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February 06, 2012

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johndoe124

There are also interpretations of the Bible that suggest that when Jesus speaks of the poor and the destitute he is actually referring to the state of their spirit, not to their lack of a government force to extract loot on their behalf.

SDG

There is also this thing about justice. "Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly." Leviticus 19:15

It also calls children a blessing, not a punishment, and there is a commandment to not covet the possessions of others (the bread and butter of the democratic party)

John T

I don't think Jesus was pushing big government programs. He saw government as flawed as any other institution, just as full of sin and corruption as the human heart. In any case, big government takes away from the responsibility of faith communities and individuals to care for our poor brothers and sisters. Jesus didn't say "Caesar should care for the poor." His message was, "You care for the poor;" speaking to the community of his followers.

WiseGuy

johndoe124 and SDG - You have both hit home runs.

I would add that the Gospels depict Jesus teaching how individuals can attain salvation, not how government can attain salvation. Anyway, if Obama was in the Gospels, he would have to be Pontius Pilate.

Liberals always try to make themselves look charitable by "helping" the poor, but it is not charity when you donate somebody else's property.

bmatkin

Judas was the first person to mix Christian charity with wealth redistribution.
He didn't get it then and Obama doesn't get it now.
Obama is still groveling for the 30 pieces of silver.

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