The Heart, deceitful? Wicked beyond cure? hmmm

Jeremiah 17:9 warns: "The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?"

I saw this most recently in a clip of Billy Graham's sermon, which seemed to take the road of "shaming into piety", which didn't resonate with me at all.

I've often questioned the various versions of this passage with the "Desparately Wicked"'s and "Exceedingly Corrupt"'s http://bible.cc/jeremiah/17-9.htm

but in Clarke's commentary, the completeness of the translation is questioned:

" אנש anash is never used in Scripture to denote wickedness of any kind. My old MS. Bible translates thus: - Schrewid is the herte of a man: and unserchable: who schal knowen it?"

Recognizing a peculiar aspect of western culture: that [the Adventurous and ideal] "Romanticism" grew into the modern "Romance" [that means emotional relations], while retaining associations with the human heart; it seems to me this has changed our perception of it.

My being less the Hebrew scholar than even Martin Luther [who admitted he knew nothing of the grammar], I cannot be remotely sure that this idea of mine is sound. But I think this Jeremiah verse, modernly is taken too far to condemn 'man's heart'. It seems to me the older meaning of "The Human Heart" was not at all synonomous with love or tenderness or compassion; but of hot blood, rashness, and perhaps even anger and pride.

My education is far to scarce on these matters to be sure; but that's why I can't nail down a theology for myself.


Easy Equality sacrificed for Impossible Acceptance

Marriage being and always having been between a man and a woman culturally, religiously, legally: the SANE method for EQUALITY FOR ALL, and not just homosexuals; is the legality of “Civil Union” contracts with all the privileges as a Marriage Contract. Either by simple standardization, under separate titles, [to which no human in the nation objects], or the replacement of govt. issued “Marriage” with civil union contracts.

The only thing preventing equality under the law, is the belligerent culture that demands accepting a moral sameness which AINT NEVER GONNA HAPPEN, under the guise of ’equality’. This culture [demanding moral acceptance] is a sickness born ironically from the psychotic belief that “gender is socially constructed” [seeing as the condemnation of having a moral judgment upon the behavior, requires a belief that one is “born that way”].

You don’t have to agree with my reasoning, but if your reaction to it, is a personal attack on me, [IE you’re a “Homo-phobe” or “Hatemonger”] check yourself, your missing your critical thinking, maybe it dribbled out your ears when you weren’t looking.

Yes, you can reject the moral relativism while still embracing sexual libertariandism; You deserve equality and freedom, but that doesn’t mean I don’t get to judge you [as in have an opinion not mortally or legally condemn] for your choices & behavior.


Unthoughtful Argument 2nd draft

Some people like to describe abortion, solely as “a woman’s right to choose. Others espouse the equality of unborn children, male or female, in their “right to life”. The term ‘murder’ by definition refers solely to death caused by choice. In fact the Biblical Commandment translates more accurately “thou shalt not murder”. 
In triage situations, that is the prioritizing of patients, the doctor is not held legally responsible for what may otherwise have been medical neglect. Thus in the rare cases where abortion is necessary to save the life of the mother, none would espouse the doctor’s being held legally responsible for “Murder”.
I have always espoused the relinquishing of the legal issue of abortion [as to the sacrosanct threshold of HUMAN Life] from federal to “state-by-state” jurisdiction. The promotion of so-called-abortion for three year olds, demonstrates the madness present on the fringes of academia.
For a comical allegory of the generally “to crazy to argue with” situation see this link. I find it quite applicable to any who would espouse late term or partial birth abortion, accepting triage of course.
It should be troubling to everyone, that the proliferation of birth control & abortion originated with Margaret Sanger & her “Planned Parenthood” group. Sanger who was a racist, that promoted birth control among “socially undesirable people” aka nonwhites, first openly, as a racially motivated ‘soft-genocide’ & after a trip to Europe she promoted birth control among the black communities for “social reasons”.
“[the] most merciful thing a large family can do to one of its infant members is to kill it.” -Margaret Sanger