Is the Bible “divinely” inspired or politically inspired?

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2 Timothy 3:16-17

16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God[b] may be complete, equipped for every good work.

1 Thessalonians 2:13 (ESV)

13 And we also thank God constantly[a] for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men[b] but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers.

Romans 13:1-7 King James Version (KJV) year 1611

1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.

3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:

4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.

The Living Bible is an English language paraphrase of the Bible by Kenneth N. Taylor and first published in 1971. Taylor used the American Standard Version of 1901 as his base text.

Tyndale House is a publisher founded in 1962 by Kenneth N. Taylor, in order to publish his paraphrase of the Epistles, which he had composed while commuting to work at Moody Press in Chicago. The book appeared under the title Living Letters, and received a television endorsement from Billy Graham.

Romans 13:1-7 The Living Bible (TLB) published 1971

1. Obey the government, for God is the one who has put it there. There is no government anywhere that God has not placed in power. 2 So those who refuse to obey the laws of the land are refusing to obey God, and punishment will follow. 3 For the policeman does not frighten people who are doing right; but those doing evil will always fear him. So if you don’t want to be afraid, keep the laws and you will get along well. 4 The policeman is sent by God to help you. But if you are doing something wrong, of course you should be afraid, for he will have you punished. He is sent by God for that very purpose. 5 Obey the laws, then, for two reasons: first, to keep from being punished, and second, just because you know you should.

“In the South, however, the economics that drove the creation of police forces were centered not on the protection of shipping interests but on the preservation of the slavery system. Some of the primary policing institutions there were the slave patrols tasked with chasing down runaways and preventing slave revolts, Potter says; the first formal slave patrol had been created in the Carolina colonies in 1704. During the Civil War, the military became the primary form of law enforcement in the South, but during Reconstruction, many local sheriffs functioned in a way analogous to the earlier slave patrols, enforcing segregation and the disenfranchisement of freed slaves. In general, throughout the 19th century and beyond, the definition of public order — that which the police officer was charged with maintaining — depended whom was asked.”

– Time, How the U.S. Got Its Police Force

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Notable happenings in the U.S. between the 1960s-1970s

  • February 1, 1960 – Four black college students from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical College in Greensboro, North Carolina stage a sit-in at a segregated Woolworth lunch counter, protesting their denial of service. This action caused a national campaign, waged by seventy-thousand students, both white and black, over the next eight months, in sit-ins across the nation for Civil Rights.
  • August 28, 1963 – The Civil Rights march on Washington, D.C. for Jobs and Freedom culminates with Dr. Martin Luther King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Over 200,000 people participated in the march for equal rights.
  • November 22, 1963 – In Dallas, Texas, during a motorcade through downtown, President John F. Kennedy is mortally wounded by assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson is sworn into office later that day. Two days later, Oswald was himself killed on live national television by Jack Ruby while being transported in police custody.
  • The Detroit Riot of 1967 occurred after police raided an illicit after-hours club serving alcohol and arrested all those present, including 82 African Americans.
  • “Interactions between African Americans and urban police departments were initially shaped by the Great Migration (1916–70) of African Americans from the rural South into urban areas of the North and West, especially following World War II. Most white communities, including white police departments, were unaccustomed to the presence of African Americans and reacted to their increasing numbers with fear and hostility, attitudes that were exacerbated by deeply ingrained racist stereotypes.”

God’s words, right? But the translation changed from “rulers” to “policeman.”

And if something is God’s words, why are “his” words allowed to be changed and manipulated? Was this divinely inspired by “God?” Or are the teachings supposed to say the same thing from the beginning until the end of time? If “he” is all knowing and planned the world like a script in a movie, wouldn’t “he” already know what would happen in the future and put it in the book in the beginning?

Are we as unbelievers of the DOCTRINE questioning the “Creator” or questioning the authors of these writings and/or the publishers??
And if Christians can say, well let’s just throw this version out because it doesn’t align with what we believe, then what version is acceptable? And how do YOU get to choose what version is acceptable? Is “God” whispering in someone’s ear saying only look at this version because these are my words?

I’m by no means expecting anyone to think like me, but I am encouraging you to at least think.

-Natisha Sconiers-Haynie

#freethinkers #questioneverything #howSway #lostintranslation #Bibleispolitical #freedomfromreligion

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