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October 20, 2009

Conservapedia's Bible Removes Passages

It's easy to ignore the Conservative Bible Project when there are so many Bibles out there tailored to your specific need. Last week, you could've had President Obama on your Bible cover (the website took the offer down).

But while The Green Bible highlights earth-friendly passages in green, The Tennessean finds that the Conservative Bible Project takes translation to a new level, taking out two sections.

One is the long ending of Mark's Gospel, which includes verses about snake handling and the story of the woman caught in adultery. Neither is found in most of the oldest Greek manuscripts used to translate the Bible. Schlafly says that adultery story, in which Jesus says, "He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her," should be cut because it portrays Jesus as being soft on sin.

"It's a liberal addition, put in by people who wanted to undermine the reality of hell and judgment," he said.

The story of the woman caught in adultery, known as the "Pericope Adulterae" and found in John 7:53-8:1, has troubled scholars for some time. Most Greek manuscripts have the story but not the oldest manuscripts. St. Jerome included it in his Greek New Testament, which was used as the basis for the King James Version of the Bible. Modern translators put a footnote or bracket around the story, pointing out the questions about its origins. But none removed the text.

Meanwhile, Stephen Colbert and Salon take a few jabs at the project. Colbert's fans inserted "In the beginning, Stephen Colbert created the heaven and the earth," which was edited back out.

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Back to The Tennessean's story, Bob Smietana shows how the Conservative Bible compares to the New International Version and the King James Version (KJV).

For example, Mark 10:25 (KJV) says, "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God." the Conservative Bible substitutes "a man who cares only for money" for rich man.

"I don't think Jesus is saying, 'Let's all be lazy so we can get to heaven.' That's not the message. And, if you translate the word rich as simply rich, some people are going to get the message that 'I am going to be lazy so I can get to heaven easier,' " says Andy Schlafly, founder of Conservapedia and son of Phyllis Schlafly.

Conservapedia's guiding principles are: Framework against liberal bias, not emasculated, not dumbed down, utilize powerful conservative terms, combat harmful addiction, accept the logic of hell, express free market parables, exclude later-inserted liberal passages, credit open-mindedness of disciples, and prefer conciseness over liberal wordiness.

What do you think of the project?

Comments

Was King James, then, a liberal?

Jesus in his parable of the wheat and the tares, certainly wasn't univesalistic as many liberals and conservatives are. Only the Truth counts.

It does not matter what their political orientation is, human beings should not be re-writing the Bible.

What a crock! : )

Acts 2:44-45: All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need.

Acts 4:32-36: All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all. There were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need.
Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means Son of Encouragement), 37sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles' feet.

And go look up Acts 5 for yourself.


So much for letting God's word challenge our prejudices and presuppositions. Instead, they intentionally fit a Bible translation to their assumptions.
This is sick.

This is a joke, right?

Why so outraged? It's not as if this is the first time this has been done

@Justin,
It may not be surprising, but it's still outrageous.

"Express free market parables"? So Jesus is now a supporter of a free market system? Talk about anachronistic. Jesus and capitalism? Hhhmmm...

Sadly, if this had been a liberal moron taking out references to hell instead of a conservative moron trying to make Jesus into a Ditto-head, we would have heard condemnations from every major evangelical leader in the country. So far, I haven't heard a single one of them speak out against this pathetic loser.

Speak out against this loser? I wouldn't be too surprised if some of the major evangelical leaders are not the ones contributing to the re-write.

But I digress. You know major evangelical leaders don't get involved unless the matter at hand is dealing with abortion, homosexuality and Obama.

As a non-denominational Christian who believes not in religion, but in a relationship with Jesus, I have often wondered how the extreme "right" is able to reconcile their beliefs with the Word of God. I now have my answer: they can't, so they will just write themselves a new Bible. Just one warning, and it's straight from the Book: "I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book; if anyone adds to them, God shall add to him the plagues which are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book." Revelation 22:18, 19.

Ah but Terry, you are forgetting one thing... like many Christians often think - those parts you have just quoted do not apply to them. :-)

This is a joke, right?

I fear this is sadly not a joke.

The whole Schlafly clan should be neutered or spayed to stop the spread of their defective, repugnant genes. Its the only way to stop them. Every day they suck in more and more desperate or lost people, suckers who will happily dismantle their last shreds of logic in exchange for a steaming pantload of feel-goodery.

People in this country need to learn how to use their left brains more, instead of living in some right brain dream world where anything goes. Both sides of the brain are necessary, yet way too many people in this country seem to not even know where the light switch is on the left side.

He too, loved his 2nd wife. She is a very considerate person,
always patient and in fact is the merchant’s confidante. Whenever the merchant faced some problems,
he always turned to his 2nd wife and she would always help him out and tide him through difficult times.

This conservative bible is being rewritten by Christians.

The source of their knowledge of God is the bible, which they believe to be inspired and directed by God. Yet these bible-believing Christians who say the bible is the truth that comes from God; the same bible that is the ultimate truth of the mind of God. And yet they are corrupting it.

How many Christians will now turn away from the same faith that these conservative Christians believe to be the truth? Since they are now being told it is a book of lies!!!

Now the atheists have a new weapon to destroy Christianity; now that not even the Christians believe it is true ...

Just because someone doesn’t love you the way you want them to doesn’t mean they don’t love you with all they have.

The so-called conservative translation, is from what I have seen, a very liberal translation. I see no evidence that the alleged translators even read the original languages. I took a look at Mark and found words just put in without any Greek behind them. The Greek word eremos = wilderness is rendered "widerness of skeptics." This Bible project appears to be no exercise in fundamentalism, but in fantastic paraphrase. The Holy Spirit is something like the "divine guide." Now if you are a Bible-believing Christian & you go tell them about there outrageous changes to the Bible, you can expect to get insulted and blocked from editing or posting. I don't see this as a Christian group at all.

I don't believe the Bible innerrent. But II know some history. If when the Bible was put together in it's "final" form in the 300's, if one verse is now taken out for not being true, what does that make all the others? esenta