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To: Hoof Hearted
Obviously, no language can be literally translated 'word-for-word' into another language and still be understandable.

Someone has duped you in to believing that you are incapable of studying for yourself. As if all books that were translated from another language cannot be understood by someone who doesn't speak the original language.

This was a tactic that was perpetuated by the Catholic Church during the Dark Ages, and which also makes the Reformation such a monumental turning point in Church history. Luther's finest contribution to mankind was his desire to get the Word of God into the individuals hands, and was the impetus for the migration of some of the brightest minds in Europe to flee the Catholic Church to America.

That is not to say that a person who choose a mans opinion over straightforward scriptures cannot be a believer. It just means that they are going to be injured along the way as God drags their resisting lives to the destination of his choosing, rather than walking alongside God enjoying a rich relationship.

44 posted on 05/26/2007 11:59:32 AM PDT by bondserv (God governs our universe and has seen fit to offer us a pardon. )
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To: bondserv
"Obviously, no language can be literally translated 'word-for-word' into another language and still be understandable."

Someone has duped you in to believing that you are incapable of studying for yourself. As if all books that were translated from another language cannot be understood.

Thanks for clearing that up. I was not aware that I was incapable of independent study.

Rather than take the time to learn Ancient Greek, Latin and all other ancient languages that the books of the Bible were written in (as you obviously must have done since you have not been 'duped'), I was just asking for advice in the interest of saving time..

So I guess all English translations of the Bible are the correct translations even though they differ greatly.

Once again, thanks for the info.

P.S. If you read a secular book such as Dostoyevsky's works in the original Russian, or even a good French translation, it will be much more detailed and descriptive than most English versions. The basic story is the same, but there are SIGNIFICANT NUANCES between different translations.

Are you denying the differences in the various English translations of the Bible? Or are you saying that even though they disagree with each other, they all have equal validity?

49 posted on 05/26/2007 1:45:43 PM PDT by Hoof Hearted
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