Posted 29 March 2004 - 09:56 AM
Posted 29 March 2004 - 04:07 PM
Posted 29 March 2004 - 04:37 PM
While the Word may well be God's, 'twas written by men, which means while God was relaying the information, there may have been things changed or a misheard word...an honest mistake if you've ever played Telephone when you were little. The point of this being, the difference of a single word may change the meaning and intent, no?
The converse of this is also a possibility, a deliberate change to reflect the writer's personal interpretation of the Word.
Language is also a factor in this, as languages change, become extinct/revised and words are dropped or the meanings change from century to century, millenium to millenium the ancient scholars might have been scrambling around for a word that had been dead for 200 years.
There's also the factor that many of the ancient scribes were illiterate, they were copying symbols and if two characters were similar...
Just my take,
Posted 29 March 2004 - 05:56 PM
Posted 30 March 2004 - 03:38 AM
Posted 30 March 2004 - 11:05 AM
i do know that the bible's stern warnings aren't against spirits, per se, but are against necromancy: communication with the dead.
but again, here, i'm not so arrogant that i can't admit i don't know the exact parameters of these warnings: who fits and who doesn't. it isn't for me to say.
i think, for example, that some people may be endowed with what we call "psychic" powers, without being thought of as "abominations." But that's largely because i think what we think of as supernatural in this sense, is really just a further extending of our own mental abilities.
as to spirits and mediums and such, I don't know. my instinct is to say we're dealing with demons rather than spirits of the dead; but the bible doesn't teach one way or the other.
Posted 31 March 2004 - 01:48 PM
Thanks so much for answering my question and your posts......
Posted 31 March 2004 - 02:41 PM
I am reminded of the Desiderata when confronted by all the different views on religion and or the bible, I think we all embrace some sort of spirituality, and that anyway to the light deserves its place in society.....
Go placidly amid the noise and the haste and remember what Peace there may be in Silence.
As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant, they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare youself with others, you may become vain and bitter, for always there will be a greater and lesser person than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your career, however humble, it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is, many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love, for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with imagings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and lonliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the Universe, no less than the trees and the stars, you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the Universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore, be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. and whatever your labours and aspirations in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful, strive to be happy.
According to some reference books, Desiderata is still sometimes thought to have been 'found' at Old St. Paul's Church in Baltimore and to date back to 1692. It was actually written and copyrighted by Max Ehrmann (1872-1945) in 1927, the copyright was renewed in 1948 and 1954 by Bertha K. Ehrmann. It was copyrighted by Robert L. Bell in 1976.
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