Today’s focus is on “The Message” by Eugene Peterson. Some people call it a Bible. I, and many, MANY others, don’t consider it a Bible because the Bible itself says you are not to add to or take away from it. That is mentioned in the books of Deuteronomy and Revelation. Although in both places it says you are not to add to or take away from “this book,” which could limit the instruction to Deuteronomy or Revelation, it would make sense that if God doesn’t want those books amended, chances are He doesn’t want any of the rest of the Bible tampered with either.
You may wonder where “The Message” has added to or taken away from the Bible. In 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, not only has it been added to, but it has been watered down. This passage appears to be an unveiled attempt to cater to the “Save-the-Earth” and LGBT communities. Here is the passage in the NASB and in “The Message.” The differences are not subtle at all but blatant.
1 Corinthians 6:9-11: "Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified..."
"Unjust people who don't care about God will not be joining in his kingdom. Those who use and abuse each other, use and abuse sex, use and abuse the earth and everything in it don't qualify as citizens in God's kingdom. A number of you know from experience what I'm talking about, for not so long ago you were on that list. Since then, you've been cleaned up and given a fresh start...."
The use of the phrase "use and abuse" is relative to the reader's viewpoint. What does "use and abuse" mean to a Christian? What does it mean to a homosexual or lesbian? What does it mean to a pedophile?
And notice the phrase, "use and abuse the earth." Do you see the earth mentioned in this passage in any other version of the Bible? I tried but I couldn't find it, so here is one passage where The Message has added to the Bible.
Let's move on. Contrast these two versions of The Lord’s Prayer from Matthew 6:9-13. They don’t say NEARLY the same thing.
NEW KING JAMES VERSION
"Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.
"Our Father in heaven,
Reveal who you are.
Set the world right;
Do what's best -
As above, so below.
Keep us alive with three square meals.
Keep us forgiven with you
and forgiving others.
Keep us safe
from ourselves and the Devil.
You're in charge!
Notice in “The Message” version of The Lord’s Prayer the phrase, “as above, so below.” This is a term used in witchcraft when a spell is cast. This term “seals” the spell. It is also used in numerous New Age works, including “The Secret,” by Rhonda Byrne. Here is more information on “as above, so below.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
While there are many examples of how “The Message” has secularized, watered down, and amended the Bible, there are also some passages that are too embarrassing and, I feel, too crude and borderline vulgar to post here. If the Bible is supposed to be God speaking to us, I can’t see Him using this type of language to do so, especially when you consider that He says in Ephesians 5:4, “Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.” If you want to compare them for yourself, you can find your favorite version and “The Message” at www.biblegateway.com The passages in question are:
Ezekiel 16:24; 2 Kings 18:27; Jeremiah 2:24, Jeremiah 3:2; Jeremiah 18:13, 1 Samuel 20:30; Hosea 2:10, Hosea 4:12.
Are you seeing how Satan is introducing the New Age into the church?