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Have We Been Using the Wrong Words?

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Sermon shared by Ray Geide

February 2012
Summary: Why is the Bible so hard to understand? Why does there seem to be a disconnect between the Bible and reality? Why is the church out of touch with the world around it? The answer to all of these questions is simple, yet hard to stomach.
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Audience: Believer adults
Sermon:
Have We Been Using the Wrong Words?

Why is the Bible so hard to understand? Why does there seem to be a disconnect between the Bible and reality? Why is the church out of touch with the world around it? The answer to all of these questions is simple, yet hard to stomach.
We have been using the wrong words. Grace is the wrong word. Faith is the wrong word. Believe, flesh, gospel, righteousness, glory, and a few hundred other Bible words are the wrong words.
Why are they wrong? They are wrong because they do not communicate the correct meaning of the original Greek text. They make the Bible hard to understand. "In the same way you also unless you speak words with your tongue that are easy-to-understand, how will the thing being spoken be known? You will be speaking into the air." (1 Corinthians 14:9). Using words that are not easy-to-understand is wrong, especially when dealing with Godís Word.
The purpose of talking and reading is communication. If the wrong words are used, no communication takes place.
When I was a missionary in Russia and my interpreter first used the word, "flat", I didnít know what he was talking about. It meant nothing to me. I later found out that "flat" is the British word for apartment. It was the wrong word to use with me, an American.
The same applies to the Bible. When used by people in the twenty-first century, twenty-first century words should be used, not fourteenth century words. Fourteenth century words are the wrong words. Grace, faith, flesh, gospel, righteousness, and glory are fourteenth century words.
These wrong words were first used by John Wycliffe in 1395 when he translated the first English Bible from Latin. Back then they were the right words. People used them every day. When people went to the market, they used them. When they whispered words in their loved ones ears, they used them. They were regular words used every day in the fourteenth century.
But things have changed. Today they are not regular words because through the centuries those words have been replaced by newer words. It is the newer words that are used at the store, at work, on television, and even in private talk. The old words are not used. They are only used in church and in the Bible.
Today these wrong words present a problem. Not only do unchurched people not understand them but most churched people also donít understand them. If you donít believe this, just ask people what grace is, or what glory is. I have been doing this for thirty years. You will get very few correct answers. The most common answer will be either, "I donít know" or silence. If they donít understand the words, how will they know what the Bible says to do? "If a trumpet gives a strange sound, who will get ready for battle?" (1 Corinthians 14:8)
These words actually hide the message of the Bible. Why does the church insist on using words that hide the Bible?
Some pastors try to correct this by giving twenty-first century definitions for all of the wrong words. That is a step in the right direction but a good definition is no substitute for using the right word.
The solution is simple. Start using the right words. Use "trust" for "faith" and "believe". Use "generosity" for "grace". Use "the right way" for "righteousness". Use "physical body" for "flesh". Use "good news"
Comments and Shared Ideas
Ray Geide of Mcii
September 21, 2014
Mark Hanson's comment is spam. I tried to delete it and it will not delete. Mark did not read my message and his comment is not made in light of my message. He is just trying to get a free platform for his ridiculous view. The corrections that he suggests are wrong translations of the Greek text that God inspired (please consult any Greek lexicon and you will see). The Greek word for glory does not mean esteem. The Greek word for faith does not mean word. The Greek word for heart does not mean mind. The Greek word for gospel does not mean testimony. And so on and so forth. They are just wrong. He wants to change the words of God. When Jesus spoke of God, He used the Greek word for God. We have no record of Him even using YHWH. In addition to this, the wrong corrections that he suggests do not make the Bible easier to understand, they only hide its message even more.
Mark Hanson
September 20, 2014
I have read this and yes i concur there are words that truly are off due to hellenization of the greeks therefore the israelites have to discern the errors and correct it accordingly so here it goes; favor instead of grace, esteem instead of glory, word instead of faith, mind instead of heart, testimony instead of gospel, assembly instead of church,the mind instead of flesh, set apart instead of holy, word instead of spirit, YHWH instead of God, YHWH the son instead of Jesus Christ, YHWH instead of Lord, YHDH instead of Judah, nations instead of gentiles, City of david instead of bethlehem, this is a start but the other nations( Greeks, Romans) had no right in changing the wordS of YHWH and revelation shows the penalty. if you want understanding of the word check with the chosen children, ISRAELITES...
Ray Geide of Mcii
September 21, 2014
Mark Hanson's comment is spam. I tried to delete it and it will not delete. Mark did not read my message and his comment is not made in light of my message. He is just trying to get a free platform for his ridiculous view. The corrections that he suggests are wrong translations of the Greek text that God inspired (please consult any Greek lexicon and you will see). The Greek word for glory does not mean esteem. The Greek word for faith does not mean word. The Greek word for heart does not mean mind. The Greek word for gospel does not mean testimony. And so on and so forth. They are just wrong. He wants to change the words of God. When Jesus spoke of God, He used the Greek word for God. We have no record of Him even using YHWH. In addition to this, the wrong corrections that he suggests do not make the Bible easier to understand, they only hide its message even more.

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