Jeremiah 17:9 is one of those verses that seems to have been “lost in translation” over the centuries.
For a person not versed in the Hebrew language, the multiplicity of translations into English tends to throw doubt on the reliability of Scriptures. I suppose, at some point, we must all wrestle with the fact that our English versions are translations by men of what God originally wrote in other languages.
Some will state that the God has preserved His word perfectly in English. But why would God favor English over other languages? And if God did not preserve His word perfectly in Chinese, why would we think He did so in English? And if He perfectly preserved His word in all languages in which it is translated, then what do we do with the differences between the translations going into the different languages?
We think the better view is that God has preserved His word in the original languages.
I was browsing through my computer and I found this old poetry submission from Mike Bullock that I had never posted. Not sure why I didn’t post it . . . maybe because now is the time I needed to read it.
You ask where Paul instructs us to confess our sins after we have been saved. As a student of Paul, you probably know that Paul never speaks in terms of confessing sins after we are saved. Nor does Paul ever instruct us to confess our sins before we are saved. Paul simply never teaches about confessing sins. Rather . . .
Every minute of every day, we are faced with choices. Have you ever really thought about that? You choose the words you say throughout the day. You choose the foods you eat. You choose what you focus on. You choose whether or not to pray. You choose who to speak to. You choose how fast to drive. You choose to read God’s Word (or not). You choose to play video games, watch TV, spend time with your kids, pet the cat, curse or bless . . . Right now I’m choosing the words I type and I’m choosing to stay up too late. Earlier I chose to swim. Then I chose to snuggle with my daughter. We constantly make choices. Are they the right ones?
Sorry I haven’t posted for some time. Life (and sometimes death) just gets in the way sometimes. I’m starting to catch up on things and will get back to posting new content soon.
Sometimes, with Tim gone, I just feel so inadequate to run the site. I can’t answer questions the way he could. I can’t give the insight that he gave. But I can continue to post new material (and many older items that Tim wrote that are yet unpublished) and will do so soon!
I’ve prayed and tried to repent over the past two years. I’m somewhat improved, but I can’t point to a time I was regenerated, born again or saved. I want to be more Christ-like but I just don’t seem to have the will or strength to do it, and I don’t seem to be able to get strength from God either. For instance, I know I should fellowship with believers but I don’t.