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The Queen James Bible Paperback – November 27, 2012
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My comments concern the issue of biblical exegesis especially where it concerns translation.
It seems to me that the publication philosophy of this bible is; that if you dislike comments in the Biblical text, then find research that is convenient to your viewpoint, and amend the offending verses. There is an emerging tradition in this direction – witness “The Inclusive Bible”.
In the preface entitled “A Gay Bible” it suggests that this is a serious work, however, it seems to me that the renaming in the title (to “Queen James” from King James) is gratuitous, and seems ‘camp’ (affected) – even taking into account King James’ alleged bi-sexual nature. If there is a serious point to be made, the renaming detracts from that. The Introduction (The Editor’s Notes) does provide a serious read, but I suspect many will fail to get that far put off by the title.
Still found in ‘pro-same gender attraction’ Christian literature is the recasting of the Levitical injunctions against same sex unions as being injunctions against sacred prostitution. The Queen James Bible is no exception (mentioned on page 5 of the Bible). This claim concerning sacred prostitution has been thoroughly debunked by Dr Stephanie Budin, in "The Myth of Sacred Prostitution in Antiquity" Cambridge University Press 2008. Budin's work is not original and uses the work pioneered by an Israeli Professor Mayer Gruber, whose work is not available in English but has proved beyond doubt that there is no "ambiguity" in the prohibition for sexual relationship among same sex men. Dr. Mayer I. Gruber, is professor in the Department of Bible and Ancient Near East at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beersheva, Israel. His works are as follows; Mayer I. Gruber, “The qadesh in the Book of Kings and in Other Sources” [in Hebrew], Tarbiz 52 (1983): 167–76; idem, “Hebrew qedeshah and its Canaanite and Akkadian Cognates,” Ugarit Forschungen 18 (1986): 133–48; idem, “The qedeshah—What Was its Function?” [in Hebrew], Beer Sheva 3 (1988).
The other points in the Introduction (Editor’s Notes pages 3-9) defending the changes in the King James Version text, have been amply discussed by Professor Robert A. J. Gagnon in his book “The Bible and Homosexual Practice, Texts and Hermeneutics”, Abingdon Press, Nashville, 2001; the conclusions of which differing from those which justify the changes in the King James Bible text to create the present “Queen James” edition.
Also some argue (but not in this bible) that our Lord was silent on the subject of same-gender relationships, but that silence is not absolute. In the Matthean affirmation for marriage given by our Lord, is the assumption of the anthropology of the Old Testament (our Lord quotes from Genesis) and the Levitical Law which still held in the mind of Jesus (Matthew 5:18).
I do understand the pastoral issues, especially when it is argued that those with a same sex attraction cannot help that attraction. For many concerned Christians, a pastoral approach, that is in concert with a biblical witness is a better solution, recognising God does indeed forgive the failings of our human fragility - of all mankind - not just a section – and not just relating to sexual relationships, as if those led to the most serious sins! Psalm 103:10-14; “He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.”
But, how can a book others have altered help me? That's the main question. The answer is, It can't. This is why the regular king James says, "And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book." and yes it will, but how?
Because by removing the holy instructions to live a Godly life you are closing your ears so you do not hear. You are operating in transgression and unbelief rather than obedience to Gods word. The word brings conviction in which conviction leads us to repentance and repentance leads us to obedience and obedience brings us to salvation by obeying Gods word. So, without conviction of wrong doing you cannot come to God because by ignoring your convictions and commandment to turn around (repent) you are rejecting the son of God (Christ) in which through him God brings his mercy to you . This Queen James takes away passages that should bring a person to repentance through conviction. That conviction is actually a gift from God.
So, now you might say, "Well that's not true because we are saved by faith not by works." Ok, then answer me this question. When you give your mother, father, son or a friend care for their wounds or get them something to eat because they are hungry or help them up from a chair because they are too ill to do so themselves, do you consider that work? Or, you just don't thing about it because you are just doing it out of love? Yes, out of love. So, if it's done out of love, is it really work? No. It's out of love. For if it would of been works then that means Christ did works when he healed and died on the Cross for us. No. Christ died out of love, out of Agape love for us. He died for us out of undeserving love while we were still sinners. Yes, we were not born yet but he included us in his marvelous grace and Gods kindness when he died on the cross.
You might say, "But now, you are confusing me. Are we saved by works or not?" No. We are not saved by works. We are saved by faith alone. You might say, "well i have faith, I do believe in Christ and everything the bible says". I'm sure that's what you believe. But, let me ask you another question. What is believe?
For Christ when he was speaking to Thomas said, "You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me."
So, clearly believing is not just in seeing. Because Christ said, "Blessed are those who believe without seeing me." So, it's not just about seeing.
Now you might say, "Yes, because Thomas saw him but I didn't and I believe. I I'm blessed because I didn't see him but still believe"
So, answer me another question. Why did Jesus tell Thomas "be faithless no more, believe" after he said, "You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me."?
Because Thomas didn't believe when Mary Magdalene told the rest of the apostles about how she saw Jesus at the tomb. Some ran back in belief, in hopes that Jesus resurrected as he said he would and Thomas stayed behind in unbelief although he saw Jesus and walked with him for 3 years. He didn't believe or had doubts that Jesus would really resurrect, therefor because of his unbelief he was not able to "act" in belief. Your actions follows in what you believe in.
Judas also walked with Jesus for 3 years. But since he stole from the offerings he was also operating in unbelief. So, the bible tells us that Judas fell head first. Which means, Satan had convinced him and through the Pharisees to betray Jesus because he did what his mind (human thinking) told him to do instead of listening to Jesus. In other words, he disobey the teachings of our Lord and teacher Jesus Christ to follow Satan. Once he made up his mind his actions followed. For when the scriptures said when Jesus gave him the bread, Satan entered him. This was because Judas had already "made up his mind" (Human Thinking) and once he did Satan when from his mind to his heart and that manifested in his actions. So, yes Judas hung himself by falling head first.
For if I tell you as you approach a fork on the road, "Listen, don't go left because you fall into a ditch and die but, the road on the right leads you to a nice hotel with free lodging and food." You can say, you believe me but, your actions will confirm your true beliefs. If you say you believe me but then go left, your actions prove that you didn't believe me after all. You didn't have faith in what i said even though you said you did. Because we all want to live. Unless you want to die. If you really want to die you will disobey my instruction.
For we all have faith. God has given us all a measure of faith so we have it in us. Some people put their faith in their money, cars, wife, husband or just other people. Believers have their faith in God alone. They put him first. True Christians ask and consult with God first and then he guides them. They show their faith in God by obeying and loving his commandments. Faith is short for faithful and no faith is just faithless.
If the book of instructions (the bible) is the most important book we should know, how effective it will be if we let someone rip pages or delete passages from it? How good will a carrot cake taste if we allow someone to excludes some of the ingredients? Neither can the bible can bring you to salvation if you do not obey it. Loving God means keeping his commandments. Yes, God loves us. Yes, he loves us all. Yes, even sinners. But, Jesus PROVED that when he died on the cross for us all. So, his two commandments in which is, love your God and love each other does to include his love for us that he already proved. These two requirements are not based on his love for us rather, in based on our love for him, because he already showed us how much he loves us.
How do we know that we love him? By doing what he says. For the scriptures say, "You must be holy because I am holy.
So, I leave you with these two verses and a passage. Be blessed.
1 John 5:3New Living Translation (NLT)
3 Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome.
and in another place...
James 1:23-25 New Living Translation (NLT)
23 For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. 24 You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. 25 But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.
Listening and Doing - James 1:19-27 (NLT)
19 Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. 20 Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires. 21 So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls.
22 But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. 23For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. 24 You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. 25 But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.
26 If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless. 27 Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.
Is all about Listening to Gods word and doing what he says... How can we know what he wants us to do if passages are missing?
The Lord is coming. We are in the last hour. Repent and turn to God for his kingdom is near.
May the Lord Bless you.
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