Let’s Make Jesus Less … Offensive!
By William Kilpatrick
Christians across the world are trying their best to be as non-offensive as possible. For example, one Italian priest recently cancelled a traditional nativity scene out of respect for Muslims, and another Italian priest in a different town created a nativity scene with Mary and Joseph dressed in traditional Muslim garb “in the name of dialogue among religions.”
This got me to thinking that Jesus occasionally said some fairly offensive things. Perhaps it’s time for a new edition of the New Testament that would make his words more palatable to modern tastes. Below are some examples of what Jesus said, followed by what he should have said.
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What Jesus said (when his disciples told him that the Pharisees “were offended” by one of his sayings):
Let them alone; they are blind guides (Mt. 15: 14).
What he should have said:
I deeply regret any misunderstandings. I guess I should have made myself clearer.
What Jesus said:
For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few (Mt. 7: 14).
What he should have said…
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