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Chinese textbook distorts Biblical story in order to teach ethics and law

According to the Union of Catholic Asian News (UCAN), Christians in China are upset about the distortion of a Biblical story presented in a school textbook. The distortion of the Biblical story in question claims that Jesus stoned to death a sinner in order to respect the law of the time.


In a textbook published by the University of Electronic Science and Technology Press, the story of Jesus forgiving the sins of a woman who committed adultery, as presented in the Book of John, is modified to teach “professional ethics and law.”

In the distorted story, a crowd wanted to stone the woman to death as per the law and custom of the time. However, Jesus said, “Let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone.” At this, the crowd left.

After the crowd disappeared, the story has been changed to depict Jesus stoning to death the sinful woman. According to this distortion, Jesus says, “I too am a sinner. But if the law could only be executed by men without blemish, the law would be dead.”

“I want everyone to know that the Chinese Communist Party has always tried to distort the history of the Church, to slander our Church, and to make people hate our Church,” a Christian that uploaded the textbook to social media wrote as a comment.


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