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. :)