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The language of Christianity

Christianity is a like a language with different dialects and over time some common terms and phrases have lost their essential meaning. Kirby Ferguson takes a closer look at the language of Christianity in the video, while John Blake provides further context in CNN's Belief Blog.

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  1. Oyelakin

    Just to understand the language.

    August 1, 2011 at 4:47 am | Report abuse |
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      October 1, 2012 at 6:51 am | Report abuse |
      • Mehri

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        October 31, 2012 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
  2. Bensah

    Allow urself and the holy spirit will do his work.

    August 1, 2011 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Ermelindo

      Reports of the imminent death of TV are cotslantny being rejected by British TV producers and broadcasters. So it should be no surprise that Cancadians are yes- watching less TV but in the convetional way. With i-players they can download and watch any programmes in their own time- and that has yet to be researched. The truth is that TV still draws viewers- especially the news because all of us from all countries are still tied to the tradition of watching nightly news.The challenge for broadcasters and especially news programmes is to produce content that will continue to attract viewers- especially as 24hour rolling news and updates on all our internet servers like Yahoo and Google do it so much faster.

      September 30, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Gustavo Mendoza

    Kirby Ferguson is wrong, the Bible really spoke us about rapture in Mathew 24:40 telling us about " it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.":
    "40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left."

    August 1, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      The word "Rapture" is not int he bible. That was his point. He was right about that. However he clearly doesn't care for Modern Christianity and seems to lump all Christians into using the so called "flawed" definitions he illustrates. He then proposes a more traditional definition of the word and uses that definition to support his more humanist interpretation of the Bible. For instance his transformation of believe into beloved. They are two different words. And he uses that to refute the "belief" that the bible is literal. It's not Christians mis-interpretation of the word "believe" that causes that. Also the idea that "Salvation" can be had or begun here on earth he extends by implication to Salvation can be "earned" here on earth which is clearly his humanist perspective and not the gospel of Jesus Christ.

      August 3, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
      • James Stewart

        Again, semantics. You draw lines in the sand arbitrarily making it impossible to allow any criticism of your belief system. Modern Christians? Are you more or less christian than the followers Peter accrued during his tenure? More or less christian than those before Christ? More or less than the Spanish during the inquisition? Why do you get to decide who is in what bin together or separate? Aren't all who take his name one and the same?

        As soon as someone questions your beliefs your defenses go up. Not willing to discuss, not willing to think. Only to defend blindly that which you believe, often ignoring that which you already know.

        August 3, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
        • Lance

          James, you asked, "Aren't all who take his name one and the same? The answer is no. Jesus said, "Not every one that says to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? and in your name have cast out devils? and in your name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity." (Matthew 7:21-23).

          August 4, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
          • James Stewart

            And yet we get all turned around when we examine 1 Timothy 1:15, Acts 15:11, and Ephesians 1:13.

            For you to say you know which of God's words he meant to be interpreted as such in what instance is a pretty big claim. Are you claiming to be a profit, to have divine explanation? 1 Corinthians 2:11

            But alas, we are again arguing over points of the thoughts of an entity we can not confirm with. Plenty claim to know, and those that claim to know God's thoughts... talk about true heresy.

            The whole system is set up this way. I can keep going down this road, but in the end it would simply be an argument of distraction; an argument that bores me. I honestly find no difference in biblical discussions or the finer details of the JRR Tolkien series. Neither accomplishes anything for the good of either party or mankind. Think, if you spent the same time and energy that you put into the bible into something productive what you might be able to accomplish for yourself, your family, for mankind.

            August 4, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
          • Andrea

            At last we finally have a stilouon to AGW let the UN handle it.Given their lack of success in reigning in petty dictators like my personal favorite RG Mugabe who personally accounts for at least a few thousand deaths a year, (not counting 5 million who currently suffer from food shortage or the tens of thousands who die from lack of basic health care as a direct result of his actions) I think we are assured of a lack of swift and decisive action.On thing we are assured of is a lot of hot air emanating from the UN!!!At least China will ensure non-action in much the same way as they ensure non-action when ever their interests are threatened.Goodness me who would have thought they could have been our allies?

            October 3, 2012 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
      • Lance

        The word, Rapture, comes from the Latin vulgate Raptos. The greek word in 1 Thessalonians is harpadzomai, which is where he gets the meaning of passive. It is a work that is done to the receipiant.

        August 4, 2011 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
        • James Stewart


          And I call bullshit. 🙂

          August 4, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
          • James Stewart

            I am very well versed in this topic (unfortunately for my youth...) and had never heard anything on that. A quick Google search for Greek: harpadzomai provides nothing. Making stuff up only discredits you further...

            August 4, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
          • Lance

            Sorry, misspoke. The greek word is ἁρπαγησόμεθα (har-page-sometha) not harpadzomai. ἁρπαγησόμεθα is a second future passive indicitive form of harpadzo. Tried to do it from memory 😦

            August 5, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
            • James Stewart

              I officially withdraw my call of Bullshit. Well played. Closest argument I have seen, still concedes the point that 'Rapture' is a new made up word used to replace a full concept that is described in that original verse. The verse is written in as much a poetic prose as anything. Do you take this as a literal conceptualization or more poetic in the way it flows that those who believe are lifted up to heaven? As far as my understanding goes, that would be a spiritual uplifting, not a literal physical alien abduction style lifting... lol.

              August 10, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
        • Alaa

          Yes, that spin in the National Assessment appears rahetr sleazy. When I first read the TCS article, I agreed with them but now I'm not so sure. Neither chart has any significant cooling area although Hadley has approximately 1/3 of the US close to a delta of 0F (maybe slightly lower). Both seem to show an average of +5F. (It's hard to tell with all that flashing. The non-flashing charts are too small for me to read). Green seems to universally convey comfort. Is a +5F delta supposed to be comfortable? I don't know. But if it isn't, then the draft version was the misleading one.Maybe someone can show the chart with 0F showing as green. I don't think this should be confused with the previous question about current temperature charts.BTW: The flashing animation is really annoying and hard to analyze. Can't you slow it down to maybe 1 Hz better yet 0.5 Hz?REPLY: It is at .5 to 1 Hz now, but some non compliant browsers will run it as fast as possible. Try a different browser. IE6 or Forefox3 look OK.

          October 3, 2012 at 5:08 am | Report abuse |
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        October 31, 2012 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
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      September 30, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. edomwonyi edegbe

    The Bible is preached with 1000 meanings though GOD has one meaning in mind

    August 1, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • FaithScent

      @Edom-, The Divine Author's intended meaning is single and many times double because of Christ, but there can be 1,000 applications from it.

      August 2, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Michael Hutton

    Nice word games, prettily packaged, but nowhere near correct. A more comprehensive reading of the Bible would see that believing in the sense of comprehension and assent is important- Hebrews 11:6 "Now without faith it is impossible to please God, for the one who draws near to Him must believe that He exists and rewards those who seek Him" And salvation, mostly about this life?? Jesus words, "It is better for you to enter life maimed or lame, than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into the eternal fire." Matthew 18:8. Yeah those irritating conservatives, who expect people to believe in something and have that belief affect the way they live their life, they're the real deal.

    August 2, 2011 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
    • James Stewart

      What version of the bible are you quoting?

      Even this simple concept is stated 17 different ways... which is correct? Which is God's word? All? None? Semantics.

      August 3, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bud Hall

    What a terribly misleading editorial!!! I find it so hard to believe that any managing editor at CNN would allow this to air, unless they just wanted to plant another seed of anti-Christianity in America. I hope this post will not get pre-screened and deleted.

    August 2, 2011 at 7:00 am | Report abuse |
    • James Stewart

      Did you ever stop to consider that maybe, just maybe, this whole Christianity thing is a hoax and a scam?

      If you had a friend going to a psychic for readings, who studied taro cards, and meditated with a crystal ball how would you view them and all the time and money the spent on this activity?

      But if they were to go to church on Sunday, study their bible, and meditate in prayer how would you view them and all the time they and money the spent on the activity?

      How is one different from the other? Honestly? Just the packaging...

      August 3, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Emmanuel Boston

    Kirby Ferguson, please accept this with humility as I am not seeking any sort of conflict. There is a great deal of misunderstanding of orthodox, classical Christianity represented in this video. Please do not allow one man, whomever it may be, to speak for the mass of Christianity, let alone the mass of Christianity throughout the centuries. I ask you to inquire further and from a broader scope of persons. Thank you.

    August 2, 2011 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
    • James Stewart

      I think you might have just proven his point. No man can speak for Christianity. There are so many fragments and parts and evolution of the doctrine, the ceremony, the people that there is nothing of consistency left beyond the core doctrine; which is largely ignored for semantics. Get over the nuances and learn to Love all of Mankind for who they are, what they are, where they are. Not for your God, but for the sake of mankind.

      August 3, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. FaithScent

    All you need is to read the whole Bible for several times. The Bible explains itself. People don't read the whole Bible with millions of excuses – that's the real problem.

    August 2, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • FaithScent

      Also, ask God humbly in prayers to teach you before reading the Bible.

      August 2, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
      • James Stewart

        I lost years of my life to that failed pursuit. I urge you to pursue all other religions and philosophies with this same intensity before you demand the same from me.

        I have read the bible (kjv) cover to cover dozens of times. I have spent thousands of hours on my knees. That is time I can never get back in this life, but I do not regret the time spent. It allows me to walk into a discussion like this and strip you of your excuses and straw-man arguments. If I were of Islam and cried out that you must spend the time to read Torah and Pray to Allah for answers before you can denounce my religion you would be terribly offended. But to you extend that same respect?

        You live in such a small box and fear looking out at the world, using another lens, walking in another's shoes. But this is what Christ taught. We are all sinners, we all fail, but in the end we are all the same. Get over the nuances and learn to love. Stop splitting hairs and embrace your fellow man with all your heart, mind, and soul. Take the time you demand of me to read a book I have read, and go out into the world and try helping another person, connecting with another person, not for Jesus, not for yourself or your soul, but for them.

        August 3, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
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