In 1 Corinthians 6:9 we read,
9 ¶ Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inheritthe kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters,nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,"
Back in the first century, after Christ was crucified and the apostlesfinally decided to write everything down as best they could remember, theword "malakos" meant to be spineless, to be soft, not to have the strengthof your convictions." The King James Version translated The Greek word"malakos" as "effeminate, abusers of themselves with mankind." A real stretchof the imagination! Now the Revised Standard Version translates the Greekword "malakos" as "homosexual." Wow! That was a fantastic stretch of theold imagination! Homosexual is a far cry from "soft, spineless." But thereis more. It is just getting interesting!
In Matthew 11:8 and Luke 7:25, we see how words change in meaning dependingon who is translating the word and when they are doing the translation,resulting in gross and pernicious mistranslations if not originating merelyfrom an honest misinterpretation.
8 But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold,they that wear soft [clothing] are in kings' houses.
25 But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment?Behold, they which are gorgeously apparelled (sic), and live delicately,are in kings' courts.
In this case, the word "malakos" was translated to mean "soft" not"abusers of themselves with mankind" and certainly not "homosexual." Whathappened to the translation "abusers of themselves with mankind?" Whathappened to the Revised Standard Version's translation "homosexual?" Ican just see it now! Mass defection in every Christian denomination whenpeople have to ask themselves whether Christ was asking the people, Whatdid you go out in the desert to see when you saw John the Baptist: a mandressed in homosexual raiment -- what's that a drag queen? A man dressedin homosexual clothes? A homosexual?
There is another Greek word "arsenokoites" used in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10and another reference to homosexuality, 1 Timothy 1:8-10. In the 1st CenturyAD, the Greek word "arsenokoites" meant temple prostitute and was employedby Paul to admonish the Jews against the practice of pagan fertility worshipin which patrons of the temple Diana at Ephesus, predominately female,would pay temple prostitutes to have sex with them under the guise of payinghomage to the God of fertility Diana
However, as you can see below, what meant "temple prostitute" was falselytranslated as "defile themselves with mankind." Later, it too was retranslatedas "homosexual" in the Revised Standard Version.
8 But we know that the law [is] good, if a man use it lawfully;
9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but forthe lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholyand profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,
10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, formenstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any otherthing that is contrary to sound doctrine;
Words? What do they mean, to whom, then do they mean what peoplesay they mean, and what did the prophet or apostle really mean? It is extremelyevident if not intellectually obvious that we can not rely on someone'stranslation or interpretation 2,000 years later especially when we havewritings of prophets who were contemporaries of that era who flatly contradictthe Professional Religionists, Faith Merchants and Soothsayers of the 20thCentury.
Later on, I will post an article regarding mistranslated scripturesand another regarding missing scripture. I pray you'll check back.
I pray that God will be with you in all your endeavors. Remember, don'tlisten to the Professional Faith Merchants. You can only know the thingsof God by the power of God!
David R.W. Wadsworth
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