11 December 2006

Growing Up Arminian

Being my usual 'slow on the uptake' self, I compared Luke 2:14:

NIV: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."
NKJV: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men."

Looking back, I must have grown up Armenian. Back then, I thought Armenians were people from a state in Southern USSR (that's Union of Socialist Soviet Republics for those who remember the Cold War).

Now I know that my family is not from the present-day Russia, but probably from some old theologian who doesn't like the cartoon character Calvin (and his stuffed tiger Hobbes). I don't know why these Armenians don't like a little kid who has a make-believe living stuffed animal.

These 'Armenians' sure seem to despise those who believe in Calvin's teachings. For example, there is a time when a very deep question is asked, and Calvin refuses to answer based on 'Religious Principle'. Smart guy, why throw your 'pearls before the swine' and lower yourself to the other person's level!

Anyway, when I was a kid I memorized the NKJV, which sounds like Jesus came for All Men. Did He? Compare that to the NIV where his Glory is for those whom His Favor Rests. Hmm....

Am I reading too much into the differences in these two verses? My wife thinks so.

I think I'll look into the other versions and then open up my copy of "Homicidal Jungle Cat" which is one of my favorite Calvin and Hobbes books then get back with you later.

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