As a sign maker it is my job to convey accurately what the customer orders. It is -their- message they want to convey; not mine. Often, while composing the text when placing their order, they might look to me for guidance, since I am the "professional", and presumed to -know- certain things. But in the end, the words are the customer's. Most customers 'trust' that I did the banner (or whatever) correctly; but once in awhile, the customer wants to unroll it, and look, to make sure I got it right...the way they ordered it. It is important for me to take care to -detail-, not only as to the words, but correct spelling, and all that sort of thing.
Thus, my work involves a lot of 'proofing'. Did I type it correctly into the computer? Most errors I catch while sitting at the computer. But every once in awhile an error slips past that stage; the plotter has cut the vinyl and I am weeding at the table, and as the excess vinyl gets peeled away, revealing the letters as they are going to appear once applied to the substrate....Uh oh! How did I -THAT- happen??!! So... back to the computer and re-cut, to correct the error.
The other day I was working on a menu sign for an espresso stand. Menus are probably the most tedious of anything I do, because there are sooo many numbers in columns and rows, and prices sitting next to each other can fool the eyes, and from one item to the next can be similar, and this and that.
Well, as I was weeding away the lower section with all the "added" items, cookies, bagels, sodas, etc.; as the vinyl comes up off the end, there is this word, "Blast".
"Blast"? What's that???
Please understand... I know nothing about the espresso industry, except that I've made menu signs for several local espresso companies, and I drive -by- a lot of them. A lot of the flavors sound like Greek to me, and if the customer didn't specifically spell them out, I wouldn't be any-the-wiser. A lot of it seems like 'yuppy-speak'.
But there it was, "Blast" I sure didn't remember -that- from a bit earlier when I had been sitting at the computer, and the plotter is sitting there, whining and chirping away, cutting the next panel.
So... What should I do? I've never seen "Blast" before on espresso menus. Even the ones I had done previously for this particular same customer.
I could -reason- within myself: "Blast". Hmmm. That sounds more like a rocket engine. Or perhaps a racing motorcycle as it "blasts" past. "Blast" can't be right. TO ME IT -SEEMS- LIKE it 'ought' to be.... So, let's make it....??
Well...that's not what I did. I went to the work order where the customer had written it all down. And sure enough: "Blast -- 3.00"
My own comment to myself: "Grunt! That's what it says!"
Thus the conclusion: It must be 'correct'.
The customer's writing was clear and legible (something my writing is not always!); NO QUESTION or DOUBT as to what it says.
I don't know what "Blast" is (in this context), but since that is what the order specifies, that is how the sign was made.
But when it comes to God's Word, the Holy Scriptures, the Bible, people come to something they are unfamiliar with, or don't like, and what do they do? God is sending unrepentant sinners to hell? Ooooh, that just can't be right! If God is 'loving', a place of 'fiery judgment' couldn't possibly exist! Society consists of lasciviousness and continual sexual innuendo at every turn, and it is fun; but what's this? The Bible says we are to be pure before God and shun the world's ways? Oh, that's gotta be wrong. The world says, "If it feels good, do it" but the Bible says "Do not commit adultery" Well... let's look at the "gray areas" a moment; this is all just too "black and white". The Bible lists various lists of sins and evils... Well, what do you suppose these different items mean? Hey, Joe, what does it mean to you? And Suzie, your thoughts on this passage?
John, who loves the Lord, responds: But the passage -SAYS- SO-N-SO.
Joe & Suzie to John: Oh, you're so "judgmental"
If, as a sign maker, I adopted such a stance, I would likely not stay in business very long; which I've now been doing for about 18 years. The customer is not being "judgmental" because they want their signs to say -what- they specified. That is -what- they specified. They want -what- they ordered.
But God, the Maker of the heavens and earth (Ex31:17) expects less??? The Potter is happy for the clay to 'talk-back' to Him? (Rom9:20)
The only "judgmentalism" that exists is because the Bible commands NOT to engage in sinful behavior, and promises punishment for disobedience, but our lusts 'want' to sin; thus we know that the promised judgment is due us for our sin; but we don't want to give up the sin. So, since we don't want to say that God is unjust, we instead look at the person who repeats God's Word, what it says, and cast a judgmental eye at them.
Today we live in a time prophesied in the Bible...
Who do these preachers think they are? Greater than God? Greater than Jesus Christ? Even Jesus, our Lord and Savior who died on the cross, shedding His blood to wash us of our sins, who is "worthy" of all praise (Re1:5, 5:12) did not create His own agenda and message.
Because, you see...
Oh, but, the archaic words are so hard to understand! If we make adjustments here and there, making it easier to read, people will follow God.
That argument was already tried. When Lazarus died, the rich man wanted to have Lazarus sent back to warn his family so they wouldn't come to the place of the "flame". Abraham said to him, "If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets (Scripture), neither will they be persuaded though one should rise from the dead." (Lk16:31) And when Lazarus -was- raised, what did people want to do?
You see, all these modern perverted translations of the Bible are a product, not for "better understanding", but of antichrist's lie, to "lead astray, if possible, even the elect" (Mt24:24) While that verse speaks specifically of Israel, its truth applies even now to those who know and love the Lord.
SO... FOR THE ONE PROCLAIMING GOD'S WORD, WHAT IS THE CHARGE?
Notice that God... -NOWHERE- ...gives instruction in how to create an 'easier' Word to hear and follow... if you will: a "paraphrase". God's Word is not something that "means to me" something-or-other.
It is to be OBEYED!
DO NOT BE REBELLIOUS LIKE THAT REBELLIOUS HOUSE..." (Ezk2:5-8)