Sunday, January 18, 2015

Why not just teach them English?

Some have wondered why Wycliffe would bother to do Bible translation for the remaining 1900 or so languages that don't have any Scripture. Why not simply teach people a language that already has a Bible translation, such as English? Here are just a few of the many reasons:

Language is closely tied to culture, so when the Bible isn’t available in the local language, many people feel that God is a foreigner. The need for translation became very clear to Cameron Townsend (founder of Wycliffe) when a Cakchiquel man asked,"if your God is so great, why can't he speak my language?"

It’s also very difficult to understand the subtle nuances of Scripture in a second language, so misinterpretation is a common problem.

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