Misconception over John 8:1-11
"Adulteress and Cast the 1st stone".
John 8:1-11 is not contained in all of the old documents which can indicate either certain people did not like it and removed it, or it was added in by someone to support their personal "religion" and it does not really belong, or another possibility is that a person or scribe chose to include to add to this text something from a witness or another writing that was about Yahushua, which while that would make it an addition, it could possibly be from a true witness.
The Aramaic version of the Gospels that bears evidence that our Greek documents came from it or one like it, does not contain this passage, but
I personally can not say for 100% if it does or does not belong, but I will assume it does belong when I address this misconception. As I stated before, if you align with the truth, you do not have to hide from any part of the bible, and there are many people thinking this misconception undoes what I share, when it doesn't do anything like that.
This misconception is being used to give strength to many false doctrines such as we have no right to judge anyone if we too have sinned, and also that the Messiah ignored the Law of YHWH showing it is not to be kept any longer.
Some even use this passage to teach adultery is not such a big deal anymore, or when they are caught behaving that way they try to use this to make it seem not so bad.
I find it disturbing that people think the "new testament" is there to help them get away with whoring and destroying lives.
All 3 of the above mentioned false teachings are easily destroyed if one simply reads the scriptures as a whole, and also the information just on this site quickly disproves such teachings.
Here is the passage;
John 8:1 "But Yahushua went to the Mount of Olives early in the morning, he came again to the temple, All the people came to him and he sat down and taught them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, Teacher this woman has been caught in the act of adultery, Now in the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such women, So what do you say?,
This they said to test him that they might have some charge to bring against him. Yahushua bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground, And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her, And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground, But when they heard it they went away one by one beginning with the older ones, and Yahushua was left alone with the woman standing before him.
Yahushua stood up and said to her, Woman where are they? Has no one condemned you?, She said, No one master, And Yahushua said, Neither do I condemn you, go, and sin by no means any longer"
This passage is rarely read in the true and fullest context, and is usually flashed over and the part where the Messiah says he who is without sin cast the first stone is the only part emphasized.
First off, these men were trying to cause the Messiah to slip up so they could condemn him, notice it points out they were testing him.
These men tried to test him in many ways, just to try and get him to say just 1 thing in an imperfect way so they could use that against him, but they could only get perfect responses from him.
Since they are trying to test him, some may wonder if this woman was even truly guilty of adultery, and what the full story on the matter really was, though the text does say she was caught and I would lean towards that as true.
An important thing to realize, the messiah had nothing to do with casting judgment in Yisrael.
He was not a judge in Yisrael, so it was obviously improper, foolish, and odd, for them to bring this woman to him and ask this question.
(Messiah will however be judge, and will condemn when he returns, so do not forget that. It's being spread that he does not condemn, and people are not afraid to do whatever they want, but his time to condemn is approaching, be prepared)
Also important to realize, the Messiah was not a witness to this sin, so it did not concern him, if he obeyed the law of YHWH.
It would have been contrary to the law of YHWH if the Messiah behaved as a witness.
Also, the Law of YHWH given through Moses clearly told them what to do, so there was no point in them going out of their way and asking the Messiah this question, it is obvious they were up to something and the Messiah likely knew already these people meant him harm.
Just going on the information we are given in this passage, putting the woman to death would not have been lawful since the law commands both the man and the woman to be put to death, it would have been very wrong to proceed with killing only 1, if 2 were guilty.
Also, according to the law the witnesses had to be the first ones to cast the stones, so if the witnesses did not cast the first stones then she could not have been put to death.
If you were to cast the 1st stones without being the actual witness, then you would be committing murder and it would be a great error from crooked and wrong judgment.
YHWH guided what the Messiah said and did, so even if YHWH wanted to cause a woman to be spared from one of his judgments for the sake of teaching us, that is fine for him to do since we follow the commandments because he is the one that told us to do them. We serve YHWH, not commandments.
It would not mean the law is loosed unless he himself said it was now loosed, however the command to not commit adultery is still standing and if you break it intentionally without care you will have to pay a price.
Now while this is possible, realize the text does not say either way if YHWH wanted this woman to be free of the penalty of adultery if she indeed did commit that. Men are trying to write that into the text.
So, many use this to teach against the Law, though at the end of the passage, Yahushua the Messiah tells the woman to sin by no means any longer(translated literally from the Greek), which means do not break the Law by no means any longer.
Can we really believe that if we ignore him at the last part and continue sinning that he will say to us at judgment, "I do not condemn you"?
We must obey him and what he has taught us.
A second chance is one thing, also forgiveness when one commits a sin but didn't want to and is sad about it afterwards and is repentant, but..
intentionally sinning and not caring is not something which is worthy of forgiveness, so don't try to use the beautiful graciousness of YHWH and his son Yahushua as a license to ignore them and do whatever pleases you. Continue fighting against sinful urges until the end.
John 8:11 "She said, No one master, And Yahushua said, Neither do I condemn you, go and sin by no means any longer"