English Bible Translations Part 13 - DE Blurs the Gospel

Part 13 - Deficiencies of Dynamic Equivalence - DE Blurs the Gospel Message

While the gospel is in every version, and God has blessed His word in DE form, there is still a danger here. Consider Psalm 32:1-2 in the ESV: "Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man against whom the LORD counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit." And now The Message: "Count yourself lucky, how happy you must be—you get a fresh start, your slate’s wiped clean. Count yourself lucky—God holds nothing against you and you’re holding nothing back from him."

We face the same concern with John 3:5. ESV: "Jesus answered, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.’" The Message: "Jesus said, ‘You’re not listening. Let me say it again. Unless a person submits to this original creation—the "wind hovering over the water" creation, the invisible moving the visible, a baptism into a new life—it’s not possible to enter God’s kingdom.’" Does forgiveness of sins really come from getting "lucky" with God, or from submitting to "this original creation"?