I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you. (1 Corinthians 9:22-23 (KJV))
On Thursday 7th June, 2018 @ 12.17 AM, this message came suddenly to me as I was getting ready to go to sleep.. The main theme, the main idea, or the central focus, of the Bible, is Heaven Prep School. The Perfect Harmony Theory of Translation and Interpreting (Pryce, 2011) is the methodological and instructional instrument that walks you, step by step, through the grade levels of this spiritual preparatory school. The theory enables you to gradually acquire the spiritual lessons, the building blocks, the tenets, and the thoughts that connect to the main aim of the Bible, which is Heaven, and guide your behavior on Earth such that in the end, you will think thoughts, speak kind words, and do acts that will qualify you for Heaven.
Most importantly, the Perfect Harmony Theory of Translation and Interpreting uses the Heaven Road Map called the Bible and serves as your road driving guide or travel navigator who alerts you to the wrong detours, the dangerous byways, and the police presence along the way that can derail or cut short your Heaven trip, or that may even cause you to lose your license to drive on the road to Heaven.
In other words, when we say that the theory is perfect, you may ask: perfect as to what, or perfect in reference to what? Then we say that it is perfect in reference to the main theme of the Bible, or the Qur’an, as the case may be. Therefore, every teaching, every translation, every interpretation, every explanation, and every guidance that we give from the Bible or from the Qur’an must agree perfectly with the main theme of the Bible else, it is not Truth, neither is it a correct translation or interpretation!
In practical terms, if one of God’s requirements to go to Heaven is that you cannot hate your brother or sister or that you must live at peace with all humans, or that you cannot kill an innocent person, then it would be wrong translation or teach you that the Qur’an or the Bible says to kill all non-Muslims or to kill all non-Christians!
In other words, if I give you that teaching from the Bible or from the Qur’an even when the words in the Qur’an or in the Bible clearly says to give you that lesson, it would defeat the main objective or main theme of the Bible, which is, to prepare you to go to Heaven because, in that case, you would have flouted one of the spiritual lessons and therefore make you disqualified to enter Heaven. Hence, even when the words in the Qur’an or in the Bible clearly say to give you that lesson of violence and killing, I would translate or interpret those same violent words to you as “not physical violence but abstract or spiritual unseen violence”.
It is very important to understand that in Translation Studies, we do not translate words rather, we translate main ideas and we translate main messages. Thus, from the beginning, the skillful ability of the translator/interpreter to correctly identify and isolate the key words or key terms in a text is a 70% guarantee that he/she has already successfully translated 70% of the text! The remaining 30% covers how to properly transmit or convey the detected message to the receptor in his/her own language.
The fact that there are words in the Qur’an or in the Bible that clearly appear to give you a lesson of violence and killing means that believers in the Qur’an or in the Bible will surely find contradictions, inconsistencies, incongruities, and incompatibilities since, aside from all those verses of violence and killings, we also find verses of peace and love.
This is where several Muslim and Bible Scholars fall short and reveal that they were not called by God to teach His Word. Some Muslim and Bible Scholars reach this crossroads of both commonalities and inconsistences in the Bible and in the Qur’an and they choose one side and leave out the other.
Instead of demonstrating their anointing and call of God by teaching the believers how to bridge the gap, how to reconcile the differences, and how to stay on the narrow path of righteousness by thinking good thoughts, speaking peaceful words, and doing good deeds toward God and toward mankind, they reveal that they were not called of God when they teach the people to hate and to dislike one another because this one is not a Muslim or that one is not a Christian!
Someone will say: but why are you a Christian and yet teaching the Qur’an? It is precisely for this very reason that the Qur’an mentions Jesus Christ many several times more than it mentions Mohammad. The Qur’an teaches about Jesus Christ more than it teaches about Mohammad. Therefore, I use the Holy Book of Muslims to teach them what their own Holy Book says about Jesus Christ that their own Qur’an Scholars and Imams are failing to teach them.
Secondly, the Qur’an is all they have and have been brought up in its culture. Therefore, you reason with them about Jesus Christ at the level and with the Book that they have in order to reach them with the correct salvation message of Jesus Christ as the Bible also confirms in:
Romans 14:14 (KJV) I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean.
1 Corinthians 9:19 (KJV) For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.
1 Corinthians 9:20 (KJV) And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;
1 Corinthians 9:21 (KJV) To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.
1 Corinthians 9:22 (KJV) To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
1 Corinthians 9:23 (KJV) And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.
It is not written anywhere that whosoever does not possess the Bible will not go to Heaven. Rather, it is written that only the righteous in every nation will go to Heaven. This is the Law of Salvation which has no preference for Christians over Muslims!
Ezekiel 33:12 (KJV) Therefore, thou son of man, say unto the children of thy people, The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him in the day of his transgression: as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall thereby in the day that he turneth from his wickedness; neither shall the righteous be able to live for his righteousness in the day that he sinneth.
Acts 10:34 (KJV) Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
Acts 10:35 (KJV) But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.
Romans 14:17 (KJV) For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
Romans 14:18 (KJV) For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.
People, the truly anointed Man of God is that man who is able to show people the real meanings of the words in the Bible, or in the Qur’an as the case might be, in order to help people to reconcile the differences and inconsistences in the Bible, or in the Qur’an, so that they can stay on the narrow path of righteousness by thinking good thoughts, speaking peaceful words, and doing good deeds toward God and toward mankind.
If, after you have heard an Imam, a Pastor, a Prophet, or a Bible Teacher, you were not able to understand a spiritual principle, or reconcile some perturbing question that you had while reading the Qur’an or the Bible, and you left with the same thoughts of misunderstanding, of hatred, of dislike, of ignorance of what God is speaking in parables and in similitudes, or you left with bitterness in your heart against your neighbor because that neighbor is not of your faith, whether Christian or Islam, then you have not been served well, then you have, in fact, been deceived by that Imam, by that Pastor, by that Prophet, or by that Bible Teacher! Then, in fact, you have just been given a wrong direction on your Road to Heaven! Watch diligently!
REV. DR. PETER PRYCE,
DSEF, BA, MA, B.Soc.Sc Pol Sci, IBA, PhD
Professor of French, Bowie State University, USA
Prophet of the Word of God
Silver Spring, MD, USA
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