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Translation is not interpretation at all. Translation is expressing the literal words from one language to another.
Interpretation is expressing what those words mean in the proper context.
It totally amazes me that christians can use gods words to kill or harm another individual when the only words that came directly from gods hands say THOU SHALT NOT KILL.
There is ONE TEACHER ... THE CHRIST!
He speaks to every individual. I learned this very early in my christian walk. One day I heard God say to me He did not want me to do something (nothing wicked) so I went to my pastor and explained what I was going to do and the pastor said he saw nothing wrong with doing it. As I walked home I heard God laughing and he said "What?, I tell you not to do something and you want a second opinion?"
Too many "translations/interpretation" have one purpose. To try to justify doing something you know is not the will of God.
There are only 2 rules.
1. Love the spirit of Truth an Righteousness above all else.
2. Express it by loving others.
If you have a problem with those then no interpretation of Gods words will help you.
There is only one sense in which all translation is interpretation, and it is not what dynamic equivalent translators usually mean by their cliché. All translation is lexical or linguistic interpretation. That is, translators must decide what English word or phrase most closely corresponds to a given word of the original text.
Leland Ryken (2009-10-02). Understanding English Bible Translation: The Case for an Essentially Literal Approach (pp. 23-24). Good News Publishers/Crossway Books.
Of course all translation is interpretation, and the whole argument between literal and dynamic equivalent proves it. However of those options eventually miss the point, in as much as they confine the relationship with text to the manifest story, and do not deal with the content (meaning) at all.
In the final end the only meaningful relationship with the material arises from inner experience, when it finally dawns on us that the stories, whatever they may be are an expression of an inner experience, which can only be understood at that level. Until we get it that the stories are about ourselves, we can squabble over the trivia of translations, but the meaning will continue to escape us.
I wanted to leave a comment about Adam knowing His wife after cain wa murdered,(Genesis 4:25-26, say's and I quote.And Adam knew His wife again,and she bore a son and named him Seth "For God has appointed another seed for me insread of Abel,whom Cain killed." And as for Seth,to him also a son wasborn;and he named him Enosh.Then men began to call on the name of the Lord.This was taken from the NKJV.
Your Bible does not mentiond that Adam new his wife again and Eve SAID "the Lord hath given me a son to replace Abel that Cain murdered" She named that son Seth.Genesis 4;25:,26:
After this then Adam had sons and daughters. All the years of Adam were 930.And he died. Fulfilling God's Promise of Death. Can you Find anywhere in Genesis or beyond where EVE his Wife God had Given Him Died?
Just asking the Question.. All DIE, It was GOD that gave ADAM a Death Sentance, The Woman She was Cursed with Pain. have you ever Understood the pain of "Mary" Mother of Christ Jesus? Gospel
GOD BLESS YOU'ALL! I WANT TO DILIGENTLY JOIN THIS GROUP, AS A MATTER OF FACT I WOULD LIKE TO JOIN MANY GROUPS! BUT DO TO THE LACK OF COMPUTER SKILLS, I HAVEN'T;
BUT THE MAIN FOCUS FOR ME IS, TELLING THE TRUTH TO YOUWARD ABOUT GODS WORD!!THAT IF YOU WILL LIVE GODS WORD AND NOTHING ELSE, YOU WOULD BE IN GOOD HEALTH INSIDE AND OUT!! AND GOD WOULD MAKE SURE OF IT!
GOD BLESS EVERYONE THAT CALLS UPON THE NAME OF MY FATHER, JESUS CHRIST! MAY YOUR PRAYERS BE HEARD AND ANSWERED, WHEN YOU COME TO HIM WITH A CLEAN AND PURE HEART, AMEN!!
I think I already joined this group and I posted so if this is the same person that emailed me to join and write for I am hear IF not same group sorry but love the group.
What ever happened to discernment?
I see this as the number one problem with most Christan's and this discernment is a must.
We are to rightly divide the word and divide in Greek means to dissect, take apart, how, using bible verse's to compare with what you think you think. The bible is the best commentary of it's kind.
Also so few simply do Greek and Hebrew word studies, the Greek and Hebrew with a good interlinear will help you to see many things and truths that many versions of Gods word could not bring out as to translate from Greek or Hebrew to English we miss many great things the Spirit can give us illumination from.
One needs not be a scholar, just use a free software called e-sword download it and ALL the ad on's This software has made my writing, sermons, and study of the word, better,faster and all by a click.
The main fact so few have discernment is they do not read the word, they take mans word or a denominations doctrine as gospel fact. Never do this.
There are many, many false teachings and doctrines out there, and many just believe what they read or hear and do not go to then word for the answer.
Let me give just a few examples of why you should use an interlinear bible and the Greek.
The word Of Faith camp always quotes from EPH 6 on the whole armor of God and they emphasis. this one verse.
And above all taking the shield of FAITH.
The Greek reads therefore add unto your Armour the shield of faith, not above all. also a bible cross reference shows the fallacy hear in 1Cor 13, these three abide, faith,hope,and love, but the greatest is LOVE, not faith so we would think a contradiction was placed in the word in the Greek we see faith is not above all, but part of the whole and love is greatest, and yes faith is needed in a big way.
Another example from the Greek.
I hear preacher say this one almost every day about how God wants us to have a sound mind (and He doe's)but they use this verse to preach on the sound mind.
2tim1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of LOVE and a sound mind.
IN The Greek sound mind means self control as some versions rightly have it. so you see what I mean.
By getting more serious in bible study and the Greek and Hebrew one will develop the needed discernment in these last days.
Remember in Matt 24, Luke 21, Mark 13, Jesus warned many false prophets and Messiahs would come and try to lead you astray, even the elect if passable.
I encourage, no I beg you sharpen your sword, it may be dull, but this is the time to pull it from it's sheath.
How exactly do you know that you're studying "God's" word?
Has it never occurred to you that you're worshipping a boogy man created to control others? That you're just taking the word of another human, no better than yourself?
What's the best way to make a kid behave? Make him believe that he has eyes on him 24-7.
You've been duped.
Hi. I am new to this group and to Beliefnet. Any suggestions as to new friends I can make will be much appreciated!
In the meantime, please feel free to become friends with me. Drop by my first blog and read it and let me know what you think: Are American Christians The Victims Of An Anti-Christian Conspiracy?
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