I was driving in the car recently and a commercial came on to the radio asking for the listeners to call in for their free copy of a new version of the bible. This campaign was being offered by a non-for-profit agency out of Canada for which is widely known for their distribution of bibles and theological literature. After hearing this, and becoming somewhat perplexed as to not knowing of the version of the bible for which they spoke of, I wanted to write a post to you depicting how the bible phenomenon has seemingly gotten out of control.
In the Christian faith it is believed that the “word” is God, and God is in it[the word]. Due to this belief it is sought after by the mass Christian faithians to live out the prophecies and teachings that present themselves in the Bible. Because the Bible is considered to be the word of God, the people of the Christian faith believe that they are living out the word of God – or, living out God himself – through their acting out of the words in the book. How this is justified with everyday happenings, is based(loosely)around the saying “you have all sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God…”. Implying that even though there are rules for a Christian to follow, if one is to break those rules “its okay, because we all sin”. This also rectifies that Jesus(or God) is solidly perfect and set above us, as mortal humans. This presents two paradoxes: 1. For in the Bible Jesus is depicted as human, “a mortal living among men.”. This is usually countered with the argument supported by the a direct quote saying, “For Jesus was the Son of God, not God himself – for whom is all knowing and perfect.” But yet, Jesus, in the accounts in the Bible did no wrong. This is not something that is directly said, but is implied due to the lack of “evidence” that he did anything of inmoral conduct. This sends a subconscience signal to the believers that he was a mortal but yet “perfect in the eyes of God”. This indirect system of covering their tracks, the argument is thereafter said to be that the Bible is just an “account” of what happened and that men are faulty and clouded in their perceptions of events. This is contradictory; for their previous argument in regards to the accounts of the disciples is that their direct accounts of the happenings in the Bible were “inspired by God[of the Spirit]”. This being paradox number 2. So let me break it down for you in the diagram below:
Men have Fallen Short of the Glory
We Are All Sinners
We must follow the examples given to us in the Bible by a mortal man.
These accounts were documented by men that are alleged to be inspired by God, but yet are justified as being human with varying perspectives.
If we don’t follow these guidelines, then we have fallen short of the glory once again – and must therefore repent of our sins.
Based on the mortal imperfect perspectively varied humanly inspired by God accounts of stories that may or may not be altered, true, or accounted for in any manner other than self imposed outcomes of a celebretised man by men who needed a leader figure at that time in history.
In this, I reach my final point: After researching the number of Eglishl translated Christian Bibles, I cam up with the number 117 that are currently in print as of 2012. This is astounding for three reasons: 1. The average price for a bible ranges from $1-$25 each. This means, that if one bible from each englishly published version available was sold every day, you make – on average $213,525 a year in Bible sales. This is at the national average of $5 a bible times 117(versions), times 365 days of the year. This does not include holiday and gift sales spikes. If ten bibles of each separate version was bought per-day you would have a sales margin of 2,135,250 a year in bible sales. 2. We are sought after by the Christian fathians that it is our duty to our soul to believe in the words that are written in the Bible. We are to believe in something that has been translated and manipulated so many times by people with skewed perspectives and mortal men. How is this comforting? 3. The things in the bible are taken as literal statements. For just like anything dealing in spiritual realms, we must take in to account that these words were written by mortal men. Honestly and dutiable, maybe… But as they are mortal men subject to error and bias, we must take into account not the accounts themselves, but the underlying good that can come from them. So as I Christian, one should not ornamentate on the actual words that are written, but yet the application and message that is installed in each story telling.
Find your passion, find your spiritual practice. But remember: “Wisdom not shared, is wisdom lost.”.
By: Thomas McGregor