Always be wary of Leftists (sort of) quoting the Bible. Such a ploy is straight out of Saul Alinsky’s ‘Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals.’
Rule #4: Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.
It might be more effective if Leftists knew more about the Christian “book of rules” than what fits in a tweet. Leftists, broadly speaking, have nothing but derision for God, Christianity, Christians, and churches (except for those that cave to every Leftist demand). Whatever. This is America, people are allowed to be as wrong as they like. Keeping that in mind, does it not seem (what’s the word?) hypocritical to cherry pick sections from scripture, out of context, to try to make a point? Yes, Christians cherry pick too, and many should be more familiar with their own Bible. No question.
Still, when Leftists do it, they feign respect for some parts of the Bible while genuinely sneering at the whole. Remember how the Left hated the FBI right up through the election that Hillary lost, then they suddenly found the feds to be unimpugnable paragons of virtue when they tried to torpedo Trump? Same thing, different sphere.
This selective reverence is especially disingenuous when they use ellipses (…) to edit out parts they don’t like, kind of like when journalists choose not to report facts or entire stories contrary to their party narrative.
Take this little gem from Stephen King.
Wow. That looks very convincing doesn’t it?
“Christians must be such hypocrites to hurt the feelings of children. It says so right there! If they don’t agree to let unlimited numbers of kids into the country illegally to grow up and vote Democrat, then they have totally invalidated their own religion and forfeited the true moral high ground to us, the people who consistently voted with Harvey Weinstein!”
Hold on there, Leftopia! Stephen King, as most Alinsky-ite Leftists, is apparently not quite the intellectual scholar and Bible theologian that he would have people believe. Did you see the ellipses? What was he hiding?
The Bible According to Stephen King (not an apostle, the horror writer)
6 …whoso shall offend one of these little ones… it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
Matthew 18:6 King James Version (KJV)
6 But whoso shall offend one of these little oneswhich believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
Matthew 18:6 New International Version (NIV)
6 If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.
Matthew 18:6 English Standard Version (ESV)
6 but whoever causes one of these little oneswho believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.
Why do you suppose he deliberately choose to edit out the phrase about belief? Could it be because he looks down on the belief called for in the Bible? Gosh, that would kind of awkward. He certainly can’t go around Bible thumping about icky things like belief. Ew. Icky poo-poo caca!
Maybe there is another reason. Could it be that context is important in literature? Stephen King is a writer, he must know the importance of context in written communication? Want to see the context that Stephen left out?
Matthew 18:1-8 King James Version (KJV)
1 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? 2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, 3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. 6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. 7 Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh! 8 Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.
Matthew 18:1-8 New International Version (NIV)
1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. 3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me. 6 If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. 7 Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come! 8 If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire.
Matthew 18:1-8 English Standard Version (ESV)
1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them 3 and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, 6 but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea. 7 “Woe to the world for temptations to sin! For it is necessary that temptations come, but woe to the one by whom the temptation comes! 8 And if your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life crippled or lame than with two hands or two feet to be thrown into the eternal fire.
Maybe, just maybe, Matthew 18:1-8 isn’t about avoiding hurting children’s feelings. Maybe, just maybe it’s about believing in Jesus Christ as a savior, with childlike humility, and avoiding sinning and tempting others into sin. Maybe? I don’t have an honorary doctorate, like Stephen King, but I seem to have a better handle on this Bible thing than Stephen.
Does anyone wonder how Jesus might feel about some of Stephen King’s writing? According to the Houston Press:
- ‘The Stand’ has a scene where a character known as “The Kid” anally penetrates “Trashcan Man” with the barrel of a handgun while receiving a hand job.
- ‘Apt Pupil’ has a detailed scene of a teenager, Todd, having a wet dream about torture-raping a 16-year-old girl by using an electrified condom.
- ‘The Library Policeman’ has a prolonged, graphically detailed scene involving the anal rape of a child.
- In ‘It,’ six 11-year-old boys take turns screwing an 11-year-old girl over the course of 7 pages.
Hey, maybe the Houston Press read King’s dirty little passages out of context, maybe. I look forward to the Leftists providing the context in which none of those scenes are prurient and unnecessarily detailed.
Before a fellow like Stephen King decides to make editorial changes to the Bible, maybe he should talk to someone about his fascination with anal rape, child rape, and juvenile gang bangs.
What do I know? I’m Justa Gaibroh.