[sword-devel] GNU and OS ideologies and indulgences
Tue, 11 Dec 2001 00:48:37 -0700
At 10:36 PM 12/9/2001 -0600, Jerry Kreps wrote:
> > Free-gratis is good for people who ``can't afford'' a Bible
>I am curious as to who cannot afford a Bible but can afford a
>computer? It seems to me that one of the Sword's (plus Bible modules
>& Bibletime) biggest advantages is that it can be downloaded into
>areas where a printed version of the Bible might not be able to go.
>And, as an Open Source app, it can be freely copied and spread, which
>is to say nothing of its value as a study aid to God's Word.
Right! It is great to be able to supply ministers and students who have
limited funds with gratis Bibles so they can use their limited funds on
other things for the glory of God. (Perhaps others are providing them with
the computers to use it on.) And it is very nice to be part of getting the
Scriptures into places where it is forbidden. But there is something more.
What began with men like Tyndale and Luther and technology like the
Gutenberg press, is still developing today. Without the Reformation what is
done here today would only have been allowed for the "anointed". Most of us
today probably don't anoint kings and priests. And those that do, probably
see any anointing as having a lot less scope than it did before the
Reformation. And we don't buy and sell indulgences. Or do we? It has been
said, by one of the pioneers of making free Bible etexts and study etexts,
that the granting and accepting of permissions in the Church, for money or
gratis, is a modern equivalent of indulgences. Taking what God freely gave
and then demanding others get permission before they can use it in the way
they wish. The best thing about SWORD may be that so much can be done with
it without anyone needing to ask permission to do it. No one connected to
SWORD even has to know about these things that may be being done.
1 John 2:20 YOU have an anointing from the Holy One, and YOU know the truth.