Any way you slice it...you are changing Scripture to make it say what you want it to say....<quoted text>
We are taught in Timothy that we should compare scripture with scripture, text with text to prove a doctrine.
As I said, the comma is in the wrong place.
You believe the punctuation is inspired?
If the above text is correct and Jesus DID meet the thief in Heaven when He died, it puts a lot of texts in jeopardy.
Death is a sleep and there are dozens of texts which state that.
How come King David did not go to heaven when he died then?
Death is sleep.
David spoke of the sleep of death(Psalms 13:3).
All throughout the Old Testament, when kings died, they slept with their fathers(1 Kings 2:10).
The same is true in the New Testament. When Lazarus died, Jesus Christ said,Our friend Lazarus is sleeping Jesus spoke of his death(John 11:11 -13).
After Stephen was martyred,he fell asleep(Acts 7:60).
Dead Christians sleep in Jesus(1 Thessalonians 4:14).
Daniel wrote that at the end of time,many who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt(Daniel 12:2).
Thus the dead are sleeping in the dust of the earth. Someday, they will wake up.
Finally, the Christians hope is the return of Jesus Christ and the resurrection. When our Lord returns,the dead in Christ shall rise so shall we ever be with the Lord(1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17).
Look closely. Paul said Christians will be with the Lord when He returns.
Jesus taught the same thing when He promised His disciples,I will come again, and receive you to Myself(John 14:3). Again, look closely.
Jesus did not say,Ill meet you in Heaven when you die, but that He would receive us when He returns.
Ultimately, Bible truth about death is comforting. Our beloved dead are sleeping quietly, awaiting the resurrection when Jesus returns. Truth also protects us from being deceived by heartless, tricky demons who can easily impersonate the dead.
Ill conclude with the words of Jesus Christ Himself:
Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth - those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation (John 5:28, 29, NKJV).
I have not seen any versions of the Bible that shows the error you are saying is in the Bible...