Making Truth less inconvenient
by La Shawn Barber
Posted on Wednesday, December 26, 2012, at 1:05 pm
The depths of man’s depravity are without limit. Some of us love our sin so much, we take God-breathed Scripture, manipulate it like clay, and fashion it into the most monstrous of creations.
We fallen humans can justify absolutely anything. We’re prone to blaming our sinful behavior on third parties and other factors, including parents, spouses, bosses, co-workers, the weather, poverty, wealth, and low self-esteem. Some of us want to remain in our sin and ignore the parts of the Bible that condemn it. The deeply depraved go so far as to alter the Word of God to justify sin and call wickedness good.
The latest installment of the Perversion Chronicles is the Queen James Bible. Someone or a group of someones changed inconvenient Bible verses to remove the condemnation of homosexuality. (The editor claims King James I, who commissioned the King James Bible in the early 1600s, was a bisexual, hence, “Queen” James. Get it?)
For example, the editor claims the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah was the “power-dominating” act of rape, not specifically men wanting to sodomize men. Genesis 19:5 in the KJV reads: “And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.” The perverted version reads: “And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? Bring them out unto us, that we may rape and humiliate them.”
Although Leviticus 18:22 in the KJV reads: “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination,” the editor of the perverted version claims pagan worship, not homosexuality, was in view. So the condemnation becomes: “Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind in the temple of Molech: it is an abomination [emphasis added].
The editor notes that before 1946, the Bible contained “no mention of or reference to homosexuality … only interpretations have been made.” Matt Slick, president and founder of Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry, points out that although the word “homosexual” first appeared in the English language in the late 19th century, it wasn’t a common part of the lexicon before 1946 to appear in Bible translations. Regardless, the Bible’s original Hebrew and Greek make it clear that the passages refer to two men lying with each other as they would lie with women. The Bible condemns what we English speakers call “homosexuality.”
I suspect one day, someone will rewrite Revelation 22:18-19 to justify rewriting the Bible and completely miss the irony:
“For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”
La Shawn Barber
La Shawn is a former WORLD columnist.