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New "Religion-Free" Bible version strips Christianity

Photo via RFB

Photo via RFB

We’ve told you about the Queen James homosexual-friendly Bible, The Leftist Green Bible, and the newly-released New Apostolic Reformation (Dominionism/signs and wonders) “The Passion Translation,” all of which make Eugene Peterson’s The Message mess seem nearly orthodox. How about a Bible that tells readers they don’t need to worry about all that sin and repentance stuff, because Jesus just wants you to love?

It sounds like the latest Seeker-Mergent language, but this new Bible project isn’t Christian at all. Now a new Religion Free Bible version will soon make the rounds. It’s not written by one person, but by anyone and everyone who wants to free you from your preconceived notions about what God says. There is an advisory circle of people representing various religious traditions, humanistic worldviews, and various forms of spirituality to offer feedback as it is being written.  The RFB Facebook page is proclaiming that a group of 12 volunteers has just translated the Book of James, and several other books are underway as well.

The Religion-Free Bible Project’s mission statement says it “exists to empower people to transform themselves, their relationship to the world, the divine and the experience of life by recreating the Bible and revealing its profound message for all humankind.  The creation of the Religion-Free Bible is meant to be a project ‘of the people, for the people, and by the people.’”  As opposed to God’s Holy Spirit-breathed Word. (2 Timothy 3:16)

Heading up the project is Jim Palmer, an ordained minister who has a Master of Divinity degree from Trinity Seminary in Chicago. After writing several books with titles like, Divine Nobodies: Shedding Religion to Find God and Wide Open Spaces: Beyond Paint-by-Number Christianity, he started the Religion-Free Bible Project and created a “tribe of shedders.” The writing team came up with a paraphrase of the Bible that draws out God’s heart for humankind, without a predetermined set of assumptions and “unshackled from the religious spin often put on it.”

Palmer says the impact of The Religion-Free Bible Project in people’s lives will include:

  • knowing your Self as whole, perfect and complete
  • honoring the divine in all people accepting every human being as your sister or brother
  • being an expression of love, grace, peace and goodness in the world
  • seeing God in all things
  • building a world that works for everyone
  • creating something beautiful that doesn’t exist now
  • living your purpose as showing up and fully present in the now
  • leaving no stone unturned in discovering, creating and being all you are

The RFB contradicts the Bible with many statements like, “there is no line between sacred and secular,” and, “humankind is not separated from and condemned by God.” But it is also interesting to note that many of his statements sound like they could have been written by the watered-down, seeker-driven teachings we often hear today:

Every human being needs to know of their inherent divine worth.
It’s time to stop arguing about God, and start expressing the reality of the kingdom of God. The world is not hopeless or too far gone to be transformed by love. You don’t need a or PhD in theology to embrace the simple but profound message of the Bible.

Here is an example of how he takes God’s Holy Word and makes it not about Jesus, but about you and whatever you want your idea of right to be.

Matthew 16:24-26

English Standard Version (ESV) Religion-Free Bible
Take Up Your Cross and Follow Jesus Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.  For whoever would save his lifewill lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? “You’re going to have to give something up. I’m a stand for your wholeness, your freedom, your happiness, your peace, but it’s going to require something of yourself that I can’t do for you. That self-sabotaging story you carry inside, that way of being that keeps you safe but lonely, those walls you’ve built around your heart, those fears that imprison you, those false people you manufacture as yourself in order to please others – whatever it might be for you – there’s something you’re going to have to trust me enough to give up to receive what I’m offering. I know it’s not easy. I know it’s risky. I know it feels like it requires a courage you don’t think you have. I know it may be the most difficult thing you have ever done. I know it may feel like marching to your own death. But I wouldn’t be your friend if I didn’t tell you that if you walk away from this, you wont be protecting yourself but losing yourself. What good is it to protect your pseudo-happiness, and forfeit everything your heart deeply longs for in exchange for it? You’ve got to give up the life you’re living in order to step into the life you want. Here, take my hand. You can do this! You will do this! I promise, it will be worth it.”

 

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14 Responses to “New "Religion-Free" Bible version strips Christianity”

  1. Sheri Reuter #

    Besides there literally being a special place for those who lead others astray and those who change Gods Holy Word; what is the purpose of doing this to the Bible? If you want to write a great non-biblical self help book, do so. Either use the Bible or don't. If you change it it is no longer the Bible it is a book you plagiarized and distorted to suit yourself.

    July 14, 2013 at 5:08 PM Reply
  2. Robert Scarpati #

    I'm glad for this helpful info. I wonder how they might translate Revelation 22:18-19 where it speaks of the curse on anyone who would add or subtract from that book. god have mercy. Keep spreading truth. One thing: can you please remove the picture of that girl? I know it helps convey the rebellious nature of this project, but just the mere image can really be a stumbling block. Jesus spoke about plucking out eyes. I'd like to share the link, but I'm reluctant to because of the image that's sticking in my mind from the picture. Blessings to all the brethren over there. 2 John.

    July 14, 2013 at 5:50 PM Reply
    • Sure. I will find something else.

      July 14, 2013 at 5:51 PM Reply
      • Robert Scarpati #

        Thank you so much. May you all be strengthened and blessed with great wisdom so you can do all He calls you to do, in His strength.

        July 17, 2013 at 5:36 PM Reply
  3. Robert Scarpati #

    Correction to last post: GOD (3rd sentence)

    July 14, 2013 at 5:52 PM Reply
  4. It reads suspiciously like Anthony Robbins is ghost writing this one! A religion-free Bible is an oxymoron. As are the writers, clearly. :-) A godless bible is actually just another truth-less self-help book. Not unlike The Message. Surely we have enough of those already? Woe to the fools who are adding and taking away. Can't they take up fly-fishing or knitting instead? We all need a hobby but this is getting out of hand…

    July 15, 2013 at 1:21 AM Reply
  5. Rose Vosburgh #

    I think we can see where all of this is heading. Soon the real Bible will be illegal and its adherents labeled intolerate bigots and haters. (Guess the last part is already happening…)

    July 15, 2013 at 1:49 AM Reply
  6. Richard #

    in every person is a longing for the divine because that's how God made us to have fellowship with him. we all know deep down inside there's a severing or a lack of proper connection with the divine due to our sin and crimes against a holy God. Jesus Christ restores that link but many are not interested in this solution so their mind devises all sorts of things to try and gain that connection. alas everything else is a poor substitute but for those who've never had "the real thing" they don't know what they don't know.

    July 15, 2013 at 2:59 AM Reply
  7. So sad this new "religion free bible" but I can't help but wonder if in a small way people are looking for the real deal in Christians and find us falling way too short when it comes to living His truth so they make up an easier way. It makes me cringe at the times I have been a stumbling block to others who are so desperately seeking His way. When will the world see that they need Jesus? Like the song says when Brothers and Sisters love one another! It really is that simple.

    July 15, 2013 at 4:47 AM Reply
  8. Richard #

    God keeps it real simple so that anyone can understand what he's asking so no one on the day of judgement will have excuse for their actions contrary to his Word.

    "If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love" John 15:10

    July 15, 2013 at 6:49 AM Reply
  9. Sickening. But thank you for informing us. This is very dangerous and obviously the work of Luciferianism.

    July 23, 2013 at 4:36 AM Reply
    • mitch #

      I agree, Pennie…Luciferian Garbage.

      July 23, 2013 at 6:10 AM Reply
  10. KS #

    My daughter (15) says this is like a really horrible fan-fiction of the Bible. Really Bad.

    July 23, 2013 at 7:22 AM Reply
  11. Nissa #

    A few years ago, I came across the 'Ceiling Cat Bible Project'. Frankly, the religion free bible reminds me a lot of this and makes about as much sense. I think at least the CCBP doesn't take itself as seriously.

    here is an excerpt from the first Chapter of Genesis:

    Boreded Ceiling Cat makinkgz Urf n stuffs

    1 Oh hai. In teh beginnin Ceiling Cat maded teh skiez An da Urfs, but he did not eated dem.

    2 Da Urfs no had shapez An haded dark face, An Ceiling Cat rode invisible bike over teh waterz.

    3 At start, no has lyte. An Ceiling Cat sayz, i can haz lite? An lite wuz.4 An Ceiling Cat sawed teh lite, to seez stuffs, An splitted teh lite from dark but taht wuz ok cuz kittehs can see in teh dark An not tripz over nethin.5 An Ceiling Cat sayed light Day An dark no Day. It were FURST!!!1

    6 An Ceiling Cat sayed, im in ur waterz makin a ceiling. But he no yet make a ur. An he maded a hole in teh Ceiling.7 An Ceiling Cat doed teh skiez with waterz down An waterz up. It happen.8 An Ceiling Cat sayed, i can has teh firmmint wich iz funny bibel naim 4 ceiling, so wuz teh twoth day.

    9 An Ceiling Cat gotted all teh waterz in ur base, An Ceiling Cat hadz dry placez cuz kittehs DO NOT WANT get wet.10 An Ceiling Cat called no waterz urth and waters oshun. Iz good

    July 23, 2013 at 6:43 PM Reply

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