We Should ‘Alter’ Luke 9:50 to Mean What We Practice Now

I read in the bible the other day or was it today the passage in Luke 9 where it says

46 An argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest. 47 Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and had him stand beside him. 48 Then he said to them, “Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For it is the one who is least among you all who is the greatest.”

….I wasn’t happy with verses 49 and 50 so I took the liberty to change it. So read the alteration that I did.

49 “Master,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we tried to stop him, because he is not one of us.”

50 “…[S]top him [or blog insanely about him since he does not fit the theological stance you have],” Jesus said, “for whoever…against you [should be shunned].”

The logic behind my alteration is that, the way it was translated before is not practiced now in our Christian circles. Take Rob Bell’s case for example. As long as someone does not agree theologically with us we label them unchristian. We throw the towel at them. We give up on them. Paul in Philippians was far more lenient in his address of those who preach Christ out of wrong motives. He simply said, “As long as Christ is preached.” I think I should alter that passage as well to make it mold into the current context we are in.

2 thoughts on “We Should ‘Alter’ Luke 9:50 to Mean What We Practice Now

  1. Haha, good point Jon. this whole debate has been interesting for me to consider what’s worth fighting over: is Bell (in my view) corrupting the Christian faith and leading people to Christ in the wrong way? or is he simply deviating from what I consider to be ‘correct’ theology? I think it’s deciding between these two points which is resulting in such an amount of lively, shall we say, debate.

  2. I havent made my mind up on Bell’s theology but I like what I’ve read and heard from him so far. But even if does ‘deviate’ does that justify our labels we put on him? But for the critics to put their thoughts up right on the net, about the dangers that Bell is ‘supposedly’ bringing have made it something of a hit. Just a joke on the side: maybe it’s the new way that people market their books. Who knows haha

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