Chinese Communist Party-sponsored Bible Purposely Mistranslates John 8

The photo shows art by Rembrandt depicting the events of John 8. (Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669), Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

Did Jesus stone a woman to death?

That’s how the eighth chapter of John ends in the new Bible translation commissioned by the Chinese Communist Party. In the same section of the translation, Jesus also announces that he is not without sin.

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In the original passage, Jesus lets the woman accused of adultery go free, telling the crowd they have no right to commit violence against her. This mistranslation endeavors to show Jesus as both imperfect and as a man who follows the law no matter what.

An unfaithful translation

Todd Nettleton with The Voice of the Martyrs USA says the CCP first ordered this propaganda project in 2019. Officials expressed a desire to “update” the Bible with CCP values. “They were also going to annotate the Bible with passages from Confucian, Taoist, and Buddhist sources in an attempt to equate Christianity with some of the other main religions in China.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller


  • Pray for the safety of people getting accurate Bibles into China.
  • Ask the Holy Spirit to show the real Jesus to many people in China.

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