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Date Posted: 14:40:26 10/27/04 Wed
Author: Chris
Subject: Re: Does God really hate Religion?
In reply to: Mike K. 's message, "Does God really hate Religion?" on 05:13:34 10/27/04 Wed

Consider these verses:

1Tim 5:4 (NIV)
"But if a widow has children or grandchildren, these should learn first of all to put their religion into practice by caring for their own family and so repaying their parents and grandparents, for this is pleasing to God."

James 1:27 (NIV)
"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world."

Please note that the Greek text has different words here which have been both translated with "religion."

In 1Tim 5:4 it is "eusbeo" which means "to act piously or reverently" or simply "worship". In the Luther Bible it is translated as "fromm" (pious), the Vulgata sort of leaves it out, the KJV uses the word "piety."

In James 1:27 is is "threskeia" which means religion, but also "worship." Luther uses here the word "Gottesdienst" (worship service), the Vulgata has "religio," the KJV has "religion." But in this verse, the word "religion" is qualified with two attributes "religio munda et inmaculata" - "pure and undefiled religion." The verse talks about what religion should be in reality, not about how the word religion is understood at large.

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