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Re: CHAT: Hello

From:David Peterson <digitalscream@...>
Date:Wednesday, May 2, 2001, 17:52
In a message dated 5/1/01 11:15:52 PM, romilly@EGL.NET writes:

<< I have translated bits and pieces of the Bible into Kash; it's readable,

if Kash people truly existed, they would be asking "What this all about?" at

almost every phrase, and a really adequate translation would thus require a

vast explanatory apparatus.  "A God who speaks (!) to "His" people?  What

kind of "God" creates a paradise but enjoins the 2 residents not to touch

one particular bit of it?  In what way are murder, theft, or adultery

"sins"-- crimes yes, but that's a legal matter isn't it?   If I commit an

offense against my society, the society has ways of dealing with it-- what

does "God" have to do with it?  If I offend my neighbor, surely it's up to

me to make amends, if at all possible; and if I do so adequately, then it's

up to my neighbor to accept it, and we get on with our lives.

"We can speak of "redeeming" a coupon, or a bond; we know about "ransoming"

a kidnap victim; but how do you "redeem" a person? From what, with what?

What is this 'original sin'?  Do you truly consider yourselves inherently

sinful?  How odd.

 "Give us this day our daily bread"-- in what way is this "God's" concern,

and who are we to be giving God an order?  Even as a figure of speech, isn't

my daily search for physical and spiritual sustenance my own problem?"

Re the Declaration of Human Rights: they would ask, "what's with you people,

that you have to be _told_ how to live in harmony with one another?"  (Also,

it's just too long and dreary to translate....) >>

    Ha, ha!  Such good points!  I like this.  :)