02 June 2011

Who is the "god of green hope" and what's he doing in the "bible?"

Oh! May the God of green hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope! (Romans 15:13, The Message)

I'm not sure who this "god of green hope" is, or how he slithered his way into Romans 15 in Eugene Peterson's version of the Bible, but let's see how a valid Bible translation renders this verse:

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. (Romans 15:13, ESV)

Hmm...that sounds different...

The following article from My Word Like Fire has been making the rounds the past couple of days, so I won't comment extensively on it. If you haven't already read it, review the excerpts below and follow the link to read the article in its entirety.
Before we examine what seems suggestive of earth reverence/earth worship, let us restate some of what has been covered elsewhere about The Message:
A generation has been raised on this disturbing “paraphrase” of the Bible. This is the primary version so many now rely on, and nationally known preachers quote from it with regularity. Yet, as we have seen, The Message flat out omits the sin of homosexuality from several key passages. We see this in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, and also in 1 Timothy 1: 8-11 (READ). 
Does the acceptance and use of The Message explain why many Christians are lukewarm on the issue of homosexuality? Certainly The Message is not the only factor–we dwell in a pro-homosexual media/culture–but place this “Bible” in a person’s hands and it can have, over time, significant influence. How can we understand God’s Truth when Truth is no longer there to be read?
Continue reading
Twisting the Message 
The Message Distorts the Most Beloved Bible Verse
"As Above, So Below"
Women of Faith Spread "The Message"

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