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  •  That's an ... interesting translation (1+ / 0-)
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    The word that the NKJV is translating as effeminate is "μαλακοὶ" in the original Greek. Etymologically, that's something like "soft" or "malleable". I suppose you could make the jump right over to "effeminate homosexual", but there's some legitimate scholarly debate over what exactly Paul was trying to convey there. Linguists citing other period sources have provided support for everything from "hedonists" to "male prostitutes".

    As an aside, Paul apparently straight-up invented the word " ἀρσενοκοῖται", which the NKJV translates as sodomites, and only a handful of other authors ever used it in a context that gives any insight into its definition. It definitely does have something to do with homosexuality, but all the examples that were clearly spelled out were the forcible rape of boys, which ... is certainly an activity that ought to be on a list of sins.

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    by Serpents Choice on Tue Jul 02, 2013 at 10:47:08 AM PDT

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    •  What is this "Greek" of which you speak? (0+ / 0-)

      Are you telling me that Paul wasn't writing in American?!?

      It is because of this very issue that I tend not to get terribly excited about exact word choices in the Bible, since the translators obviously have some sort of bias, even if entirely unintentional.

    •  One of the main problems (2+ / 0-)
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      with Christianity and the Bible is attribution. A Baptist will tell you that the Bible is the work of God. And yet, much of the New Testament is made up of letters written by the Apostles, who were simply men (Constantine removed all the letters written by female Apostles). Now, if I believed in God, I might be worried about what God wrote (10 Commandments???), but why in hell would I care about what Paul wrote (mostly anti-woman drivel)? As I get further into this post, I realize that there are about 10,000 things wrong with Christianity...

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      by wyckoff on Tue Jul 02, 2013 at 12:20:08 PM PDT

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