Ugandan pastor shocks congregation by burning thousands of Bibles

A pastor in Uganda has shocked his congregation and sparked condemnation by asking them to bring him thousands of Bibles which he burned on Easter Monday because of a strange reason.

(REUTERS / Rafael Marchante)A boy turns a page of a bible during a mass at the Simulambuco church in Cabinda January 17, 2010.

Prior to Easter Monday, Pastor Aloysius Bugingo of the House of Prayer ministries had ordered his congregants to bring thousands of Bibles to him. However, they were stunned when he set the holy books on fire, claiming that they were "misleading" the believers, Tuko details.

According to Pastor Bugingo, the Bibles were heavily edited.

Despite his explanation, his action drew condemnation from his fellow believers. There were some who said God might punish him for what he did.

Just recently, an Orthodox Jewish rabbi-politician in the U.K. sparked controversy after he burned a Bible and posted photos of what he did on social media. Shneur Odze explained that the religious tract which was placed in his synagogue purported to be a Jewish Bible, the Daily Mail reports.

Odze has since taken down the controversial images of the burning Bible from his Twitter account. He later explained that he was only complying with Orthodox tradition because the religious tract came from "an extreme proselytising Christian sect of former Jews trying to convert practising Jews to a belief in Christ as the prophesied Messiah."

In addition, Odze explained he would only go against Jewish teaching if he gave it away since it would only be tantamount to "putting a rock in the path of a blind man." Throwing it would also be disrespectful since it was, after all, still religious literature.

Therefore, Odze said his remaining option was to burn the Christian Bible. Nevertheless, he acknowledged that posting the images of the burning book on social media was not a good move. A member of the political party he belonged to also agreed, calling the move "provocative" and a probable source of misunderstanding.