I would upgrade but I JUST got BibleWorks 8 the middle of March (I missed the $99.00 upgrade offer by 12 days, I think ). I just can't see spending another $150.00 after < 6 mos from buying 8. Sigh.
But the BW8 interface change turned out not to be the problem, really -- instead, the biggest problems were a) the fact that the TSK database is no longer a subset of the Auto-Info Window, a fabulous tool I use in my BW5 videos on Youtube; b) the cut-and-paste function in BW8 is now quirky. You can make it work, but yesterday it took me three hours to figure out how. In BW5 it was easy. But you can make it work in BW8.
So how can you not want to go with BW9, since now you can get the CODICES??? That's the raw material from which all the TC stuff, is compiled in our software editions.
Final point: from all the study of Bible I've been enabled to do, I get one big doctrinal point: when, in history, interest in Bible fades, the Bible becomes HARD TO GET. By contrast, when interest in Bible rises, it becomes EASY TO GET. WE MUST VOTE FOR BIBLE AVAILABILITY. So if we vote to get BibleWorks (or any software, really, but one should support the better versions) -- you're voting for world prosperity, as an adjunct. Big concern in BibleWorks help is to remind you that electronic editions might not stay available. Yeah, if we don't vote, we'll lose them! So let's all VOTE. Satan can't undo the internet, if enough people are voting to learn Bible, THROUGH it! So the electronic editions can be upgraded too, despite all the hassle we're encountering with Windows not being backwards-compatible, etc. VOTE VOTE VOTE is the number #1 message in Bible, from what I can tell. God won't violate free will, since HE IS Free Will.
Everything in life depends on voting to be pro-Bible. Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, right? If we don't vote to GET BIBLE in the original mss., it will be again trapped by elites who will put their 'spin' on Bible in some translation, locking away the original from us. Who wants that? Remember what the KJV translators said in their preface click here and here and especially their 'oracle' sarcasm, click here?
God will provide the money. I am a testimony to that; two years ago I had $2 in my bank account, but wanted BW8. Now, well: I have no money problems. And frankly, BW software is worth thousands more than what we pay.
God will protect the Jews. Over the years I've been studying the trend in Bible disinterest and Jewish persecution. They run together. When people became disinterested in Bible in the 2nd century, it got relegated to the growing elites, and they started to persecute the Jews. A guy named Tim Dowley compiled something he calls the Atlas of Bible and Christianity, which maps the historical persecutions (not his main point, but an important one). If you compare that, with the historical tracing of Bible's formats in Christopher DeHamel's The Book: A History of the Bible (both books available at Amazon), you'll notice that when the Bible was made easier to read or easier to buy, the persecutions faded. When it periodically became harder to get or harder to read, the persecutions rose.
For if you care about Bible, you care about the Jews. And when you don't care about Scripture, it's easier to justify persecuting the Jews. From what I can tell so far, these trends run in 200-year cycles, with our current cycle (started in the 1800's), coming to an end. And Bible interest is polarized now, with idiots like the KJVO people, at one end, trying to destroy the mss in favor of the KJV 1611; versus, the other end, simple users like us wanting to learn the Words Jesus Learned and Spoke and gave the apostles to write. So this impacts history. The Arabs are out to destroy the Jews, it's Article One in the PLO Charter. So if we want Bible in the mss., that supports the Jews and history, too. Christ wasn't kidding when He said we're the salt of the earth. I've spent the last 11 years finding proof of that in terms of real time purchased during every 490 years, as a Bible doctrine Christians (and Jews too) don't know about. So let's vote! World depends on it! End commercial message.
Last edited by brainout; 04-08-2012 at 04:13 PM. Reason: Final point editing; color and observation about protecting the Jews
Thank for your reminding us of the importance of the availability of the biblical text. I have been blessed to have Jewish teachers in my lifetime, and I believe the state of Israel is a good thing. However, a little deeper history lesson is in order. "The Arabs" are not all out to destroy "the Jews," and Arab hostility to Israel did not begin until the Jewish state began expansive moves against the homes and farms of very ordinary people in Palestine. It is vital, if the Jewish state is to survive, not to oversimplify, and not to let other people oversimplify things for us. The Jews have suffered much, most of it at Christian (not Muslim) hands. But in the last decades the Palestinian people have suffered much too. Some of their claims have justice behind them, and God is just. A lasting Jewish state can only exist next to a lasting Palestinian state; the notion that any nation can live in a perpetual state of war with hostile neighbors has no basis in either history or theology.
But frankly, I don't believe this whole discussion has any place in this forum, and I will gladly accept a moderator's moving it elsewhere!
I don't really have the time or the inclination for a debate. Just wanted to put the counterpoint out there. Enough said for this context!
Very True, DavidR!