Okay, we all know that man is fallible, and God (if he/she/it exists–and I am not saying he/she/it does) is not, but if we needed more proof of this than we already have, we need look no further than conservapedia.com, a conservative website based on the popular, user generated bastion of gray area between lies and truth wiki model.
Their mission: to get rid of liberal bias in the Bible. Yep, you read that right. These folks seem to think that there are some major misinterpretations/misrepresentations in the Bible that give the Good Book a too liberal leaning bias. Now this may seem just ridiculous (because it is) but it is more than that. It is an attempt by folks who say they believe in God and his Word to redefine what those two concepts are. In my mind it borders on blasphemy and speaking against God.
To be fair, there is a lot of bias in the Bible (I have not read it all, but the parts that I have read/heard are full of bias against women and unbelievers especially), but I am not so sure there is really a “liberal bias.” Sure, Jesus went into the temple and kicked the money lenders out, but I do not necessarily think that means he would have been against a free market system. He was against usury, that’s for sure, but that is not a “liberal” concept so much as it is a “human one.” No one should be put into so much debt that they can never pay it off, only to be punished more because they cannot make ends meet. That would be like calling the cry against slavery a “liberal” idea. Sure, it may have sprung from “liberal minded” people, but it is not a so called liberal idea in my mind. It is a humanist idea and issue. No one should be a slave, just as no one should drown in debt because of dishonest money lenders.
But even if the Bible does have a liberal slant (and with all that killing and raping and murder and power grabbing I don’t see how it could) those who believe, truly believe, should accept that–it is the Word of God after all. Now I know that this is not the first time the Bible has been changed or amended or added to (the Book of Mormon anyone?), but once you start having so called believers changing/reinterpreting the Word of God to justify their actions in the present day the whole Book kind of loses its value, and you just help reinforce the idea that God does not really exist. I mean, if his words can be changed just to suit any one group’s purpose, what credibility do they have? And if they somehow maintain their integrity and credibility, well then how much credibility will those that set out to change the Word of God have.
Religion–no matter which one–is a matter of faith, and to mess with the tenets of that faith, to change passages and words because they do not fit your life-view is a direct denouncement of your so called faith. It is akin to saying: I believe in God and I believe in the Bible, except for this passage and this passage, and instead of trying to reconcile those contradictory/uncomfortable making passages I am just going to change them so that they fit the beliefs that I want them to teach, and not the ones they actually are.
Again, in the interests of fairness, I am not a believer and I really do not care who wants to do what to the Bible. Or rather, I would like to say I don’t care, but there is a part of me that is repulsed by this. Why? I am repulsed because so many people base their faith and their lives around what is in that book, and if it gets changed to advocate a more blood-thirsty/free market social Darwinism approach to religion and life, it could have a profound affect on how people worship in the coming years. Of course, people would have to buy into this new “Conservative Bible” and I would hope that the chances of that happening are slim, but you never know, do you? At the very least we are looking at the possible creation of a new branch of Christianity “Ultra-Conservative” and they will have their own Good Book, written and edited by them to express their values and belief systems. And so what if it goes against other versions of the Word. After all, who is to say that those earlier translators weren’t off the mark and the “Conservative” take on the Bible isn’t the true word of the Almighty?