Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Bible Question

Which of the following passages is in the Bible?

a. “God helps those who help themselves.”
b. “Blessed are you poor, for yours is the kingdom of heaven.”
c. “If you don’t have a job, you don’t eat.”
d. “God chose the poor of this world to be rich in faith.”

Both b and d. “Blessed are you who are poor” is found in Luke 6:20, a version of the more common Beatitude found in Matthew 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit…” “The poor…rich in faith” is found in James 2:5. “If you don’t have a job you don’t eat” is what many people understand Paul to be saying in II Thessalonians 3:10, “If anyone is not willing to work, he shall not eat.” But Paul would include most of the homeless as “workers” who work for their money and volunteer at soup kitchens. “God helps those who help themselves” was written by Benjamin Franklin in the first American political cartoon, written in opposition to the Quakers.

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