Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Jack Hyles and the KJV

Jack Hyles did not always believe the KJV was perfect, and his book "Let's Study the Revelation" proves it.
Jack Hyles began on study on the Revelation in 1953, 20 years before the NIV was first copyrighted. He was ahead of his time!
I know Hyles is dead now. But those who run with that same Hammond/FBCH crowd today still hold his legacy high, and ignore history to their own detriment.
I will give the reference, a quote, and a comparison.

Let's Study The Revelation
by Dr. Jack Hyles

Rev 1:6

" AND HATH MADE US KINGS" is better translated, " And hath made us a kingdom of priests." We are to be a kingdom when Jesus comes. John here is looking forward to the one thousand years of peace that Christ will bring with Him when He comes.

Hyles would prefer the NIV: "has made us to be a kingdom and priests"

Rev 2:13

"I KNOW...WHERE THOU DWELLEST, EVEN WHERE SATAN'S SEAT IS. " The word "seat "should be translated "throne. " This church was living where Satan's throne was. Where is Satan's throne? Read II Corinthians 4:4 and John 12:31. Satan's throne is in the world. Occasionally someone says, "God is on the throne of this world. " THAT IS NOT SO. The god of this world is Satan himself.

Hyles agrees with the NIV: "I know where you live—where Satan has his throne."

Rev 4:4

"AND ROUND ABOUT THE THRONE WERE FOUR AND TWENTY SEATS. " The word "seats " is better translated "throne. "

Hyles agrees with the NIV: "Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones"

Rev 4:6

Four new creatures are introduced in this verse. They are called "beasts, " but the best translators call them "living creatures. "

Hyles agrees with the NIV: "In the centre, around the throne, were four living creatures"

Rev 9:1

The fifth trumpet is sounded. Immediately John saw a star. "FALLING " is better translated "fallen. " So this star was fallen from Heaven. Notice that the star is called him, so it must be a personality. Angelic being are often called stars. Adding all of this together, we find that this star is an angelic being, fallen from Heaven.

Hyles agrees with the NIV: "I saw a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth."

Rev 10:6

The angels declares that time (better translated "delay ") should be no longer. God gives plenty of time, but sooner or later, He cannot delay any more and time runs out.

Hyles agrees with the NIV: "There will be no more delay!"

Rev 13:15

"AND HE HAD POWER " is better translated, "And to him was given power. " Satan has no power but that which is given to him by God. God has a governor on him.

Hyles agrees with the NIV: "He was given power"

Rev 14:1

Notice that they wear the name of God on their heads. The translation should be, "HIS NAME AND HIS FATHER'S. " In other words, they will wear Jesus' name and the Father's name on their foreheads. They are not ashamed. God help us to wear His name so men might know that we are His.

Hyles agrees with the NIV: "who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads."

Rev 22:14

"DO HIS COMMANDMENTS" should be translated, "wash their robes." The only way that you may have a right to the tree of life is to wash you robes. The only way to have your robes washed is to be born of the Spirit by faith in Jesus.

Hyles agrees with the NIV: "Blessed are those who wash their robes"

Auld Lang Syne?

This song always depresses me. So I decided I would figure out what this song is really saying and found a reasonable translation of it in modern day English.

"Should old friends be forgotten
and never remembered
Should old friends be forgotten
and the days they shared together

Chorus
"For days now in the past, my dear
For days now in the past
We'll drink a toast of kind remembrance
For days now in the past

"You can pay for your pint tankard
and I will pay for mine
We'll drink a toast of kind remembrance
For days now in the past

"We two have run about the hillsides
and pulled wild daisies
but now we are far apart in distance
From those days now in the past

"We two have paddled in the stream
from morning until noon
but oceans now lie between us
since those days now in the past

"So take my hand, my trusty friend
and give me your hand
and we will take a hearty drink together
In memory of those days now in the past"

The song begins with the rhetorical question, "should old friends and the time spent with them be forgotten?" The answer is obviously "no."
From here, the song talks about a friendship between a woman and a man, evidently two lovers, now separated. Since "oceans now lie" between them, the friend in the last verse is someone else or him imagining his lost love is beside him, in the pub, sharing tankards of ale. I am inclined to believe the latter since the wording of the whole sing appears as if addressed to the same person.
So "Auld Lang Syne" is really the song of a lonely man trying to drown his nostalgic depression with alcohol. What a horrible way to start the new year! You are walking into the new year tipsy and looking backwards!
Remembering the good times in the past is important but what will most effect your life is what you do today and tomorrow.
Instead of making resolutions that bind you, set goals that you would like to achieve. Write them down and reflect on them throughout the year. Don't stress over them, but take whatever reasonable opportunity presents itself to bring you closer to them, and leave it all in God's hands. Step forward and trust Him with the results.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Address Box, NOT SEARCH BOX!!!!

You wouldn't BELIEVE the number of people who call me and don't know where their address bar is. It is one of the scourges I face on at least a weekly basis. I give them a web address like www.joingotomeeting.com and tell them to put it in the address bar? Well, they go and stick it in the search box. I only know this because as they read to me the resultant page it's full of various websites and advertisements.
So for those of you challenged in this area, here are some screenshots of exactly where the address bar is:

First, in Firefox:
Now, in Internet Explorer:

And to think someone over at PC World is predicting the end of tech support. ROFLOL. Not as long as the Baby Boomer crowd is still around.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Another Kindly Tech Support Tip

All you people out there thinking of calling technical support...
If we say the software is not compatible with certain other software and/or hardware, we mean it.
If by some means you are able to get it working on an unsupported configuration, congratulations, but that doesn't mean we guarantee or support its operation.
So don't call us and put the screw to us because it stopped working on your unsupported configuration and you think we should get it working again because somehow it worked for you before.
Thank you.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The Customer from Last Christmas Eve

So I am fuming about a customer from a year ago, today.

This customer took a job at a flight school as a Certified Flight Instrument Instructor to begin Jan 1, 2008. As a prerequisite, the flight school required him to complete the Garmin G1000 course by that time.
He had the software since at least before November, when he called to ask if he could install it on another computer. Come the last two weeks of the year and this guy realizes he can't access the last half of the course. The flight school gave him a kit with a code that only unlocks the first half of the course, but did not inform him of it, possibly because they were ignorant of that fact.
The customer emails customer service three days before Christmas. This was the correct action to take, because only customer service can dispense new codes.
Fast forward to the 24th. Our closing time in tech support was 6PM at that time. We were let go early at 2:30P or so because it was Christmas Eve.
This guy calls tech support at a little after 3PM on Christmas Eve and while on hold sends tech support an email saying he is on hold and that customer service "couldn't resolve it" for him. More than likely, the customer didn't like the solution customer service offered, which involved a $100 upgrade to unlock the last half of the course. Because when we called him back after Christmas, he didn't need our help any longer, obviously either biting the bullet and paying the $$ or convincing customer service to give him a free upgrade.
In the meantime he makes several bitter complaints, including one about us not picking up the phone and being on hold on Christmas Eve.
So guess what? This Christmas Eve (2008) the entire rest of the IT department heads out early but we stay here.
All because of a guy who waited until the last minute to complete his course, refused the solution from customer service, and then had the grinchiness to complain when we left early on Christmas Eve even though we couldn't have helped him even if we were there.
If, by some insane stroke of chance, you are that customer and you found my blog, Merry Christmas.

Friday, December 19, 2008

On Bible Reading

So my Christmas present to myself this year was a hardback Harper Collins NRSV Study Bible.

The Bible is great for reading:
-I really like the paragraph format with the verse numbers in superscript. Bibles that divide the text verse-by-verse are a tremendous distraction to me. Of course, you can find paragraph formatted Bibles in any version, but some versions it is harder to find this. Here is an example of the book of Ecclesiastes from the KJV in paragraph form.
-The language communicates to me without constantly reminding me it's old, different, and peculiar- which is another distraction in casual reading.
-The study notes are right at hand if a verse puzzles me or raises questions.

I think that's what really always got me in reading my Bible... the Book itself (language, formatting, archaisms) was too much of a distraction to work for daily reading.

When it comes to study, I could study out of a Tyndale NT if I had to. In study, you are prepared to dissect the verses and words and contexts. As a matter of fact, an older, more complex version could actually be better for study, if you think about it. I have had a Nelson KJV Study Bible since 2003 and it is excellent. The notes are conservative and the center references are some of the best I've seen. The binding is broken from when I drove off once with it on top of the car... oops!... so I am planning to get another copy sometime.

Another thing I am looking forward to is the "battle of the notes"... the Harper Collins notes, as I am given to understand, are not really conservative at all, while my Nelson notes are very conservative in their interpretation. I am looking forward to some good Bible study in the future with these two!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

The Assembly

You are the church, and so am I. People are the church, not the organization. "First Baptist Church" or "First Bible Church" as organizations merely designate an assembly of part of the church.
When you view the organizational assembly as the church (which is what I was brought up with) you view ministry as organized and collective. If the ministry isn't linked in and administered by the organization it is considered an invalid "para-church" ministry.
This in turn centralizes the decisions on ministry directions in the hierarchy of the organization, and your paths of ministry are in effect pre-determined by these same men, as long as you choose to stay an serve in that organization.
You can choose to do your own thing but when your complaint revolves around the ministry structure of the church you have to look at it in this light.
I am tired of people pointing fingers at churches without a lot of programs of collective organized outreach and saying they are dead. The rivers of life spring out of the Christian, not the organization. The assembly exists for the edification of each Christian, who in turn do the outreach.
...and each Christian has their own inreach ministry through the local assembly. Christian inreach is by definition collective, as it occurs as the church assembles for various purposes.
This is why when an organizational assembly becomes, for the most part, a giant mechanism for outreach, that inreach dies, and the church hollows out.
Consider I Cor 14:26:
"How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying."

The assembly is for edification, not evangelism. As individual Christians evangelize, new Christians are brought into the assembly. This is how it is supposed to work. As the teachers equip with the word of God, the Holy Spirit moves upon the rest to greater holiness and outreach. The early leaders gave themselves to prayer and the word, knowing that an equipped Christian is a going and thriving Christian. The sure foundation of Christ in I Cor 3 in all of us is built upon by the teachers of the assembly- hopefully the gold and precious materials of solid Biblical teaching, not the chaff of opinions and musings and motivational talks.
They did not need collective outreach then, and we do not need it now. That is not to say that there is no value in Christians coming together to reach out to the world- that is indeed a function of the church, but not of the assembly. The distinction is incredibly important. If it were not for door-to-door canvassing (a tactic only made possible by modern urban-/suburbanism) or street preaching (little used among Baptists outside of Ruckman circles) there would be no point in assemblies gathering for the sole purpose of outreach. Furthermore, both of these methods are showing diminishing returns as our selfish, paranoid society becomes ever more disconnected from and distrustful of neighbors that are strangers.
You can continue to insist on outreach-oriented, program-laden organizations that consider themselves self-contained churches if you like. But I have left that for good. It is a system that cannot be held accountable and is ripe for shallowness, doctrinal drift, and authoritarian tyranny.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008