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    Organized Christianity has largely changed from a "faith plus works" doctrine to a "faith alone saves" doctrine.  This necessarily requires that the Bible be rewritten to remove the multiple requirements for Salvation that require charitable works, that appear so frequently in the Gospels.  Which partly explains the modern GOP attitude that the poor must be punished, not helped.

    "For does the Bible not say, 'Stuff the poor, they only have themselves to blame?'"

    -- Ripely Fecund, "Bleak Expectations" (BBC Radio 4 series).

    The "Eye of the Needle" parable about how hard it is for a rich man to get into Heaven has been watered down by claiming there was a gate into Jerusalem called the "Eye of the Needle" (this gate never existed) where all a camel had to do was kneel to enter.  Or that "camelos" refers not to a "camel" but to a "ship's cable" going through the eye of a needle.  Given that they are never told that a ship's cable around 33 C.E. would have been an inch thick, and a needle would still have been a regular sewing needle, the version told in church is a version told to keep the collection plate well-filled.

    "Blessed are the poor" has been changed to read "Blessed are the poor in spirit".  "Blessed are those who hunger" has been changed to "Blessed are those who hunger for what is right."  A subtle change in wording to allow people who make $1 million a month to consider themselves to be AMONG the "poor" and the "hungry".

    And Matthew 25:31-46 isn't a part of the Bible anymore, because it sends people to Hell for failing to perform certain types of good works (JESUS: "whatsoever you do to the least of my brethren, that you do unto me") while not taking their faith into account at all.  That is anathema to modern non-Catholic Christian doctrine, and to Catholic doctrine in some respects.

    And for the unchanged verse, "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the Earth", good churchgoers are taught that no matter how environmentally-wrecked the Earth is after humanity is done raping it, at Judgement Day the meek shall be given a completely rejuvenated Earth.

    Blessed are the poor, for they shall inherit the earth
    Better to be poor than a fat man in the eye of a needle
    And as these words were spoken I swear
    I hear the old man laughing
    'What good is a used up world
    And how could it be worth having'

    -- "All This Time", Sting

    The "millstone" verse (Matthew 18:6), "But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me", now permits harm to children without fear of divine retribution.  The new "hurt the children if you like" version says "But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin".  See the subtle change in wording?  Now instead of prohibiting children from being harmed, the verse prevents a child from being encouraged to sin, while allowing all the necessary harm to children to "prevent them from sinning".  "Spare the rod and spoil the child" and all that.

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