Cleaning up Scripture's patriarchy, anti-Semitism, homophobia, speciesism...

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I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will 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 will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book. (Revelation 22:18, 19)

(Tim, w/thanks to several) Back fifteen or so years ago when I read the first proofs of the New Living Translation and saw they'd changed adelphoi to "Christian friends" in the Epistles, I said to my brother-in-law (who was over the NLT at Tyndale House), "If you're willing to change the words of Scripture to appease the feminists, there's no change you won't make. You'll be the slaves of every last advocacy group. It starts with feminism--who wants to say "no" to women? Then it'll be the Jews; you'll have to clean up the Gospel of John so the Bible isn't open to the charge of anti-Semitism. It'll go on to homosexuality; you'll do everything you can to avoid Scripture being accused of homophobia. And you'll end up taking out repentance, too. Because honestly, repentance is the most obnoxious part of the Bible. Get rid of it and the Bible won't offend anyone!"

Later I found they'd already changed the Gospel of John so it would be more acceptable to the Jews...

Where the Greek was Ioudaioi with the direct correspondent in the English language, "Jews," they'd deleted it, inserting the word "they" or "the people" in its place; or more often, adding the word 'leaders.' So where the Greek text reads "Jews," it was changed to read "Jewish leaders."

So let's see, feminism? Check. Anti-Semitism? Check. Homophobia? Check (NLT), check (NIV2011), and check (ESV). What's next in our grand project of making God more palatable?

You know, I think cats are cute and I've stopped eating meat. I mean, why should we think the world is our dinner plate. Doesn't God command us not to be cruel to animals? And didn't Jesus tell us His eye is on the sparrow? My pastor's wife is a vegan. I tried it but I like chicken enchiladas--I don't wanna have to give them up. Silly, isn't it?

Did you know the animal rights people think we should change the Bible so animals are "he" and "she" instead of "it?" Makes sense to me. They've cleaned it up for women and Jews and gays--why not make Vegans and cats and dogs happy, too?

Vegans say Scripture shouldn't help the speciesists and I think they're right. God loves everybody--no exceptions--you know?