Since i know that many who read this blog pray, I am asking for your prayer for my family, our safety, and the protection of many years of work. We are currently facing several persons from other locations and other beliefs who have tried to ruin and commandeer the research for their own purposes. One is a former neighbor with no experience, training nor background in any academic area,nor research background.
We have for years been patient with many different kinds of people who come from different backgrounds than our own, but those in academics mostly respect each other's rights to their own research save for the occasional unhappy soul; we should not hold a lower standard in Christian belief but a higher one. Much mis-information has gone out regarding this work: it is not in error: the work has been meticulous,and accurate, but it requires knowledge of the study. My publication of the work is greatly held up by such audacious tactics as 'uncomely folks' stealing and then handing out my pre-publication materials,or even former pastors or church members taking credit for the work of which they had no part. In one case a person from another faith has tried to 'super-size' what I have said, which may be used later to counter the data.
Yesterday, on one of my more traditional Bible study blogs, I found that yet another person had tried to takeover a site I have written since 2012 called THE PASSOVER BLOGS. Someone had gone on and replaced KJV references with modern version refs. (since corrected) This is not good. I leave their sites alone and expect the same dignity.
I do not hold a degree in Textual Criticism which I have freely admitted, but I have studied in and around the topic for 30 years. I write what I know and can verify carefully. I do hold a doctorate in another field and have designed, implemented and published research for 34 years. research is not 'interchangeable': the researcher knows his or her work better than anyone else can.
Please pray for us, that this ministry which includes scientific research may continue unhindered, and be allowed to freely be heard, and to fairly be heard, without the necessity some feel to ruin my reputation or those who are supportive, to take credit for what is not theirs, etc. We discipline children who steal homework: what shall we do with pastors or church people who try to ruin an important research project out of petty personal motives? I am not requesting divisive 'side taking' but only for prayer that the study be allowed to be heard and that we might not be ruined in the process of sharing information. The study is not skewed: I was overly careful explaining all possibilities for findings and implications. Please pray that this column may be able to continue in the Lord's grace.