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Archive for April, 2009

Worth repeating 2004

It is as I suspected: I’m dealing with a slight case of pneumonia, something I’ve always called “walking pneumonia”. yesterday’s xrays revealed the condition, but I believe the medication I’m taking, will have it under control in short order. But just think of this: In my entire life, I can’t recall ever having the flu—even when the entire household, six children at the time, a husband and a brother-in-law, all living in the same house and, one after another, smitten with the bug, apparently, I was immune. It was no picnic for anyone. Because I haven”t been up to writing lately, I’m going to rerun a much earlier blog.

AND ALL BECAUSE OF AN IDIOM
April, 2004

Once again, because the King James Bible, used by most fundamentalist churches, contains a mistranslation of an Aramaic idiom, another believer in the inspiration of the Bible, is dead.
Mark, Chapter 16, verse 18. They shall take up serpents … it shall not hurt them. Somewhere in the hills of either Virginia or West Virginia, another person, this time a preacher, believed he could safely handle a deadly rattlesnake and paid the price for his ignorance. He believed he could defy a rattlesnake’s affinity for safety and freedom, and learned otherwise. Because the event did not appear in the morning paper, or perhaps I overlooked it, I have only what I heard via the television for the theme of this small essay. Had I seen and clipped out the item from a newspaper, it would have been but one of many such stories I’ve collected over the years and stored away for future essay material. If only readers of the Bible understood this one fact: the Aramaic language, the language Jesus spoke, the common tongue of the area in which he lived and preached, was as replete with idioms as is the English language and just as easily mistranslated into other languages.
An English-speaking person has no problem understanding the meaning behind such phrases: born with a silver spoon in the mouth, he’s as crooked as a dog’s hind leg, she’s a mite long in the tooth, he carries a chip on his shoulder, she’s been around the block a few times, and on and on and on. In simple, easy to understand terms, Mark’s words should have been rendered: You shall handle your enemies. You shall overcome opposition.
How sad and how pathetic. Absolutely anybody who trusts in their ability to handle a deadly reptile for any reason whatsoever, has to be as naive as they come, or, willing to commit as idiotic an act as can be inacted … and all because of the belief that God inspired the writing of the Bible, including all the translations that have taken place over the centuries, and therefore, every word is “God’s Word”.
I sure hope they freed the snake.

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For well over a week I have been “chained” to a roll of toilet paper. Not for the purpose for which it is intended but because it is less expensive than boxed tissues and just as kind to the nose. A couple of days ago I was invited, by e-mail, to visit a certain blog which turned out to be authored by a Christian Minister using the study of the Bible for solving various domestic problems. The visit did nothing to placate my somewhat surly disposition, and all it took were the following words—somewhat paraphrased: Are you comtemplating changing your single status to that of a couple? Is your marriage in trouble? The writer than invites his visitor to a class discussing the virtuous woman and divorce.
The VIRTUOUS WOMAN AND DIVORCE? What about discussing the virtuous man and divorce?
I have a few comments of my own before going into anything the Bible has to offer in the way of advice when it comes to choosing a mate and marriage, particularly when it comes to the female of the species.
The physical, and all too often, mental abuse of women by husbands, ex-husbands, live-in boyfriends or even would-be boyfriends, is not new. Here, in the United States of America, often referred to as a “Christian” country, the physical abuse of women is so common an event that it often takes the murder of an abused and unfortunate woman to bring the barbarity to the public’s attention. Women were, and apparently still are, in the minds of many men, property to do with as they wish. How can this be when, since this nation’s founding, the Bible has been hailed as an infallible source of wisdom and the supreme authority in every aspect of our lives? Perhaps that has been part of the problem.
Pious Christians, anxious to turn society back to the past, quote the Bible as the highest authority one can turn to for counsel–all the way from fundamental family values to schooling and politics. There is much that is wrong in today’s society, but do we really want to turn to the Bible and the way things once were? Do we truly want to use the Bible as an example of family values?
1 KINGS 4:29-30 And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much , and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore. And Solomon’s wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the children of the east country, and all the wisdom of Egypt.
Let those who believe that Solomon is the last word in wisdom, think on the following:
THERE ARE IN THE BOOK OF PROVERBS… 31 chapters containing 882 verses. Approximately 100 of those verses single out women as sinful and the root of man’s sins.
Chapter 02:16-17-18-19-20-21-22
Seven verses singling out women as sinful.
Chapter 05:
1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12-13-14-20-15-16-17-21-22- 23
Twenty one verses directly or indirectly singling out women as sinful.
Chapter 06:23-24-25-26-27-28-
Six verses referring to sinful women
Chapter 07:
5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12-13-14-15-16-17-18-19-20-21-22-23-24-25-26-27
Twenty-three verses referring to sinful women
Chapter 09:13-14-15-16-17-18
Six verses referring to sinful women.
Chapter 14:1 (A wise woman builds her house; but the foolish tears it down….)
One verse referring to a foolish wife.
Chapter 19:13
One verse refers to a contentious wife.
Chapter 21::9–19
Two verses referring to quarrelsome women.
Chapter 22:14
One verse referring to women as a deep pit.
Chapter 23:26-27-28…33
Three verses referring directly to women as a deep pit, one to strange women.
Chapter 25:24
One verse referring to a quarrelsome woman.
Chapter 28:15
One verse referring to a quarrelsome woman.
Chapter 30:20-23
Two verses referring directly or indirectly to sinful or contentious women.
Not one proverb warning women to beware of sinful men!
MISCELLANEOUS PROVERBS CONCERNING WOMEN
Chapter 12:4
A virtuous wife is a crown to her husband; but a wife who does evil destroys her husband…(No mention made concerning the evil done to women by evil men)
One verse referring to a wife who does not honor her husband.
Chapter 15:17
One verse referring to a house where love is.
Chapter 18:22
One verse refers to a man finding a good thing when he finds a good wife..
NOT ONE PROVERB COMMANDING A MAN TO BE A LOVING AND KIND HUSBAND TO HIS WIFE.
PROVERBS ON THE LOW STATUS OF WOMEN
Chapter 17:6 (Children’s children are the crowns of old men; and the glory of children is their fathers. Mother’s not mentioned.)
PROVERBS CONCERNING THE DUTIES OF WOMEN
Chapter 31:10 through 31 The duties of a diligent and virtuous woman.
Twenty-two verses inform men what to look for in a wife and mother. Not one proverb in the entire Book of Proverbs instructs a woman how to tell a good man from a bad man. Chapter 19:14 Women are the property of men and with no right to wealth of their own.
PS: Women were and still are, in many churches, considered under the authority of their husbands, and that includes the New Testament.
Proverbs castigating MEN for their sins and weaknesses.
Chapter 04:-14,15-16-17-19
Five verses refer to evil doings of men.
Chapter 05:18-19-20
Three verses counseling a man to be content with his wife.
Chapter 06: 29-30-31-32-33-34-35 Only seven verses warning men of the danger of adultery.
The Book of Proverbs give women little to no defense against the brutality of men.

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