Jefferson Cut His Up

10 05 2007

sisors2.jpgBut most people today don’t go to that much trouble. It’s much easier to just ignore the parts of the Bible one doesn’t like. 

Of the 66 books, 1,189 chapters and 773,000 words in the King James Bible, Jefferson kept only the four Gospels. Then he cut out most of them. Among his excisions from Matthew, Mark, Luke and John: the Annunciation, the visit of the Magi, all the miracles, the Transfiguration, Christ’s promise to the thief crucified beside Him (“today shalt thou be with me in Paradise”), the Resurrection, the Ascension.
Jefferson had no belief in a bodily resurrection, ends his Bible: “There laid they Jesus, and rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.” But he believed in his own version. He wrote of it: “A more beautiful or precious morsel of ethics I have never seen; it is a document in proof that I am a real Christian, that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus.” (Source: Time) 

Seems to me there are a lot more followers of Jefferson than Jesus these days. Pick what you like, ignore the rest, and proclaim yourself a real disciple.    

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7 responses

10 05 2007
jonfeatherstone

Click,
Sorry bud, but it is all a bit too easy for you to sit there and say that. You almost come across as being smug. Many people are struggling and wrestling with the Bible, and it would be a whole mighty lot more helpful for everyone if you offered some sane, plain english explanations to the hard bits. To see what I mean, go yo youtube.com and just look at how many attacks there are on the bible. Why not provide these guys with some answers? For example, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkXOwBIRX7Y and then give that guy (and the rest of us) some decent answers so we dont have to cut bits out of our bibles!
Jon

10 05 2007
heartyheretic

Jim Wallis and his friends cut a Bible up, too. But they cut out all of the parts that addressed our obligation to the poor. They called it the Holey Bible, and the point was that good Christian folks regularly do exactly what you said, pick what they like and ignore the rest.

10 05 2007
1ofHis

Whoever believes the Bible is God’s word (and God is not a man that He should lie), then take what He says, and live it. You will really please God!

10 05 2007
kclick

Jon,

Your reaction is quite interesting. You seem upset at me for pointing out what is going on. Have you ever considered that God has a reason for not putting all the answers in plain and simple terms?

The scripture says: 5If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. 6But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. 7For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

20Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. 22For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

31He said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.’”

16Have I then become your enemy by telling you the truth?

11 05 2007
jonfeatherstone

kclick,
What I am upset about is thte fact that there are thousands of people in these blog sites asking questions, wrestling with the truth, hurting badly from bad experiences whilst in the church, struggling to make sense of the bible and of God, etc. There is a fantastic opportunity for people like you to gently walk along side them and be a part of their journey, rather than just sitting there preaching that we shouldn’t cut up the bible. When people reject parts of the bible and get angry about that, it’s precisely because they don’t understand but want to! Don’t whine or just quote verses at these people – get to know them, ask questions, help them!

11 05 2007
kclick

Jon,
I’m all for helping anyone who is willing to be helped. But there seems to be a double standard in play here. Those who want to criticize the church or Christianity or almost anything sacred are applauded for their keen sensibilities and refreshing honesty. On the other hand, those who don’t agree with all the criticisms and say so are rebuffed for being unkind, smug, and insensitive.

11 05 2007
jonfeatherstone

Fair comment – in fact I have had that very thing levelled against me!
To quote:
“Well, its certainly easier to ask questions than to answer them. In fact I think post-modernity has encouraged a ‘nobility of skepticism’ where the skeptic is automatically on the high ground – his disbelief seems to require no proof, he is thought wise and virtuous merely for asking or in most cases obfuscating.”
On the other hand, as to the unfairness of the “double-standard in play” here, thats just the way of things. Since when has the world welcomed the truth with open arms? Our challenge is to communicate with “the world” in the most effective way.
Jon

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