I came across this story recently of a new Bible translation. It was produced in The Netherlands.
Here is a quote from the article:
According to Chairman Mr. De Rijke the foundation has reacted to a growing wish of many churches to be market-oriented and more attractive. “Jesus was very inspiring for our inner health, but we don’t need to take his naive remarks about money seriously. He didn’t study economics, obviously.”
According to De Rijke no serious Christian takes these texts literally. “What if all Christians stopped being anxious, for example, and started expecting everything from God? Or gave their possessions to the poor, for that matter. Our economy would be lost. The truth is quite the contrary: a strong economy and a healthy work ethic is a gift from God.”
I almost fell out of my chair when I read these quotes. “Jesus was naive…no Christian takes these texts literally…” WOW! This reminds me of a Bible publisher in the US who a couple of years ago released a “gender free” translation.
It is a push that began long ago. Some believe the Bible to be too controversial, so it must be, in their words, “cleaned up” so that it won’t offend people.
We are definitely on that slippery slope…