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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Filthy Graffiti Across the Word of God?

I was just made aware of this 'True Images' Bible aimed at 13-16 year olds, and I can't say much more than that I am saddened that these are being published (by Zondervan) and that there's a market for them.   I recommend you DO NOT BUY!!

This will enlighten you enough about some of the content.

From the True Images own site,  about the Bible gives no clear indication at all about the boldness and visual imagery excited by the 'In Focus' articles where they talk about oral sex, homosexuality, teen pregnancy, etc.

There's lots of sites that critique all the things 'wrong' with True Images, and another Bible like it called Revolve, (and their male-counterparts). My intention here is not to bash these Bibles.  But as a consumer and a Mom who likes her children to be in the Word, I could have naively purchased this Bible, and then be outraged that these things were in there as if the Bible was intended as a sex-education book for our children. Or worse, purchased them and not known my children were being exposed to this stuff when I thought they were just reading the Bible!!

It is no longer just deciding whether you want a Bible to be leather-bound, hard-cover or soft (or even fuzzy) and in which translation (or would you prefer a paraphrase?), but whether you want God's Word alone (plus maps) or some other person's opinion, too (study notes); whether there's an element of evolutionary thinking thrown in or not; and whether you want sex education or not (because "These issues are out there, and we need to make sure teens have a biblical view of sexuality.  We felt it would be irresponsible not to address some of these specific issues, even oral sex and homosexuality, even for 13-year-old girls...Virtually every 13 to 16-year-old out there is dealing with these issues."....quote of Cameron Conant, Zondervan's public relations manager for Bibles)

Be forewarned.  There's a whole lot more going into these 'bibles' these days besides the Word of God.  Be careful.

And if your daughters got these Bibles as gifts for Christmas, you might rethink letting them read them.

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