Friday, September 21, 2012

I really like make better

At the end of the book of Revelation we come to this passage

 Revelation 22:14-17 - “Blessed are they who do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city, for without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loves and makes a lie. I Jesus have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him who hears say, ‘Come.’ And let him who is thirsty come, and whoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

The word there really is make, it's to do, that's about as close as you can come to it. Unfortunately if you just read it through you would be tempted to think that all liars go to hell, or that for the sin of lying it's the lake of fire for you - which is decidedly not the case, considering that the Egpytian midwives were explicitly blessed by God for lying Exodus 1:19-20.

Most of the versions give it the rendition of practicing falsehood, because the word indicates that it's something that is ongoing, sin is still filling up their lives through lying, and that's true to form. But I like the word make, because as a singular form it shows that persons life, and lie is their work. It's not that they have continued to lie so much as it is they are a liar. They have made themselves, their very selves, into a lie, a falsehood. They are the worst kind of hypocrite, in other words, and there are not going to be people in heaven who says "yes" to God and really mean "no."
It's a small thing, I know, but it's interesting, nonetheless.

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