Obama "Jesus Would Want Us to Tax the Rich"

@bobmnu (8160)
United States
February 2, 2012 2:34pm CST
It would do the President well to read the whole chapter of Luke 12, and specifically Luke 12 42-48. Luke is reporting on a talk that Jesus is giving a crowd of followers. He is talking about a Servant who was left in charge of the household and did what the master wanted he was rewarded. While the servant who punished others in the household and looked out for himself he will be punished. When Jesus said and President Obama quoted "‘for unto whom much is given, much shall be required,’”. According to the whole verse is should read (Luke 12:49 King James 2000 Bible (©2003)) "But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more." It is clear from this verse that Jesus is not talking about money but responsibility. http://www.theblaze.com/stories/obama-at-prayer-breakfast-jesus-would-tax-the-rich/ Most people will say that what Jesus meant when talking about helping the poor it was to be an individual thing and not the government. If I give $100 to a poor family they will get to spend $100. If the government takes $100 from me to give to a poor person there are always other expenses and some say between 35% to 65% of the money collected in taxes for a program to help the poor goes for expenses. In the case of me giving $100 to the poor or the government taking $100 from me and giving the poor between $35 to $65 of the $100 collected in taxes. In effect the government is making itself rich by abusing it responsibility to the people. Mr President the next time you quote the Bible make sure you read the whole chapter and verse. One of the problems is that Bible or any Holy Book can be quoted to support anything. Remember Slavery was justified by quoting the Bible. The Radical Muslums use the Quran to justify killing of innocent people.
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@redkathy (3379)
• United States
2 Feb 12
Very wise advice friend. I just hate it when people take words out of context and apply them for their won benefit! This happens in all walks of life, through many avenues, not just religious books, or any book for that matter. It is the manipulation of words by the selfish and dishonest that make problems in many aspects of life, including our leaders. Thanks for stepping up!
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@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
2 Feb 12
I think what his advisers were trying to do was give him a "sound bite" because how many people would know that scripture since he did not even cite it. Like you say take the words you need and no more. Will the media challenge him on that statement? I don't think so unless it is Fox News.
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@redkathy (3379)
• United States
3 Feb 12
I know you are spot on! The media doesn't ever call "a spade a spade" these days other than Fox Cable News. Our local Fox station is far from saying it like it is on both nation and local levels for the most part. Great discussion btw
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@KrauseHome (33245)
• United States
6 Feb 12
Quite interesting way of looking at things, and I can truly see your point. I do understand many times they are not really looking at the LOWER MIDDLE class, and the poor when they make comments such as this, and since so much money like you say would go for TAXES, how could the less fortunate really benefit more from any of this?
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• United States
2 Feb 12
As a Christian myself, I looked up that Scripture to see the complete context of that verse, and it's about when Jesus comes back in the Second Coming, I wonder how Obama will explain to Jesus Himself why he twisted His words into being about taxes on Judgment Day.
@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
2 Feb 12
Well Said. I beleive that Jesus wanted the individual to give to the poor not for someone to take other peoples goods and money to give to the poor that they decided needed it. Jesus said it when he said "Render unto Caesar what is Caesars and render unto God what is Gods". He wants the individual to do the giving and not the government. In my community I can choose to give to those groups or individuals that I think need the help and are deserving of the help. As in every community we have people who are living off the government and others who are struggling to keep their heads above water. Am I wrong to want to help those who are trying to make a go if it rather than someone who EXPECTS everyone to help them. In my giving I do not look at where the person is getting their money but what are they doing with their life and how are they trying to help themselves. Let me decide who I give my money to and not the politicians who will give it to those who will support them.
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