There was a phrase that was hotly debated by the translators of the King James Bible that is read over today without a second glance.
Genesis 4:26 goes like this: “And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD.”
It's somewhat of a mysterious phrase, “then began men to call upon the name of the LORD.” It causes to wonder, what did they do before then, and what was it that caused them to change. It also seems to stand alone in a list of otherwise mundane genealogies, noted suddenly, without warning; then without relevance to the following verses.
But, the phrase can be translated differently. The Hebrew word “khah-lal” is translated “call” but it could just as easily be translated “profaneness”. The alternative translation read something like this, “Then in profaneness men began to be named as the LORD.”
While it is certain that were those who called sincerely upon the name of the LORD. There was, without question, something else altogether going on.
This one tragedy of biblical interpretation may well be the most significant and diabolical of all times: that we are far too willing to exalt men as though they were God, even in His very name. Who is Christ? Is He only who our modern theologians describe Him as, or could He be someone altogether different?