Monthly Archives: May 2018

What Christianity Is All About

What is the main thing, above everything else, that Christianity tells us?  At the most basic level, what is Christianity concerned with?

Many Christians would say that Christianity is all about getting your sins forgiven.  Other Christians would say that Christianity is all about living your life according to certain selected ethical teachings of Jesus.

In an effort to start over with Christianity, we’ll reject both of those in this episode.  We’ll consider something entirely different.  We’ll look at Christianity as a complete world view, an explanation of “the way things are” and “why things are the way they are.”

This way of looking at Christianity is nothing new; in fact, you could argue it was the way ancient Christianity first looked at things.  However, it does require acceptance of something that Christians today have a lot of trouble accepting.

But what are the results of not accepting it?

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Interpreting the Bible

Christian beliefs are derived from interpreting things in the Bible.  In general, Christian beliefs are not specifically stated in the Bible.  Every Christian belief is an interpretation of something in the Bible.

In this episode, we first look at how the majority of Christians interpret the Bible.  Then we ask if that process is valid.  Then we look at some of the problems involved with interpreting the Bible.  One problem is that Bible interpretation is a subjective process; that is, it is influenced by each person’s own feelings and opinions.  Different people interpret the Bible differently.

Given that, what is the “correct” interpretation of anything in the Bible?  Is there a single “correct” interpretation of anything the Bible says, or are there a variety of different interpretations that may be “correct” for different people?

If there is one “correct” interpretation, how do we know what it is?  Can we ever know?

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The Best Bible Translation

There are a number of different English versions of the Bible available.  Which is the best Bible translation?

Some English translations of the Bible try, in various degrees, to stay true to the manuscript text, while others take more leeway.  Some English translations are really not translations at all but are re-wordings that express the translators’ opinions about what the biblical text means.

The best way to understand the differences in the various English versions of the Bible is to take an example and compare how it is translated in different versions.

In this episode, we look at a short passage from Exodus 4 in six popular English versions of the Bible.  We look at the passage in the King James Version, the New King James Version, the New Revised Standard Version, the New International Version, the Living Bible, and the Message.

Which give an accurate translation and which guide you to a certain interpretation of the passage?

For a transcript of this podcast, click here.