Saturday, February 11, 2006

Biblical Illiteracy 101

Anyone see a problem with the Scripture quote in the banner of this website for a United Church of Christ Church?

Update from the church's website:

"For those of you who were kind enough to inform us about our previously inaccurate quote...we thank you!

"We were recently made aware that the former quote we had posted in the header on our site was actually not based on the word of Jesus but was a quote posed to him during his temptation. As soon as we were made aware of this we removed the quote from our site. We removed it...not hackers as some ill-informed bloggers would have you believe. This unfortunate lesson is a demonstration why when using tools online to identify quotes that you think deliver the honest and sincere message you intended you should always view the quotes in their whole context."

Update from the church's webmaster:

Clarification time:

1. There was no hack of the site. (I’d love to know where this rumor originated from.)

2. This was not a publicity stunt.

3. The quote used was from a Biblical quotation search engine and was taken out of context.

4. The webmaster (me) should have checked the full text of the quote before publishing.

5. AS SOON as we were told about the mistake we corrected it immediately.

This was nothing more than the case of a quote of text that was unfortunately missed in it’s full context by everyone who visited the site until recently....

(via Bene Diction)

[to another blog]
"Making statements like you have in your first paragraph though about being a victim of hackers is woefully inaccurate. I encourage you to contact the church to get the truth on events at any time.

Art Gelwicks
St. James UCC of Limerick, PA