Thursday, May 25, 2017

MINT


A Modern Interpretation
of the
New Testament
(MINT)



Listening to, and reading much of the fluff ‘n’ stuff that passes for Christian teaching these days, I have come to realize that what is needed is a new translation of the scriptures. This translation probably already exists and I am just not aware of it yet. But, if it does not yet exist, I would like to proffer my understanding of a few passages.

If accepted, I believe they will go a long way toward ensuring that the current deception in the Body of Christ will cease, and we can all come into the unity of individualism (Eph. 4:13)

I will only lay out for your consideration a few sample texts. However, with these as a solid basis, anyone should be able to apply the principles revealed to the remainder of the New Testament and thereby achieve a true understanding of God’s plan for one’s self.

WOMAN CAUGHT IN ADULTERY (John 8:3-11)
We all know the story of how the scribes and pharisees went skulking into someone’s bedroom to catch the adulterous woman. They brought her to Jesus (after letting the man escape) to see how He would handle the situation. 

When everyone had left due to His incisive directive, He told the woman (v. 11), “...go and sin no more.”

What we have obviously failed to realize is that He actually said, “Now, go and find out who you really are, nurture your inner child, and you won’t find yourself in this situation again.”(MINT)

ALL HAVE SINNED (Romans 3:23)
In this verse, Paul is building the foundation of his theology, and he writes, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Attending any church where the modern gospel is held forth, one will recognize that there is a major attempt at catching up with the glory of God. This verse tells us that our coming up short was not God’s best plan, but we have the insight now on exactly how you can experience His glory.

Of course, we can’t tell you how that glory may be manifested for you, but you will know it when it happens.

It could be in the form of gold dust falling from heaven. It could possibly be feathers floating in the air after an angel has passed through. You may even experience oil dripping from your fingers. If you hear the sound of a dog barking, don’t be alarmed. It’s just someone near you being filled with the Holy Spirit. That person on the floor writhing and screaming is not in the kind of pain you may think. That is intense grief from recognizing how much has been missed for all these years of trying to be a disciple instead of just letting Jesus love her.

Therefore, the MINT translation of Romans 3:23 reveals what Paul really meant, “We simply didn’t understand the glory of God.”

EXALTATION OF THE WORD (Psalms 138:2)
The psalmist makes an incredible statement at the end of this verse which has gone unnoticed for millennia. The KJV reads, “...for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.”

That last part must be a difficult construction to translate, because no two translations are alike in their renderings. That in itself should be proof that a new translation is needed.

Well, not to worry, for the MINT has solved the problem by using the modern teaching so many have espoused—”...your rhema-word to me is the best thing in all the universe.”

THE POWER OF THE WORD (Hebrews 4:12)
The old fuddy-duddies in the church grew up thinking that the Word of God was powerful. They believed that it had life. They believed that it could make one conscious of their shortcomings, failures, and successes. But all that has been proven to be false.

We now know that if it were not for the power of psychology, we would all still be in the dark ages of understanding the reality of our past life.

The MINT has hopefully repaired our gross misunderstanding of how we are healed from previous emotional wounds by giving us something that we can bank on.
Heb. 4:12—”For modern psychology is powerful. It is so sharp that you no longer need to spend hours on the couch, but can grab a thought or two from your favorite New-Age guru and make that your mantra. Your new mantra will completely remove from you all the hurts, disappointments, wounds and failures of your past; and will reveal to you who you really are in Christ.” (MINT)
EMOTIONAL GROWTH (2 Peter 3:18)
Of course, Peter had part of his instruction correct when he told us to “grow in grace.” We can see that all around us as grace is now being emphasized to such a degree that sin is almost non-existent as believers finally realize the awesome power of God’s love for everyone. In fact, if the unbeliever could only see God’s love and  just accept His grace, he, too, would no longer sin.

However, it is the second part of Peter’s wish for us that comes up short—”(grow)...in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.” If you do that you are only filling your head with knowledge of facts; and that will render you useless for the things you truly desire.

Again, the MINT to the rescue—”grow in the knowledge of who you are in Christ, and you will no longer be a victim.”

THE KEY TO ALL UNDERSTANDING
Preachers have tried to make us believe that if we would just spend some time in the Bible, we would begin to know the truth. They base that on what Jesus said as recorded in John 8:31-32—"Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." (Jhn 8:31-32 KJV)

However, everyone knows that the preachers have completely avoided the fundamental truth that Jesus taught in Matthew 22:39—"A second is equally important: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'" (NLT) This is absolutely foundational to any growth as a Christian, and is the key to our understanding each of the verses mentioned above in this article.

Jesus obviously got this one out of some fortune cookie, or else He would have said it differently. For millennia we have thought that He was saying, “You love yourself, but you should love your neighbor.” Now, though, we understand the truth.

He actually meant it the way the MINT brings it to us—“Once you are able to love yourself, you can then love your neighbor.”

CONCLUSION
Hopefully, you will now be able to apply a proper understanding to the scriptures so that you can come to fully realize the magnitude of the awesome love God has for us, His misguided children.

Better yet, you can do as most of the enlightened Christians have discovered. You can read something from your Bible for a few minutes each day, and then begin to think thoughts, realizing that ALL those thoughts have been planted in you by the Holy Spirit and have no need of being judged by yourself or anyone else. In fact, they are so good, you should probably start a ministry for the proclamation of your message. At the least, post them on Facebook so we can all become enlightened and enamored with how much your spiritual insight has grown.

I wonder if I should state that all this was a bit sarcastic.

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