Jeffersonian Christians

Jefferson's Bible, Diesm, cutting from Bible
Thomas Jefferson considered the Gospels untrustworthy so he created his own gospel by taking scissors to a copy of the New Testament. 

I fear Jeffersonian techniques are alive and well among many modern Christians who don't literally cut passages from their Bibles. They simply ignore them. 

Some do this because they don't want to be bothered by facts that disagree with their lifestyle. Like naughty children, they plug their ears and sing "la la" while the teacher gives instructions. 

Others ignore passages because they've been taught by clever teachers who've replaced the cross with the couch (2 Timothy 4:3-4). 

I expect atheists to disrespect Scripture in order to hold on to their faulty conclusions about God and life. But it's far more troubling to encounter professing Christians who've "written" their own gospels. 

We must hold fast to the truth, and in order to do this, we must learn and accept all Scripture, not cut and paste (2 Timothy 3:16-18). 

Smithsonian: Jefferson Bible


  1. Fascinating. So sad to read that about Jefferson, though not surprising. Thanks for including the link to the Smithsonian.

    1. Yes, Marilyn, it is sad to know Jefferson was like this.
      I knew he was a Deist, but was surprised to read that he'd created his own Bible.
      Have a blessed day,
      Gail : )

  2. Amen, Gail! I did not know that about Jefferson. Thanks for the reminder and the historical info.

  3. 2 Timothy 3: 16-18 was the first scripture I memorized after being immersed into Christ. Thanks for the reminder . Our founding fathers got some things right and others, no quite right.

  4. That is interesting never knew that about Jefferson, but it is true today people pick and choose what they wish to believe instead of believing the whole Bible. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Gail, I had never heard this about Jefferson but it's quite interesting and so true that some times we can be guilty of picking and choosing our favorite parts.


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