I am looking for charitable reactions to a post that I read that I thought would be interesting to discuss amoung all people, and their feelings about it. Pro or contra. But, lets keep it nice.
I dont want debate amoung the posters here- just offer your reactions.
Here you go:
Go to all the bookstores in town and buy up each and every translation they sell.
Next, go to multiple Christian bookstores and buy up all their translations.
Next, buy several of the Parallel Bibles… There a 26-in-1, an 8-in-1, and several 4-in-1.
Now, buy up multiple Hebrew and Greek Interlinears.
Supplement your collection with Various Word Dictionaries, Lexicons, and Concordances, and Bible Commentaries from multiple Catholic and Protestant sources.
Designate a “Bible Reading” room in your house. Lay out all the Bibles next to each other over the entire floor.
Open them all to the same page and start checking. Go verse by verse, checking word for word to see for yourself the amount of variation between translations and versions. Spend 8 hours a day for a year doing this.
You will soon realize there isn’t that much translation variation on issues of core doctrine. However, you begin to see how certain translations are inconsistent in translating certain words. So, move on to investigate this…
Now, pick a list of key words around a particular topic like: Hell, Gehenna, grave, Sheol, death. Go through the hundreds of occurrences in your concordances and check each and every translation laying out across the floor.
Make a spreadsheet to show how each Hebrew and Greek word is translated in each of the translations.
Now, repeat the process with multiple topics: Soul, Spirit, Anointed, Holy Spirit/Ghost, Kingdom, Heaven, God, Jehovah, Son, Christ.
Select each word and go through the Bible Commentaries… see how each religion discusses and analyses it. Look up all the scriptures they point to and double check against the other Commentaries and the 50+ translations.
By now, you’ll have a pretty good idea of what the Bible is really saying.
Now, buy some “Comparative Religion” books to see what all the religions are teaching. Compare their doctrine against what the Bible actually says. You’ll begin to notice there is a difference. Many doctrines and beliefs are not to be found in the Bible.
Go and visit each and every church in your community. Talk with the Minister/Pastor/Priest. Ask questions about their respect for Scripture, how they understand key scriptures, what are the values that are important to them, etc.
Now, you are ready to begin deciding which group has the truth and who you’d like to associate with.