Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Why Is It So Popular?

I read a familiar section of the Bible it other day. It's found at the beginning on John 8. You may know it, it's a story of a woman caught in adultery and Jesus tells the people who want to stone her that the one without sin can throw the first rock. They all walk away, Jesus tells the woman she is forgiven and to go and sin no more.

The thing that baffles me is this story is not accepted by all scholars. In some early copies of John's Gospel this story doesn't appear. Yet, it's probably the most used story of all time. Every Easter play I've ever seen uses it in some way. One of Jesus' most famous quotes is "go and sin no more".

So if it's so "maybe" in the Bible, why is it so popular? Is it because it shows the true heart of Jesus? Is it because it is the best example of how we should not judge others, not throw the first rock? Is it because it shows we can all be forgiven and shows that true repentance is not just being sorry but stopping our sin?

So many questions...


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