Bible lite

by Richard on September 21, 2005

* Sigh *

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

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DH 09.21.05 at 4:06 pm

Amen, Richard. This seems so ridiculous. * Sigh *

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Malc 09.21.05 at 4:52 pm

And…./??? when you think about all the different versions that are out now, does it surprise you?? I saw a copy of a graphic Bible (in the style of a graphic novel) yesterday…. is that more or less worse than this version??

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Ian McKenzie 09.21.05 at 6:13 pm

A rolling of the eyes followed by a double * sigh *

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DH 09.21.05 at 6:24 pm

Amen Ian. I’m doing the same.

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howard 09.21.05 at 8:49 pm

Maybe if I’d gotten this for Christmas instead of that One-Year Bible I got when I was a teenager. I could have finished it much sooner…

But seriously, I’m always amazed to hear Biblical scholars talk about how the Bible can be pared down, as if it was published with spare parts or something.

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Gord 09.22.05 at 1:50 pm

Is it just me or isn’t the point of Biblical study to remember taht it isn’t just aboput the well-known “Page-turner” stories? Isn’t the whole text important? Next thing people will start publishing Bibles that only contain the texts which support their social/poilitcal/theological/economic viewpoint–prooftexting taken to the logical conclusion.

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Malc 09.22.05 at 3:25 pm

of course, one could say that this is an easier introduction to the Bible, that would allow people to see what is there before trying to read a proper copy….. I remember the first time I sat down and worked my way through the Old Testament….. It’s not the easiest of reading…..

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J 09.22.05 at 4:27 pm

I have to agree with Malc. This does seem kind of silly, but the journey of faith has to begin somewhere. If this brings people to Christ I can’t complain.

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DH 09.22.05 at 5:05 pm

I agree with Gord. To a point on J, but it may bring people to an inaccurate version of Christ that Christ never intended. That is the danger with a “watered down” Gospel.

On a personal note, I heard a story of a very sick Indian women who went to see a Christian missionary preach over a 7 day period. She went forward to accept Christ everyday for 6 days but didn’t get healed. The pastor by the Holy Spirit realized that she didn’t put away the other gods. She just added to her gods by worshipping Christ. When she went the 7th day he spoke with her about this, prayed and was dramatically healed. I think this is a lesson for the Body of Christ that we must not water down the Gospel. It gives a people a false impression, like this lady before her healing, that their faith is satisfactory when in all actuality they need Faith in Christ alone for Salvation.

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Malc 09.23.05 at 2:33 pm

Unless we’re going to be worried about churches using the 100 Minute Bible instead of KJ/RSV/NIV/NKJV/GN/etc….. does it matter??

Addmitedly, the 100minV is going to be cut down quite a bit, but then again, it’s designed to be read more easilly by someone not used to the Bible than something like the King James…

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Andy Fagg 09.23.05 at 3:56 pm

Interesting Guardian blog sparked off by the 100minV here: http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/news/archives/2005/09/21/abridged_too_far.html

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