As you probably have figured out by now, I love letters to the editor, the angrier the better. Ah, those little tidbits of distilled "wisdom." Here is one that caught my attention yesterday and is typical of Christianthink. Read the entire letter here.
First, our writer dismisses a previous letter (which I did not see and didn't take the time to search for) "concerning mistranslation/corruption and opposing translations of various Biblical scriptures."
Such things, it is suggested, can be ignored because none of the verses examined "have any bearing on the gospel message." In other words, even if this all important message from God is imbedded within a text full of forgeries, interpolations, and outright mistranslations, its main value as a tool for evangelism is preserved. No doubts should be entertained about trustworthiness.
This principle may be summed up as follows: If you like the text and agree with it, it is from God; if it is patently absurd or obviously wrong, it is a mistranslation or interpolation, or at least needs to be more carefully interpreted (explained away).
Our writer goes on to call attention to the "aggressive and organized atheist movement afoot in the U.S.," such as demonstrated by the controversial atheist billboards. But more dangerous, he suggests, are editorials:
However, planting the seeds of doubt in readers minds through editorials, etc. might be a subtle inroad to the same effect. Just plain old folks of reason and intellect asking, "You don't really believe all those mistranslated, corrupted myths and legends in that old book, do you?" sounds a little like "Did God really say 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden?'"
Christians, know what you believe and why.
Yes, the old serpent in the Garden, that ol' Devil! Go ahead, look at that again and tell me who told the truth there, the serpent or God?
According to that "corrupted myth" or "legend," God told Adam and Eve not eat the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge:
But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die (Gen. 2:17).
The serpent, on the other hand, said this:
And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil (Gen. 3: 4,5).
So again: who told the truth there?
(Hint: According to Genesis 5:5 Adam lived to the ripe old age of 930 years!)
(Additional hint: Genesis 3:7 goes on to add that after eating the forbidden fruit, "the eyes of them both were opened.")
Now you can accuse folks like myself of "planting seeds of doubt" if you like, but I like to think of it as planting seeds of freedom. Intellectual freedom, if you will.
By all means, Christians, as this writer suggests: know what you believe and why.
The "why" is because you have been and are being brainwashed and mentally abused by those who seek to control you while enriching their own bank accounts without resorting to honest employment.