Politically Correct Bibles?

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   *Drags in soapbox and stands on it*

   Y'all, I'm very upset about something I recently saw on Amazon. I have a gift-card to Amazon and was thinking about using it to buy an NIV Bible. Currently, through the awesome website, Biblegateway, I'm reading the NLT translation, which seems to stick pretty close to the King James Version, but much more understandable. I wanted to try the NIV version next since it seemed a lot of people used that version and from what I had read, it seemed more poetic.

   I had my eye on a turquoise color Bible. It was really pretty on the outside, giant print on the inside, two columns, and red letters. It was what I wanted. It was more than what the gift-card had on it, but I have extra cash and thought I would just kind of wait and see more about it.

   As I was reading the reviews (again), I saw a review saying the text was a bit P.C (politically correct.) Where the Bible says man, this particular Bible says man and woman. Look, I get we're equal in this day and we have the same rights. We're all equal in God's sight and always have been. But changing facts isn't okay.

   Back in the time frame of when the Bible was still being recorded, women weren't equal. We just weren't. Its history. We have to learn from history, or we're doomed to repeat it. It made me mad and I decided I didn't want that specific Bible anymore.

   I didn't realize until that moment that words and even facts in Bibles were being changed to fit the culture. It got me thinking about how Bibles could end up in the future. Will they only get worse? I don't know about you, but I'd rather not have propaganda invading our Bibles.

   How is this propaganda? Well, it kind of pushes a feminist agenda by putting women equal to men in that time frame. I want a Bible that has the facts how they are, not how people want them to be.

   Yes, the Bible has some disturbing stories about things that happened. It isn't just a book to get deeper in your spiritual journey. It is a record of what was going on at that time. Some customs are very violent and brutal. But like I said, if we don't learn, we're doomed to repeat it.

   Tell me in the comments below if you've seen or experienced anything like this. I'd love to chat with you. God bless y'all. 😁

39 comments:

  1. The ESV is a good translation that doesn't do that and is pretty easy to understand. That's my preferred translation.

    But yeah, that's really annoying. I agree with you wholeheartedly.

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    1. I've heard of that translation. I'll have to look into that.
      The PC mentality is really making me mad. I just downloaded the Bible Gateway app to my kindle for now. Its pretty nice and works really well. I recommend it if you're looking for a free app to compare translations or just read a different one.

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    2. I've heard that's a pretty good app. I might have to check it out. Thanks :)

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    3. Yeah, I like it because you can highlight and favorite verses. You can also take notes an start up reading plans. The one downside is the highlighter is always yellow. I don't think there is a way to change that. Other than that, I love it. I've been using it for a short time, but its just what I need. :)

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    4. I use the ESV. It's very close to the KJV, but slightly easier to read. I definitely recommend it. Also, the Bible Gateway app is great! I use it a lot. I'm working through the Chapter a Day- Read the Bible in Three Years plan. I've done it before by myself (sort of) but it's so much easier to use the plan because I don't have to remember where I left off.

      What bothers me is when they make God gender neutral. AHHHHHHHH!

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    5. WHEN DID THEY DO THAT?! (I wasn't yelling. Just passionate.)
      I can't believe the PC culture. Where was God made gender neutral? Last I checked Him meant male. (Then again, with our culture, I guess I can't assume that. *sarcasm*)

      Sorry, I seem to be a bit sassy. This kind of stuff makes me mad.

      I think I'll check out ESV soon. Right now I'm doing a study of my own. I'm reading every book of the Bible and writing down summaries. Its nice because I notice I retain things that way.

      God bless you! Thank you for commenting. :)

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    6. Ahhhh! They make God gender neutral? I mean, I shouldn't be surprised. This world is crazy. God designed man and woman in his image.
      You know it's the end days when you can't say "mom" or "dad", and you have to say "birthing parent". *This happens*

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    7. Oh my goodness. When did this happen??????

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    8. It happens all the time. I know my mom had seen it somewhere. I mean "birthing parent"!!! How immature can this world get?!
      It's so sick. I mean, you're a woman. Just because you try to become a different gender, you're still a woman. Same thing for men. If you're born a man, nothing can change that. No matter what.
      I bet if you searched it, you'd find something about it. It's crazy.

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    9. Faith, you changed your picture?!
      LHE: I'm not sure I believe its the end days. So many people are turning to God and I don't think He's done with the world yet. All this craziness is to test to see who caves and who doesn't. Unfortunately, no one reports the sanity that slowly comes creeping back into society.

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    10. I believe we're close. Jesus told me that he was coming soon (his "soon" is different than ours). It may me another fifty years, but when God says he's coming, I'll be waiting, praying, and witnessing as much as I can.
      He gives us such a long time to repent. I hope others realize his goodness and how true he really is. He's Life. He's Love. And he's Grace.
      God Bless!

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    11. God bless you, too! The time in Heaven is much different than our time. It could be so many years and many generations. We just have to do our best to live faithful lives. :D

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    12. Thanks! :)
      Yes. Only he knows the time he's going to come. "Be on your guard and stay alert! For you do not know when the appointed time will come"—Mark 13:32-33
      I don't know when he's going to come, but I want many to know him. I think God's giving us more time. Time to come to him. He loves us so much. He cries over those who are ignoring him. It hurts him. He sees how they're sending themselves somewhere we don't want to be eternally. He wants them to turn to him. Eternal death was never intended for us. Never intended. He told me that hell was never intended for us. It hurts me so much to think of those who ignore him. It hurts.
      God bless you and your family. <3

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  2. I've heard things about tweaking the Bible, and it saddens me. God's Word doesn't need to be edited - it's a complete, perfect manuscript.

    I have an NKJ version. That and the old King James version are what my family prefers. The old King James is cool because it has all the thee's and thou's. Archaic. I like it, but I like NKJ because it's little bit easier to understand. Great post, Ivie! :)

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    1. I'll have to check that out. I'm still using NLT and that's my preference so far. I haven't really tried any other version besides King James, but that one can be hard to understand, especially since I was a beginner. XD

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  3. My first comment on here, and I'll probably write a book. :)

    I have an older version of the NIV before they changed it back in 2011, I think it was. And I love it, but the revision bothered me as well. I have no knowledge on any facts being changed, other than the male/female bit, so I'll stick with addressing that.

    The Bible is for everyone. God loves man and woman equal, that's plain as day in Galatians 3:28. And when the Bible says Man in the broad sense, it means all of mankind--male and female. In a way it feels like the changes are purely to soothe people's hypersensitivity.

    With that said, I don't know I'd go so far as to say its propaganda, but rather a sign of a deep-seated insecurity within our culture.

    As for how Bibles might change in the future, we can rest in the assurance found in Matthew 24:35: "Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away." Truth can never be stamped out, no matter how much confusion afflicts the world.

    -Ann

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    1. I like your thinking, Ann. By propaganda, I meant more of the feminist culture of thinking women needed to be said in the Bible, though man meant mankind. What bothered me is that people actually change the Bible to go with the culture. But you are right. You can't hide the truth. It always reveals itself.

      On a different note, Welcome to my blog! I love long comments, so don't worry about it.
      Thank you for commenting. God bless you! <3

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  4. Hey peeps! The picture for this post seems to be acting weird on my computer. By that I mean its not showing up. Let me know if its showing up for you guys. I'm going to try to adjust it.
    Peace out!
    :)

    God bless y'all! :D

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    1. I can't see it, Ivie. Sorry! :/

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    2. Okie-dokie. I'm going to fix it now. I forgot to fix it a moment ago, lol.

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    3. I think I fixed it. I'm not sure if this was the original as I wrote this post and scheduled it a couple weeks ago. I just copied an image from Pexel. Either way, I think its similar. Let me know if its fixed for you. :)

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  5. Also, to add to your point, half of the time, the word "man" or "men" wasn't actually just referring to an actual man, but to mankind, and everyone knows that. Changing the Bible for the sake of making a few P.C. Normies happy isn't right.

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    1. Exactly. Its so frustrating when people do that. *sighs* All we can do is pray for our culture. Scratch that. Pray for our nation.

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  6. This is so true Ivie, I am really paranoid about these sorts of things also I can't stand when people write God with a lowercase g. I think a lot of people lack the sense of sacredness today. Options have taken over respect. Honestly good post! <3 I love you who point out little things in your posts, it makes it easy yet informative and encouraging to read!

    God Bless you <3

    Anna - www.worldthroughherheart.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, Anna. It makes me mad, too, when people keep anything referring to God lower case. People need more respect for Jesus. Thank you for your comment. 😊

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  7. Ugh, WhY people?! I mean, seriously? Don't twist thing.
    (I'm changing the subject) At times I see comments on Christian songs and it shows people that are saying how unreal God is and why we waste our time being with some fairytale. It makes me so sad when I think of all those who are blind. It hurts me because I feel like I can't do anything. I find myself getting so heartbroken because I feel that i can't do anything else. Like I feel like I can' change how people think. I want to help every eye to turn to God and every heart to be his, but how do I take down their walls. They're so tall. I know I should pray, but I feel like I need to do something more. I don't know what it is though. *sigh* Have you ever felt that way? :\ I care for the lost so bad, but I don't know how to break through their barriers and help them find Jesus who'll mend their hearts. Do you deal with this?
    God Bless! <3

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    1. Yes, I deal with it and it can be hard. Praying is the only way to get through those walls. Pray for their hearts to turn to Jesus. That's the only thing we can do. Its sad and heartbreaking, but God hears our prayer and He knows best. He planned this moment to happen. We have to take something from this and learn.

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    2. I know that I should pray, but I feel like there's more. Something bigger I can be doing. I just don't see it yet.
      God says he has big plans for me. I'm just waiting and seeing what he means. Every soul is precious. For me to talk to just one person and lead them to Christ would be the most amazing thing that's ever happened to me. Every soul is precious. Every one. I just feel like there's something big around the corner. When that moment comes, I want to tackle it with all I am.
      Thanks for answering. :)

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  8. I know it's probably meant to make women feel more inclusive and all that- but I just end up feeling talked down to. It's as if the translator doesn't trust that I would understand the deeper meaning behind the word 'brother'.

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    1. Yes, I think that women feel the need to be all inclusive, but we already are. The Bible often refers to mankind most times anyway when using the word man. Unless they specify man and wife. I just don't get the need to change the text. That's what upsets me the most.
      God bless you!

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  9. Ugh. It makes me really sad and angry when stuff like that happens D: God is God and He is eternal, and so is His Word. Just because our world is changing today doesn't mean His Word is. It can apply to every generation, no matter what is going on.

    This is a wonderful post! <3

    audrey caylin

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    1. Thank you and I agree. The truth stands no matter what. It is unchangeable.

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  10. When I was little, I didn't understand why it just said man, but now I understand the history. It's scary how people are changing the Word so sneakily.

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    1. Yes it is. I just hope people realize the problem with trying to change the truth: it won't work.

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    2. I do, too, and I hope the people reading and listening to it won't be easily deceived.

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  11. WHAAAAT? THAT'S RIDICULOUS. wow. I'm in 10000% agreement with you. The Bible is a historical book! And history is... ahem. Sexist. Unfortunate but true. And like you said, if you change one thing about a historical account, suddenly other things don't make sense. The Bible is from a whole other time period and culture than we're accustomed to...without that world-building and backstory, none of it makes sense.

    Great discussion, Ivie!! :)

    rock on,
    abbiee

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    1. Thank you! And thank you for checking out my blog. Welcome!
      I just feel like if they change something somewhat minor like that, they'll continue to change things until they've changed everything in the Bible.
      God bless you!
      <3

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  12. I've never heard of that! NOT OKAY. If there is one thing the Bible is not, and actually should never be, it's Politically Correct. (Next they'll be putting in verses that say homosexuality is okay?!)

    I'm reminded of the verse in Revelations: "...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." (Rev. 22:18b-19) DON'T MESS WITH GOD'S WORD, PEOPLE. :)
    Jem Jones

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    1. Exactly! Thank you for commenting. Welcome to my blog!
      People need to leave God's Word alone. <3

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