Sunday, 29 November -0001 18:42

New Bible Version

Written by Rev. H.A. Bergsma
A new English version of the Bible called the New Testament and Psalms: An Inclusive Version, was published in 1995. This "Bible" is truly "inclusive"--(taking great pains and liberties) to omit any offense to anyone except, of course, God, and those who love and fear Him. In the Inclusive Version the Son of Man becomes "the human one" (to avoid offending daughters). The accusation that the Jews killed Christ is removed (they've felt bad long enough). Children are no longer to obey their parents, but "heed" them (in other words, "humour" them), wives are no longer to submit to their husbands (how demeaning!), but to be "committed" to them, and the Lord's Prayer begins with "Our Father-Mother in heaven." When asked if they were trying to produce a political correct Bible, one of the editors responded: "I think political correctness is a pejorative term which is used by people who want the Bible to produce obedience not thoughtfulness." (From U.TURN, vol.3,#4).

Indeed, thoughtfulness is commendable, but it must never be to the detriment of obedience. After all, the Lord did not say in John 14:15, "If ye love me, think about my commandments!" He called for keeping them, for obedience! Watch out for those inclusive versions! They are the product of too much man-centred thoughtfulness, but miss that essential element of Scriptural obedience.

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