Hebrews 10:5, but deemed to do so incorrectly.  How is that?   Here from Hebrews 10:5:

Therefore, when He came into the world, He said: "Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, But a body you have prepared for Me.  NKJV and most translations

That is ostensibly a quote from Psalm 40:6:

 Sacrifice and offering you did not desire; My ears you have opened. Burnt offering and sin offering you did not require.  NKJV

How could Jesus have just been a prepared body?  My goodness, wasn't he God incarnate?

So, fiddle they did to remove any possible prophetic nuance of that verse pointing to an antitype of Abraham preparing a body of a lamb in place of Isaac.   Here  Hebrews 10 5-10, which demonstrated that Jesus was the body, the lamb prepared to die for someone else actually offered in the manner of that sheep:

5  Therefore, when He came into the world, He said: "Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, But a body you have prepared for Me.  6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin you had no pleasure.  7  Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come––In the volume of the book it is written of Me––To do your will, O God.’"  8 Previously saying, "Sacrifice and offering, burnt offerings, and offerings for sin you did not desire, nor had pleasure in them" (which are offered according to the law),  9 then He said, "Behold, I have come to do your will, O God." He takes away the first that He may establish the second.  10 By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.  NKJV

Please note the Trinitarian influence in the use of initial capitals for the singular personal pronouns; something not present in the King James Version:

5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: {hast…: or, thou hast fitted me}  6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.  7  Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.  8 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;  9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.  10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

The point is that the body of Jesus the lamb of God was prepared by God to take the place of the Heavenly Only Begotten Son actually offered (John 3:16), because he never came down from heaven to do the job here on earth nor was he supposed to.   The Abraham-Isaac-sheep type was fulfilled in the Jehovah-OnlyBegottenSon-Jesus antitype.

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