Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Satan Quote Explained

For those following the "Satan quote" mystery (see previous post), St. James U.C.C. has posted the following explanation on its website:
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.
Over at Stand to Reason's blog, Art Gelwicks, the church's webmaster, left this comment:
This quote error completely falls on the shoulders of me...the webmaster. The quote was pulled from an online Bible reference out of context. When viewed purely as the words themselves, they did reach the message we were looking for...unfortunately in their full context it was nothing close.  As soon as we had this brought to our attention we removed the quote from our site. As for it being offending I apologize if it did bother anyone for that absolutely wasn't the intent.
Art could have chosen to go with the flow of the already-circulating rumor that the verse was the product of a malicious hacker but he didn't. I'm grateful for and challenged by his example of humility and honesty. Thanks, Art.