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(Slate)   France would like all you Catholics to know that Lord's Prayer you're all so fond of saying is actually a sordid screed of blasphemy   ( divider line
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2013-10-16 09:50:10 AM  
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Translation "errors" are rife in the Bible, in many cases because the original Hebrew doesn't translate strictly into English.  My favorite bit: the very first word in the Bible,  b'reishiat is usually translated "In the beginning", but in the Hebrew the definite article "the" is only implied. I've heard biblical scholars comment that "In a beginning" would also be accurate, but this is a major difference in meaning.   I liked Robert Alter's translation of Genesis where he has the first line as "When God began to create heaven and earth", even though this is probably less perfectly accurate.

/One of the folks who works here is happy to talk to door to door missionaries about the Bible, provided they discuss the original Greek version.
2013-10-16 09:36:21 AM  
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Actually, I always found that line a little odd, but I assumed it was meant in a general sense, as opposed to being directed at god.  As in "let us not be tempted..."  not "please don't tempt us".
2013-10-16 09:37:12 AM  
1 vote:

Pocket Ninja: But could God great a sin so tempting that not even he could resist it?

The hubris of demanding worship as a perfect entity?
2013-10-16 09:36:53 AM  
1 vote:
Why is it Americans hate the French so much? They helped the US gain independence and most of it's supposed ideals like democracy are derived from French ideas.

Is it 'cause they talk all funnylike, guhyuck?
2013-10-16 09:29:26 AM  
1 vote:
Dear god, don't know if you noticed, but your name is on a lot of quotes in this book, and us crazy humans wrote it, you should take a look, and all the people that you made in your image still believing that junk is true...
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-10-16 09:19:16 AM  
1 vote:
Say it in Greek and avoid translation.
2013-10-16 09:01:48 AM  
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FTFA: This has long been controversial because of the possibility of interpreting it in a way that suggests God has the power to make people succumb to the temptation of sin -- contradicting most orthodox Christian theology which holds that He is infinitely and unchangeably good.

You know what's actually blasphemous, French bishops? The suggestion that God doesn't have the power to make people succumb to sin - the suggestion that God isn't all-powerful and omnipotent.

That's the blasphemy.
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