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Sunday, December 7, 2008

Progressive Bible Quotes #2

Acts 8:34-35 (McBrien-Kmiec 2008 American Edition.)

34Then the eunuch said to Philip in reply, "I beg you, about whom is the prophet saying this? About himself, or about someone else?"
35Then Philip opened his mouth and, beginning with this scripture passage, he proclaimed "Let your conscience be your guide."

The problem with private interpretation, or relying on one's own authority instead of the Church, is that one can be easily misled into some really weird stuff. Consider the following: Which translation has the following passage from Genesis?

"And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Aida, and she slept: and he took one of her ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; and the rib, which the Lord God had taken from woman, made he another woman, and brought her unto the first. And Aida said, 'This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of me. Therefore shall a woman leave her mother, and shall cleave unto her wife: and they shall be one flesh.' And they were both naked, the woman and her wife, and were not ashamed."

[Jeopardy theme music]

Give up? Why, it's The 'Gay' Princess Diana Bible, of course. The story was posted at Guardian.co.uk.

"There are many different versions of the Bible; I don't see why we can't have one," said Max Mitchell, who directed the science fiction comedy Horror in the Wind, in which an airborne formula invented by two biogeneticists reverses the world's sexual orientation.

"I got the idea for the Princess Diana Bible from Horror In The Wind," he added. "After the world becomes gay, religious people create The Princess Diana Bible, which says that gay is right and straight is a sin. Then they burn all the King James Bibles.

"...Mitchell said: "There are 116 versions of the Bible, why is any of them better than ours?"

Now, of course, this idea is a tremendous affront to Christians, and rightly so. And you're probably thinking that this would be unanimously supported by gay activists. Not so.

From Religion Dispatches: "The gay and lesbian community does not need a new Bible—it needs to make peace with the one we already have. There is an amazing amount of good news for gays and lesbians within its pages, despite the over-emphasized verses that supposedly condemn them." And there's this statement, too: "What makes it a bad idea, though, is that coming up with a “pro-gay” Bible disregards the fact that the Bible we already have is very pro-gay, despite what the anti-gay people say."

So on the one hand, there's a guy who's rewriting Scripture into a true abomination, and on the other, there are gay activists who have twisted the true Scripture to support their abominable lifestyles. And faithful Catholics are the ones who are screwed up? Am I missing something here?