Who said this, Jesus or Obama?

A majority of US adults wrongly believe that a Bible verse on caring for the poor and the oppressed was first coined by celebrities, politicians or other prominent figures including President Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Bono and Angelina Jolie.

Only 13 per cent of Americans surveyed for the American Bible Society were able to correctly credit the Bible as the source of Proverbs 31:8-9, the Contemporary English Version of which states: “You must defend those who are helpless and have no hope. Be fair and give justice to the poor and homeless.”

Fifty-four per cent, meanwhile, credited the passage to other sources, with President Obama cited as the most likely author by Americans (16 per cent). Behind Obama, the Dalai Lama was cited as the most likely author by survey participants (nine per cent), followed by Martin Luther King Jr (eight per cent), Oprah Winfrey (four per cent), and U2 frontman Bono (three per cent).

Other findings of the Harris Interactive survey included the percentage of adults claiming to be familiar with the Bible (80 per cent) and the percentage adults who think the Bible offers the most teachings on heaven, hell, adultery, pride or jealousy (46 per cent).

The survey also found that one in four men (23 per cent) do not think it is their responsibility to help the poor though there are more teachings on poverty and justice than on heaven, hell, adultery, pride or jealousy.

-adapted from Joshua A Goldberg, Christian Post


Anonymous said...

Oh @#@ no!!! Socialism and wealth redistribution is in the Bible. Are you trying to tell me that the Bible is one of those subversive books.


Justin Boggs said...

In reply to "Anonymous."

Socialism is not taught in the Bible. Socialism is the government holding a gun to the head of an industry and taking it over. I dare anyone to find that in scripture.

What is in the Bible is having a giving heart, not a power hungry government.

God is not a Republican, God is not a Democrat, God is not a Socialist, God is not a Communist. The only form of government endorsed in scripture is a theocracy, and in the New Testament that only applies to the individual, not the corporate. Bringing God into your political arguments is a fools game. You are a Christian, and a ______ But God has nothing to do with anything other than your relationship with him.

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