Archive for July 24th, 2008

Enter The Unicorn?

Crypto, Dinosaurs in Literature, Fin De Siecle, Religious,, Science, Sophistication of Ancestors, Unexplained Artifact | Posted by Chris Parker
Jul 24 2008

Psalm 92:10 “But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of a unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil.”

Late translations of the Bible do not use the word unicorn no doubt because translators lost faith in the word. They wanted to protect the Word of God from non-believers who might criticize the Bible as being unreliable because it referred to “mythical” creatures.

By the way, unicorn is derived from a Greek word simply meaning “single horn”. Is it hard to believe that there existed in the past a creature with a prominent single horn? The fanciful, horsey-like drawings of the unicorn we see today were created long after anyone knew for sure what the unicorn is/was.

For the same reasons, (fear of generating biblical ridicule among them) translators de-emphasized the use of the word “dragon” in their translations. But as we’ve demonstrated on this site and of course as others have advanced–dragons and dinosaurs were the same creatures. To put it another way, stories about dragons, which emanated from virtually every culture of antiquity, were inspired directly or indirectly by real creatures that we now call dinosaurs–a word coined in the mid-1800′s.

The Gap theory and other theories that featured Pre-Adamic men were concocted by “Christians” out of weak faith as well. Looking for a way to explain Neanderthal and Cro_Magnon in the context of Christianity and a Creator, they concocted extra-biblical theories –in order to protect the Bible!? How silly the proponents of these theories must feel to know now that even science now has to admit that Cro-Magnon and Neanderthal were fully human–that they had the same DNA is we do.

If they had just believed what the Bible said, they would have already known that.

Elasmotherium (“Thin-Plate Beast”) was a genus of giant rhinoceros which stood, on average, 2 metres (6.6 ft) high and 6 metres (20 ft) long, with a single two-meter-long horn in the forehead. The animal may have weighed up to 5 tonnes (5.5 short tons). Its legs were longer than those of other rhinos and were designed for galloping, giving it a horse-like gait. It was probably a fast runner, in spite of its size. Its teeth were similar to those of horses, and it probably grazed low herbs.

The largest and latest species, E. sibiricum, lived in Southern Russia, Ukraine and Moldova during the Pleistocene. It appeared during the Late Pliocene in Central Asia. Its origin appears to be connected to the genus Sinotherium. E. inexpectatum and E. peii inhabited Eastern China during the Upper Pliocene – Early Pleistocene. They disappeared approximately 1.6 Ma.”…wikipedia

Hopefully, Christians do not accept the evolutionary timeline. If not, and we know that this animal once existed, isn’t it reasonable to assume that if not this creature, another one with a similar, single, prominent, horn was the Greek; Single Horn? or Unicorn?

As it happens, there has been a latter day sighting of such a creature reported in the literature:

“It is believed that Elasmotherium died out in prehistoric times. However, according to the Nordisk familjebok and to science writer Willy Ley, the animal may have survived long enough to be remembered in the legends of the Evenk people of Russia as a huge black bull with a single horn in the forehead.

There is also a testimony by the medieval traveller Ibn Fadlan which has been interpreted by some to indicate that Elasmotherium may have survived into historical times.

Ibn Fadlan’s account states:

There is nearby a wide steppe, and there dwells, it is told, an animal smaller than a camel, but taller than a bull. Its head is the head of a ram, and its tail is a bull’s tail. Its body is that of a mule and its hooves are like those of a bull.

In the middle of its head it has a horn, thick and round, and as the horn goes higher, it narrows (to an end), until it is like a spearhead. Some of these horns grow to three or five ells, (1 ell is 31 to 45 inches–shoulder to wrist) depending on the size of the animal. It thrives on the leaves of trees, which are excellent greenery. Whenever it sees a rider, it approaches and if the rider has a fast horse, the horse tries to escape by running fast, and if the beast overtakes them, it picks the rider out of the saddle with its horn, and tosses him in the air, and meets him with the point of the horn, and continues doing so until the rider dies. But it will not harm or hurt the horse in any way or manner.

The locals seek it in the steppe and in the forest until they can kill it. It is done so: they climb the tall trees between which the animal passes. It requires several bowmen with poisoned arrows; and when the beast is in between them, they shoot and wound it unto its death. And indeed I have seen three big bowls shaped like Yemen seashells, that the king has, and he told me that they are made out of that animal’s horn.”…Wikipedia

The moral of this story is; don’t give up belief in the Word of God. Soon enough, even scientists will be smart enough to believe it :0). See Also Faith Destroyed by Mythical Creatures in the Bible?

Let God be true, and every man a liar. As it is written:
“So that you may be proved right when you speak
and prevail when you judge….Rom 3

Bible Publishers Sued for “Anti-Gay” (anti-Homosexual) References

Church of Darwin, Fin De Siecle, Religious, Uncategorized | Posted by Chris Parker
Jul 24 2008

Thursday, July 10, 2008 10:51 AM

By: Rick Pedraza

A Michigan man is seeking $70 million from two Christian publishers for emotional distress and mental instability he received during the past 20 years from versions of the Bible that refer to homosexuality as a sin.

Bradley LaShawn Fowler, a gay man, claims his constitutional rights were infringed upon by Zondervan Publishing Co. and Thomas Nelson Publishing, both of which, he claims, deliberately caused homosexuals to suffer by misinterpretation of the Bible.

Fowler, 39, is seeking $60 million from Zondervan and another $10 million from Thomas Nelson.

According to a USA Today report, Fowler’s two separate suits against the publishers claim the intent of the Bible revisions that refer to homosexuals as sinners reflect an individual opinion or a group’s conclusion.

Fowler says the deliberate changes made to first Corinthians, chapter six, verse nine caused him “or anyone who is a homosexual to endure verbal abuse, discrimination, episodes of hate, and physical violence … including murder.”

Fowler, who is representing himself in both lawsuits, claims the publishers are misinterpreting the Bible by specifically using the word homosexuals, which made him an outcast from his family and contributed to physical discomfort and periods of demoralization, chaos and bewilderment.

“These are opinions based on the publishers and they are being embedded in the religious structure as a way of life,” he tells a local NBC TV station affiliate in Grand Rapids.

Fowler admits that every Bible printed is a translation that can be interpreted in many ways, but he says specifically using the word “homosexual” is not a translation but a change.

Fowler says Zondervan Bibles published in the ‘80s used the word homosexuals among a list of those who are “wicked’ or unrighteous and won’t inherit the kingdom of heaven.”

Zondervan, for its part, issued a statement to the Grand Rapids press stating it does not translate the Bible or own the copyright for any of the translations it publishes

“We rely on the scholarly judgment of the highly respected and credible translation committees behind each translation and never alter the text of the translations we are licensed to publish,” the statement reads.

“We only publish credible translations produced by credible Biblical scholars.”

U.S. District Judge Julian Abele Cook Jr., who will hear Fowler’s case against Thomas Nelson, says the court “has some very genuine concerns about the nature and efficacy of [Fowler’s] claims.”

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