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Other | How to frustrate an earnest Chrisitian
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Eric,

I asked the question whether you believed you had had a special revelation from God, right, rather than assuming that you thought you did? Right?

Why is it a wrong thing for me to ask you a question so that I may know what you believe and think?

I cannot even ask you questions unless there is something wrong with me?

Oh Lord, I do not know what to do. I do not know what to do. I am crying.

Ann


Sacramento, CA USA
3/5/2011 1:23:00 AM
Other | How to frustrate an earnest Chrisitian
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Hey Eric,

Thank you for the information about extra Biblical writings, it is appreciated and I will look at what you wrote about.

But I do have a bone to pick with you. You wrote: "I use text book resources that I have; I don’t claim to have had some 'special revelation' from God, as you seem to claim."

I mean exactly what I say.

If I am asking a question, then that is what it is, a question and not an implication that you are claiming to have a special revelation from God. It is also an appropriate question because many people have said they had a special revelation from God (and a lot of other people have followed them too); you have to ask.

With me, it is never a good idea to assume I am making an implication or that I follow certain practices unless you actually hear me say or write that that is what I am doing.

Anyway, again, thank you for the information. I will make use of it.

Ann


Sacramento, CA USA
2/13/2011 9:40:00 PM
Other | How to frustrate an earnest Chrisitian
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Eric,

I know you are not catholic. Talking about Roman Catholicism is not directed at you personally but my views concerning the religion are my views and quite applicable to what I was discussing.

Most of the books in the New Testament were written before 70 A.D., except for the books written by the John(s) and Jude (80s to 90s). Everyone who wrote the books was either an eye-witness or knew the eye-witnesses personally and taught what the eye-witnesses taught. So when you, Eric, talk about Paul and practicing Christian tradition (around the year 60), you are talking from a very narrow time frame with newly created traditions from eye-witnesses and those who knew them.

It does not make any sense to compare centuries of Roman Catholic, non-scriptural tradition to what was practiced during the first 30 years of Christianity.

Ann


Sacramento, CA USA
2/8/2011 8:00:00 PM
Other | How to frustrate an earnest Chrisitian
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Yet another scathing attack from this Mennonite Pastor.
He gives people the option to post anonymously, which is fine until they contradict him. After this he apparently becomes obsessed with finding out whom they are, (even checking or remembering other websites to look for clues).
It would appear, by his own admission that he will only allow certain posts to appear on his blog.
It makes you wonder who else he has silenced. Perhaps if he were more transparent, people would have the courage to post in their own name knowing that their posts would appear.
To me this seems to be the work of a control freak where truth has become the causality an ideological war.
What sort of church do we have when a so called pastor decides what information reaches his target audience? Who does him and his ‘disciples ’silence in the congregation


Eric
Logan, Australia
2/4/2011 4:46:00 PM
Other | Bible translations
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Hey Eric and All,

About thirty-five years ago, if you read the Revised Standard Version (RSV) of that time in Zechariah 11:12-13 (the two verses need to be read together because they concern prophesy about Jesus), the RSV left out the word "potter" in the second verse.

I am not a Hebrew expert but I got a Hebrew Bible and looked up each and every word in those two verses. In the Hebrew, the word "potter" was there. In the RSV English, the word "potter" was missing.

Some other Bible translations in that time period of thirty-five years ago, the ones dealing with prophesy concerning Jesus, also had words missing, really important words.

It was about thirty-five years ago, so I do not remember all of it. But I do remember the word "potter" in Zechariah 11:12-13. I believe that the second chapter in Psalms was another place in which words were altered or ommitted.

I looked recently and discovered that the newer version of the RSV now has the word "potter" in the Zechariah verse. However, I refuse to use any RSV translation as a Bible reading tool. There was another translation, considered an easy-reading Bible, that I also refuse to use for the same reason (I forget what it is called, sorry).

Thank you,

Ann


Sacramento, CA USA
1/15/2011 1:25:00 AM
Other | Out With the Old?
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Eric and All:

Eric wrote: "I think that most Bible publishers/ translators are aware of the cultural differences and the use of words in any particular culture or social group."

However, I was talking about colloquialisms from 2000 or 4000 years ago, not the colloquialisms that exist today. It is the colloquialisms that existed back then that make it important to know whether "John bought a farm" actually means that John bought a farm or that he died, so to speak; makes a huge difference in the translation to modern languages.

Translators can have their own agendas, as I have learned. Writers of dictionaries can have their own agendas.

That is why I say that we must read our Bibles remembering and keeping God's love in mind.

Ann



Sacramento, CA USA
1/12/2011 10:56:00 PM
Other | In Awe of Thy Word: Out With the Old?
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For those interested in G. A Riplinger’s, ‘In Awe of Thy Word’, in order to see the comparison between the European Bibles and the King James Version, chapter 28 is the better chapter to read. Alternatively you can Google the Nuremberg Polyglot Bible of 1599, edited by Elias Hutter.

Eric
Logan, Qld Australia
1/10/2011 5:16:00 AM
Other | typo
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Sorry about the typo in my last post. God bless you all and give you a good week.


Hensley, AR USA
12/12/2010 9:45:00 PM
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Interesting analogy, Eric, regarding programmed robots sitting in pews. I had never heard things put in quite that way before, but I can see it now. Interestingly enough, some people seem to have very different "programming" during the week than they do on Sundays. I try to love them the same.


Hensley, AR USA
11/7/2010 9:00:00 PM
Other | Desmen Thomas: Foster care
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We dont know who you are & we dont need to know. We are heartbroken that we have been keep from Desmen, we did our best to watch over Desmen because his mom has been, well unbalanced mentally. But counclers & others would not listen. We are the grandparents, all we would like from you is some pictures of Desmen please. We love & miss him so much. If you can please send pictures to. Samantha & monroe Thomas 735 South Market St. Kokomo, Indiana 46902 We are not bad people please there does not have to be any contact. Thank you & bless you for caring for our Desmen


KOKOMO, Indiana usa
9/29/2010 8:18:00 PM
Other | equalitie and other issues
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Hey Eric,

I chickened out and did not attend the Mennonite church yesterday. I went mall walking and treated myself to a new shirt. The lady at the counter used to live accross the street from the Mennonite church I plan on visiting. We discussed what would be appropriate wear for a visit.

I am still going to go. I was just not ready yet. I would like to talk to Melodie Davis.

I am a self-described Biblical feminist. I have an expertise on Hosea 2:16 which I have been watching for almost 35 years now. If you would like to see and read the results of my research, please let me know and tell me how to send it to you. I can also put my research out for everyone to see at Table Talk, but I thought I should ask first.

It is very good to hear your acknowledgment of women, that we are not children all through our lives simply because we are women.

You are an encouragement and thank you,

Ann


Sacramento, California USA
8/16/2010 11:53:00 PM
Other | churches: lack of and locations
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hello,I am a new Christian as of the begining of the year. For several years though i have been drwan to the Beachy Amish. Now however after finding my faith it seems I have no church to belong to, in which I am magneted to. I dress plain and cover. Please can any one tell me of a church I can attend.


camperdown, victoria australia
8/4/2010 9:19:00 AM
Other | A Sip Of Scripture: A Passionate God: Podering At The Well: 4/15/2010
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I believe that expressing that passion for God is part of our relationship with the Lord and is essential in our prayer life.


Roanoke, VA USA
4/17/2010 8:51:00 AM
Other | question for a bible college class: Beliefs
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I'm to inquire if 1.) do you believe Jesus Christ is God manifest in human flesh? 2)do you believe the Bible is the ONLY final authority in ALL matters of faith and the practice thereof? He will only accept yes or no. We could choose any Church or denomination in any state I just choose Mennonite as I have local Mennonite friends.


Va.
9/28/2009 9:53:00 PM
Other | Changes: These Things I Know
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What do I know? I know I am 81 years old. I know what it was like to be 30 years old. I know what it was like to be 40 years old. I know what it was like to be 50 years old ------ I know things have changed that should not change. The insults God receives from his children have greatly increased. I know there will be dire consequences for the nation my children live in.


Goshen, IN United States
9/6/2009 3:02:00 PM
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