Bill O’Reilly on Christ’s Message on the Poor:
I know that while Jesus promoted charity at the highest level, he was not self-destructive.
The Lord helps those who help themselves. Does he not?
From the Gospel According to O’Reilly 19:20-22 (New Fox Version, ©2010)
“All the commandments I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack for eternal life?”
Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, acquire as many possessions as possible, occasionally giving a modest amount to a respectable charity that will only give to those poor who deserve help. Then come follow me, because we could really use some contributors. Foot oil, loaves, fishes, and wine don’t pay for themselves, you know.”
When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had already frittered away a great deal of his wealth on helping lepers, beggars, cripples and other deadbeats.
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, there’s a capacity problem for compassion. Helping the poor is one thing, but if you open your door to those people, they’ll tear the place up.
Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is poor to enter the kingdom of God. The Lord helps those who help themselves.”
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