posted on Apr, 17 2004 @ 01:17 PM
To People of the Sea-
You sound like the way I used to be. I think the response before mine hit it right. Most of the inconsistencies in the bible arise from the
TRANSLATION of the bible. The way I understand it, the Hebrew language is a strange one. By that I mean that one specific word can have ten
different meanings. When you read in that language, you have to take the words in context to the others words around it forming a sentence. I think
in order to get a better grasp of the bible; you would have to read it in its original form. This is where many of the different splinters of
Christianity come from. Catholics believe one-way, Baptist another, Assemblies Of God another, Protestants another, and so on and so on. Of course,
how many people can read ancient Hebrew? It all comes down to INTERPRETATION.
Here is one thing I just came upon in my new NCV version Bible:
As Moses was on his way to Egypt, he stopped at a resting place for the night. The Lord met him there and tried to kill him. But Zipporah took a
flint knife and circumcised her son. Taking the skin, she touched Moses' feet with it and said to him, "You are a bridegroom of blood to me." She
said, "You are a bridegroom of blood," because she had to circumcise her son. So the lord let Moses alone.
Or as in the KJV:
And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the LORD met him, and sought to kill him.
Then Zipporah took a sharp stone, and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast it at his feet, and said, Surely a bloody husband art thou to me.
So he let him go: then she said, a bloody husband thou art, because of the circumcision.
After seeing this, I was saying to myself, "Now why would God tell Moses all of these detailed instructions on what to tell the Pharaoh, and give him
a walking stick to perform all of the soon-to-come miracles with, then as Moses is heading back to Egypt with his wife, try to kill him?" "WHAT IS
Well, I had to do some reading in other text (Easton) to come upon the realization that:
The elder of the two sons of Moses born to him in Midian (Ex 2:22; 18:3). On his way to Egypt with his family, in obedience to the command of the
Lord, Moses was attacked by a sudden and dangerous illness (Ex 4:24-26), which Zipporah his wife believed to have been sent because he had neglected
to circumcise his son. She accordingly took a "sharp stone" and circumcised her son Gershom, saying, "Surely a bloody husband art thou to me",
i.e., by the blood of her child she had, as it were, purchased her husband, had won him back again.
Now, when you read the bible, it says that the Lord came to Moses and tried to kill him, but when taken directly from the original Hebrew form, it can
be read that Moses became very sick, and was about to die, and after his wife circumcises there son Gershom, Moses gets well again.
Now, I was confused after reading this, and I think many other people would be as well. Moses had not followed the law laid down by God about
circumcision of your sons after eight days from being born. But when you read those passages and take it LITERALLY from the our versions of the
Bible, you made to think that God appeared in human form to Moses and went after him a sleeper hold or something.
It all comes down to the translation.
In regards to the passage from Exodus, about God repenting, here is what I could find:
v7-14 God says to Moses, that the Israelites had corrupted themselves. Sin is the corruption of the sinner, and it is a self-corruption; every man is
tempted when he is drawn aside of his own lust. They had turned aside out of the way. Sin is a departing from the way of duty into a by-path. They
soon forgot God's works. He sees what they cannot discover, nor is any wickedness of the world hid from him. We could not bear to see the thousandth
part of that evil which God sees every day. God expresses the greatness of his just displeasure, after the manner of men who would have prayer of
Moses could save them from ruin; thus he was a type of Christ, by whose mediation alone, God would reconcile the world to himself. Moses pleads God's
glory. The glorifying God's name, as it ought to be our first petition, and it is so in the Lord's Prayer, so it ought to be our great plea. And
God's promises are to be our pleas in prayer; for what he has promised he is able to perform. See the power of prayer. In answer to the prayers of
Moses, God showed his purpose of sparing the people, as he had before seemed determined on their destruction; which change of the outward discovery of
his purpose, is called repenting of the evil." From Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary.
This leads to your other passage quote from Genesis 6:6. God sees how evil people have become; can you imagine what it must be like for him to see
what he sees us do? And even back then, when people would witness all of the miracles he would perform, they often times would brush him aside and
continue on with their own wickedness. The evil men did made God bring about the great flood, only sparing Noah and his family. And after doing that
deed, God vows never again to kill mankind off with water- but of course he states only water, and I'm sure he could bring his wrath down many other
The way I see it, God is mad at us because we use our free will to do evil rather than good. God does not want billions of mindless followers doing
his will, or he would have made us without the choice of free will. And I don't think God can un-make things either. Or else he would have just
Un-Made the fallen angels, and been done with evil once and for all. Why not just totally un-make Satan, and be done with it? God either cannot
un-make things, or else he simply loves Satan so much that he will not destroy him. And that love for Satan lead to Eve doing the big No-NO in the
garden with the fruit of knowledge.
Sorry about the ramblings, but any way you look at it, it can make your head spin! The thing that always brings me back is Jesus. When I read the
New Testament, and the teachings of Jesus, it makes you want to cry from all of the truth Jesus had. The harmonies of the gospels in the New
Testament truly are amazing, and the love that Jesus showed for us was beyond measure!