I found this article about the Message Bible on a nice blog I stumbled onto a few weeks ago called “Do Not Be Surprised”. I am not a King James only gal, I prefer the New King James and I sometimes use the New American Standard Version but The Message is plain and simple rank heresy!
“Everything you are and think and do is permeated with Oneness.”
Sounds like something straight out of a New Age handbook, doesn’t it? Sounds like a quote that likely came out of The Secret or A Course in Miracles or A New Earth. Or maybe it’s a direct quote from Oprah or Deepak Chopra or New Age “Christian” pastor Robert Schuller. If you’re thinking that the above quote came from any self-professed New Age source you’d be wrong. Sadly, it is The Message paraphrase of Ephesians 4:6. Now, tell me again that The Message isn’t a dangerous “translation” for any Christian to be using?
For your reference, below is the proper translation of Ephesians 4:4-6 from the ESV:
There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
And the NKJV:
There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
Eugene Peterson’s New Age Bible version, The Message, takes the idea of the Holy Spirit indwelling believers and transforms it into the occult idea that God is in everything and everyone. In other words, we are all, believers and nonbelievers alike, one with God and with the universe. Notice the capitalization of “Oneness” in Peterson’s paraphrase? This is a reference to the New Age god that is supposedly within us all. The god of The Message is not the God of the Holy Bible. So if you’re using The Message, my plea would be for you to stop using it immediately and throw it in the trash. Don’t even bother giving it to Goodwill lest someone else pick it up and be deceived. And if you know someone who uses The Message, speak up. Tell them about the New Age implications of this book. Tell them that this is not a Bible translation, but a man’s paraphrase, who sympathizes deeply with the New Age movement.
One final piece of evidence for today. Here is the ESV translation of The Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:9-13:
Pray then like this:
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
And here is The Message (bold emphasis mine):
Our Father in heaven,
Reveal who you are.
Set the world right;
Do what’s best—
as above, so below.
Keep us alive with three square meals.
Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.
Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.
You’re in charge!
You can do anything you want!
You’re ablaze in beauty!
Yes. Yes. Yes.
If you read Warren Smith’s book A Wonderful Deception you will learn more about the implications of the phrase, “As above, so below.” On page 18 of his book, Smith writes
“The significance of this mystical occult saying is seen clearly in As Above, So Below, a book published in 1992 by the editors of New Age Journal. Chief editor Ronald S. Miller describes how the occult/magical saying “as above, so below” conveys the “fundamental truth about the universe” – the teaching that “we are all one” because God is “immanent” or “within” everyone and everything.”
So again, I plead with you to stay far, far away from The Message. It is not a Bible. It is not God’s Word. It’s the ultimate twisting of God’s Word by the Enemy in print for everyone to see and be deceived.
If that wasn’t enough to convince you follow this link and you can see several more heresy’s from the Message Bible book. http://www.crossroad.to/Bible_studies/Message.html