BRAD: In this ever changing landscape of religious values, there is a lot of room for interpretations of the bible.
How many versions are there and which one do you believe you should follow with the most accurate translation?
We can start with the Old Testament, work our way into the New Testament, New International Version, King James Version, and a few more versions such as the New American Bible.
The other i would like to call break off religions, such as the Jehovah Witness also have their very own New World Translation version of the Bible.
As a matter of fact, in 1913 Baptist minister Rev. Ross of the James Street Baptist Church of Hamilton accused Watchtower founder Charles Taze Russell of preaching destructive doctrines which he did not have the credentials as a theologian or a scholar to preach to the newly formed Jehovah Witness.
Whether it is Scientology, the Raelian movement whom believe that soon we will be visited by entities from another galaxy, the Mormons, to just name a few, people succumb to the doctrine preached by the head of their chosen religious movement.
With religion recently getting a bad name and people not flocking to churches like they once did, as well as churches going up on the auction block, no wonder people are losing their religious values!
We must retain our core values in not only religion, but in humanity as well and not let ourselves drown in the quicksand of deceit, lies and propaganda!
The way i look at it, the leaders of tomorrow and not coming from today, and it can be seen all around us.
With lack of communication, and no personal contact with people other than smartphones and texting, the youth of today somehow to me, are not going to lead us into the future.
Without personal contact and the ability to act independently, as well as no prior interest on what the country of Canada was based on, we are in a quagmire with our youth.
With so much violence in the media and bombarded by pics and news of Justin Beiber, John Travolta, Brad Pitt and so on, are people really interested in religion?
Somehow the leaders of Christianity have to develop a plan to get the masses back into the pews, and for people to start donating a small piece to the resurrection of religion once again!
RAY: Man was made with a God given void that he must fill. Pascal is the originator of that idea and I think he is right. Man looks for a religion to follow. God provides one that leads to eternal life. Man tends toward a religion that will lead to eternal regret according to the prophet Daniel. Technically according to the Bible everyone will exist forever but the quality of existance is described as one of either eternal life or eternal regret.
Daniel 12 - 2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall
awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. (KJV)
Man is so religious that even in the attempt to deny the religion that God has laid out he makes a religion out of science when he puts his trust in Evolution and its closely related Secular Humanism beliefs. Even the modern belief in Psychology as offering answers is a religion that people follow. Atheists are also fighting to be recognized as a religion and they evangelize aggressively. And all the various cults such as Islam, Russelism, Mormanism, Scientology are all attempts to form a religion which is in oposition to the faith that God reveals about Himself which will lead to the everlasting life spoken of by the Prophet Daniel.
You raise a good point that there are many versions of the English Bible to choose from. There are actually over 160 English versions to choose from currently. However there is no point in discussing which Bible you should read if you don’t think you should read any version. That is where many people are at today. In our upcomming program we should discuss why we should read the Bible in the first place and why it is a book that is true. What makes it different from every other book? I hope that we will in future programs also start to examine the quesiton of which version of the English Bible should be avoided and which ones are the ones you should be using.
I would like to encourage our readers to speak up and let us know what they are thinking. Please post your comments on this post as to what kinds of topics you would like to see us cover related to our theme of “Truth is what matters”.