Not a big fan of the Bible. Not a big fan of Christianity…at least not how the Christians choose to do it these days. But let’s pretend for a moment that I did give a messy bowel movement about both. Just for fun.
Every conservative evangelical voter out there will tell you that the Bible is infallible. Every last bit of it. For trues. But I have found that is not actually strictly speaking the case. The Bible is apparently only infallible when used to defend the truly infallible doctrine: gays are icky and they do icky things, Israel is the best thing to happen to the world since the creation of fire and the poor are poor because of their own laziness and the rich shall inherit the earth. The first two propositions have some backing in the thing: Israel indeed does get a lot of good mentions, and the Bible does not tend to have nice things to say about gay people. Especially from Saint Paul…then again not much gets a good word from Saint Paul. Guy needed to get out more. But as to the last idea, the stuff about the poor, not much is said that would back up their vitriol against them. I have checked. It was not fun. (in Jimmy Fallon voice) You’re Welcome.
It does say a lot about killing those who do not believe in your god. And in how shellfish has the potential to send you to a burning lake of fire. Oh, and a lot more incest then you would expect. But sadly no general condemnations of the poor or any reasons at all for why they are indeed poor. Ron Paul missed the deadline to get his particular thoughts on poverty included in the Bible. Ron Paul’s Newsletter to the Corinthians…HA! That’s funny…
Guess what it does say about the poor and the powerless though? A lot! And it is all rather Pinko if you ask me…I mean look at this stuff! It is downright Obama level Communism:
“Sell your possessions and give to charity; make yourselves purses which do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near, nor moth destroys.” Luke 12:33
“For many and great are your sins. I know them all so well. You are the enemies of everything good; you take bribes; you refuse justice to the poor.” Amos 5:12
“If there is a poor man among your brothers in any of the towns of the land that the LORD your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward your poor brother. There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land”. Deuteronomy 15:7
“If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered.” Proverbs 21:13
“Most of these schools ought to get rid of the unionized janitors, have one master janitor and pay local students to take care of the school. The kids would actually do work, they would have cash, they would have pride in the schools, they’d begin the process of rising.” Newt 40:23
Oopsie! That last one was not from the Bible! That was just silly ol’ Newt Gingrich showing how he so so wishes that the USA would once more send its children to do hard labor instead of sending them to school for all that New York elite subway riding edjumacation they have been wasting their time with. The way conservatives quote people like Newt and Mitt “Banks are Feeling the Pain” Romney you would think that they were long lost Biblical Prophets. Maybe they are…Who am I to question the will of God? But until they are proven to be Prophets are messengers from Jesus, they had better start shutting up about the Bible hating poor people. Actually, poor people seem to be the only people or things that the Bible doesn’t hate with a vengeance. Have you seen what this book has to say about women? Some omnipotent entity needs to get into the dating scene or something…
This has been a bit of autistic blabbing and obsessing, brought to you by my genetic make-up.