Daily Archives: March 13, 2009

Romans 10:4 – This is not the “End”

Look up Romans 10:4 in almost any English translation and you will find the same general statement.  I will reproduce it here from the New King James Version, New International Version, New American Standard Bible, the English Standard Version and Holman Christian Standard Bible translations for a sample cross-section.

  • For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. (NKJV)
  • Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes. (NIV)
  • For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.(NASB)
  • For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.[a] (ESV) – footnote says Or end of the law, that everyone who believes may be justified
  • For Christ is the end [a] of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. – (HCSB) – footnote here says, “or Goal”

I looked at five others and only one of the ten total even hints at the possibility that the Greek word telos in this verse could possibly be thought of in any other way than “end.”  I don’t generally make a big fuss over translation decisions, since I am a Greek and Hebrew novice and know just enough to get in trouble most of the time, but this is a glaring problem.  And I am not going to just use the Greek to show why.  The rest of the New Testament makes the case for this misunderstanding to be fixed and thought of properly. Continue reading

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Understanding Life

I can’t let this one go by without comment.  I was reading some news headlines today and ran across what has to be the dumbest statement of the year.  The headline declared, “Clinton: OK to experiment on ‘unfertilized embryos’.”  I can’t do justice to the idiocy of this with mere words, so I encourage you to follow the link to the story and embedded video and watch it for yourself.  This whopper of a misstatement comes in a interview with a doctor on CNN, who appears to have no desire to correct such an obvious falsehood.  Either he is OK with the idea of an “unfertilized embryo” being talked about as possible or med school is worse than I thought at teaching actual facts.  An embryo is created by fertilization, and thanks to scientific research we know that from that first moment that the sperm and egg meet and create an embryo the genetic map is completed.  Science could theoretically tell us through genetics, what color hair and eyes that child will have and how tall they will be and so much else.  Each embryo represents LIFE.  There is no such thing as an “unfertilized embryo” and using that language to make people feel better about killing a human life is unconscionable.  Embryonic stem cell research hasn’t show nearly as much promise as the research with adult stem cells has to this point either.  There is no rational reason to sanction the killing of life.  These people are just doing it because they can it seems.  It is wrong and we must be willing to say so.

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The Keys to the Stone – Bible Misunderstandings

OK.  I was going to go on to my next verse to take a deeper look at, but Will asked for an explanation of my offhand comment that Matthew 16:18 doesn’t establish Peter as the first Pope, so I will oblige him and anyone else who was curious.  This necessitates a look at the larger context of this passage and the illumination of a couple of extra passages.  The larger context for the immediate verse under concern is Matthew 16:13-20:

13When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”

14They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

15“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

16Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

17Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. 18And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. 19I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” 20Then he warned his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Christ.

Now, we know that Jesus gave Peter that name, but we have no indication that it was given to him at this moment.  Jesus is indeed making a play on the words for Peter and for rock in Greek, but He isn’t doing it to infer or imply that Peter is the rock He is speaking of.  Much is made of the mention of the keys and binding and loosing authority here, but this same phrase reappears in Matthew 18 and it is clear there that Jesus isn’t giving some special authority to Peter alone or even just to the disciples.  Look at Matthew 18:15-20: Continue reading

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