Knowing El’s Love and Forgiveness

From Bright Star, Evening Star by Madeleine L’Engle:

(As Madeleine L’Engle reflected on reading stories from the Bible to her children):

“Today I would read to them from Eugene Peterson’s The Message.  In his version of John’s Gospel I was startled to read of Jesus’ appearance to the disciples after the Resurrection.  He blesses them with his peace. Then he tells them that when they forgive people’s sins they are gone forever.  And then, instead of the familiar, ‘Whosoever sins you retain on earth, they are retained in heaven,’ which has always bothered me, Eugene Peterson’s version says, ‘If you don’t forgive the sins, what will you do with them?’

    I had the opportunity to ask, ‘Gene, how do you justify that?’

    He replied, ‘The Greek can go either way.  I chose that way.’

    Thank you, Gene!

    Thank you, Jesus, for your unlimited forgiveness!”


I share this excerpt as an example of the difference that choice of interpretation can make on our often fragile state of being.  God’s Unconditional Love and Unlimited Forgiveness is El’s great Gift to us!  (El is the word that Madeleine L’Engle uses for “God” because it encompasses all genders).

Remember:  God does not change.  But interpretations of the Word of God — translations of God’s Word — do change.  If you are not uplifted as a beautiful Child of Light in that translation, know that it is not speaking from the Heart of God — a Heart of Unconditional Love and Unlimited Forgiveness

All Bibles are not the same.  Choose wisely, and know that if what you read does not ring true to the unchanging Heart of God, then you need to seek a different translation.  

Always remember:  You are created in the image of God — male and female.  You are a beautiful Child of God,   and the angels cry out as you walk down the street, “Make way, make way, for this Child of Light!”

{Today, 4April2018, as I reread this post from 8Aug2010, I smile as I find myself still focused on this topic.  For only recently was I reading about the intentional mistranslation of the Bible, ordered by King James, concerning astrology.  I have been reading how the New English Bible is one of the most true translations.  It was published in 1970 and is no longer in print.  It is hard to find translations that are True to the Original Word, but, oh, so very important!}

Posted:  April 4, 2018
Rev. mary ann Tourjee