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A Story From The Bible

Here is one of my favorite stories from the Bible. The story has been narrated in Muslims’s books as well. I might share some more passages from the bible and AlQuran as an attempt to build a bridge between Christians and Muslims in my blog.

And every man went unto his own house. Jesus went unto the Mount of Olives. And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them. And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.

Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more. John 7:53-8:11 in the King James Version:

What is your personal reflection on the story?

5 thoughts on “A Story From The Bible”

  1. I had this in my comparative religion class in high school!

    Seriously though, this is a reminder of one thing that we too often forget: WE DON’T HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE TOO HARSH ON THOSE WHO DO WRONG BECAUSE WE DO WRONG THINGS OURSELVES!

    We often cast stones on others, not realizing that we have faults too, and if we were in the same situation as the sinner, we could have done the same thing that he/she did.

  2. Alchemist, I love this story. It reflects Jesus’ heart for broken humanity. His point was to illuminate the hypocrisy in the heart of religious leaders…some scholars say she could have been a prostitute who served all of them, and He wrote their names in the sand.

    They tried to trap Jesus with the laws/penalty of adultery, stoning had not happened for 400 years previous. They were testing Him to see His commitment to the law…it always boiled down to the letter of the law, where Jesus’ revealed the hearts where teh spirit of the law was perverted.

    This chapter displays His compassion for a broken, sinful woman. He does not shame her, call her names. He reasons with her, tells her ‘go and sin no more’. If you do a study of Jesus’ words with women, He has compassion on the prostitute, the adulterous (woman at the well), the demon possessed, the unclean. The untouchables of His time, He affirmed their dignity.

    He had women in His inner circle, treated them as equals and sisters.He validates their humanity, something new and fresh in those times.

    Thank you for posting this!

  3. Great idea about posting stories from the Bible and the Quran! I was talking with a friend this weekend and brought up this story so neat timing for me to read it here.

    I find it interesting how the woman was brought before Jesus taken in the very act of adultery yet there was no man present and accused with her as far as we can tell. Strange how that works.

    But I reallllllllllllly love this story! How Jesus could have upheld the strictest interpretation of Moses’ law — and in a sense he did. He didn’t tell them NOT to stone her…only the perfect one should start the stoning. You see how they asked him this question in order to test him. If he said, “Let her go” they would say, “Aha! You don’t obey the Law!” But if he said “Stone the slut!” then that would have been just, but Jesus overall had a message of mercy. He said he came to the sick not the self righteous.

    See this from Matthew 9

    10While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and “sinners” came and ate with him and his disciples. 11When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and ‘sinners’?”

    12On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.'[a] For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

    Anyway, I could go on, but I think it’s been covered. Thanks much for sharing this! I enjoyed the comments so far as well.

  4. Thank you so much guys for sharing all your reflections. Reading your comments enrich my thoughts about the story. I will bring up some passage from Bible from time to time so i can learn more from you guys. Thank you

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