That’s all very well. I realize there are plenty of refutations to the idea that mankind is evil. Right now though, please, I am mainly interested in refuting this particular verse, which puzzles me at present.
Yes, as I said, I assume the translation is throroughly poor. However, I still have not been told by anyone what exactly the verse consists of in the Biblical language/or languages. I would like to know exactly what it is, and what a direct translation would be. It will do me know good to say, “Well, I think you protestants translation is bad, and here’s the Catholic translation, which is far better.” What good would that do? I need something to back the claim up.
From Haydocks Catholic Commentary:
“Ver. 21. Smelled, &c. A figurative expression, denoting that God was pleased with the sacrifices which his servant offered, (Challoner) and in this sense it is expressed in the Chaldee, “God received his offering gratefully.” God requires sacrifices of us, to testify his dominion, and not for any advantage he derives from them; but rather to bless us, if we perform our duty with fervour. — For the sake of, or on account of men’s sins. They are so prone to evil, that, if I were to punish them as often as they deserve, new deluges might be sent every day. I take pity on their weakness. I will punish the most criminal, but not as I have done, by cursing the earth. These words of God, are by some addressed to Noe, by others to God the Son. Hebrew, “he said to his heart;” Onkelos, “he said in his word;” Septuagint, “he said with reflection.” (Calmet) — Noe was beloved by God, and therefore may be called his heart. To speak to the heart, often means to comfort. (Haydock)” End quote" End Quote
The meaning is that man having once denied God [Adam and eve]; and found it “easy” to do; [relative term], has discovered sin and its worldly attractions. Many follow the seduction of Adam and Eve, because it seems at the time easier; and we convince ourselves, even better,
What the teaching is:
“Now the law entered in, that sin might abound. And where sin abounded, grace did more abound.”
While God is offering grace to us; Satan at the very same time is trying to hijack it. BUT man can only sin by CHOOSING to do so. Amen