A Few Comments- 11

25 Aug

#1. I have moved and now am trying to get settled so the entries here will not be regular but when I have time.

#2. Some People Have Too Much Time On Their Hands

The Hebrew word that is traditionally translated as “rib” is tsela‘. Ziony Zevit, Distinguished Professor of Biblical Literature and Northwest Semitic Languages at American Jewish University in Bel-Air, California, believes that this translation is wrong, as do many scholars. It was first translated as “rib” in the Septuagint, a Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible from the mid-third century B.C.E. However, a more careful reading of the Hebrew word for “rib” in the Adam and Eve story suggests that Eve was created from another, very different, part of Adam’s anatomy—his os baculum

In reading the use of the Hebrew word ‘tsela’ I will agree that the word ‘rib’ may be a little off from the original meaning of the ancient Hebrew but so far as to relocate what God did to another part of the body.  We tend to think of the ribs as being ‘on the side’ of the human body  so using the word ‘rib’ was inline and kept the original context of the Hebrew meaning for tsela.

The word rib provides us with a better understanding of the position of women than do the words os baculum.  Read the comments below the article to see the readers put the author in his place on this issue.

#3. People Love To Find Excuses

…but rather the only effect of biblical inerrancy is to make its adherents more dogmatic

By the words excuses, I mean they are looking for any justification they can to ignore God’s word and rewrite Christianity according to their rules instead of humbling accepting God’s rules for his faith.

#4. Why Would You Want To Talk Back To God?

For the inerrantist, it is all supposedly about getting “back to the Bible,” and there have been numerous fundamentalistpamphlets, books, and sermons with that title.

Once we escape the grip of inerrantism, we can instead talk back to the Bible.

Who are we to think that we know better than he, or that we would know what God wants better than he? Only those who want to disobey what God has set forth would entertain such an idea. They also want to demote the Bible to a human authored book so that they can argue with it and hope to change its words in order to get their own ways inserted in place of God’s ways.

We go to the Bible to find out what God wants of us, not what other humans want.

#5. I Probably Agree With Piper

In the end, Piper tries to take the out of “I’d never make that list” but let’s be clear about the implications of what he’s said: “biblical womanhood” would essentially disqualify women from the vast majority of jobs today.

People take equality too far and by doing so they bring in confusion and distort gender duties to fit their idea instead of looking at the purpose behind why God made women different from men. yes there are some jobs out of reach of women but then there are jobs out of reach of men as well. God did not make one sex but two different genders to meet the rigors of life. If everyone did the same job, too many tasks would go unfulfilled and life would be more complicated than it should be.

For the most part, it is those who do not want God’s way that they distort gender roles, duties and purpose. They just think they know better than he.

#6. Do People NOT Read Genesis 3?

I think I’ve heard the phrase “in the beginning God made them male and female” a hundred times in response to the sex/gender discussions of our time. The phrase works like a trump card to win a theological discussion on anything from LGBTQ issues to how Target should organize their toys. However, each time I hear someone say “God made male and female” as if that’s all he made, the question that comes to my mind each time is: “What about those whose bodies are intersex?”

Or maybe I should say Paul when he spoke on Adam’s sin? Do these people not get it?  The corruption that entered the world at Adam’s sin, ruined God’s design thus those born intersex are a victim of Adam’s sin not a newly created gender. It is not rocket science.


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