Roniya, I thought of an example just now of Rab-shakeh's speech to Hezekiah and how afterwards Hezekiah tore his clothes and said it was a day of [i]...trouble, and of rebuke, and blasphemy[/i].And the Lord also said that the Assyrian had blasphemed Him(2 Kings 19:6).It seems to me that one of the ways they did this was in using language that was only appropriate for God to use; in trying to speak like God in a mocking way?Some thoughts.Wish you all well.
_________________Christopher Joel Dandrow
ChrisJD wrote:Some words may have different meanings and usages which can vary in time and culture.Other words God has defined Himself and we take it as such by their being in the Bible.What do you think?
Hi Roniya, thank you for your response also :)About this,"One question, has time erased the original meanings of these words?"I don't know. I think it is possible. It is certainly possible for words to change in meaning as they pass through time and usage. Take for instance the word translated [i]addicted[/i] in the KJV of 1 Corinthains 16:15.Or take for instance the names of the days of our week. Do they still hold the same meaning as they once did? Or Christmas?I'm not sure that I should continue to participate in this thread. I do not want to discourage others from their convictions about these words.Again though, I think we should be carefull in how we aproach this with others, and in charging them with guilt.Thanks again and wish you well,Chris
and in charging them with guilt.
Or take for instance the names of the days of our week. Do they still hold the same meaning as they once did? Or Christmas?
I do not want to discourage others from their convictions about these words.
I went to visit some family members yesterday. There was a small boy, his father and his grandfather.As the boy and I walked to the creek, to throw stones in the mud, he used one of these euphemisms. When I explained what the word meant, he was taken back and said he had been using the word for two years.We also talked of his new Nintendo toy. He just got it last Tuesday, but I could already see a change - the distance - as if he is in a different world. Over and over he told me how much fun the game was and proclaimed his delight in achieving the different levels.Later, when we all sat around the table, partaking of the bounty of the Lord, the progression became clear.The small boy refusing to eat because the food was not prepared to his taste.The father, in a self induced stupor, proclaiming the achievements of his son - using euphemism after euphemism as if this somehow this gave credence to his statements.The grandfather, also in a self induced stupor, looking weathered and worn, blatantly taking the Lord's name in vain - seemingly out of nowhere, muttering same, as if the gates of hell were at his door.
In an PM I was made aware of the use of the word "euphemism" in describing these words. I got to thinking that perhaps my understanding of this term is not correct. So I looked it up in the Merriam-Webster dictionary and according to it an euphemism is "the substitution of a mild or pleasant expression for one offensive or unpleasant." Now if these words - golly, jeez, Gosh - are of a milder or pleasant expression of an offensive word, are these people saying the words God and Jesus are offensive? and Christians use it?!!
I love these people. I have told each of them of my Lord - but they can not hear. If I did not know that our Father is far greater than the evil that is within them, I would be in total despair.One of these people has hurt me terribly in the past - and I have told him that I forgive him - and that God will forgive him - but he will not believe. It is amazing how these things are carried down through the generations - and how their words are a reflection of their hearts. The Lord has said it would be so.