The Pope Changes the Text of the Lord’s Prayer

The Pope has approved changing the Lord’s Prayer from “lead us not into temptation” to “do not let us fall into temptation”.  This was not done on textual grounds, but from a “theological, pastoral, and stylistic viewpoint”.  Excuse me, but since when does that trump the biblical text?

https://www.christianpost.com/news/pope-francis-approves-change-to-the-lords-prayer-despite-opposition-its-deeply-problematic.html

History of the Text

I looked at several English translations going back to Tyndale (1534) and they all have the traditional reading.  The reason is that the Greek text is clear and there are not even any textual variants for that verse.  All Greek textual traditions read the same.  The only other possible translation I can see is “may You not lead us into temptation” which emphasizes the subjective mood of the verb, but that doesn’t address the Pope’s concern.  Continue reading

Usury: Does the Bible Explicitly Prohibit It?

One of my pet peeves is politicians misusing Scripture.  I don’t care what letter they have after their name or what their political persuasion is.  Here the topic is usury in the Bible as it relates to U.S. interest rates.  (Relating these two things is a stretch anyway, since the biblical text’s statements about usury were between individuals, but here we go.)

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-religious-right_n_5cde4ba3e4b00e035b8d3c38

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Impossible Rocks Are a Mystery to Scientists

Here’s a brief, but interesting article on how scientists have yet again been bamboozled by something appearing where it shouldn’t.  Their preconceived notions about how and when these “impossible rocks” form is the cause of their confusion.

https://www.sciencealert.com/impossible-rocks-on-this-remote-volcanic-island-are-a-massive-geological-mystery

The “impossible rocks” are massive quartzite rocks.  They state that much of this island, including large portions of a mountain, is made of quartzite. This shouldn’t be because it is a volcanic island.  One of the scientists (towards the end of the article) came up with a creative explanation for how this could have occurred, “millions of years ago”.  I always love these explanations, which are neither observable or historical.  Therefore, the explanation falls outside of the scientific method. Continue reading

God Sings

I was teaching a Sunday School class for teenagers recently and mentioned in passing that God sings and when we sing we reflect part of his character.  I received a number of confused looks from the teens present.  Now my lesson wasn’t specifically on that point and my mention of it was by way of illustration, so I moved on.  However, I think I’m going to revisit that briefly with them soon to help them see this important truth better.  In addition, my other thought was that other Christians may have never heard this either, so here is a verse which demonstrates God as singing. Continue reading