I am generally in favor of getting the word of God into the hands of as many people as possible. This means translating it into every conceivable language.
I am also of the belief that the Bible may be a bit difficult for some and thus I support a translated text for those who feel they need it so long as the text is supported by Biblical scholars.
When I was a child, Sunday cartoons were peppered with an occasional commercial for The Picture Bible- a bible for kids that told the stories found in the Bible in an easily-digestable format to give kids a good start on comprehending the Bible.
In this sense, I am not a purist; the message of God has always appeared to me to be more important than the actual text of the Bible.
Though I am not a Bible purist, a recent translation project has simply gone too far: the Bible now comes in emoji.
Yes, emoji- those characters that can occasionally be sprinkled into texts. We’ve all encountered the “over-user,” that friend who simply refuses to say “Cool, we will see you at 6” without 25 emojis taking the place of actual words.
According to the creator of the world’s first “Emoji Bible,” it is a “great and fun way to share the gospel.”
The Bible is just under 3,300 pages and covers all 66 books of the King James Version and is now available in the iTunes store. The translator of the Bible has declined to be revealed, but has only identified as “Cool Dude with Sunglasses Emoji.”
I wonder if that is one of the 31 “protected” gender identities New York City now forces citizens to recognize…
The man who identifies as an emoji has stated:
“I think we should worry more about spreading [peace sign emoji] & [heart emoji] & less about what church affiliation we’re doing it under.”
The premise may be nice, but it remains unclear what authority this “emoji-man” has. Is he a Biblical scholar? Is he a priest of some kind? What makes him qualified to significantly abridge the word of God?
Further, emojis are largely subjective. Even while explaining his project, the author could not convey a simple message without offering further clarification.
When asked by a reporter for The Guardian whether he was a Christian, the author replied,
“I’m just an emoji, and I [flexed biceps] agree with Jesus message of course.”
“That was strongly,” he clarified. “Not sure if that one came through on translation lol.”
I’m glad this man is in charge of conveying the most important book in the history of mankind when he, himself, cannot construct a simple sentence.
This is not merely a problem of appropriating the word of God; it is a development that is emblematic of a dumbing-down of society.
Despite all the oh-so-stellar work by so-called “progressives,” we are regressing as a society. My generation has become so lazy that full words are no longer used. How many of us have gotten that annoying text from a friend that goes something like: “IDK. R U going 2 pick me up? That’d B Gr8. Thx!”
In essence, society is not only moving backwards at an alarming rate, but we have literally regressed to the point of using hieroglyphics.
Let me say this another way: “progressives” who are constantly challenging societal norms and urging a rethinking of supposedly old and outdated concepts have pushed society in such a direction that we are now deviating from standard language practices in favor of a crude form of ancient writing that is thousands of years old.
And those mouthbreathers that rely upon pictures to convey the messages of the Bible have a vote and their vote counts the same as mine.
I’m beginning to see why the Democrat Party continues to thrive.