Location: Minnesota, United States

A Blog on Minnesota and National politics, religion, news, and life.

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Gender Neutral Bible?

I saw the following article on this morning.

New Bible Translation Upsets Some Christians
Wednesday, February 02, 2005

WASHINGTON — A new Bible translation, aimed at younger readers, is drawing fire from some scholars.

Today's New International Version (search), or TNIV, has just been published in complete form by Zondervan Publishing. It's meant for the prime-time demographic: adults 18 to 34 years old.

In this new translation, some masculine references are made more gender-neutral.

Genesis 1:27, "so God created man in his own image" in the more traditional New International Version, is changed in the TNIV to "so God created human beings in his own image."

"In situations in the Bible where it is very clear from the original language, and also from the context, that the writer or the speaker was talking to men and women, that is simply provided accurately and specifically in the TNIV," explains Paul Caminiti of Zondervan, which is owned by the parent company of FOX News.

God remains a "he" in the TNIV. But some critics say this translation changes the meaning of some Old Testament verses that may foreshadow Jesus' life.

For example, Psalm 34:19 in the more traditional New International Version (search) reads: "A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all; He protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken."

Many Christians believe this verse predicts the Crucifixion, in which it is said none of Jesus' bones were broken.

But the TNIV reads: "The righteous may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers them from them all; He protects all their bones, not one of them will be broken."

"It obscures the prediction of a specific man — that is the Messiah, Jesus — that would be fulfilled in the New Testament, and now it's pluralized," says Wayne Grudem, research professor of Bible and theology at Phoenix Seminary (search) in Arizona.

This just isn't cool, I agree, the translation could mess up some very important passages. Other than that what's up with all this 'gender neutral' stuff? Actually we were just talking about this as supper last night. I was born a guy, one of my other friends, born a girl, it's the way things are. Don't you think that you were born a certain way for a reason (even if you don't believe in God)? Also, men and women are different, period, they just are. There are some things that some women just can't do. They whine about not being able to do something (like firefighting for example) and they want the standards lowered so they can get in because the regular requirements are too 'hard' but I will tell you, if I am in a burning building I want to be lifted and carried out but someone who is strong and isn't gonna drop me or drag me by my feet and smack my head against every single stair as I am dragged down the stairs. Everyone can't do everything, I could never be an actor even if I wanted to, guess what, I got over it. America has equal opportunity if you have the skills (nunchuck skills, bowhunting skills, computerhacking skills, lol) and you meet the requirements. There is no reason requirements should be lowered to accommodate people.
Sorry, got off track there, to sum up, gender neutral terms in the bible, bad, they screw things up, also babying people so they can feel good about themselves, bad, stop it or I will bury you alive in a cardboard box. It's not rocket science people!