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The Poverty and Injustice Bible

Posted on November 4, 2013

by Gary DeMar

The liberal folks at Sojourners have put together a Poverty and Justice Bible that’s being published by World Vision and Bible Society:

“The publishers of the Poverty and Justice Bible went looking and highlighted almost 3,000 verses in the scriptures to show that God has something to say about injustice and oppression. With bright orange highlighting, a quick glance is all you need to see that God cares about the poor — a lot.”

True enough, the Bible has a great deal to say about poverty and justice. Unfortunately for the folks who put this Bible together, there isn’t a single verse that says that civil governments should tax the prosperous so the money collected can be given to the poor.

The Bible does not support the idea of a welfare State. This is not to say that the Bible is indifferent to the poor. Not at all. It’s just that there is nothing to support the transfer of wealth through confiscatory taxing policies.

There are biblical gleaning laws, but gleaning required work, hard work:

“When you reap the harvest of your land, moreover, you shall not reap to the very corners of your field nor gather the gleaning of your harvest; you are to leave them for the needy and the alien. I am the Lord your God” (Lev. 23:22).

Private charity is the biblical model. The modern-day welfare State has made more poor people and made those who are poor even poorer, and this doesn’t say anything about what government anti-poverty programs have done to everybody else.

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5 thoughts on “The Poverty and Injustice Bible

  1. Bryan76016 says:

    Bible verses without context are misleading. Example: "Judas went out and hung himself." "Go and do thou likewise." "Cherry picking" Scripture is a slippery slope. You need to know who wrote the verse, to whom, under what conditions, and the purpose for which it was written.

  2. The Scriptures as inspired by God the Holy Spirit have warned us that in the latter days there would be those who would try to deviate from true Scripture and lead us away from the truth. This organization is satanic in nature and hopefully Christians will realize this. We are supposed to take care of the widows and orphans, but people who can take care of themselves, need to do so.

  3. Texas Chris says:

    The same is true of any guiding document. Look at how the "clauses" are twisted in the constitution.

  4. I particularly love the story Jesus told about the rich man and the poor man-you know, where the rich man gave the poor one only crumbs from his table, but-when he died he went to Hell (wonder why?!0 and the poor man, evidently a good soul as well, went to heaven. The rich man wanted the poor one to give him only a drop of water to cool his tongue, which he felt like was "on fire," but the poor guy, in heaven, couldn't reach him…. Well, it doesn't take a genius to figure out just which party Jesus favored-or rather who He thought got their just desserts!! Jesus also told the rich young man to give up all and follow Him, to which the sad-faced young man refused His offer. Again, who knows what riches in heaven that fellow forfeited! The rich are told again and again to help those less fortunate, and those who follow G-d (Jesus as well) do so. Those who don't, well hope they have some nifty asbestos suits!!

  5. ken1lutheran says:

    Not once did Jesus say, "Take all thy neighbor hath, sell it, and give the money to the poor." There are numerous cases where he said to give of one's own substance to the poor, but not a single one where he said to give of the substance of another to the poor.