Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Groves / Sarna to be Cut Down

In a ridiculous mess, pagans in India are complaining about the fact that the Bible commands believers to destroy the places of false worship (link). The errors in the article and in the pagan reaction are legion:

1. The article notes that the translation is "Protestant" and claims that the translation is faulty.

This is not the case. The translation is accurate. It conveys the intended meaning of commanding the destruction of worship groves.

2. The pagans have reacted to the Bible's comments by burning a Roman Catholic cardinal in effigy.

This is inappropriate both because the cardinal isn't responsible for the translation and because the cardinal doesn't represent the religion of the Bible.

3. The Bible society has apologized for the translation.

This is sad. The truth of Scripture must not be compromised. If and when it offends the native religions, that's a good thing.

4. It took the tribes 8 years to notice this issue.

This is also sad. I cannot complain too much, though, because I have done nothing to preach the gospel to those tribes. Nevertheless, their false religion should have been brought to their attention years ago, if possible.

All in all, it is sad sight to see. Yes, the pagan religions of India, both the major religions and the tribal religions are false religions. Their groves ought to be cut down, their idols smashed, and their hearts turned to the unseen God.

May God's Kingdom Come!

-TurretinFan

5 comments:

Kelly Wilson said...

Motives are a tricky thing, and personally I try to hesitate before attributing particular ones to others, but when I read some of your posts, I can't help but wonder what your motives are. I suppose its not my problem: The one who can judge our interior will one day do so. And I suppose that is pause for thought among all of us.

Turretinfan said...

My motive on this particular post is to contrast the truth of the Bible with the darkness of paganism, which worships under the trees.

-TurretinFan

TheoJunkie said...

Eh, well... what can you do. The religion of "peace" will kill you if you draw a picture of their prophet. But then, at least they are interpreting their own scripture when they conclude that is the right action.

Turretinfan said...

TJ:

I'm not quite sure I see the connection. What is the connection?

-TurretinFan

TheoJunkie said...

The truth stimulates rage in fallen man... and fallen man becomes violent to protect his own "truth". ... there is nothing we can do about this.

At least when Islam becomes violent they are interpreting their own scriptures as opposed to trying to interpret the scriptures of a religion they don't believe in. Not that this makes it legitimate. The sad irony of the incident you posted about is that they are not only interpreting the scripture of a religion they don't adhere to, but they are becoming enraged after interpreting it incorrectly.