Friday, April 29 2011
The Renting Of Christianity
The English word "rent" ("rend" is merely a different spelling of the same word) originated from a Latin word which meant to tear, or break apart. While the original meaning of "rent," to make apart, is found in modern-day usage with rent for an apart-ment, the Holy Bible retains the original meaning - to divide, or to tear apart.
The English word "schism," which has come to mean a separation, is derived from a Greek word, pronounced sk-his-mah, which means division, although not necessarily a physical separation. It actually means dissension within a group, which may or may not cause physical parting. The King James Version uses "schism" only once:
"12:25 That there should be no schism [i.e. sk-his-mah] in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. 12:26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. 12:27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular." (1 Corinthians 12:25-27 KJV)
"Then the high priest rent his clothes"
The original Greek word was written in the Scriptures more than just the one time that the King James translates it as "schism." It is also variously translated as "division" and "rent," including by the King James itself which uses the two words in 1 Corinthians i.e. the KJV translates the single Greek word in three ways; "schism," "rent" and "division" or "divisions."
Notice in this example that the "division" was among those living together in the same house (see also Houses Of The Holy).
"1:10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions [i.e. sk-his-mah] among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 1:11 For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. 1:12 Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul [i.e. Paul's Ministry]; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas [i.e. Peter's Ministry]; and I of Christ. 1:13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?" (1 Corinthians 1:10-13 KJV)
The "divisions" described here also involved those of the same house - the House of God.
"11:18 For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions [i.e. sk-his-mah] among you; and I partly believe it. 11:19 For there must be also heresies [see Heretics] among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you." (1 Corinthians 11:18-19 KJV)
In this verse, the King James translates the same Greek word as "rent." Christ's lesson here was that division must be healed, not merely covered up.
"9:16 No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent [i.e. sk-his-mah] is made worse." (Matthew 9:16 KJV)
The coming of The Son Of God was not a "new" religion. It was simply a matter of some of the people recognizing the long-awaited Messiah (see Israelite Monarchy - The Messiah), while others did not - often to a blasphemous extreme (see the verses quoted below). The same Greek word is here translated as "division."
"7:43 So there was a division [i.e. sk-his-mah] among the people because of him." (John 7:43 KJV)
Fact Finder: What causes the "renting" of God's people (in the Holy Bible, "church" simply means people)?
This Day In History, April 29
1289: Qala'un, the Sultan of Egypt, captured Tripoli.
1429: The fabled "Joan of Arc" entered Orleans, seven months into the siege of the city in the Hundred Years War.
1607: The first Anglican (Episcopal) church in the American colonies was established at Cape Henry, Virginia.
1628: Sweden and Denmark concluded a treaty for the defense of Stralsund, which brought Sweden into the Thirty Years War.
1661: The Chinese Ming dynasty occupied Taiwan.
1672: King Louis XIV of France invaded the Netherlands.
1813: Rubber was patented.
1852: The first edition of Peter Roget's Thesaurus was published.
1858: Austrian troops invaded Piedmont.
1881: State-incited pogroms against Jews in Russia began, resulting in major flight of Jews from Russia westwards. Some consider this date in Jewish history to be the most important since the Jewish expulsion from Spain in 1492. Of those emigrants, over 2,000,000 went to the U.S. alone, creating a powerful presence of Jews in the U.S. (New York City is today the largest Jewish-population city on earth).
1913: The "zipper" was patented by Swedish engineer Gideon Sundback as a "separable fastener."
1916: After a siege of 143 days, the British surrendered Kut-el-Amara to the Turks.
1945: Closing events of the Second World War in Europe - the German army surrendered; Venice and Mestre were captured by the Allies; in Berlin, Adolf Hitler married his mistress Eva Braun just hours before they committed suicide.
1946: 28 former Japanese leaders were indicted by U.S. occupation forces in Tokyo for war crimes (that included the "water boarding" torture of prisoners) during the Second World War. Some were later executed.
1965: The Australian government announced that it would send troops to Vietnam.
1965: Malta became the 18th member of the Council of Europe.
1972: In Burundi, the deposed King Ntare V was killed in an abortive coup.
1973: In a futile attempt to stop the Watergate criminal investigation from reaching him, President Richard Nixon requested resignations of two of his top political associates, H.R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman.
1981: In England, Peter Sutcliffe admitted that he was the "Yorkshire Ripper."
2005: Syrian troops left Lebanon after 29 years of occupation.