As much as I disagree with the values that spawned such a travesty, I will say that at least this group views holy texts as flexible and ambiguous documents that can mean many things to many people.
The Family was founded in 1935 by a minister named Abraham Vereide after, he claimed, he had a vision in which God came to him in the person of the head of the United States Steel Corporation. (NPR source)
Well, what I think is most salient is their awareness of the limitations of language, and the plurivocity of texts... the ability of a meaning to depend on the culture of reception as well as the lexical meaning of words.
Of course they think THEIR interpretation is the only correct one, but I don't see how they can coherently deny that their construction is an interpretation.
Or maybe I'm just looking too hard for a silver lining...
'There is only one offence, is there not?' he said.
'And have you committed it?'
'Apparently I have.'
He put a hand to his forehead and pressed his temples for a moment, as though trying to remember something.
'These things happen,' he began vaguely. 'I have been able to recall one instance -- a possible instance. It was an indiscretion, undoubtedly. We were producing a definitive edition of the poems of Kipling. I allowed the word "God" to remain at the end of a line. I could not help it!' he added almost indignantly, raising his face to look at Winston. 'It was impossible to change the line. The rhyme was "rod". Do you realize that there are only twelve rhymes to "rod" in the entire language? For days I had racked my brains. There was no other rhyme.'
10. Prefer Conciseness over Liberal Wordiness: preferring conciseness to the liberal style of high word-to-substance ratio; avoid compound negatives and unnecessary ambiguities; prefer concise, consistent use of the word "Lord" rather than "Jehovah" or "Yahweh" or "Lord God."
I gotta ask -- what kind of cretin "translates" a new version of the Bible, correcting "mistakes," while working from an English translation?
Hear, Israel! Being is our god, Being is One.
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life"
"I would like to know if it would be possible to create a religion without a god, one that promotes faith, not in a flying spagheti monster, but in the essential rationality and disinterest of the universe."
This has to be a joke. No way can it really be serious. Seriously.
Song of Solomon 1:13
My lover is to me a sachet of myrrh resting between my breasts.
Song of Solomon 4:5
Your two breasts are like two fawns, like twin fawns of a gazelle that browse among the lilies.
Song of Solomon 7:3
Your breasts are like two fawns, twins of a gazelle.
Song of Solomon 7:7
Your stature is like that of the palm, and your breasts like clusters of fruit.
Song of Solomon 7:8
I said, "I will climb the palm tree; I will take hold of its fruit." May your breasts be like the clusters of the vine, the fragrance of your breath like apples,
Cut the part from the Noah were he gets plastered, runs around naked passes out and needs to be tended to by his sons. This will jog too many bad childhood memories among Conservatives.But without that particular event how can we justify slavery?
Cut the part from the Noah were he gets plastered, runs around naked passes out and needs to be tended to by his sons. This will jog too many bad childhood memories among Conservatives.
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