I'm laughing a sinister little laugh today because I bought a new Bible! It was more then I really wanted to spend, and my blasted credit card wouldn't work (Mike, I called them and they told me it wasn't activated-you were right. I asked the very Pakastany gentelman why the girl I spoke to two weeks ago said it was-he had to answer), but I'm POSTIVE this investment will be well worth it in the long run.
I grew up in the General Baptist faith tradition. Please don't ask me what the difference is between General Baptist and Sounthern Baptist or Independent Baptist or [insert any other kind] Baptist... because I really don't know. As General Baptist I was pretty much taught that if you even so much as looked at a translation other then King James you were sure to go straight to hell. Well, I guess I'll take my chances. I'm sorry if you are one of those that believe that King James is the ONLY true translation but it's very hard to read. We just don't talk like that anymore and The Message puts it into words that I know, use and understand. I will admit that growing up King James I understood Shakespeare better then some of my classmates, but I don't know if it was because of reading King James or just me being smarter then everyone else.... hee heee heee, the answer is obvious! Today, I bought the Numbered Edition of The Message today! I'm so excited!!!! I think I'll start with the book of Ruth, it's one of my favorites. I don't have to be online when I want to cheat and read something other then Ol' King Jimmy. Don't get me wrong, I'll still have that translation and probably will for the rest of my life. Some verses are much more beautiful in King James, like Psalm 23!
Have a wonderful day and may you understand all the words you hear and read!