An interesting observation about Biblical languages, sort of

Canada
December 6, 2015 2:11pm CST
It's actually less about Biblical languages, and more about groups which appeal to them. I've had the Biblical languages for most of my life-I don't read the Bible in anything but those languages-something I've noticed that is certain groups make appeals to the original languages of the Bible for their ideas, and will say "this is what the Bible really says"...but, it does not appear that they have basic understanding of those languages. I am curious to know, if a person can't actually speak a language...why do they feel they can make authoritative statements about it? Is that not rash? Or to put it in other words, is there any chance, that a person making statements about a language they do not know, that they could be wrong about it?
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@Bluedoll (17052)
• Canada
7 Dec 15
I do agree there are many crazy statements made about the bible. I can see how it can also be extremely helpful to have an understanding of language and I'm interested in its use. I do notice how words evolve something like the word gay in one age will have a different meaning in another. As for the question of authority, that is another question altogether.
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• Canada
7 Dec 15
This is actually an issue of mine re. authoritative statements re. certain subjects, because the longer I've studied the more I've realized these are subjects which no one actually ever masters...like, there are things we simply don't know...I tread very carefully on that and for that reason I would never want to attack someone or belittle them when the truth is, we are all just human beings. I would just caution ppl with the question...could we be mistaken? The answer is, yes:(...we need to be honest about that. Being mistaken does not being insincere, deceptive or even evil...it just means we are, human.
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@Bluedoll (17052)
• Canada
8 Dec 15
@HebrewGreekStudies You are right here, it so true we are not masters and will always find things we simply do not understand. I make mistakes all the time. I also learn from my mistakes if I can see them as such. Do not authoritative statements go in a whole different direction? I've read statements from real people who have stated very clearly with many references from the bible and from various sources with much authority that God is a monster. I can not accept this. I could consider that I am mistaken but my belief that God is good does give a full authority to express my belief as a truth.
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@DWDavis (14175)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
6 Dec 15
You are correct. Those of us who don't know the languages in which the Bible was written can only rely on the translations of others and hope they are accurate.
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@totobasso (344)
• Canada
9 Dec 15
There is the possibility that some groups might have individuals that know the original languages or they consult reference works by ones that know the original languages. Also, with God our motives come into play and he blesses humble ones. The scribes and Pharisees of Jesus' day were learned men but many failed to see the beauty of Jesus' teachings or outrightly opposed him and Jesus' disciples. I honestly believe that if we are humble and sincere that God opens our minds to see the truth. I know practically nothing about how a car works and yet I've driven one and enjoyed using it for decades. When I needed to fix something, I sought competent, honest mechanics to help me. The internet gives us many references to help us understand God's word. I wish you well!
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• Canada
9 Dec 15
I like your mention of competent mechanics to help-and that is my entire issue...actual competency within subject matter. If we are humble and sincere God could lead us to the truth, but that can go 2 ways, a person must consider that God's answer may not be the one they *like*. The scribes and pharisees would be a judgement call which we may not be in the place to make-like, the scribes in the Bible are specific ppl...but today, we run the risk of name calling, and we run the risk of that being an argument in and of itself which has little baring on the actual subject matter. For example, a person may not like someone, those evil ppl, that evil denomniation, but that does not mean their statements are by default wrong, all they are doing is name calling. My question, which a Christian must consider is...can we be wrong? Because those making counter statements, that is what they are saying, that someone else is wrong...but, could they themselves be wrong?
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• Canada
10 Dec 15
@HebrewGreekStudies I am convinced that if we are wrong but are desiring what is right, then God will help us to see things as they are and not as we think somewhere along the way. Let's keep going!
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@bluesa (15115)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
8 Dec 15
Oh, yeah, those who believe that they can correctly translate certain languages into English and state that, that is what something really means, or translates into, is mistaken, even if they will not admit it, there are too many possibilities to ever be 100%accurate.
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• Canada
9 Dec 15
Yeh, the truth is, there is a lot we don't know...even when we know what the words mean, we still don't know what some things were actually saying. I tend to tread, with caution, especially when it is a matter of someone being right, wrong, or if a word such as heretic or apostate is thrown around...for what we don't know, there are many things such as love and compassion which we do know. The truth is...we all tend to misappropriate certain things more then we realize:/
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@bluesa (15115)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
9 Dec 15
@HebrewGreekStudies , yeah, and as long as we can admit that, it is part of living and learning. We will not always know everything.
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• New Delhi, India
10 Dec 15
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