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Keeping It Real

by baldilocks

This morn­ing, the Holy Spirit was mov­ing. Some­times, when Chris­tians say this, it is assumed that some great, mag­i­cal, explo­sive mir­a­cle hap­pened. I sup­pose that was the case this morn­ing, but the mir­a­cle man­i­fested itself in sev­eral argu­ments about the Word of God and how to inter­pret it.

There’s one piece of mis­in­ter­preted scrip­ture that turns up often, like the prover­bial bad penny and it did so this morn­ing: the notion that Chris­tians should be the keep­ers of their brethren. It’s based on the following:

9 And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?

–Gen­e­sis 4:9

We see who the speak­ers are. The Lord, of course, knows the loca­tion of Cain’s brother, Abel — mur­dered at Cain’s hand. I sus­pect that God was giv­ing Cain a chance to con­fess. But, instead of com­ing clean, Cain offers a sar­cas­tic response.

If one reads fur­ther, one finds that God never answers Cain’s question.

But even up until this very day, peo­ple want to take a murderer’s unre­pen­tant dis­re­spect to his mer­ci­ful Maker and turn it into a Bib­li­cal com­mand­ment – but only when it means that a given Chris­t­ian should allow the hand of another per­son or the hand of gov­ern­ment to dip into the Christian’s wal­let. That is no coincidence.

And don’t for­get this about the word trans­lated as keeper in the King James Ver­sion of the Bible: it has con­no­ta­tions of animal-​keeper or jailer. That is not an acci­dent either.

Some­times, those who mean to do you ill tell the truth about it.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel ten­ta­tively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done on April 2017! Fol­low her on Twit­ter and on Gab​.ai.

Please con­tribute to Juliette’s JOB: Her new novel, her blog, her Inter­net to keep the lat­ter going and COF­FEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Inde­pen­dent Journalism!

by baldilocks

This morning, the Holy Spirit was moving. Sometimes, when Christians say this, it is assumed that some great, magical, explosive miracle happened. I suppose that was the case this morning, but the miracle manifested itself in several arguments about the Word of God and how to interpret it.

There’s one piece of misinterpreted scripture that turns up often, like the proverbial bad penny and it did so this morning: the notion that Christians should be the keepers of their brethren. It’s based on the following:

9 And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?

–Genesis 4:9

We see who the speakers are. The Lord, of course, knows the location of Cain’s brother, Abel—murdered at Cain’s hand. I suspect that God was giving Cain a chance to confess. But, instead of coming clean, Cain offers a sarcastic response.

If one reads further, one finds that God never answers Cain’s question.

But even up until this very day, people want to take a murderer’s unrepentant disrespect to his merciful Maker and turn it into a Biblical commandment–but only when it means that a given Christian should allow the hand of another person or the hand of government to dip into the Christian’s wallet. That is no coincidence.

And don’t forget this about the word translated as keeper in the King James Version of the Bible: it has connotations of animal-keeper or jailer. That is not an accident either.

Sometimes, those who mean to do you ill tell the truth about it.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel tentatively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done on April 2017! Follow her on Twitter and on Gab.ai.

Please contribute to Juliette’s JOB:  Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism!