I have a friend who has left the church to participate with a community church. Can you offer me advice on what to say to her or point me to articles already posted that I can use in hopes of restoring her?
This friend thinks that too much of God's original words or thoughts to us have been lost in translation over the years. She is also newly married and her husband is a music major. She thinks he will be more willing to attend services with her if he can get involved with the music department at the community church. This particular aspect is one of the areas she thinks has been lost in translation. She believes God's prohibition against the use of musical instruments in worship has been mistranslated.
This is just a sampling of her "reasons" why she has left. Suffice to say her base reason for leaving is her belief that the Bible, as it stands today, has lost original meaning as it was translated from original language to English.
In other words, she has no proof. She has no evidence. But because the Bible stands in the way of what she wants; therefore, the Bible must have flaws because her imaginary god would never deny her something that she really wants.
If she would like to show evidence of the imagined corruption there would be something to discuss, but you can't battle a person's imagination. "For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ" (II Corinthians 10:4-5).
It won't make much of an effect, but challenge her to prove her point. Her "think so" is inadequate. I doubt that she will because she knows that the effort will make her face the fact that she is wrong.