Warning: The following article has graphic language but God fearing Christians should be aware of what so called "Christian" publishers are promoting for young teenage Christian girls. This is a must-read for Parents, Grandparents, Teachers and Pastors:
Jude 1:4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
If you think things could not get worse in the marketplace of "Christendumb", the Bible has now been "repackaged" yet again. Long gone are the days when folks purchased a Bible to read God's Holy Word... now it seems it is all about the fancy cover or the "new things inside". The Christian money making machine-- the "Christian" industry-- seems to have its wheels spinning yet again... "marketing" the Bible and make it "appealing" to the unsuspecting, undiscerning "Christian".
Let's just put a fancy, colorful Bible together and place our own thoughts right along with God's and call it a "Bible". Well, not all Bibles are created equal.
Purchasing a Bible is no longer about Bible commentary and Greek and Hebrew word helps but now the latest fad in Christian marketing is singling out various social and ethnic groups and giving them a Bible to "better suit" them. There is a "Bible" for women, for men, for various ethnic groups, for the kids, for the grandparents, etc. The latest "Bible" to hit the moneychanger's table is The "True Images" Bible-- to help teenage girls deal with adolescent and social issues.
Is this such a bad thing? Well, consider the following article posted on WorldNetDaily and decide for yourself: _____________________________________________________________
TESTING THE FAITH Teen girls' Bible talks of oral sex, lesbianism Critic says publication smears 'filthy graffiti across the Word of God' -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted: March 18, 2005 1:00 a.m. Eastern
A Bible created especially for girls age 13-16 that includes profiles of fictional teenagers discussing oral sex, lesbianism and "dream" guys is drawing sharp criticism from some Christian parents who say such material should not appear alongside Scripture.
The "True Images" Bible, published by Zondervan, promises on its dustcover to "strengthen your relationship with God, family, friends and guys."
While the book includes the entire text of the New International Version of the Bible, it's the "over 1,000 relevant and compelling notes and articles" that have critics upset.
The "In Focus" profiles are peppered throughout the text of the Bible and deal with subjects like sex, pregnancy, alcoholism, dating, homosexuality, depression, pornography and flirting.
An introduction in the Bible explains its goal: to present to young girls "true images": "God's message about who you are in his eyes."
The "In Focus" article on sex appears amidst scriptural regulations on offerings in the book of Leviticus. It profiles the fictional girl "Ashley" and is entitled "Casual or Not?"
While the message of the profile is to save sex for marriage, critics aren't convinced the frank-talk approach is appropriate for young teens.
Discussing her friend "Emma," Ashley says, "The story is that she had oral sex with a guy friend of ours last week. Just for fun. They're not dating, although they've always flirted with each other a lot. Emma took one look at my face this morning, and she knew I knew."
Emma goes on to claim that oral sex "is not even sex," but Ashley disagrees, saying, "God's definition of sexual purity covers much more than intercourse."
Following Ashley's narrative is a warning that "the physical and emotional effects of oral sex are similar to intercourse," along with tips for dealing with friends who are engaging in the practice.
'Am I Gay?'
Another "In Focus" story highlights the experience of "Trish" in "Am I Gay?"
Says Trish: "All my friends are wondering if this guy or that guy likes them. I don't like any guys right now. Instead, I wonder if I have a crush on Sierra. She's one of my best friends."
Trish goes on to explain that her uncle tried to rape her when she was 12 and that ever since, "I haven't wanted any guy to touch me â€“ not even my dad."
The follow-up warning to Trish's story directs the reader to read Romans 1: 24-32, in which Paul condemns homosexual behavior.
Wedged into the pages of the book of Jeremiah is a profile by "Lorraine," in which she discusses finding Playboy and Penthouse magazines belonging to her father in the basement.
"I couldn't believe it when I found the box. Those horrible magazines!" Lorraine says.
"I couldn't even look at my dad after I found it. My dad's a Christian! Yet he's got this porn stash. It's like he's got this secret life."
The feature then advises girls in Lorraine's situation to "talk with a trusted Christian adult about the issue. Pray together, and come up with a plan for what to do next."
Though there is a rising movement within Christianity to promote courtship over traditional dating, the "True Images" Bible, like a secular teen magazine, appears to assume its readers are dating â€“ or wish they were.
The "In Focus" feature on dating has "Taylor" upset because her boyfriend may be "cheating" on her with another girl.
"Does he really think I don't have a clue?" she laments. "But I can't stand the thought of losing him."
One of several personality tests throughout the Bible deals specifically with dating, entitled "The Perfect Date." One of the creative date ideas is to go to a symphony concert under the stars, since it will provide "romantic tunes" and "cuddling opps."
On the same page is a colorful graphic stating: "You gotta kiss a lot of frogs before you find your prince!"
Another quiz helps young teen readers discover what their "Prince Charming" will be like“ everything from how he should look to what an imaginary night on the town would entail. After tallying the answers, readers can then "piece together a portrait of your dream man."
One group of Christian teens the Bible doesn't appear to recognize is homeschoolers. Many of the scenarios and personality quizzes use hypothetical situations that would only occur in a traditional school atmosphere, such as "You're sitting next to the prom queen in English class. What are your thoughts?"
Leonie Beltzer is a homeschooling parent from Sterling, Va., who sent an e- mail warning to other homeschool families about the "True Images" Bible.
"I was exceptionally shocked when I was previewing the 'True Images' Bible for our daughter," Beltzer writes. "It would be very easy to just think that because it contains God's Word we can just give it to our kids and let them read it without censorship (believe me, I nearly did but thank God I did not!). I send this out as a warning."
Beltzer goes on to describe the oral sex and lesbian features, saying, "I felt very compelled to at least give you all a head's up."
Stacy McDonald is editor of Homeschooling Today, author of "Raising Maidens of Virtue" and the mother of seven girls.
"I find this 'Bible' comparable to filthy graffiti smeared across the Word of God. Instead of edifying young girls and encouraging them to godliness it actually violates their purity by its very text," she told WND.
"Having seven daughters myself, I am deeply grieved that parents would encourage their young daughters to read such graphic narratives. I would not give this 'Bible' to my 20-year-old virgin daughter to read â€“ much less a 13-year-old. Why should she have images of oral sex, lesbianism and rape in her mind?"
A spokesman for Zondervan defended the content of the teen Bible, saying the company would be irresponsible not to include the controversial subject matter.
"In putting 'True Images' together, our guiding principle was to be as edgy as the Bible is and no more," Cameron Conant, Zondervan's public relations manager for Bibles, told WorldNetDaily. "We've forgotten that the Bible is filled with sex and violence, and God's redemptive role in the lives of sinful people. The Bible itself is a pretty provocative book."
Zondervan worked with the Livingstone Corporation, a Bible content developer that has worked on many study Bibles, to put together the publication. Conant explained that Livingstone did extensive research on 13 to 16-year-old girls to identify the main issues of concern to them.
"Again and again and again, the issues that repeatedly came up were a lot of issues related to sex," he said. "Today's teens are just bombarded with â€¦ highly suggestive, highly sexual media messages every day."
Stated Conant: "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. â€¦ Virtually every 13 to 16-year-old out there is dealing with these issues."
Conant said Zondervan didn't want to bury its "head in the sand" and act as if teens aren't aware of the sexual issues addressed in the "True Images" Bible.
"We want to point them to God-centered solutions and responses to the things they're seeing on TV and the things they're hearing from their friends," he said.
Conant said the "True Images" website receives "tons of e-mails" from children who read the Bible "and are benefiting from it."
Said one e-mail Conant supplied to WND: "I really like this Bible. It made me realize that God does understand what a girl has to go through with everybody â€“ parents, siblings, friends, acquaintances, boyfriends and temptations."
Another teen girl stated: "I truly believe that God has blessed me with this Bible to get a better understanding about dating and flirting and about me and my body, and I thank you for making the Bible that way, in that kind of style."
McDonald said she doesn't believe Zondervan's contention that "virtually every" teen girls is aware of and concerned about the matters discussed in the "True Images" Bible.
"If they do know [about these issues]," she said, "it's the parents' responsibility to share these things with their children in a protected way. It shouldn't come from a teen Bible."
The author said she's concerned that a grandmother might purchase the "True Images" Bible and give it to her granddaughter, not realizing its content.
"What's wrong with giving them just the Bible," McDonald asked, "and then encouraging relationships where girls can ask questions of parents? If an issue comes up, it needs to be the parent presenting it in a godly way, not in some little story."
Continued McDonald: "Not every 13-year-old girl needs to be discussing oral sex, so why would we put it in a narrative that is almost titillating?"
Even if the sidebar texts point the reader to Scripture that gives the biblical perspective on an issue, McDonald said, "in attempting to instill purity in a child, what they're doing is actually robbing them. They're assaulting their purity because they're exposing them to way more than they need to be exposed to at that young age."
Conant countered McDonald's view, saying, "As much as we as parents want to shield our kids from the world, it's very difficult to do that. Even if we're doing all we can, these issues are going to come up, and what better way for them to come up than in the context of a Bible."
McDonald believes parents can better protect their children by schooling them at home.
"If the 'real world' of public school exposes them to oral sex, pregnant 14- year-old friends, homosexuality, rape, fornication, etc., the answer isn't to 'talk about it' in some hip teen book," she said. "The answer is to protect them, which may mean homeschooling them."
The Bible has a companion version for teen boys called "Revolution".
"I would not give this 'Bible' to my 20-year-old virgin daughter to read â€“ much less a 13-year-old. Why should she have images of oral sex, lesbianism and rape in her mind? --Stacy McDonald, editor, Homeschooling Today
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Just some closing thoughts:
Jude 1:19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.
As we stated in a previous article, since the beginning, Satan in the garden of Eden attempted to twist the Word of God. In the past, he burned Bibles and tortured people who owned one and in some countries, he still does.
Do you think the devil has changed his plans?
Has he given up in the free world? If the devil cannot burn the Bibles, what is his plan? He corrupts, twists and changes key verses and omits certain passages as in these new translations (such as the NIV, NASB, etc.) right under the nose of the Christian community. Burning the Bible or omitting verses from it...same thing. The end result is the same.
This particular teen "bible" would have been labeled "filth" and "perversion" just some 20 years ago by MOST of the Christian world. The audacity of these people to blaspheme God's Holy Word! God's Word is PURE..every word of it is pure! God speaks to us through His Holy Word-- the KJV Bible.
These are indeed the Last Days before Christ's return when men will not walk by faith nor will hold true to God's Word. Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Yet, in today's "evolving Christian thought", seems that God's Word is no longer sufficient [in the eyes of the worldly] to teach the youth. Yet we, WHO BELIEVE AND HOLD TRUE TO GOD'S WORD, KNOW that faith ONLY comes by HEARING THE WORD OF GOD." Jesus said in Luke 18:8 "Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?"
2Tim 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
2Tim 4:4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
Jesus makes a promise to the FAITHFUL Church who has KEPT HIS WORD...He will set before us an open door-- THE RAPTURE--
Rev 3:8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.
Psalm 12:6 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
Heb 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.