‘You call that worship? As if.’

I am not a fan of having government officials proclaim a "National Day of Prayer." If religious leaders want to proclaim such a day for their followers, that's terrific -- although Isaiah 58 ought to make them a bit cautious about the idea. That passage provides God's sarcastic dismissal of such a proclamation. And, yes, Isaiah 58 presents itself as the verbatim words of God, and God's words there are dripping with sarcasm. You people want to have a special day to honor God? God says. … [Read more...]

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Jeremiah 2:7 I brought you into a plentiful land to eat its fruits and its good things. But when you entered you defiled my land, and made my heritage an abomination. … [Read more...]

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Luke 3:10-14 And the crowds asked him, "What then should we do?" In reply he said to them, "Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise." Even tax-collectors came to be baptized, and they asked him, "Teacher, what should we do?" He said to them, "Collect no more than the amount prescribed for you." Soldiers also asked him, "And we, what should we do?" He said to them, "Do not extort money from anyone by threats or false … [Read more...]

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Romans 13:5-7 Therefore one must be subject, not only because of wrath but also because of conscience. For the same reason you also pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, busy with this very thing. Pay to all what is due to them — taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, honor to whom honor is due. … [Read more...]

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Luke 24:9-10 And returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told this to the apostles. … [Read more...]

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Proverbs 26:4-5 Do not answer fools according to their folly, or you will be a fool yourself. Answer fools according to their folly, or they will be wise in their own eyes. … [Read more...]

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Romans 15:1-2 We who are strong ought to put up with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Each of us must please our neighbor for the good purpose of building up the neighbor. … [Read more...]

Mischief follows in partisan Bible translations

Remember Junias? He was the imaginary male apostle with the unique and implausible name. "Junias" was invented by patriarchal Bible translators and inserted into the text of scripture because those translators didn't like what the text actually said. The text in question, Romans 16:7, says: Greet Andronicus and Junia, my relatives who were in prison with me; they are prominent among the apostles, and they were in Christ before I was. Junia is a woman's name and it just wouldn't do to have … [Read more...]


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