I’m sitting here at Starbucks waiting for my bother to show up. Great coffee this morning! I got to thinking about the various versions/translations of Bibles out there on the market today. There must be at least a million.
What’s your favorite Bible version? Which one do you read the most? I studied the NIV the most in church and have a study version that’s all marked up. I’ve acquired several versions over the years of research and consider the NRSV the most accurate, and you’ll probably disagree with me. That’s okay, though. I’ve never studied ancient Hebrew, Greek or Aramaic, so what do I know?
There is one type of Bible that I would like to see on the market. I would like to see a Bible with highlighted passages in one color for verses that no longer apply to Christians and another color for those that are to be taken seriously. I get so confused sometimes. I’ll read a passage and someone will correct me and say something like, “Oh, that passage no longer applies to Christians…” or “you’re taking that out of context…” or just a number of things that I don’t quite understand. Everyone seems to understand particular passages that I don’t.
So, a Bible that had all this stuff highlighted would be great. For instance, Leviticus 18:22 could be highlighted in yellow, “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.” And then for the more severe ones highlighted in red – something like Leviticus 20:9, “For every one that curseth his father or his mother shall be surely put to death: he hath cursed his father or his mother; his blood shall be upon him.”
You see how easy it would be to read through your Bible and skip over the ones that no longer apply and pay more attention to those that are important? Other colors could be for other types of passages like: NT passages that negate OT laws; passages that explicitly state the doctrines of Christianity such as the Trinity, Baby Baptism, One-man/One-woman Marriage, the Rapture, and so on. We would have a rainbow of highlighted areas – maybe call it the Rainbow Bible. Wait, is that name already taken.
Time for another cup. Where’s my brother, anyway?