To The Daily Sun,
First, in response to Paul Blake's Saturday letter: Mr. Blake, you write a long letter in which you think you have it all figured out. From Hebrew to Greek then to English, translated by Jewish scholar strangers thousands of years ago, and you have brainwashed yourself into this moral corner in which it is impossible to fathom wine being used for anything good in life. What your one-sided, convoluted rant is devoid of is context or reason.
These were people, Mr. Blake. Human beings living in hard times without any of the luxuries we had today. Short lifespans, high infant death rates, war and disease around every corner yet, you find it incredulous that they would have wine at a wedding. All you present for evidence is that some words which may or may not have meant wine or grape juice. You lack a shred of common sense and that's what scares me. People celebrate joyous occasions with wine and alcohol, not grape cool aid. I'm pretty sure that it doesn't corrupt their soul.
Furthermore, if you want to play the translation game, you want to tell me the story of the Virgin Mary and the Immaculate Conception? I bring this up because the word "virgin" was mistranslated from "young woman." And if you dispute that, then chew on this: The verses surrounding Isaiah 7:14 tell how Ahaz, the king of Judah, is told of a sign to be given in demonstration that the prophet's promise of God's protection is a true one. The sign is that an almah will give birth to a son who will still be very young when Judah's enemies will be destroyed. Most Christians identify the almah of this prophecy with the Virgin Mary. In Isaiah 7, the almah is already pregnant, and modern Jewish translators have therefore rendered almah here as "young woman". The Septuagint translation of the Hebrew Scriptures, which was completed in the late second century BCE, translated almah into Greek as parthenos, which generally means "virgin". For example, the Hebrew word "betulah" for "virgin" is translated as "parthenon" in Exodus 22:16 in the Septuagint. But also, the Septuagint also describes Dinah as a parthenos, even after she has been raped and hence technically no longer a virgin. So by this the Virgin Mary was probably just meant to be known as a young woman, I mean she was married. Common sense says that if she was a virgin when married, that was settled on the wedding night.
I'm beginning to sound a bit like you, so I'm done, but my point is you blindly lead your life by this book that has been interpreted by strangers on different continents over and over again. Again, I respect all of my Christian friends' beliefs, but I personally cannot subscribe to a book which I believe is as precise as an Al Jazeera news report without any true feeling or attachment or trust. Moderation of course, but you cannot tell me a frosty beverage after a hard day's work is a sinful act. If your too detached from reality to understand that wine was drank at a wedding though, I'm sure this letter is just an exercise in futility.
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