Judith Christ of Nazareth
By Alexander Samuels
Don't like the current orthodox versions of the Bible? Why not write a new version to suit your own taste? At least that is what the Law & Business Institute of Washington, D.C., has done. There is now a version of the Bible on sale at your local bookstore titled . . . Judith Christ of Nazareth: The Gospels of the Bible Corrected to Reflect That Jesus Christ Was a Woman, Extracted From Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The new book also portrays God as feminine.
In a June 6 article from AgapePress, Jim Brown writes, "LBI's vice president, a man called Billie Shakespeare, describes this so-called 'corrected version' of the Bible as a valuable resource designed to make the scriptures accessible to a wider audience and 'to acknowledge the rise of women in society.'"
If you are disgusted with this as I am, don't forget that we live in the foggy age of relativism. Most people don't believe in absolute truth. So if you don't like the Bible as is, the theory goes, you just mark out what you don't care for, or add whatever makes you feel better about yourself. It doesn't matter that all the historic evidence says Jesus (not Judith) was a man or that the Bible never refers to God in the feminine gender.
Why hasn't Newsweek published an outraged article condemning this blasphemous desecration of Christianity's most holy book? I suppose that in today's American society, where Christianity is the only faith not held sacred, Newsweek and the rest of the mainstream media consider the Bible to be just another book on the shelf.
As Christians, when fundamental assaults are made on the true meaning of the Scriptures, if we remain silent, then we too are agreeing with a culture that wishes to make the Bible irrelevant. Yes, absolute truth is real. Rewriting the book will not change the Truth that God has spoken through the Bible. Refusing to preach and teach His whole Word of Truth because it might offend some members of the congregation is also just as much an assault upon the Bible as Billie Shakespeare's Judith Christ of Nazareth. Christian congregations should expect their pastors, teachers, elders and deacons to take a stand for the Truth in such matters.