” are actually ignorant of the contents of that very book?Has the text of the Bible undergone such dramatic changes over the centuries that it bears little resemblance to the original teachings of Moses, Jesus, and Paul?We are not helped by the emotionally-charged, broad-brushed accusation that, “They are God’s frauds, cafeteria Christians who pick and choose which Bible verses they heed with less care than they exercise in selecting side orders for lunch.They are joined by religious rationalizers—fundamentalists who, unable to find Scripture supporting their biases and beliefs, twist phrases and modify translations to prove they are honoring the Bible’s words.”Ironically, later in the article, engages in the very kind of biased judgment that Jesus condemned. I also love things involving foreign languages and travel, and have a heart for missions. I al Columbia Pennsylvania Shalomb Yeshua 42 Woman Seeking Men I am currently in the United States Army as a 11B Infantryman.’s recent cover story on the Bible, as we expected, proved quite controversial, particularly among the evangelical community.
To the contrary, in the vast majority of our Bible colleges and seminaries we teach principles of biblical interpretation – called hermeneutics – studying what the biblical authors were saying to their original audiences and asking how those teachings apply to us today.
Brown’s points, we do not think it is appropriate to publish a reply here. Brown has generously invited the author of the piece to appear on his national radio show next week to resume this important dialogue., 2014, entitled, “The Bible – So Misunderstood It’s a Sin,” has ignited a firestorm of controversy, in particular in the evangelical Christian world.
Is it true that prominent Christian leaders in America are misusing the Bible to suit their own purposes?
Is it true that it “wasn’t written by witnesses and includes words added by unknown scribes to inject Church orthodoxy . After all, the Bible claims to have been inspired by God and written by eyewitnesses, and evangelical scholars (among others) believe that the biblical books have been carefully preserved and handed down through the centuries. First, to speak of “the Bible” is to speak of a sacred book that is itself a collection of clearly defined sacred books, whether in the original languages or in translation, and the very term “the Bible,” derived from the Greek , “the books,” wasn’t coined until approximately 223 A. And what we are reading today – in English translation or in the original languages – is extraordinarily close (and, for the most part) identical to what these early believers would have been reading when the term was coined.
Yet if , “No television preacher has ever read the Bible. Second, we are not reading “a translation of translations of translations of hand-copied copies of copies of copies of copies, and on and on, hundreds of times.” As Professor Daniel Wallace, one of the world’s foremost authorities on ancient New Testament manuscripts, rightly noted, “This is rhetorical flair run amok so badly that it gives hyperbole a bad name.