May 13, 2012

A Bible Without Christ

bibleAccording to Professor David Capes of Houston Baptist University, the Christian bible "is probably the most owned and least read book out there. That's because, for many, it's too difficult to understand."

You know, I think Professor Capes may have a point. I have encountered many Christians who have not read their own bibles. The early Christians who wrote the various books of what would later become their bible weren't writing for an audience in the remote future; they were addressing their contemporaries. And the early church that decided which books made it into the bible and which were considered heretical was not basing such decisions on any appreciation of what would be relevant in the distant future. Is it any wonder that this ancient book offers so little to those of us living in modern times?

Professor Capes isn't quite ready to admit that his bible is irrelevant and instead decided to spend seven years developing a new, dumbed-down version of his bible. The new translation, called "The Voice," seeks to emphasize what Capes considers the meaning behind the words. How interesting! And I suppose Capes and his team at Houston Baptist gets to tell us all what the words of a divinely inspired book really mean.

The new translation is almost certain to be controversial, especially when one considers that words like "angel," "apostle," and even "Christ" are absent from the text.

For those who assume that the Christian bible is "holy" in some way, watering it down and providing anything other than the most accurate translation of the original words seems like it would be unacceptable. But then again, I guess selling new versions is more important than adhering to the original text.

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