Seems there’s a new Bible being published, (via Father Jake) with a whole new and hopefully more palatable take on Jesus’ teachings… it cuts out “difficult parts surrounding economic justice, possessions and money.”
According to Chairman Mr. De Rijke the foundation has reacted to a growing wish of many churches to be market-oriented and more attractive. “Jesus was very inspiring for our inner health, but we don’t need to take his naÃ¯ve remarks about money seriously. He didn’t study economics, obviously.”
According to De Rijke no serious Christian takes these texts literally. “What if all Christians stopped being anxious, for example, and started expecting everything from God? Or gave their possessions to the poor, for that matter. Our economy would be lost. The truth is quite the contrary: a strong economy and a healthy work ethic is a gift from God.”
The foundation wanted to “boldly go where no one else has gone before” by cutting out the confusing texts.
â€œWe don’t use them anyway! There’s no single Christian selling his possessions and giving them to the poor.”
Now, don’t get excited… it isn’t real, not exactly. But it gets you going, doesn’t it? More of the same in the story linked above.