Al Payne, before you jump in with both feet and attempt to belittle the Bible learning of Jim Stodola [DRC, Dec. 27], don’t you think perhaps you should give personal examination to your own so-called biblical knowledge, which will spare you future public embarrassment?
As you rained scorn on Stodola’s writing, you stated:
Our Lord and Savior Jesus of Nazareth did not come to teach us your socialist agenda. In fact, he told part of his flock that if anyone should not work, they did not deserve to eat. I submit to you that Jesus never in any place in the New Testament made such a statement.
What you are referring to was not spoken, but was written by Paul in his second letter to the Thessalonians, verse 10: “Even while we were with you we gave you the commandment, these unwilling to work will not get to eat.”
Romans 12:20, which is also attributed to Paul, says that if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink, in doing this you will heap burning coals of shame on their heads.
If you read every verse of the teachings of Jesus and attempt to do as he says, you might be very surprised to find you have become a liberal.
Jesus was the most liberal teacher of his time and his death was caused by the Pharisees, the religious conservatives of that time.
Could it be possible you owe Mr. Stodola an apology?
John Nance Garner,