From: Jan de Koning (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon Dec 09 2002 - 17:04:07 EST
At 09:36 AM 08/12/2002 +0000, Jim Eisele wrote:
>While I'm writing, I'm curious how many of the NT miracles
>you accept. I won't be offended if you consider that to be
>too personal a question. With a few exceptions, I think
>most of this list has accepted Gen 1-11 as mythology/exaggeration.
>It's gotten a little boring to talk about.
Jim, I would not say it that way. Gen.1-11 is not mythology, nor is it
exaggeration. We want to translate something written in a background
strange to us, with an outlook on life we do not understand into a story
acceptable to scientists (of all kinds) in the 20th and 21st
century. These modern scientist have a particular outlook on life (say
philosophy of life), consequently on story-telling, which they then want to
use on writings of a century they do not understand. That never
works. Translators of the Bible know that, and I am convinced that they
even translate words incorrectly because of that. However, very few of us
are willing to study those possibilities, and do our own research, which
then may result in still another translation.
Is it boring? I don't think so, but it may be dangerous in some churches,
if you want to remain a member of the church, the community of saints.
Jan de Koning
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