Saturday, April 30, 2011

socialist Bible verse of the day: Luke 6:20-26

20 And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.
21 Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh.
22 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake.
23 Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.
24 But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation.
25 Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep.
26 Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.

— Luke 6:20-26 (King James Version)

Brother Will's notes: I love Luke because he doesn't soften his message for rich folks. What the KJV translates as "woe unto you that are rich" is harsh language in the Greek. The Scholars Version is "Damn the rich."

What's "the kingdom of God"? Rich people say it's a wonderful place where good people go after they die, but they're denying a simple truth: the world is God's. (Psalm 24:1: "The earth is the LORD's, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.")

And therefore, the world belongs to everyone.

For devout Christians there's a pun in "Son of man", and for sceptical readers, there's a possible misunderstanding: The term appears elsewhere meaning "child of humanity" or "person." So Jesus's "for the Son of man's sake" may also mean "for the people's sake."