Monday, November 07, 2005

Tee hee hee hee hee

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!

8 comments:

Cindy said...

Okay...NOW I have Bible envy!!!

Emily said...

The Message is a very powerful translation--enjoy!

And since I have copies of the Message, the NRSV, the New English, the Jerusalem, the KJV, the NIV. . .none of them has it all. We need a number of translations to help us get closer to the Word.

Mike Kear said...

Leslee,

I run into unactivated cards on a regular basis. I don't know how those companies expect people to use their cards if they neglect to activate them!

Now that you are the proud owner of a new Message Bible, you'll have to volunteer to read the passage in Sunday School next weekend!

~

Cindy,

Drop by and see me at the store. I have a cure for Bible envy.

Peace,

Mike

Leslee said...

Cindy, go see Mike, he'll give you a good deal, I promise!

Cindy said...

Hopefully I can get the sibling discount. Or better yet, I can hint strongly about Christmas.

Aunt Sandcat said...

LOL, you are so funny! Isn't it even funnier that your brother prefers the 1618 or whatever it is KJ version? I can't read that one to save my life. .I get a blinding headache about three words into it, no matter where I start, and I liked old english I thought. . Right now I am using The Inspirational Study Bible, Max Lucado. ..it's a New King James Version, but there's another one I wanted, just can't remember which it is at the moment . . .I'll see and let you know! Hmm, by the way, what is up with this word verification anyway??? dedzhfjv is NOT a word!

Girl said...

Interesting...you are going from one extreme to the other...KJV to the Message (of course...from one extreme to the other would really be if you were going from reading the Greek/Hebrew to one of those girly bible magazines they put out these days :)

Let us know how that goes...personally, I don't really consider The Message to be a bible...more like a good paraphrase...but I think it can be used as a great tool for people who also have access to a 'real' bible.

So...there is my 2cents on that :)

Leslee said...

I like to compare the KJV to the Message when I'm studying. I don't get so lost in the thees and thous that way!