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June 01, 2004

Dude, You're Getting a Testament

Via Ilyka, another charming example of how dunderheaded, retarded liberalism just keeps making our world a worse and worse place:

They are, after the Lord's Prayer and the Ten Commandments, possibly the most famous words in the Bible.

But now the 23rd Psalm, undoubtedly the best-known and best-loved in the English language, has had a makeover.

In a new version published by the Church of England, the words: "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil" are replaced by: "Even if a full-scale violent confrontation breaks out I will not be afraid, Lord." The new version shares with the traditional one the opening line "The Lord is my shepherd", but the psalmist goes on: "He lets me see a country of justice and peace and directs me towards this land" and that His "shepherd's power and love protect me" - instead of "thy rod and thy staff they comfort me".

Wow. I can really feel the Holy Spirit moving within me.

All of this brings up an interesting point: One must never merge church and state, or else the church becomes filled with the sort of moronic bureaucratic time-servers who serve the rest of the government, and for the same reasons (good pay, little real responsibility, no chance of being fired).

I forget who told me this, but someone (who seemed to know what he was talking about) said that in England, the Church isn't a calling at all anymore; it's simply yet another bureaucratic-type job that people sign up for because it pays okay, isn't terribly demanding, and has some degree of social respectability associated with it.

But -- get this -- the Church has less and less to do with actual worship of God, and indeed the "clergy" is one of the groups most hostile to the notion of traditional religion in the country. The Church's priests are the ones most likely to look down on people of actual faith as being religious "rightwing" nutters.

Since I got that second-hand, I can't be sure if it's true. However, passages like "Even if a full-scale violent confrontation breaks out I will not be afraid, Lord" seem purposefully calculated to drive people away from the Bible entirely.


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