Sunday, November 13, 2011

How Much Filtering?


Food Safety News has an article on filtering honey, removing pollen.  Now, that doesn’t sound too bad, does it?  Isn’t pollen responsible for a lot of sneezing (especially this time of the year)? Some articles mention that local pollen might be helpful for easing allergies, but there are no studies that show results.

So, why the controversy? 

Ultra filtering is a high-tech procedure where honey is heated, sometimes watered down and then forced at high pressure through extremely small filters to remove pollen, which is the only foolproof sign identifying the source of the honey.

And, why does that interest me?  Because I’ve seen the Bible filtered, with heated discussions, watered down to the point that the doctrinal sources are no longer identifiable.

That’s one reason why a Bible version’s source, reason for existence and translation methods are vital.  Paul was very concerned about source:

I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. (Galatians 1:6-8 KJV)

The Bible tells us that if anyone, even an angel preaches any other gospel, he should be accursed.  Have you heard of such an other gospel of Christ?  Why should there be anything different from the words written by Matthew, Mark, Luke or John that give the good news of Christ, from His birth through His resurrection?

Most of the remaining New Testament is a history as that gospel is spread.  It consists of admonitions and exhortations of how to adhere to God’s commandments to love Him with all of our hearts, and our neighbors as ourselves. Get close to God, get those two right and we’ll walk humbly with our Lord.

Listen to a man, or an angel, giving us any other gospel and we’ll miss out.

Where else do we read:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16 KJV)

Where else do we hear that God loves us?  Where else do we find Abraham’s prophecy fulfilled:

And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together. (Genesis 22:8 KJV)

To deny that God loves us, that He provided Himself as a sacrificial lamb for us is changing the gospel message at its very core.

I see no reason to do so.

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