What is ''The Message'' Bible?

I used to enjoy reading from ''The Message'' Bible written by Eugene Peterson. I remember when I used to laugh with my friends as we found the word ''coffee'' in the MSG Bible (Job 7:10 MESSAGE, Luke 17:8 MESSAGE). However, wanting to take ''The Message'' Bible as a paraphrase of the Bible It drove me to compare it to the teaching of the Bible. In doing so I found some problems with Peterson's rendering and paraphrase of the Bible (resources at the bottom for examples).

Why was ''The Message'' written? According to Eugene H. Peterson he says: ''I hoped to bring the New Testament to life for two different types of people: those who hadn't read the Bible because it seemed too distant and irrelevant, and those who had read the Bible so much that it had become 'old hat''' ( biblegateway.com, navpress.com and messagebible.com have both revised their Version Information). If the Bible is becoming an 'old hat' for people it's not the Bible but the person that is becoming an 'old hat' by not allowing Gods word to change them from the inside out. God's Word will never be outdated.

I think there is more behind ''The Message'' and Peterson's agenda then we know about. Also, I realize that just as there are both good and bad commentaries on the Bible there are also good and bad paraphrases of the Bible too. However, let us remember that what we believe about God is derived from what we read in His word. If one reads an incorrect one, then it logically follows that what one believes about God will also be in error. Do you care about God's Word? Please for your benefit, check out the resources below for further information on ''The Message'' Bible.

''Analysis of The Message'' by Justin Peters
''"What kind of message is The Message?'' by Berit Kjos
''Why The Message should not be used'' by David Simon
''Translation Comparison Charts'' by A. Philip Brown II
''The Message Bible: An Unedifying Mess'' by Jay Atkins (videos below)

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-Tim Molter