The liberalism of the bible is bothersome to some conservatives. Which by itself is bizarre, considering the majority of the content. So a conservative group is putting together a re-write, with a spin they like better.
"...where the mob surrounds a woman accused of adultery and gets ready to stone her, but Jesus intervenes and says, “He who is without sin, let him cast the first stone" (John 7:53-8:11). It might have been a later addition that wasn’t in the original Gospels, according to some right-thinking, or rather right-leaning scholars. So the editors have excised this bleeding-heart favorite from the Good Book, and they've also removed Jesus’ words on the cross, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing."
...when Jesus admonishes hypocrites to, “Cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother's eye,” the conservative Bible replaces the word “hypocrite” with "deceiver," since hypocrite is often “misused politically against Christians.” Good point!
The linked article has more examples. I imagine they'll leave this one intact, although I didn't check...
When a man strikes his male or female slave with a rod so hard that the slave dies under his hand, he shall be punished. If, however, the slave survives for a day or two, he is not to be punished, since the slave is his own property. (Exodus 21:20-21 NAB)
It's wonderful that your family was atheist. I wonder how different my life would have been..... but everyone has their challenges. And I had caring parents, even with the Baptist aspect. So nothing to complain about.
What's funny to me about this article is how conservative christians want to reformulate the bible in their own image. That it's not sufficiently authoritarian and not supportive of rich people.
Like Daniel, I wonder what my life would have been like without religion. I suspect much better.
The beeble. That's cute. My mom tells me I used to call caterpillars caterpillowcases.
by the time they're done, Jesus will be a billionaire job creator who gunned down gays and abortion seekers with his Bushmaster.
You mean that's not what he was in the first place?!? I wonder if these conservative christians are more interested in the son or his cantankerous old man?
Matthew; That's wonderful.
So these guys want to pump up a conservative prosperity gospel, eh? I would LOVE to see them try to massage Matthew 19:16-22. I do truly want to see them take a shot at it!
They will just do what Bowlder did with parts of his bible and delete it.
Sadly, that's entirely too likely ... though in the long run, utterly ineffectual, considering how many bibles there are out there.
Plenty of bibles out there, but I know some people who honestly believe that the King James is the best one. It seems that King Jimmy had something special from god here.
"it's a goodth idea, and I loveth it."
Believe it or not, we have so many versions of this book because the faithful base their doctrines on the wording. Not on what it says, but the wording of it. What it says is one thing. How it says it is another.
In the article, that's exactly what they did with some parts.
Here is a - ¿joke? - conservative "Sermon on the mount"....
Blessed are the rich for all good things trickle down from them. Cursed are the poor for poverty results from their moral failings.
Blessed are the war makers for they keep freedom on the march. Cursed are the peacemakers for they shall be called appeasers.
Blessed are those who inflict harsh punishments for they maintain law and order. Cursed are those who forgive for they shall be called soft on crime.
Blessed are those who pray loudly standing in the churches and on the corners sounding the trumpet before them. Cursed are those who shut the closet door and pray in secret for their prayers are not heard.
Blessed are those who cast the first stone for the sake of sexual morality for that is the only morality that matters. Cursed are those who see sexuality as a private matter for marriage must be defended against them.
Here..... Not quite as bad as one might expect...
Jesus told him, "If you want to be perfect, go and sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven, and come and follow Me."
But when the young man heard that last, he went away feeling sorry, because he had many possessions
Then Jesus told His students, "I tell you truly, that a rich man will enter the Kingdom of heaven only with difficulty.
And I say again to you, that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for an idle miser to enter into the kingdom of God."