Well I could have done that

Well I could have done that | WHEN SOMEONE SAYS THEY'RE GOING TO EXPLAIN A SCRIPTURE AND THEN JUST READS IT | image tagged in scripture,bible | made w/ Imgflip meme maker
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Why explain? A person ought to be able to understand what they read.

It's like the doctrinal study (I refuse to call them Bible studies) that turned me off of them forever said something along the lines of " When Paul wrote [this], what he meant was [that]", and I'm all like "No, I'm pretty sure Paul meant [this]. He was a smart enough guy that if he wanted to say [that], he would have written [that]."
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If that's true, how come there are so many differing interpretations of some verses/passages?
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Because the interpreters have an agenda.
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Or some verses just aren't very clear
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Well, I do know this: I'm the type of person who reads the introduction to the various translations. Some were done by single-denomination translators.

The King James Version was done with the best manuscripts available at that time, but there are more manuscripts to work from now than there were then. The language is also archaic, while it was perfectly understandable to the reader of the time, much of the language has actually changed, such as the meanings of words used.

For example, one of the most common misunderstood words is "vanity", as used in Lamentations. Nowadays, everybody uses the word to mean "narcissism", but back then, it was used to mean "the state of being in vain". This has caused much confusion among new readers of the Bible.

Many scholars who have learned Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic try to give their own interpretations, but again, they do so from an agenda. Bart D. Ehrman is one who comes to mind. I think it's egotistical to say, "I'm the only one who got it right."

The New International Version was translated by a committee of hundreds of translators from multiple denominations. It is not afraid to admit that there are alternative ways certain verses could be translated, and includes those translations in the footnotes. It also lets the reader know that some verses may not have been in the original texts, though it still includes them, too.
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Upvote for your courteous reply
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Thank you.
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Haha, I wondered as a kid what everything is vanity meant and my mom said this
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True! Cute template
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I think it's a pro wrestler that just happens to look like Jesus. :)
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