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June 28th, 2012
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Would Jesus support health care reform?

Editor’s note: This piece ran earlier this year, but we’re spotlighting it now because of Thursday’s health care decision from the Supreme Court. The story generated more than 3,000 comments, including these two:

David Nelson
It is sad that Jesus has been demoted to being a politician. Jesus plainly said "My Kingdom is not of this world." Movements to use Him to promote their agendas, whether they be on the Left or Right, are extremely suspect in the eyes of this Christian.

kateslate
Jesus would SO have been a democrat. He taught us to care for the sick...not to profit off illness. I don't know how Republicans can live with themselves and call themselves Christian.

What’s your take?

By John Blake, CNN

(CNN) - He was a healer, a provider of universal health care, a man of compassion who treated those with preexisting medical conditions.

We don’t know what Jesus thought about the individual mandate or buying broccoli. But we do know how the New Testament describes him. The Gospels are filled with stories of Jesus physically healing the most vulnerable and despised people in his society.

References to Jesus, of course, didn’t make into the recent U.S. Supreme Court’s hearings on the constitutionality of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Yet there is a moral dimension to this epic legal debate:

How should the nation help its “least of these,” an estimated 50 million Americans who can’t afford health insurance, as well as those who could go broke or die because they can’t afford medical care?

Christians are as divided about this question as others. Many cite Jesus, but come up with completely different conclusions.

Trust God or government?

Tom Prichard, a Lutheran and president of the Minnesota Family Council, said it’s ultimately about faith.  Who do we trust – God or government?

He opposes “Obamacare” because he has more faith in the market and people, than government.

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“Here Jesus’ words come to mind about not worrying and trusting God to meet our basic needs,” Prichard wrote in an online post warning about the dangers of “government run health care.” “Or if we believe it all depends on us, we’ll look to government.”

When reached at his Minnesota office,Prichard elaborated: He said the nation should empower families and individuals to make health-care decisions. If families can’t afford health insurance, private and public entities like churches and nonprofits should step in, he said.

“We all have the same goal,”Prichard said. “We want all people to have health care, even people who can’t afford it. I would argue that having the government be the primary vehicle for providing it is not going to get us to that goal. It’s going to make the situation worse.”

Carl Raschke, a religious studies professor at the University of Denver, evoked Jesus’ words about Rome and taxation.

Raschke cited the New Testament passage when Jesus, after being asked if Jews should pay taxes to Rome, said that people should "Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's, and unto God the things that are God's."

Jesus was against strictly political or economic solutions because he thought they were too easy when it comes to the real challenges of human life, Raschke said.

“Writing checks won’t solve social problems,” Raschke said. “One has to get involved. If we see someone in need, we just don’t throw a dollar at him or her. You get to know them, you offer yourself, and ask what you can do for them.”

Helping the Good Samaritans of our day

There are some Christians, though, who say that charity isn’t enough to solve the nation’s health care problems.

An estimated 32 million Americans could lose health insurance if “Obamacare” is struck down, including children who can stay on their parents’ insurance until they are 26 and seniors who get help paying for their drug prescriptions. Most observers say health care costs would continue to rise.

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Some people believe the health care situation in America would be scandalous to Jesus because he was a prophet concerned about social justice.

Steven Kraftchick, a religious scholar, said Jesus comes out of the tradition of Jewish prophets who preached that the health of a society could be measured by how well they took care of “its widows and orphans,” those who had the least power.

Kraftchick said there’s a famous story in the Gospel of Mark in which Jesus heals such a person. He was the man who called himself Legion. He might have been called homeless and mentally ill. The man roamed a graveyard, so tormented that even chains could not hold him and everyone feared him, Mark wrote.

Jesus healed the man not only physically, but socially as well, according to Mark. The man returned to his community with a sense of dignity, said Kraftchick, a professor at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology in Atlanta.

“A move toward universal health care would be fitting with the prophetic traditions,” Kraftchick said. “When you read the New Testament and look at the signs of the in-breaking of the Kingdom of God, it’s always connected to being physically healed.”

Yet Marcia Pally, an authority on evangelicals, said many evangelicals are wary of government doing the healing.  Their reasons go back centuries.

Many are the descendants of people who fled Europe because of religious persecution from countries and state churches. They fought a revolution against a government in England.  And they settled a frontier, where the virtue of self-reliance was critical, said Pally, author of “The New Evangelicals: Expanding the Vision of the Common Good.”

Suspicion of government is part of their historical and religious experience, said Pally, a professor at Fordham University and New York University.

Those attitudes, though, may be changing. Pally said she spent six years traveling across America to interview evangelicals. She discovered that a new generation of evangelists now believes that certain issues are too big and complex to be addressed by charity alone.

“Some note that charity is very good at the moment of emergency relief but it doesn’t change the underlying problem  unless structures that keep people poor, sick or deny their access to health insurance are changed,” she said.

No matter what the Supreme Court decides, the legal debate will continue. If more Americans go broke or die because they do not have health insurance, more Americans may ask, what would Jesus do?

But don’t expect any easy answers from the Bible, said Raschke, the religious studies professor at the University of Denver.

“People are always looking for support from the Bible for American political positions,” Rashke said. “Would Jesus be against abortion, or would he support a woman’s right to choose? It’s almost become a standard joke in the theological world that you quote Jesus in American politics to support your political views.

“The teachings of Jesus do not fit into the views of any political party."

- CNN Writer

Filed under: Christianity • Health care • Jesus • Politics

soundoff (5,234 Responses)
  1. ann west

    🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴
    Jesus was Born in Africa, Why do they insist on showing this White Wash Hippie? Delusional People

    March 31, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
    • Really?

      Africa?

      March 31, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
    • If horses had Gods .. their Gods would be horses

      Marketing ,,, pure marketing.

      March 31, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
    • squawks

      I've seen Jesus depicted in all races. Whatever people can relate.

      March 31, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
    • Ted

      Yes. Zimbabwe, actually. You can't prove that false.

      March 31, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
    • Ted

      Kenny Loggins was the Fundies Inc. marketing team's model for Jesus. Didn't you know?

      March 31, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
    • Really?

      Good point, Ted. I can't prove he wasn't born in Zimbabwe. The Bible easily could be refering to Bethlehem, Zimbabwe.

      Though considering how white Jesus is, it must have been named Rhodesia at the time, and not Zimbabwe.

      March 31, 2012 at 6:05 pm |
    • Ted

      That wasn't Jesus you saw. It was Kenny.

      Thanks for coming out though; Fundies Inc. appreciates your support. We need your money to pay our bar tabs at the strip joint.

      March 31, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
    • migeli

      He was born in Brooklyn.

      March 31, 2012 at 6:48 pm |
  2. Lilith

    If our leaders in Washington are such devout Christians (none have admitted to be Atheists) why don't they suggest a concentrated health care prayer day & just ignore legislating anything? We all are designated the hour to pray for either the answer or that illness be eliminated. I would think that 300+ million people praying together shoud get God's attention. But then again, none of us actually believe that stuff now do we?!!

    March 31, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
    • squawks

      What an amazing response. Seriously.

      March 31, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
  3. Sara

    No, He would not. He would, however, warn us about our government.

    March 31, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
    • Liz Malone

      Oh please Jesus wouldn't have nothing to do with mess on earth.

      March 31, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
  4. HONESTLY!

    I personally dont believe that there is a man like figure sitting up in the sky watching your every move. He isn’t there making sure your sports team wins. He isn’t there talking to the pope, the rabbi’s, or any other religious leader. And he certainly isn’t there talking to any of you. sorry to say we're just not that important. He does have laws though, that must be abided by. For instance there are things you must do to live, and procreate (even though his laws have allowed us to do that outside of our own bodies), we must stay clear of certain elements while devouring other elements. His laws are made of laws you may have heard before. Like laws of gravity, laws of physics, and velocity, and logic. For god in completely undeniable! for he is the universe and more. We are not the most important things alive in the universe.
    Things you can’t even imagine are alive, reproduce, enjoy some elements while rejecting others. Our very own planet is alive (its not a rock, and it certainly isn't flat!) our solar system is alive the universe is alive, stars die and reproduce every minute. and its a great and beautiful display of gods power. gods plan is for the universe and beyond not just us. we’re just a minuscule particle in a minuscule time period, no more important than a kitten, or a kangaroo. however we have evolved intelligence that other species have yet to achieve. Our destinations will be laid out in time with science and true understanding of these (gods) laws. Be patient we'll get there in time! until then we need to love, respect, protect, and feed one another so that we survive long enough to achieve the goal of god. One more thing. Our gods laws, are proven everytime scientist have a new break through, or discovery another one of gods fascinating laws are revealed. Its important that we understand it, question it, and finally correct what we can, and accept what we can't. His laws are unforgivable. He's not an angry god. Just one that has given us life, in a place where his laws can't by any means be broken you have no choice in them, for they are already set. You can't break them if you wanted to. For god has made sure of this! Love god, your fellow man, the planet, the universe. And constantly remind yourself how small you are in gods creation. For this is your one true god! For your bible was hand written by man not god. And these laws are 2000(plus) years old now. Its time to believe in what we know, and what is real! and let go of what isn't real!

    March 31, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
    • Robin

      And what, exactly, does that rambling have to do with health care? It doesn't make even the slightest bit of sense.

      March 31, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
  5. Brett

    Everyone knows Jesus was a Social Darwinian who would say if people don't by their own insurance then f- them. Survival of the fittest.

    March 31, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
    • Rian

      I disagree, because Jesus was all about mercy.

      March 31, 2012 at 6:05 pm |
    • Ted

      Mercy like y'all gonna burn forever in hll for stepping outta line briefly in your short life on earth. Yeah, mercy and luv, uh huh.

      I'll pick the "there's no god' choice, thanks. You can keep your hateful vengeant guy in the sky for your ownsome.

      March 31, 2012 at 6:11 pm |
  6. Dan

    This is a stupid question. Of course Jesus would support health care reform. For the entirety of his albeit short career he healed the sick and didn't ask for anything in return. Those people didn't have health insurance, nor did they have the money to pay for medical treatment. Well, they didn't even have medical "treatment" for that matter. That being said, I have always said that health care should be free, universal, and completely accessible. If that were to happen there would be no insurance agencies sucking the financial life out of America, and there wouldn't be money grubbing pharmaceuitcals just trying to make their buck. There would also be no argument about "the best doctors" because they would all be on the same playing field. Bottom line: Health Care should be a RIGHT, not a privilege.

    March 31, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
    • Josie abbott

      Right Dan. Then he certainly wouldn't have approved of Govt. mandates to Force people to buy insurance–now would he?? of course not. Jesus Led the way, he didn't Force anyone to do Anything. That is what both liberals and conservatives forget. He gave us Commandments,but All must be free to follow or not.

      March 31, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
    • Erin

      I am confident Jesus would want everyone to be well and thriving, but for those that have read the New Testament, you will know that few people in his home town were healed because they didn't believe in Him. Instead they saw Him as a kind of neighborhood kid, "Mary and Joseph's boy" , if you will. Still Jesus loved them and had compassion upon them and suffered many things to carry our diseases away from us and give us back life-and not bondage. Jesus would want everyone to be healthy and comforted when hurt or broken, in fact, He has said this in His Commissions of His disciples. Whether or not someone loved or loves Jesus, He loves them. It is a gift. I believe healthcare should be part of a service that the US government provides its citizens because it is humane and it is the best way to keep our country strong. I don't believe doctors who take an oath to care for the sick should be charging $300/visit. Anything over $100/visit is hypocrisy-in my opinion. And my grandfather was a doctor who lived just fine while caring for the poor and ailing.

      March 31, 2012 at 6:10 pm |
  7. Qubee

    It is true that Jesus is not mentioned in any Roman sources of his day. Not even the famous Jewish historian, Josephus, or even more notably, the most powerful and important figure of his day, Pontius Pilate.

    March 31, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
    • Anon

      It's ironic that those historians just mentioned early Christian sects but nothing about Jesus himself.
      Even Philo of Alexandria leaved during he alleged time of Jesus (supposed birth and death) and wrote nothing about him.
      Zip, zero, nada.

      March 31, 2012 at 6:01 pm |
    • just sayin

      Jesus is referenced in around 20 texts of antiquity. There are more texts still to be found, 2000 year old records are rare but not impossible to find as with the Dead Sea Scrolls. Pilot was not known to be an author and a record of him as a Roman authority in Palestine has only recently been found. Josephus did include a passage about Jesus but that is being challenged by those desperate to prove that Jesus wasn't there. An exercise in futility as several whole books were written in opposition to Christianity.

      March 31, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
    • Anon

      More like 20 texts from 500-800 years fabricated later by apologists.

      March 31, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
  8. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things*

    March 31, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
    • Qubee

      Abuse reported!

      March 31, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
    • Just Wondering

      Out of curiousity, how many bumper stickers do you have on your car?

      March 31, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
    • Barry Wom

      The abuse button does not work. Don't waste your time. Best to just not feed the troll.

      March 31, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
    • Ted

      If enough of us get on CNN's case to do something about the troll, maybe they will.

      March 31, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
    • just sayin

      Truth is never a troll .

      March 31, 2012 at 6:03 pm |
    • Really?

      Actually, I am curioous about the bumber stickers too. Would you answer that please?

      March 31, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
    • just sayin

      really? how cuio"o"us are you ? Moron.

      March 31, 2012 at 6:09 pm |
    • If horses had Gods .. their Gods would be horses

      It seems that just sayin does protest too much for this post ... me thinks we found who our troll is!?

      March 31, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
    • Captain America

      It's always been Heaven Sent. Didn't you know that?

      March 31, 2012 at 6:23 pm |
    • If horses had Gods .. their Gods would be horses

      Thanks Captain !

      March 31, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
  9. Jesus4FREEDOM

    FREE AGENCY, was the cornerstone of Jesus' teachings. The FREEDOM to help, or not help others. Jesus would never condone laws that force the population to be charitable. Part of our test in life is to prove to our Heavenly Father that we will choose to help others. Force us trhough the long arm of the law and there is no choice – there is no FREE AGENCY and eventually no FREEDOM.

    March 31, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
    • notheism

      You have no free agency, if you have your god. The simple fact that he knows that you will do what you will means that every action that you will carry out is already determined. If you want an explanation for free will, don't appeal to a god that has already condemned you.

      March 31, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
    • Jesus4FREEDOM

      I do not believe in pre-destiny. As a matter of fact, I don't know any Christians that believe that. We believe that we have a choice to accept or reject God. You apparently have rejected Him, and that is your choice. I have accepted Him. I still have the Free Agency to turn away, but I hope I am never so foolish.

      March 31, 2012 at 6:03 pm |
    • notheism

      Jesus4FREEDOM, the fact that you assert as much does not change the fact that if you have an omniscient god, who knows exactly what you future consists of, by definition, leaves no space for free will. If you cannot see the contradiction, that is your problem. I am afraid that your Christian friends are subject to the same issue.
      I have not "rejected" your god, for the simple fact that I do not believe he exists. Similarly, I do not reject unicorns, not because I do not accept their existence, but simply because there is no good reason for me to believe in them. On the other hand, I could make a number of reasonable arguments to demonstrate that belief in your god is unjustified (such as the argument that I've just presented you with).

      March 31, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
    • migeli

      Why all this screaming about your freedom that insurance company stoodges have you ranting about.Your forced to pay car insurance,taxes,social security all for the general good.

      March 31, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
    • migeli

      Just how is it that you know what Jesus would do?I say he would want everyone to have healthcare, that's what I think.Have any evidence to support your theory?

      March 31, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
  10. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things8

    March 31, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
    • Qubee

      So is there any evidence that Jesus existed?

      Believers often cite Josephus Flavius (37-100CE). Among his enormous works about Jewish history are two short passages about Jesus in Antiquities. But many scholars believe that all mention of Jesus was interpolated centuries later, probably by Eusebius, a Church Father who once proudly argued that it was legitimate to use “fictions” – that is, lies – as a medicine to achieve a greater good. The first time that Flavius’ supposed references to Jesus came to light was when Eusebius claimed to be quoting from them in his own historical works in 324CE.

      Other scholars believe that Flavius’ original text probably did refer to Jesus, but that the bold statement that Jesus “is Christ” and the references to the crucifixion were forged. However, even if Flavius did mention Jesus, that would have been in 93CE which is later than possibly all four gospels.

      March 31, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
    • just sayin

      Beyond Josephus there are multiple accounts, the Bible, Gnostic writings, Jewish writings to dispute the resurrection and at least 20 accepted works, some entire books that were written to oppose Christianity.

      March 31, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
  11. Michael G.

    Jesus would NOT support it! Under Obamacare, you will see RFID CHIPS!!! Every American will eventually be MANDATED to be implanted with chips!!!

    March 31, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
    • jimB

      Jesus would indeed support. He would not support the hateful rhetoric and divisiveness of modern day "christians" who do not put hsi words into practice.

      March 31, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
    • Okey Dokey

      Don't worry. The aluminum in your foil hat blocks the ability of machines to read the RFIDs.

      March 31, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
    • Ted

      6478321, pre-ID-name 'Michael G', do not publicly discuss your implants. Only number 0040 Pamela Anderson may reveal hers.

      March 31, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
    • woman

      Can you hum the music of Twilight Zone?

      March 31, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
    • Frito

      I like chips!

      March 31, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
    • migeli

      Potato or casino?

      March 31, 2012 at 6:10 pm |
  12. Braden Barty

    NO! Why. Because if the idea that Jesus taught charity is to be a personal choice. Did Jesus teach, take care of the sick or go to jail and or pay a fine? Taking away all free will and agency? No.

    1 Peter 5: 2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;
    1 Corinthians 9:17 For if I do this willingly, I have a reward; but if against my will, I have been entrusted with a stewardship.

    How vain must we be to think laws and Magistrates of the state can replace the laws and magistrates of God. Noble as it may be to support laws pertaining to the less fortunate, the sick and the needy. But to force individuals and strip them from the ability to choose cor themselves is not of God.

    March 31, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
    • Jesus4FREEDOM

      VERY well said! I might also add that it is impossible for me to understand how a Democrat can claim to be a Christian. Democrats want to force all mankind to be charitable through Obamacare, Welfare, etc... Take the churches out of the equation and give the government the power to control us and make us do the "right thing" or put us in jail...

      March 31, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
    • migeli

      Wasn't slavery permitted by your loving God in the bible?And slaying everybody around as long as they didn't belong to yiur tribe?I think I prefer this government as corrupted as it is by insurance companies who don't want us to have single payer universal healthcare.

      March 31, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
    • Braden Barty

      The word slavery only appears in the Bible once and never does it suggest it was permitted.

      March 31, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
  13. Mogwi

    Modern day Christians are about the furthest thing from the teaching of Jesus imaginable. Just mean spirited, compassionless, selfish, racist jerks!

    March 31, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
    • jimB

      Very correct statement.

      March 31, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
    • woman

      Ditto!

      March 31, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
    • Braden Barty

      Wow, the world would be a much better place if everyone was JUST LIKE YOU.

      March 31, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
    • Mike

      You got that right
      When Fascism comes to America it
      will come wrapped in a flag and carrying a Bible. – Sinclair Lewis

      March 31, 2012 at 6:04 pm |
  14. DrJStrangepork

    I still don't get this concept of abstracting Jesus's actions to current issues. Seems to be a waist of energy. Our issues exist regardless of what you think Jesus would or wouldn't do.
    The simple fact is that Jesus's thoughts were his own and you can not accurately divine what he would think about anything any more that you can accurately divine what any other person is thinking.

    March 31, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
    • Josie abbott

      An excellent commentary Dr.JStrangepork-anyone (the right and the left) can justify what Jesus would do thereby buffering their own positions. One thing we can all agree on is: no matter what the position–Jesus did allow choice as this was the ONLY true way to Him and the Kingdom of God. Think about it? We would be God's puppets if we didn't have choice. Now that didn't mean he approved of abortion, as he would certainly call that killing of the most vulnerable human beings. Any more then he would have approved of other murderers/killers–all would be wrong in his eyes as he "valued ALL LIFE. Only man distinguishes the value between such lives. Government, like Caesar-Mandates-always has, and I suspect always will. But this is no closer to what God/Jesus would want then killing. Force can never be the answer and both Conservatives and Liberals need to understand and embrace this.

      March 31, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
  15. DAVID REITTER

    THE IRAQ WAR COST 800 BILLION DOLLARS AND DECLARED "OFF BUDGET"

    JESUS WOULD WANT EVERY BABY IN THE WORLD, YOUNG AND OLD, TO HAVE THE BEST HEALTHHEALTH CARE MONEY DID NOT HAVE TO BUY OFF BUDGET

    March 31, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
  16. migeli

    Insurance companies are just middlemen aren't they? What do we need them for?So some CEO can make 25million a year while others go without basic healthcare?

    March 31, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
  17. Thinks2010

    I'm so glad Tom Prichard and Carl Raschke are strong believers that the uninsured should receive charitable help with their medical bills. If Obamacare is tossed out and is not replaced by something like single payer and if my cancer returns, I will happily send my medical bills to Tom and Carl.

    March 31, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
  18. GOP2

    John Blake: Doesn't the Bible clearly promote good stewardship? Obamacare is clearly NOT:

    ObamaCare is a $1.2T solution to Medicare's $89T problem.

    75 more ObamaCares and Medicare is fixed!

    And, to fund $89T would require we collect 37 years of ALL Income AND Social Security taxes, TODAY!

    March 31, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
    • migeli

      I hope they collect it all from you.All taxes should be collected from the greedy and selfish who are so lucky to be in this wonderful country and built huge fortunes courtesy of all Americans who spend money even if it came as a "handout".

      March 31, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
    • GOP2

      migeli: you miss the point: Obamacare is a national implosion accelerating nightmare.

      Please get informed. Please help save our nation?

      March 31, 2012 at 6:11 pm |
  19. Leah

    Jesus would not support health care reform because He was a healer. He laid hands to heal the sick and they were healed.

    March 31, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
    • woman

      How stupid can you be?

      March 31, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
    • rftdlt

      How do you presume to know what someone else may have thought? I suggest you never see a doctor or go to a hospital. Try prayer and see how that works out for you. No big loss to humanity.

      March 31, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
  20. Elijah34

    Mohammad and Mr Qubee it seems to me that neither one of you know anything about world history. Their are other sources that talk about the Lord Jesus other than the bible. It may be a good idea to do some research before you get on the internet and start talking about something you know nothing of. If you have never read the bible , how can you even comment on it. Stop following the lead of ignorance and what others are saying. stop commenting on a book that is sealed to you. Crack the seal, read, and then come let us talk. Wisdom is the principal thing, therefore get wisdom, in all your getting get a understanding( prov 4-7).

    March 31, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
    • migeli

      Why would anyone be more knowledgeable by reading a work of fiction rewritten by people with their own self-interests at heart?

      March 31, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
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