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Have to love a Bible translation that says stuff like God went for the jugular when he sent his own Son He didn t deal with the problem as something remote and unimportant In his Son, Jesus, he personally took on the human condition, entered the disordered mess of struggling humanity in order to set it right once and for all Romans 8 3a I, like many others, had always avoided reading the Message Bible because of its supposed heretical leanings However, recently I ve been experimenting with some different translations I have always read the NIV Bible, but the language style has become so familiar to me that I found that I was having trouble focusing while I was reading I ve got a Bible app on my iPhone, so every once and a while I would cross reference verses from other translations with the NIV just to get a different pers I, like many others, had always avoided reading the Message Bible because of its supposed heretical leanings However, recently I ve been experimenting with some different translations I have always read the NIV Bible, but the language style has become so familiar to me that I found that I was having trouble focusing while I was reading I ve got a Bible app on my iPhone, so every once and a while I would cross reference verses from other translations with the NIV just to get a different perspective Sometimes, when I tried out the Message, it helped clarify the meaning of certain difficult passages So, when I came across a cheap, pocket version at our local Christian bookstore, I bought it There are definite pros and cons associated with this translation, or paraphrase, rather Pros The ease of reading is very high There is almost no semblance to popular translations of the Bible, so you aren t so stuck in the familiarity of the language being used that you can t pick up on the meaning anyIt can help and help is the operative word, here clarify difficult or confusing passages Overall, it s just very refreshing to read.Cons Because of the updated, contemporary language, it can come across as silly Hebrews 6 1, Stop the preschool fingerpainting exercises on Christ and get on with the grand work of art or even irreverent Acts 8 20, Peter said, To hell with your money And you along with it Why, that s unthinkable trying to buy God s gift I didn t have a huge problem with this, but some people may not like it Sometimes sentences are added that are a bit superfluous and probably reflect the opinions of the editors translatorsthan the actual meaning of the text Sometimes the meaning of passages is cloudy for the same reasons I just mentioned, and there s beenthan once that I ve had to actually refer back to my NIV to figure it out The Message should not be your only Bible translation It s good as a cross referencing tool, or possibly as a Bible for a new believer, but it s a paraphrase It doesn t always reflect the original meaning of the text, and it s based on someone s personal opinions on how the passages should be interpreted Even Eugene H Peterson himself, in the preface, says The Message is a reading Bible It is not intended to replace the excellent study Bibles that are available My intent here as it was earlier in my congregation and community is simply to get people reading it who don t know that the Bible is read able at all, at least by them, and to get people who long ago lost interest in the Bible to read it again But I haven t tried to make it easy there is much in the Bible that is hard to understand So at some point along the way, soon or late, it will be important to get a standard study Bible to facilitate further study In the end, it s definitely not this horrible thing that so many Christians have painted it as and it has many strong points I mean, I ve personally found it to be a breath of fresh air in my daily devotions But make sure you read it with caution and discernment I admit that I didn t read this cover to cover But I have read significant sections of this Bible and wanted to leave a review.First, The Message Bible needs to be viewed in perspective As Mr Peterson notes, this is not a study Bible It is not meant to be used to get deep down into doctrine Instead, this is a reading Bible Mr Peterson s goal in his translation was to bring the same feelings to the modern reader that that were experienced by the original audiences to the Bible s message.Th I admit that I didn t read this cover to cover But I have read significant sections of this Bible and wanted to leave a review.First, The Message Bible needs to be viewed in perspective As Mr Peterson notes, this is not a study Bible It is not meant to be used to get deep down into doctrine Instead, this is a reading Bible Mr Peterson s goal in his translation was to bring the same feelings to the modern reader that that were experienced by the original audiences to the Bible s message.The result is wonderful It is a Bible I want to read It is engaging The stories I ve heard since I was a kid are nowthan skeletal words on a page They are alive, bold faced, and breathing I also appreciate Mr Peterson s mini essays that give context and modern day application to each book.So if you want to get back into the Bible but can t quite find the gumption to pick up the normal translation, give this a try You ll be pleasantly surprised And you can always give it a try for free at websites such as Biblegateway.com Have you ever longed to read the Bible but were put off by your memories of its language This is your solution an absolutely faithful translation in modern language It almost makes Chronicles readable. I did it My goal was to read the Bible in a year, so I followed a schedule and just finished this translation of the Bible today Whew I had chosen The Message because it was in contemporary language Previously, I had read Matthew, Mark, Luke and John in here, and had been impressed with the images Peterson chose Well I am glad I read the whole Bible now, because over all, I felt cheated Part of this, I m sure, is because I am so used to reading the King James version Yes, some of th I did it My goal was to read the Bible in a year, so I followed a schedule and just finished this translation of the Bible today Whew I had chosen The Message because it was in contemporary language Previously, I had read Matthew, Mark, Luke and John in here, and had been impressed with the images Peterson chose Well I am glad I read the whole Bible now, because over all, I felt cheated Part of this, I m sure, is because I am so used to reading the King James version Yes, some of the language is kind of archaic, but The Message does not even come close to the beauty of the King James version Some of the translated passages in The Message felt stilted and almost yesterday , whereas the King James evokesfeelings I also felt as if Peterson putreligion in his version I don t believe Jesus and Christ are synonymous I believe Jesus was a human who came here to show us our sonship, and that he is gone now but Christ is always here and always was here as his divine nature Peterson putof the traditional belief into his translation, where Jesus the man is coming back I m glad I read this, though and now I plan on reading God s Secretaries and The Legacy of the King James Bible during this year Absolutely fantastic The Word of God in contemporary language without losing the true import or meaning. This is the first time I ve ever used The Message for my through the bible reading A lot has been said about its weaknesses and what people don t like about The Message Here are a few things I liked I found it helpful for reading the longer historical portions of the Old Testament I loved it for reading Job I can t tell how many times in the Psalms I thought to myself, Oh, that s where that song came from A lot of songwriters, from U2 to songs on Christian radio, must read the Psalms This is the first time I ve ever used The Message for my through the bible reading A lot has been said about its weaknesses and what people don t like about The Message Here are a few things I liked I found it helpful for reading the longer historical portions of the Old Testament I loved it for reading Job I can t tell how many times in the Psalms I thought to myself, Oh, that s where that song came from A lot of songwriters, from U2 to songs on Christian radio, must read the Psalms from The Message I found myself carving out time to read entire books of the bible in one sitting The Message is great for that I found some portions especially powerful The last half of Galatians was particularly moving The Gospels were great *READ BOOK ☝ The Message Dark Green Leather-Look ☔ Improved style, size, and added study features make the completely redesigned Message the contemporary translation of choice This translation of the Bible renders the text unrecognizable to any word for word and most thought for thought translations In its efforts to be conversational, the language is bastardized It is a sad commentary on the state of the church that so many in Christendom teach from this Bible in the general assembly This translation should have been shelved. I love this contemporary Bible It s not the most accurate translation it s really not fair to even call it a translation, but rather a paraphrase betraying Peterson s religious convictions but I just find it enjoyable to read It s poetic and beautiful Do not use it as a study Bible, but as an inspiring read.I chose the book of John to highlight some of the translations, so you can get a feel for the wording These aren t my favorite passages, but they do highlight what I mean by a paraphrasi I love this contemporary Bible It s not the most accurate translation it s really not fair to even call it a translation, but rather a paraphrase betraying Peterson s religious convictions but I just find it enjoyable to read It s poetic and beautiful Do not use it as a study Bible, but as an inspiring read.I chose the book of John to highlight some of the translations, so you can get a feel for the wording These aren t my favorite passages, but they do highlight what I mean by a paraphrasing KJV John 1 12 13, But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.Message But whoever did want him, who believed he was who he claimed and would do what he said, He made to be their true selves, their child of God selves These are the God begotten, not blood begotten, not flesh begotten, not sex begotten.KJV John 1 31, And I knew him not but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.Message I knew nothing about who he was only this that my task has been to get Israel ready to recognize him as the God Revealer That is why I came here baptizing with water, giving you a good bath and scrubbing sins from your life so you can get a fresh start with God.KJV John 3 29 30, He that hath the bride is the bridegroom but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom s voice this my joy therefore is fulfilled He must increase, but I must decrease.Message The one who gets the bride is, by definition, the bridegroom And the bridegroom s friend, his best man that s me in place at his side where he can hear every word, is genuinely happy How could he be jealous when he knows that the wedding is finished and the marriage is off to a good start That s why my cup is running over This is the assigned moment for him to move into the center, while I slip off to the sidelines.KJV John 6 43 44, Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves No man can come to me, except he Father which hath sent me draw him and I will raise him up at the last day.Message Jesus said, Don t bicker among yourselves over me You re not in charge here The Father who sent me is in charge He draws people to me that s the only way you ll ever come Only then do I do my work, putting people together, setting them on their feet, ready for the End