Among the best-known passages in the New Testament are those in the Gospel of John describing Jesus’ encounter in the temple in Jerusalem with a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery.
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) doesn’t like that version of the incident, according to Christian Headlines, so the order went out to rewrite it in a university textbook used to teach ethics in vocational schools.
In the Gospel of John, the penalty for women caught in adultery under Jewish law at the time was death by stoning, and that’s the horrifying end the poor woman in this particular incident was about to experience when she was dragged before Him by the Scribes and Pharisees.
The Scribes and Pharisees who did so hated Jesus because in His conduct and teaching He was repeatedly demonstrating the emptiness of their religion of works under the Mosaic law of the Old Testament.
By forcing Him to deal with this woman, they expected He would either have to repudiate His own teachings, which would discredit Him with His followers, or repudiate the law, which would provide them a basis for legal charges against Him.
But Jesus was way ahead of them. The Gospel of John tells us that “Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, ‘Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.’”
Soon, the woman’s accusers, all men, began dropping their stones and walking away. We don’t know what Jesus wrote in the dirt but odds are it was the names of the men accusing the woman, along with details of the sins in their lives.
Then Jesus turned to the woman and said “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”
Thus was illustrated the fundamental difference between a religion of works and a faith based on the grace and forgiveness of God. So why would the CCP have a problem with that?
According to Christian Headlines, the CCP changed the ending so that in the textbook it reads like this: “When the crowd disappeared, Jesus stoned the sinner to death saying, ‘I, too, am a sinner. But if the law could only be executed by men without blemish, the law would be dead.’”
The exact opposite of the Gospel, with a result there is no such thing as forgiveness or grace or mercy, there is only the law and suffering a horrendous penalty for breaking it. And who writes the law in China? The CCP.
The Bible revisionists knew the Gospels, so they must be familiar with the rest of Scripture as well, including the ending of Revelation (22:18-19) in which John declares:
“I testify to everyone who hears the prophetic words of this book: If anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book.
“And if anyone takes away from the words of this prophetic book, God will take away his share of the tree of life and the holy city, written in this book.”
Wouldn’t want to be those guys!