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Six Months Is Down The Drain

Well, I have destroyed all the work I have been doing in paraphrasing the New Testament. Six months of work is all gone now. I want to know how I can reach those who won't read the Bible at all because they think it is too hard to read. Any ideas?

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IF it was in you before it will be again and the way the Author wants it to be, (he refines you in study) don't think that God doesn't scrap a worthy project, look at the flood!

He's a "can do" God who takes things higher!
---pharisee on 5/5/08

aThe revered KLV was new once.

Why is that regarded a inspired when all ther translations of the original sources are regarded a perversions.
Also, why should a clarifying paraphrase of the KJV be wrong ... after all what is a sermoon all about?
---alan_of_UK on 5/5/08

I believe it was God that let it all go down the drain.
To add to or take away from God's Word carries a judgment with it.
I find the more ambitious the effort to improve what is inspired of the Holy Spirit, the more watered down and lukewarm those "new" translations are. Corrupting the Word of God is sin, no matter how ambitious or well meaning it may seem.
---lisa on 5/5/08

Thank God, it went down the drain.

The Word of God is inspired of the Holy Spirit.
All additional human translations may be intellectual or human friendly, but the human mind cannot compare to the Holy Spirit.
Only He can touch mens hearts in ways that men cannot do.
---lisa on 5/5/08

If they don't want to read, then you can't make them read. Reading God's word has to come from the heart. It has to be desired by each person. If I sit down and read the bible and my heart isn't in it, then how can I profit from it? I can't. The only way for them to read the bible is for them to get the desire to.
---Rebecca_D on 5/5/08

It's for the best that it went down the drain. What were you planning to do with it.
You may have made some huge mistakes and be guilty of adding to or taking away from the Scriptures, like the Mormons/SDA's/JW's and other religions that have rewritten their own version of the Bible to match their false gospels.
---Savannah on 5/30/07

Curt, how about small doses. When I was much younger, I was not given a whole Bible (my family certainly had one), but rather a copy of each of the gospels as individual books. I could pick one and read it at my own pace. I also received a KJV New Testament and Psalms (which I still have and use) and a set of the Gospels in a modern, easy to read format. It made the process so much simpler. Of course, being Catholic and attending Mass regularly, I always had scripture infused into me from infancy.
---lorra8574 on 5/30/07

I have an idea. Wait until they get saved. Then these people will want to read. And God will help them.
---catherine on 5/30/07

Madison, the words in the Bible are not hard to read, but sometimes the meaning of the words are difficult to 'get'. Sometimes, when I'm reading the Bible it occures to me that what took 200 words to write in the Bible, I could've wrote the same thing only it would've taken me only about 5 words!
---sue on 5/29/07

When people say the Bible is too hard to read they are making excuses. Some translations of the Bible are at the 6th grade reading level. Unless the people you are trying to reach are illiterate, or did not graduate high school, they are making excuses. People will do what they are motivated to do. The people of which you are speaking are not motivated to read scriptures. They need prayer and discipleship more than anything.
---Madison on 5/29/07

There are a lot of paraphrased versions of the Bible on the market already. I understand what you are trying to do, but nothing takes the place of an actual translation, based on early manuscripts, when it comes to God's Word. The ones written in modern English are fairly easy to understand.Have you thought about writing a commentary (to go along with the Bible) instead?
---Donna on 3/10/06

There are serveral ways. 1. They can listen to the Bible via tapes, CD's and other forms of media. 2. They can read a good translation, (such as the New American Standard Bible). (Stay away from pharaphrases.)
---WIVV on 11/30/05

look at "non-experts paraphrase the bible" for a sample of my work.
---curt on 4/24/05

Curt, did God give you a distinct directive to do this? Please do be careful of changing God's words.
---NV_Barbara on 4/24/05

That's good, Curt. Let us see some extracts as soon as you can.
---Alan_of_U.K. on 4/24/05

good news, everyone! i have found a person to whom i gave a copy of my work, and she still has it. so my work isn't gone for good, as i had thought. i will show some of it soon.
---curt on 4/23/05

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Curt, how about some specifics on these 'people' you want to help? Or do you just mean everyone who claims it's too hard to read? As others said here, that's often just an excuse. If not, are they being taught the Word by a Pastor already, or have they not yet come to an understanding of who God is? I think we could help more if you told us more about them. You may also wish to read the "Lack of Proof for Bible Claims" BLOG here.
---Daniel on 4/23/05

Curt ... there were some words of warning, but many of encouragement and offers to look at your work & therefore help you.

Why did you only take note of what yuo saw as negative, and not of the positive?

You seem determined to be a failure and seem to seek rejection.

Why not answer my suggestion in the other Blog, (about you being discouraged) so we can pray specifically for your ministry?
---Alan_of_U.K. on 4/23/05

I believe that one of the worst things you can do once you have received a specific directive from the Spirit of God is to talk about it to others lest you put yourself in a place to be rebuked and discouraged. If you have heard from the Lord, just simply do what He tells you to do and the outcome will speak for itself. Paul, when he received the revelation of Jesus Christ, did not immediately confer with flesh and blood. He just did what he was told and the revelation of Christ through him was all the evidence that was needed as the people glorified God in him.
---Linda_Smith on 4/22/05

curt, you are so wrong to let those discouraging people destroy your ministry to those who won't hear God's word any other way. please try again and do your best to follow God's will, not internet chat.
---steve on 4/22/05

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the people i was talking about are those who have the KJV, the NKJV, the NASB, and other translations, but they don't read them because they don't get what is being said there. and many condemned me for trying to write a paraphrase to help them. (sigh)
---curt on 4/22/05

You do not need to paraphrase anything, that is taking away from Gods word. What you can do to help them understand is getting the NKJV version. I got one for my children & got me one from Sams wholesale for $10.99,lg print, instead of squinting ;) . Just point them to todays translation, it's still his word, but if you try to change too much then you change the meaning ., but God bless in trying to help others.
---candice on 4/22/05

Becca:-) you are so right,different strokes for different folks-by their fruit you shall know them-you get what you give.Seek for his MERCY & FORGIVENESS not only his word we are all blemished .Amen
---Emcee on 4/22/05

There's lots of modern translations of Bible that make it easier to understand. No one person understands Bible as a whole.That's where a personal relationship with God, Our Heavenly Father and God's Holy Sprit revealed to us when reading His Word helps in our understanding of His Word. Many people can read the same particular scripture and the Holy Spirit can reveal different meanings to each person about scripture. Some people have idea that understanding Bible is hard, use this mind block to keep them from intimate relationship with God. We only get back from God as much as we give to God.
---Becca on 4/22/05

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Why do you say it is all gone now?

What was your original intent in this?

What did you hope to accomplish over the other paraphrases like TEV or the LB?

That is not a condemnation only an honest question.
---Bruce5656 on 4/22/05

Curt, man teaches man like iron sharpens iron, so it says in proverbs. No reason to say it is all gone. What have you learned?
---gregg on 4/22/05

In Proverbs 30:5 it says...Every Word of God is flawless";...(niv)
---Peter on 4/22/05

You can reach them by being an example of Christ first. Trust the Holy Spirit to help you witness effectively. Next, trust God because His word is flawless and effective.
---John on 4/22/05

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I got some kids the NKJV. It doesn't change the flow of words, nor any of the meanings. It simply changes the 'thuses' and 'thous'-sort of like Eloy's 'cheat sheet'. Its easily read.
---NV_Barbara on 4/22/05

Why did you destroy it? Did you feel God wasn't in the work?
---Ann5758 on 4/22/05

You can get KJV award Bibles at a low cost. What i do is write a little cheat sheet for them, and give it with the Bible to them, like:
shall= will (sometimes- should)
thou, thee= you
ye= you all, all you
thy= your
thine= yours
-eth, -th= plural "s"
-est, -st= singular
---Eloy on 4/22/05

Why did you destroy it all Curt?
---Paul_James on 4/22/05

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---Robin on 4/22/05

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