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Obama: Jesus would tax the rich
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Posted on 02/02/2012 8:20:06 AM PST by Sub-Driver

Obama: Jesus would tax the rich By: Jennifer Epstein February 2, 2012 10:12 AM EST

President Barack Obama tied his proposal to raise taxes on wealthy Americans to his faith on Thursday, telling leaders gathered for the National Prayer Breakfast that Jesus’ teachings have led him to that conclusion.

The rich pay more not only because “I actually think that is going to make economic sense, but for me as a Christian, it also coincides with Jesus’s teaching that ‘for unto whom much is given, much shall be required.’” Obama said at the Washington Hilton, delivering remarks at an annual event that every president has attended since Dwight D. Eisenhower.

“We can all benefit from turning to our creator, listening to him,” Obama said. “Avoiding phony religiosity…. This is especially important right now when we’re facing some big challenges as a nation.”

“When I talk about our financial institutions playing by the same rules as folks on Main Street, when I talk about making sure insurance companies aren’t discriminating against those who are already sick or making sure that unscrupulous lenders aren’t taking advantage of most vulnerable among us,” Obama said, “I do so because I genuinely believe it will make the economy stronger for everybody, but I also do it because I know far too many neighbors in our country have been hurt and treated unfairly over the last few years. And I believe in God’s command to ‘love thy neighbor as thyself.’”

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To: Sub-Driver

Hey 0bama, to quote the late Frank Zappa, JESUS THINKS YOU’RE A JERK!

121 posted on 02/02/2012 9:41:07 AM PST by Impala64ssa
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To: Sub-Driver

Jesus was not talking about money. He was instructing his disciples on how to care for His flock.

122 posted on 02/02/2012 9:43:32 AM PST by crusty old prospector
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To: A'elian' nation

As I understand it, the Lord gave Israel a couple of ways that they were supposed to take care of the poor:

Everybody was supposed to not strip their crops totally bare so that the vulnerable ones who had no way to make a living (widows and orphans) could harvest what was left in the field. That’s how Ruth provided for Naomi.

If a woman was widowed without having children the brother of her husband was to take her in and provide for her to have a child.

Every 50th year the land was to be returned to the tribe to whom the Lord had given it.

None of that involved stealing from one person and giving to another. It was about families providing for their own and the society as a whole leaving enough crumbs/jobs available so that those who were willing to work could provide for themselves.

Jesus noted how the Pharisees gave great gifts to the Lord that allowed them to think they were real hot stuff - at the expense of caring for their families. They took what was supposed to go to care for their parents and declared it Corban - for the Lord. So they gave their gifts to make themselves appear good but left their own parents in want. And Jesus criticized that. They were supposed to be taking care of their families.

The principle of not muzzling the ox while it works because the worker deserves his wages applies equally to rich and to poor. If you starve your workers they do bad work. If you overtax the wealthy they stop creating jobs for others. Either way you’re shooting yourself in the foot.

As somebody else mentioned here, Jesus said that the person who had been able to make more wealth from what he was made steward over was given more money by his master - because he had been faithful in a little and could be trusted with a lot. The one who hid the money in a hole - thereby robbing the master of even getting any interest on that money - because he presumed to know what a “hard” man his master was, had even what he had taken away from him, because he was unfaithful with a little and couldn’t be trusted with a lot.

That is talking about the Kingdom, but I’ve seen the same thing happen with money as well. Dave Ramsey talks about how most self-made millionaires don’t drive a fancy car, don’t live in a fancy house, and live modestly. They made their money because they lived within their means. By contrast, the lottery, paycheck advances, etc are primarily used by people who are poor - and what he means by “poor” is not the same thing as somebody who is temporarily broke. Poor is somebody who acts like a poor person; they’re always looking for a magic pill to make all their problems go away, wanting things that will make them appear successful whether they can afford it or not, etc. They have no self-control. And like it or not, people like that end up with even what they have being taken away, because they don’t know how to manage it and use it correctly.

And THAT describes the US government. Buying what they can’t afford and then looking for a magic pill to make it all better so they can do it all over again and run us all into the poor-house. I am not the person spending hundreds of thousands of dollars of other people’s money on in-flight booze. Nancy Pelosi the millionaire Congress-critter is the person doing that. Robbing us for drinks like the lowest street scum would do. They are wolves in very thin sheep’s clothing. Even when they use the money to “help others” most of it goes into administrative costs rather than actually helping “the poor”.

And it’s bad enough when they do it for secular reasons, but now that Obama is pretending to do it in the name of Christ.... all I can do is spit him out.

123 posted on 02/02/2012 9:43:38 AM PST by butterdezillion
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To: woweeitsme
You can judge him.....

I make judgments of people all the time.....and I'm a Christian.

Final judgment? No. Judgments on character, manners, hygiene, honesty...Yes.

124 posted on 02/02/2012 9:44:00 AM PST by Osage Orange (A clear conscience is the sign of a fuzzy memory.)
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To: MrB
It’s impossible to understand what scripture says without the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. That’s what He meant by “he who as ears to hear”.

You are one of the very, very few that realize that the Presence within, is the "secret decoder ring", which decrypted outputs are meant ONLY for that person. The decoding placed into your mind through the Presence is not meant for anyone else, and thus is open for unlimited misinterpretation if you tell anyone.

This is why each INDIVIDUAL must have the Presence dwell within and must not rely on print, word, TV, radio, mail, or sign language to decypher things for you.

125 posted on 02/02/2012 9:46:21 AM PST by USCG SimTech (Honored to serve since '71)
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To: The_Reader_David

Wow. That is a fantastic quote.

126 posted on 02/02/2012 9:46:43 AM PST by butterdezillion
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To: Sub-Driver

Obama must not have heard what Jesus said about Cessar and God’s to render each in a seperate manner.

127 posted on 02/02/2012 9:47:40 AM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: steve8714
...Jesus’s teaching that ‘for unto whom much is given, much shall be required.’

The passage has to do with knowledge and punishment for offense and misfeasance, not money or taxes.

It sure doesn't have anything to do with Obama's evil plans. What a mess America is in!

128 posted on 02/02/2012 10:01:10 AM PST by donna (I want to live in a Judeo/Christian country where we know that, before God, men & women are equal.)
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To: evad
As usual, Shakespeare said it best: "[Obama] can cite scripture for his purpose." Note: Obama is nowhere near as intelligent as the real Anti-Christ, although he seems to serve the same master. What scripture teaches is: (1) There is great virtue in giving your own money to serve the poor and in giving generously for that purpose, while there is relatively little virtue in grudging and unwilling contributions. (2) We are commanded by Jesus to, "render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." This means we pay only what the government requires in taxes, but since everything we own is God's, we should directly use whatever we have left to serve God, including to help the poor. Jesus would (as I read scripture) frown on using taxes to collect "for the poor" in general, and more so at the corrupt and wasteful manner that it is done today.

Mark 12:41 And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.

129 posted on 02/02/2012 10:02:14 AM PST by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: MrB
Thanks. Your observation is correct; however, America's Founders were not so ignorant about human nature and the human tendency to abuse power, once it has been delegated.

Their Constitution, of course, was all about setting limits and bounds, and then checking and balancing any such powers which "the People" would jealously grant to those imperfect persons who represented them.

The sheer arrogance of this President and his band of "rulers" serve to prove the Founders' wisdom, as well as the need for "the People" to take back their Constitution, "bind down" (Jefferson) their "rulers" "by the chains of the Constitution" (again, Jefferson) and restore their form of self-government under a written Constitution.

Final paragraph of Joseph Story's "Commentaries on the Constitution":

§ 1907. If these Commentaries shall but inspire in the rising generation a more ardent love of their country, an unquenchable thirst for liberty, and a profound reverence for the constitution and the Union, then they will have accomplished all, that their author ought to desire. Let the American youth never forget, that they possess a noble inheritance, bought by the toils, and sufferings, and blood of their ancestors; and capable, if wisely improved, and faithfully guarded, of transmitting to their latest posterity all the substantial blessings of fife, the peaceful enjoyment of liberty, property, religion, and independence. The structure has been erected by architects of consummate skill and fidelity; its foundations are solid; its compartments are beautiful, as well as useful; its arrangements are full of wisdom and order; and its defences are impregnable from without. It has been reared for immortality, if the work of man may justly aspire to such a title. It may, nevertheless, perish in an hour by the folly, or corruption, or negligence of its only keepers, THE PEOPLE. Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit, and intelligence of the citizens. They fall, when the wise are banished from the public councils, because they dare to be honest, and the profligate are rewarded, because they flatter the people, in order to betray them.

130 posted on 02/02/2012 10:02:37 AM PST by loveliberty2
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To: Sub-Driver

What the he** does this jerk know about what Jesus would do??

131 posted on 02/02/2012 10:07:33 AM PST by redhead (, , , comedian)
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To: Sub-Driver

Jesus said that you will always have the poor with you (Mk 14: 7). Socialism is not going to change that fact.

132 posted on 02/02/2012 10:12:10 AM PST by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: woweeitsme
As a Christian, I can’t judge him, but when he spews fallacies, he must be called on it.

Mark 8:33 But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”

133 posted on 02/02/2012 10:15:37 AM PST by EBH (God Humbles Nations, Leaders, and Peoples before He uses them for His Purpose)
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To: Sub-Driver

He thinks he’s God or government is God then.

If you want to take it in Obama’s context he or government gets to beat you if you aren’t giving enough.

The above is moot anyway, as Jesus isn’t talking about material wealth in this passage.

You can tell what camp Obama’s coming from, distorting Scripture so blatantly to justify tyrannical government taking more and more from whatever demographic of society they are currently demonizing and blaming for the problems they themselves have created. It is as truthful as declaring the statement of King Herod declaring all firstborn boys under 2 be killed, as proof the bible approves abortion or infanticide.

Finally I’d just add that Obama, throwing oyur own liberal objection you always use, keep religion and state separate you clown. You liberals always can’t stand it when we base our morals and living on the Bible, you call us clingers to our bible, and now you have the audacity to quote it, out of context, to further taxing the hell out of us? Asshat.

134 posted on 02/02/2012 10:19:08 AM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Jesus knows the government is the richest of rich people. Tax cuts are like taxing the very richest of us all.

135 posted on 02/02/2012 10:21:03 AM PST by pallis
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To: Tenacious 1
What offended me was he made it or attempted to make it into a religious moral equivalent. He attempted to do the same thing back in 2008 in many of his campaign speeches.

The only phrase that keeps coming to mind when he pulls this level of heresy is “Render unto Cesar what belongs to Cesar, render unto God what belongs to God.”

He feels very comfortable making the moral equivalency of charitable works by the government, because so many Americans either don't attend and tithe at Church or don't believe in God at all. Therefore in that vacuum...government becomes both Cesar and God to set the Nations moral compass.

136 posted on 02/02/2012 10:23:21 AM PST by EBH (God Humbles Nations, Leaders, and Peoples before He uses them for His Purpose)
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To: woweeitsme

Baloney. YOu can judge him.

As Christians we can judge others. We are just told and warned to judge righteously, not hypocritically. Not rip on someone for doing something we ourselves have not stopped doing.

If we were not able to judge others we’d never be able to tell someone they are doing something wrong, as this very act requires judgment. Judge, but judge righteously. Not out of hypocrisy or to railroad someone or falsely accuse them. Judge righteous judgment.

Besides our “judgment” doesn’t do anything to that person. We don’t send them to jail, we don’t arrest them. Our judgment is that they are doing something wrong and in some cases, very wicked and evil.

The people who say “I can’t judge” or “Don’t judge me” just don’t want to get involved or just want to continue to keep doing evil and not have to deal with anyone hurting their egos.

137 posted on 02/02/2012 10:26:19 AM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: woweeitsme
As a Christian, I can’t judge him, but when he spews fallacies, he must be called on it.

Actually, yes you can, no, you must judge someone who claims to be a Christian:

For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.” 1 Cor 5: 12-14

138 posted on 02/02/2012 10:36:58 AM PST by Gamecock (I am so thankful for [the] active obedience of Christ. No hope without it. JGM)
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To: Sub-Driver
When liberals/socialists start misquoting the Word, I always quote them Ephesians 4:28. It really torpedoes the notion of a welfare state. Nothing is worse than making people dependent on a government and not God.

He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.

We are to wrok to have money to give (willingly not confiscated or taxed) and in turn God Blesses (empowers us to prosper) our giving so that we have even more to give. This is how God's economy is supposed to work when people are properly utilizing the Kingdom of God. (Proverbs 19:17, Luke 6:38, Philippians 4:19)

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written:

“He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor;

his righteousness endures forever.”

Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. 2 Corinthians 9:6-11

See also Matthew 6 & Luke 12 where Jesus tells his disciples to seek first the Kingdom of God (God's way of doing things) and He will supply all your needs. Seek God, not government or your fellow taxpayers who will never be capable of being your source.

139 posted on 02/02/2012 11:01:54 AM PST by Kandy Atz ("Were we directed from Washington when to sow and when to reap, we should soon want for bread.")
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To: Sub-Driver

This is the same crap I heard when I was the Vice Commander of the Army-Air Force Center for Low Intensity Conflict. The war in El Salvador was going strong and many leftist, inside and outside of this Country, said, “If Jesus was alive today he’d be carrying an AK-47”.

140 posted on 02/02/2012 11:07:10 AM PST by Portcall24
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