How much of the Bible do you have to ignore…

27 12 2009

…to think that Jesus was wealthy? There’s that stuff about the rich man, the camel and the eye of the needle; there’s the whole episode with the money changers and the temple; and if he was born rich why did Mary give birth in a manger? Surely they could have bought their way into the inn.

The turn of the last century had the Social Gospel. We’re stuck with these “Prosperity Gospel” people who apparently don’t make any pretense of actually reading the book they claim to revere. Isn’t there any piece of the liberal Christian tradition left in America these days?

Update: Matthew 6:19 (from The Sermon on the Mount):

19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon the earth, where
moth and rust doth consume, and where thieves break through
and steal :

20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where
neither moth nor rust doth consume, and where thieves do not
break through nor steal.

If Jesus was wealthy, he was a gigantic hypocrite.


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