Monday, August 24, 2015

WTF do you think of your Bible version?

I've seen lots of arguments about which Bible version is best. Some (I guess most) Christians insist that using versions like the NIV are perfectly acceptable and that they are even study-worthy. They insist that the changes in the NIV in wording aren't significant but just simply make it "easier to understand."

To demonstrate how significant slight changes are let me ask you to compare the following statements...

Abortion is the removal of the products of conception from the uterus.
Abortion is the killing of a baby while still inside the mother's womb.

Or consider how powerful just the changing of one single word is...

Oh, shoot! I forgot my shoes!
Oh, shit! I forgot my shoes!

What the heck are you doing?
What the hell are you doing?

I can't find my freakin' keys!
I can't find my fuckin' keys!

Sorry bout that...but it proves the point. The fact that the "f" word makes me (and many) cringe to read or type says it all. There is power in specific words that is lacking in others.

The world was created by the Living Word who spoke the world into creation. There is power in the tongue. Power in words. 

There is supposed to be power in the words God left for us in the Bible. Changing them...takes away their power. Any Bible version that's not aimed at being specifically "word-for-word" has changed God's word... 

(And, what a subtle and tricksey way to take away our power by offering us pretty covers and "easier" wording...We live in a world where the US Church has become a joke with its 50% divorce rate and worship of politics and meaningless Christianese explanations for all the evil in the world...)



You can choose a pretty Bible with a trendy cover and wording any elementary school student can read...or you can choose to read/study what God actually said. The choice is yours...I can't for the life of me understand why any lover of the Living Word would be OK with it...





Sunday, August 16, 2015

The differences between boys and girls is all in our heads...

One thing I've been thinking about lately is that our society currently seems to be pushing hard to UNdefined everything...as though removing the definitions of things is a sign of "tolerance" and "acceptance" but I feel like it's the exact opposite.

What do I mean?

Caitlyn Jenner. 

If Caitlyn would commit a crime and leave behind DNA evidence...the csi's would collect the evidence and determine that...wow! A "white male" committed the crime! They'd determine this thru the DNA evidence...because Caitlyn Jenner is...a white male! Caitlyn...is a dude.

Does this mean I'm intolerant because I'm not going to call Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner a woman? Because I'm not going to refer to him as "she"? I think it's the opposite of intolerant...

I can accept and (if he was my friend - love) him...for who he really is...as a dude...who wants to be a woman. I don't have to change what I call or re-define him to accept him.

If you have to redefine what he is so you can just think of him and call him simply a "woman" aren't you the one who is rejecting who he really is and forcing him to fit into your box of acceptability? You can't accept a man with boobs and no penis anymore? You're not ok with that? You have to now tell yourself he's "a woman" so you can accept him?

And, the whole deal with Target removing gender labels from stuff...is like the same thing like...come on! 

Even studies done not by Christians but by secular evolutionary scientists who probably don't even watch Fox News...wow...with no desire to oppress anyone...have shown that when girls play with cars...we play with them DIFFERENTLY than boys do. And, when boys play with dolls they play with them differently than girls do. We're different because our brains (not just our genitals) are different and it's beautiful. 


Scientists now know that sex hormones begin to exert their influence during development of the fetus. A recent study by Israeli researchers that examined male and female brains found distinct differences in the developing fetus at just 26 weeks of pregnancy.


A number of structural elements in the human brain differ between males and females. “Structural” refers to actual parts of the brain and the way they are built, including their size and/or mass.


New research on the neural connections within the human brain suggests sex-based differences that many have suspected for centuries: women seem to be wired more for socialization and memory while men appear geared toward perception and coordinated action. The female brain appears to have increased connection between neurons in the right and left hemispheres of the brain, and males seem to have increased neural communication within hemispheres from frontal to rear portions of the organ.
Brain development: Is the difference between boys and girls all in their heads?


It's not culture...that makes boys and girls different. It's not our genitals and it's not sexual preference that makes us different...it's our brains...and the developmental differences start when that sperm hits that egg.

Our culture didn't make boys and girls be different. The fact that boys and girls are different made our culture treat them that way.

And, it's all science. Pure unbiased science that can show us that.

It's like some people (like Target's marketing people removing "boys" and "girls" from the toy department) are trying so hard to be "open minded"...they've gone so far that their brains have fallen out. 




Erasing the definitions that describe our differences isn't tolerant or progressive...it's uneducated and insulting to the things that make all of us unique. It's like we're taking all the colors that make us all so bright and...colorful ;P and smearing them all together so we just have this blasé brown/gray color. 

Jumping on this genderless bandwagon is like making duck lips and putting up peace fingers for photos. It's trendy and stupid. 

Stuff like that just drives me freakin' crazy. And, I won't encourage or promote it. Target was my "go-to" store for the last 4 years. I have spent no less than $1,000/month there on groceries and clothing, etc. But...that's over now because one thing I'm definitely intolerant of is...stupidity and trying to hard to be "trendy."

And, that's what I was just thinking about today...


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