First of all, I'll mention that participating in this discussion will get you 5 extra entries in the next giveaway of you choice. (One giveaway will post tomorrow-The Prophet, and one next week-Narnia related. They are both U.S. only, by the way, although I hope you participate no matter what). :)
And I apologize for all the posts today! I know that's unusual for me.
I'm going to post 1 Timothy 1:3-4 in several different translations, and I just want to know how you interpret it. What meaning do you get from it, especially in connection with the "fables and endless genealogies" part? Different churches and different people translate verses different ways, and I'm really curious what each of you take from these verses. I'm going to be perfectly honest with you, and say that I don't remember ever seeing these verses. I'm more than positive that I have read them, but they've never stuck out to me until last night. I randomly started reading in 1 Timothy, and ended up re-reading the verses several times. Due to the thoughts that have been running through my mind lately, I don't think it was by coincidence.
1 Timothy 1:3-4
"As I urged you when I went into Macedonia-remain in Ephesus that you may charge some that they teach no other doctrine, nor give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which cause disputes rather than godly edification which is in faith."
"As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain men not to teach false doctrines any longer nor devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. These promote controversies rather than God's work-which is by faith."
"As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine, not to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculations rather than the stewardship from God that is by faith."
"When I left for Macedonia, I asked you to stay behind in Ephesus so that you could instruct certain individuals not to spread wrong teaching. They shouldn't pay attention to myths and endless genealogies. Their teaching only causes useless guessing games instead of faithfulness to God's way of doing things."
I'm looking forward to seeing your thoughts!