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16 May 2005

Neither a Borrower Nor a Lender Be

Yesterday my wife was practising* her semi-usual Sunday morning wake up routine, which consists of watching false prophets deceive the masses on television (don't worry, she doesn't buy it either). They stoned those sorts of people in the Old Testament. In today's world, we give them book deals and write them up in Christianity Today.

Anyway, Sunday’s sermon was by James Kennedy, the patron saint of bullshit. Kennedy was extolling that fruit of the spirit known as Capitalism. He proffered many pearls of wisdom, including the ludicrous assumption that countries which practise Socialism have a higher suicide rate. How he arrived at that one, I honestly can't remember. It probably had something to do with the most deadly tool in Satan’s tool box: universal health care.

At any rate, this got me thinking about one of my usual beefs with certain sects of Christians, which is that they hold to a very selective literal reading of the Bible.

Yes, it's easy to believe in a literal creation or a universal flood. It’s easy to believe that Bloodthirsty Jesus will one day ride on a white horse, whupping pagan ass wherever he goes (and it helps when you have a handy get out of jail free card like the rapture to which to cling).

Likewise, it's easy to continually harp on RepubliChristianity’s two favourite sins (and it's really sad that you know what they are without my having to tell you). But what about those sins which the Bible condemns over and over, the ones about which the church is eerily silent?

Take usury, for instance (i.e. charging interest on a loan). The Bible forbids it. More than a dozen times. In fact, it's even called an abomination, just as homosexuality is. Yet the same groups that kick homosexuals out of churches have no problem with it.

Well, maybe they do. But you'll never hear them say so publicly. And you'll never see them kick a banker out of a church. Unless he's gay.

*From now on I use British spellings. You can deal.

Comments on "Neither a Borrower Nor a Lender Be"

 

Blogger Alice Clay said ... (5/18/2005 07:59:00 AM) : 

I find it amusing that fundies will accuse me of "picking and choosing" which scriptures are true, while refusing to admit that they do the same. I get blasted for being bisexual, but the pastor's wife can cut her hair 10 times a week without anyone saying a word.

 

Blogger Meg said ... (5/18/2005 04:13:00 PM) : 

I applaud your use of the Queen's English. It is a brilliant departure from the base and vulger American version of the language.

* also, I agree with everthing you said in your post.

 

Blogger Wasp Jerky said ... (5/18/2005 08:09:00 PM) : 

Alice,

I bet your pastor's wife wears jewelry, too.

Meg,

Thanks. My favourite UK spelling thus far is foetus. That's like a one word poem.

 

Blogger James Manning said ... (7/08/2005 11:56:00 AM) : 

I often wonder about these preachers and their mega-churches and their teaching of prosperity. Its hard to believe that people fall for it but I guess if you can look for hope in a bottle you can look for it in the pew of a church.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2/28/2007 11:40:00 AM) : 

Could you post your references regarding charging interests on loaning people money? All I could find was references to the Isrealites were not to charge interest to "brothers" or "countrymen". I am not Jewish but it does say specifically they could charge interest on loans to "foreigners".

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5/10/2007 11:44:00 PM) : 

"Anonymous" knows what he's talking about. I can't answer all your concerns, but as far as interest goes, it was only forbidden between jews. So I hope you check your facts there. As far as tele-vangelism goes, I think you've found the truth already (for the most part). There are some small televangelist efforts that are biblical based- very unlike the ones that say if you give $1k today, right now, God will give you two fold, ten fold back w/ in 10 years....bla bla. However, just b/c people represent something doesn't falsify it, just them. That would go for any religion/cause.

 

Blogger Wasp Jerky said ... (5/13/2007 10:11:00 AM) : 

Anonymous,

And who is my neighbour?

 

Blogger numbskull said ... (11/04/2009 11:06:00 PM) : 

To the poster looking for references...

1. “Ex. 22:25 ¶ If you lend money to my people, to the poor among you, you shall not deal with them as a creditor; you shall not exact interest from them.”
2. “Deut. 23:19 ¶ You shall not charge interest on loans to another Israelite, interest on money, interest on provisions, interest on anything that is lent.”
3. “Psa. 15:1, 5 O LORD, who may abide in your tent? Who may dwell on your holy hill? … (those) who do not lend money at interest, and do not take a bribe against the innocent.”
4. “Luke 6:34 If you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again.”

Other verses cited include Leviticus 25:36-37, Jeremiah 5:7, Jeremiah 5:10, Proverbs 28:8, Isaiah 24:2, Jeremiah 15:10, Ezekiel 18:8, Ezekiel 18:13, Ezekiel 18:17, Ezekiel 22:12 and Matt 6:19-21.

 

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