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)
No matter, the beeble has been re-written so many times anyway. When I was a very little girl I was looking at a jewelry catalog, and I asked what it was, and my Atheist grandpa told me it was the bible, which I pronounced beeble. I really liked it, and carried it around and told people it was the beeble. ha ha
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.
Yes, caring parents are what's important. My 'dad' left when I was 5. I'm told he was loving and funny, just NEVER grew up. He never could take care of himself even. I had 2 sets of loving, stable grandparents though, and a wonderful mother. My 'dad's' parents were methodists, but never talked religion, and were Democrats. I was VERY close to them.
Well I guess rich white people can change what jeezus' message was, and then live by that. They live by their own rules anyway. I have never understood xtians claiming all the morals for themselves.
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.