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Monday, December 20, 2004

Moody Adams Refutes Atrios

Moody Adams refutes Atrios.

1. Jesus of Nazareth says, “Give to him who begs from you, and do not refuse him who would borrow from you.” Jesus favors more government handouts for welfare cheats.

Wrong. Jesus said individual Christians should give directly to beggars, so they would get all the money and God would get the glory. He did not say the gifts should be run through a bureaucracy which keeps much of the money and all of the glory.

2. Jesus of Nazareth says, “Judge not, that you be not judged.” Jesus is soft on crime.

Wrong. Again the writer, obviously ignorant of scripture, fails in “rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). Individuals do not have the right to judge, (here meaning “condemn”); governments do have the right to judge and condemn. “For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil” (Romans 13:3-4).

3. Jesus of Nazareth says, “Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s,” Jesus will raise your taxes.

Wrong. Jesus said men should pay their legal taxes, but he never said one word about government raising taxes. Not one word.

4. Jesus of Nazareth says, “Do not resist one who is evil. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other.” Can we trust Jesus to fight the War on Terror?

Wrong. Again the writer fails the Biblical command to “rightly divide the Word of God.” When Hitler was butchering millions of innocents the government had the duty to use the sword and stop the murders. Turning the other cheek is a command to individuals, not governments.

The writer is either grossly ignorant of what the Bible says, or is deliberately trying to mislead people. If he is ignorant he should refrain from writing on Biblical subjects until he learns what the Bible teaches. If he is trying to mislead people, he needs to refrain from writing on Biblical subjects before facing the judgment that follows his coming death. Let the writer know that God is merciful and will delight in forgiving him if he repents.

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