Friday, July 31, 2009

WJPT (Would Jesus Pay Taxes?)

Would Jesus pay taxes? If he didn't hate the tax collector what would he want a pool of money collected from everyone to go towards? Maybe making sure everyone who was sick could see a doctor? Perhaps making sure the hungry and unfortunate were taken care of?

Does anyone else think it would be comical if it wasn't so sad that Welfare and Health care (next to abortion) are two of the most opposed agenda items targeted by the religious right?

I wonder along these lines if Jesus would be a Republican? I think he would probably be a socialist and I bet that would piss allot of people off...

I had a Republican friend counter the argument on Welfare with the Proverb, "Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day, teach him how to fish and he will eat for a life time."

I had a good laugh at this one since tuition is rising, scholarships are being cut so the whole teaching people how to fish thing is not really in their agenda either.

I also asked him to show me where in the bible that quote was....(I always laugh when you ask for the proof when people are trying to prove things using the bible)

The truth is this is a Chinese Proverb attributed to Lao Tzu the founder of Taoism.


Rocketstar said...

Right on.

Jenn'fer said...

No kidding - I've heard a few passages in the bible quoted - for those that use it- that would lead you to believe that helping the poor is 1st class pass to heavan:

Jesus said to him "If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me." Matthew 19:21 RSV

Feed the hungry, house the homeless, clothe the naked. Isaiah58:7, 10

Clearly, Jesus would pay more than his fair share of taxes and would not be a republican.... that is, if you believe in Jesus that way...