China and the Vatican are about to renew a historic deal and that comes as a Chinese textbook paints Jesus as a murderer. In the Bible, a woman was about to be stoned for committing adultery but Jesus came and saved her.
This incident can be found in the book of John 8:1-11, Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives, 2 but early the next morning he was back again at the Temple. A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them. 3 As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd.
4 “Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?”
6 They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger. 7 They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” 8 Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust.
9 When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman. 10 Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?”
11 “No, Lord,” she said.
And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”
However, a Chinese textbook described a different ending. It says “when the crowd receded, Jesus stoned the woman to death, saying “I too am a sinner”. “But if the law could only be executed by men without blemish, the law would he dead”.
The textbook is already in use by vocational students in China and it’s teaching professional ethics and law and the book has been approved by the review committee under china’s education ministry. This report is coming as China and the Vatican are about to extend the deal that was signed 2 years ago which allows both Beijing and Vatican to appoint bishops in China.
China is home to about 12 million Catholics which are splits into two parts the state-run and the underground. Pastors in the state-run associations are appointed by the communist regime and they reject the Pope’s authority and the underground recognizes it but sometimes persecuted for it. Nevertheless, under the deal, the Pope has the final say as for the appointment of Bishops in China and also recognized as the leader of the church after it was signed. Additionally, the pope also recognized 7 clergies previously ordained by Beijing.
Most conservatives considered the deal as a sell-out to the communist region. Although, since the deal is about to expire next month many Christians are calling on Pope not to renew it. The United States, State Department is also calling on Pope to abandon the deal citing human rights abuses in China.