The Message Bible

One of the unsung stories in the MSM is the unbelievable success of Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Life. It has sold 17 million copies and has been at #1 or #2 on the New York Times bestseller list for almost two years. It’s apparently still flying off the shelves at a million copies a month and has been recognized as the bestselling hardback non-fiction book in history.

One big strike against PDL is its use of the Message Bible, which surely must rank as the most embarassing Bible ‘translation’ ever. Here is 1Cor 6:9-10 in the NKJV:

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. “

And here’s the same passage from the Message Bible:

Don’t you realize that this is not the way to live? Unjust people who don’t care about God will not be joining in his kingdom. Those who use and abuse each other, use and abuse sex, use and abuse the earth and everything in it, don’t qualify as citizens in God’s kingdom.

See if you recognize this famous passage from the Sermon on the Mount:

You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule. You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you. You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are–no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.

There’s more where this came from if you’re a glutton for punishment.

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