So I guess the question is, which version should I use? I usually quote from the niv, since that's biblegateway's default, and I like their site's searchability.
Does anyone recommend a different version that wouldn't be subject to the 'translation error' defense, or is more accepted for some reason?
To Larissa238 - It's easy! All you have to do is be an anal retentive bastard like myself. : )
To curiousgirl - Thanks - I've posted this a few times on craigslist, and gotten the response that, 'they're told from four different perspectives.' Like you said, they could learn from it, but they refuse to admit that blatant contradictions are different than different ways of seeing things. I'll keep trying though.
To Jetson - yes, I think I shall include the vertical alignment. As it is, it takes too much effort for some to line up the discrepancies.
To jedweber - Irreverence is a favorite tool of mine. I like presenting an idea that sounds preposterous at first, but the more you think about it, the less you can honestly disagree with it.
Laughing out loud at your use of whipping them out. : )
To albeto - Does your handle have any relation to the word, "albedo?" I've always loved that word.
Along the same lines as what I was saying to jedweber, yeah, I initially soaked it with sarcasm as a nod to religion's way of disregarding reality to make things appear in an irrational light, and as an attempt to point out the hypocrisy in supporting sarcastic delusions of theological grandeur, yet disagreeing with my sarcastic disagreement of theological fallacy.
I'm embarrassed when people celebrate freedom by lighting fireworks made by kids in China. I'm embarrassed by our insistence on having cleaning products coupled with our insistence, or at least implied consent, that they be manufactured in India lest we spoil the great U.S. I'm embarrassed by a lot of the hypocrisy that I embody every day that I consume more than I could ever produce.
What are you embarrassed about? : )
To any biblical theists who care to delve into the realm of intellectual honesty - How do you say that the contradictions in the bible aren't contradictions?
To my 40 of Pabst - thank you, but you are getting low. Time to load up msPaint. : )