Posted by: SandreS | May 27, 2016

The Happy God

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Did you know that God is “the happy God”? Now there’s a startling revelation, isn’t it? Startling but true!

The god of religion is cold, calloused, cantankerous, mean-hearted – in a word, he is just plain unhappy – and he is out to make your life miserable.

But the true God of Scripture is revealed as being “the happy God”! Unlike the religious views of God, our God is truly a God of joy. He is not an old angry man with a scowl upon His face. He is actually a happy God, and we have Scripture that teaches us this wonderful truth!

According to the glorious good news of the happy God, which was committed to my trust (I Timothy 1:11).

Here, Paul calls God “the happy God.” Most versions translate this phrase, “the blessed God.” However, the same Greek word, makarios, is also translated in most other versions as “happy” (see for example the King James Version in the following verses: John 13:17; Acts 26:2; Romans 14:22; I Peter 3:14; 4:14).

Why is makarios translated as “happy” in one place, and “blessed” in another? Maybe the theology of the translators had a real difficulty viewing God as being happy, and just could not bring themselves to translate it consistently this way.

Here are a couple of versions that are consistent by their translation of “the happy God”:

In accord with the evangel of the glory of the happy God, with which I was entrusted (Concordant Literal New Testament).

According to the glad-message of the glory of the happy God, with which entrusted am I (Rotherham’s Emphasized Bible).

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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